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Netflix to Launch 40 New Anime Shows After ‘Blood of Zeus’ Win

  • Streaming giant to release 40 original anime series this year
  • Asia is new battleground as U.S. reaches saturation point
Netflix’s production "Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness," based on a Japanese horror video-game franchise created by Capcom Co.
Netflix’s production "Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness," based on a Japanese horror video-game franchise created by Capcom Co.Source: Netflix

Netflix Inc. will almost double its number of Japanese-style anime releases this year, stepping up its fight against AT&T Inc. and Sony Corp. for original content that appeals to Asian viewers.

The world’s largest paid-streaming service will launch 40 new anime titles this year, it said in a statement Saturday during a virtual animation expo from Japan -- where half of Netflix’s 5 million subscribing households watch an average of five hours of the shows each month.