In an effort to bolster its localized content and reach more international audiences, SVOD giant Netflix will co-produce the animated series Perfect Bones.
As a result of a co-production deal between Netflix and Tokyo-based prodco Production I.G., Perfect Bones will premiere exclusively on Netflix (though no exact date has been announced) in all 190 of Netflix’s territories. Production I.G. has produced numerous anime hits such as Attack on Titan (pictured) and Psycho-Pass.
The 12-episode series directed by Kazuto Nakazawa is set in the future where scientists have tried to create the “perfect human” in hopes of keeping peace in the universe, but a struggle for power sees the “new humans” used for evil rather than good.
This is the second Japanese co-production Netflix has embarked on since its launch in Japan last fall. The first was the drama Hibana (Spark) based on the novella by Naoki Matayoshi, which will premiere later in 2016. Netflix has put an increasing emphasis on co-producing local, original content in its various international territories. Other co-productions include the German supernatural series Dark and the Italian crime drama Suburra.
According to a release by Netflix, this marks the first time an original anime title has debuted simultaneously in so many countries.
Despite its worldwide debut, Netflix has responded to requests for clarification at press time on whether the content will be translated into multiple languages, or if the anime will include subtitles.
Netflix has previouslu been criticized by some anime enthusiasts for the subtitle script written for Attack on Titan when the SVOD first picked up the anime. CEO Reed Hastings admitted in the recent investor call for the company’s Q4 2015 financial results that language has been a struggle for the company throughout its international expansion efforts, as some languages are still unavailable for subtitles or translation.