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Netflix Enters the Anime Game With Knights of Sidonia

by Sean P. Aune | June 26, 2014June 26, 2014 9:00 pm PST

Netflix is about to dip its toes into yet another genre of entertainment by launching its first anime series, Knights of Sidonia.

When it was recently announced that Chelsea Handler is moving to Netflix, we commented on how the TV streaming service was looking more and more like a network. Come July 4, it will move even closer to being true as Netflix launches Knights of Sidonia. To be clear, this series was not done specifically for Netflix, and it actually wraps up its first season run in Japan on June 27. Netflix is merely the exclusive home for the series in the U.S.

This says a lot, however, about the success that Netflix has found with anime. The service has been offering up various Japanese shows for some time now, but for it to sink money into an exclusive deal for a brand new show says that it must be seeing a lot of happy customers from those series.

While I am a long time anime fan myself, I can’t say that I’m familiar with Knights of Sidonia beyond the fact it’s based on a manga of the same name. Netflix describes it as:

Knights of Sidonia, based on the popular manga series of the same name, follows Nagate, a low-born youth in a society of genetically engineered refugees who escaped the destruction of Earth one thousand years earlier and now occupy the massive ship Sidonia. When Nagate’s talent as a pilot is revealed he becomes one of Sidonia’s elite defenders against the Guana, shapeshifting aliens bent on eliminating humans from existence.

Yep, sounds like an anime to me.

All of the first season episodes – it has been renewed for a second season – will appear on Netflix on July 4 in all territories where the service is available.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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