Is Netflix Bad for the Anime Industry?

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I never thought I’d say this, but Netflix is dropping the ball. Generally, I love Netflix (who doesn’t). When it comes to anime, their “Release it all at once for binging” policy is destroying me.

I think we can all admit that after the incredible year anime had in 2016, this winter season has been lackluster. There aren’t THAT many great shows out right now. For the most part, I’ve been playing catch-up with series I haven’t seen yet (Ghost in the Shell). Essentially, I’m waiting for Spring 2017 to show up…

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Netflix has the rights to Little Witch Academia, but they aren’t releasing it until April.

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A brief backstory. Little Witch Academia was initially a short released by Trigger back in 2013. That was soon followed up in 2015 with a delightful full-length movie, “Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade”. When it was announced in June 2016 that Trigger was making Little Witch Academia: The Series, fans—myself included—lost their minds. A mere month later, Trigger announced Netflix obtained the rights to the show. They might as well have announced that Santa was dead.

Any fan that has suffered through Netflix knew we wouldn’t see the show until April. For me, this wasn’t the first time Netflix had done this. Both seasons of Ajin weren’t released until a week after the final episode aired.

Netflix’s strategy doesn’t make any sense.

In deciding not to release Little Witch Academia during a weaker season, Netflix is willingly competing against My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, Boruto, and others in Spring 2017. And by not releasing it in weekly segments, fans may be resorting to illegal means to see the show. God knows I’ve been tempted.

Well, it’s March of 2017 now. A full nine episodes have been aired, and I HAVE WATCHED NONE OF THEM. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll binge this in one sitting. But again—it doesn’t have to be this way.

So I pose the question to you, fellow readers: Do you enjoy Netflix’s “Binge it” strategy for anime or not? Let me know in the comments below.

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