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Disney has been putting in a lot of work to dip its toes into the world of anime recently. From hosting popular shows like Summer Time Rendering and Tokyo Revengers to their own anime/Star Wars crossover series. Many have been wondering if this is a future the company will continue to pursue or simply something short-term. Now, this most recent news appears to show that Disney definitely wants to continue in this industry. Let’s talk about the plans of Disney and Disney+ with anime and Japanese creators moving forward.
The Disney+ Anime Collection
The Disney+ streaming service now has its very own anime collection. It currently includes anywhere from 8 to 11 titles, depending on your country. It’s a pretty decent collection that could keep any fan occupied for a decent amount of time.
All of the anime in the collection are new, so there aren’t any large legacy catalogs currently on the platform to dive through. But considering they have the full season of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, it is possible that they’ll host more Bleach content in the future. There are a lot of big titles with great reviews on here. Things like Tokyo Revengers, Star Wars: Visions, and The Tatami Time Machine Blues. There’s also some questionable stuff on here as well, specifically the inclusion of The Owl House, which is an American-made show. There may be anime influences in The Owl House, but by all definitions, it is not that genre.
Depending on your country, you may also be able to stream Marvel’s Future Avengers. If you want a crossover between the ever-popular Marvel heroes and the anime world, this may be the show for you.
Disney In Japan
Overall, this collection spells promise for Disney+ and its future relationship with anime. As mentioned before, there isn’t any big back catalog to sift through just yet, so the collection is still fairly limited. But it’s a promising start with some quality material that will hopefully see much expansion going forward. We already know that Season 2 of Star Wars: Visions is coming on Star Wars Day, AKA May 4th. Tokyo Revengers Season 2 is also ongoing and generating a lot of hype in the anime community.
There’s also a slew of Japanese content coming in 2023. Everything from the live-action adaptation of Dragons of Wonderhatch to the sci-fi anime Synduality. This time next year, don’t be surprised to see the anime collection hosting a lot more content.
The Disney+ anime collection is available to peruse and stream any of its content right now.