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Netflix dives deeper into anime as Disney readies streaming rival

Video giant partners with trio of Japanese producers on original content

Netflix aims to lure more users outside the U.S. with anime as competitors like Disney line up new streaming services.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Netflix has forged multiyear agreements with three Japanese animation companies to produce and globally distribute original content, Nikkei has learned, bolstering its anime lineup as rivals including Walt Disney burst onto the streaming market.

The video platform has tied up with Tokyo-based Anima, Sublimation and David Production to make anime versions of properties popular in Japan, for worldwide release in two to three years. These include Netflix's science fiction series "Altered Carbon," launched in 2018, as well as the "Dragon's Dogma" role-playing game and the "Spriggan" action manga.

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