At the DealBook conference, in New York City, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was brought to speak on stage with New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin about a plethora of topics, primarily those targeted at finances and long-term goals for the company. With Netflix expected to spend $5 billion on original content for 2016, Hastings made a statement that he’s “hopeful” that, with time, Netflix will produce an anime show. (Skip to 29:48 in the following video.)
Netflix is steadily expanding into the Japanese market with their platform having launched back in September and exclusively streaming titles, in North America, such as Knights of Sidonia and, recently, The Seven Deadly Sins. Netflix has also revealed that Smile Precure!, under the name Glitter Force, will stream on their service starting December 18th.
Netflix also plans to stream the upcoming film adaptations of Gamon Sakurai’s Ajin: Demi-Human manga, which will be produced by Polygon Pictures (Knights of Sidonia, Tron: Uprising), three days after its Japanese premiere in January.