When Disney made their initial announcement about their upcoming video streaming service Disney+, the list of supported devices they released was missing one important name - Amazon's Fire TV. Overseas sales of Japanese animation content has quadrupled to nearly $10 billion since 2012, according to Humanmedia Inc., a Tokyo-based research firm.
Disney making Hulu its prestige streaming service via this FX partnership is probably the boost Hulu needed since the streamer had been mired in uncertainty, at least in some consumers' minds, for awhile. It's entered into long-term partnerships with five of Japan's most famous animation studios. Unable to compete effectively in price, Netflix is turning to original anime content to save its day. "Spirited Away", a fantasy adventure aired in 2001, won the Golden Bear in 2002 and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003. This sets up a potential spending war among the major streaming players, according to analysts. The exclusive series was developed with Kenji Kamiyama, the anime director who's works include a series for "Ghost in the Shell", and Shinji Aramaki, another well-known director whose designs were behind the Gundam series. "I see distributors such as Netflix as another turning point for the anime industry", Kamiyama said.More news: Bruins will open 2020-21 season in Czech Republic
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