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Netflix signs deals with 3 Japanese animation studios

Netflix Inc. said March 11 that it has struck partnerships with Japanese production studios Anima Inc., Sublimation Inc. and David Production, to co-develop original anime series.

Among them are "Altered Carbon: Resleeved" produced by Anima, based on an original live-action science-fiction Netflix series.

From Sublimation, Netflix has ordered "Dragon's Dogma," an anime series based on a Capcom Co. Ltd. video game. Netflix will also team up with David Production to create "SPRIGGAN," inspired by a manga series.

The new series are in addition to anime to be produced by Tokyo-based Production IG Inc., Wit Studios and Bones Inc.

In January, Netflix said it will reinvest its profits from a recently announced price increase into its content, with a focus on expanding its local-language and international originals as it continues to tap debt markets to fund expenses.

Netflix also announced new titles for its Asian viewers to expand original content operations in the region. More than half of Asian-content hours viewed on Netflix in 2018 were viewed outside the region.