Last Updated on April 17, 2021 by OtakuKart Staff
The world has acknowledged anime as a powerful global presence, and it shows. Hardcore anime fans and fandoms can be found nearly in any major country. This popularity is boosted by easy demand and supply of genre-specific anime. This is exactly where OTT platforms like Netflix come in. Netflix is famous for its originals as well as having a plethora of movies and series made by other production houses. Streaming all these productions was already a great idea, but Netflix took it a step further and decided to stream anime as well.
Anime is such a beautiful thing that it only takes one to watch a few episodes of a series to realize that a new world has opened up to them. Many people accidentally stumble upon the famous Death Note on Netflix, and once they’re in, they’re in for good. Death Note is called the Gateway anime for a reason, after all. In this article, we will be talking about some countries where Netflix has the widest range of animes available for watching. So without further ado, let’s dive in.
The U.S. has shown a steady growth of interest in Anime as well as manga. The African American community in the country has embraced anime like no other. With this growing demand and affection, we can already see famous publishing houses like Kodansha, the publisher of Attack on Titan, establish headquarters in New York. And with such stellar demand, it is quite obvious that Netflix U.S. has a wide range of anime available on it. From Attack on Titan itself to Netflix originals like the Flavours of Youth, the U.S. version has it all.
Next up is India. One of the countries that have received anime grandly is India. The fanbase of Indian watchers is ever-growing, with fans streaming popular shows like One Piece, AoT, Naruto, and Dr. Stone routinely. India boasts one of the largest anime libraries available on Netflix. This does not stop only at series but movies as well. Movies like 5 Centimetres Per Second, The Garden of Words, and A Silent Voice are also watched and adored in India.
Canada has also shown spectacular growth in the number of daily anime watchers. This made Netflix add a plethora of anime for Canadian watchers. From a slice of life anime like Love, Chuunibyo, and Other Delusions to famous fantasy anime like Devilman Crybaby are all available on Netflix Canada. Montreal even has its own Otaku festival called Otakuthon, which is pretty impressive for a country that does not have Japanese culture at the center. Canada is quite inclined towards anything Japanese, and it shows.
China, with its massive population, also comes the large number of people who adore anime. Especially in the Hong Kong region. People have literally grown up with classics like Slam Dunk and Detective Konan in China. Now with Netflix taking the stage for an anime platform, China has more and more people watching online every day. Apart from traditional Japanese anime, China also has Chinese products like Shi Xiong—a Zombie-themed anime available on Netflix. This does not mean any decline in regular anime watchers. In fact, China has one of the best anime libraries to boast, with a variety almost as large as our next country. This makes it a solid number 2 in terms of titles in its anime library.
And finally, the native country itself, Japan. Japan has the most anime available and streaming in the world. This is quite obvious as the demand for anime is highest in its home country. Apart from anime, Japan also reads the most manga, which makes it quite the perfect ground for launching new anime. The unique thing about Japan’s anime library is that most of them are not available in English and nor do they have subs. It’s all Japanese like it is to be expected. The anime available in Netflix Japan’s library are available nowhere else, not even China which is its closest competitor. Apart from that, with Japan being the home country of anime, there are also countless anime theme-parks that are a major tourist attraction for Otakus. However, with Netflix culture taking over, there is a serious threat to original Japanese content production and the manga industry, which has been in decline for quite a while.
And these were five countries with the most anime available on their Netflix channels. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.