Netflix has an interesting place in the
After all, it has the
- Create new
- Invest in new
- Grab more licenses than the competition (technically).
And of course – the fact that it’s Netflix leaves an impression that the anime industry is being taken seriously.
Whether that’s relevant is up to you, but…
Netflix will fail in the
They won’t fail miserably. It’s obvious Netflix is doing reasonably well with
But, as far as their goals which seems like trying to make
Netflix will never become so good that they can create anime in the US that beat out the original
Any US company that tri is foolish and greedy to their own detriment (they’ll try anyway).
Why Netflix won’t “hit it big” in the
1. They care more about the
money than the culture
This is BUSINESS. So it’s not a bad or even a stupid thing for Netflix to focus on the
They don’t and can’t invest in entertainment for the f*ck of it. And it wouldn’t be wise.
BUT, it seems like Netflix cares about the
The endless “Netflix adaptation” memes prove it
There’s a reason the Internet is flooded with so many Netflix adaptation memes. Even in the
It’s because the quality of their adaptations is… questionable. It’s clearly
Meaning – adding
2. They can’t make
anime better than the Japanese
If we’re talking about Netflix’s ability to make and produce original
Same is true for any US anime company attempting to out-do the Japanese.
You can see Netflix has been trying and investing 100’s of millions of dollars into making
You can also see Netflix has made a few good original
But outside of that… There’s not much else.
Netflix went in with optimism a few years ago and now they see it’s gonna be a long road ahead.
Japan has been making anime for a long time so it might seem like an unfair comparison. After all we’re comparing over 12,000+
But even still…. the more time goes by, the better
It’s the reason this conversation is even a thing.
It’s not just the fact Netflix can’t make
And that leads to my next point.
3. Cultural awareness and differences
Netflix had one goal when they started investing in
For the most part – the people trying to make this happen aren’t of the culture and aren’t about the culture.
Cultural awareness of Japan,
Wrapping your head around another culture, and trying to take what they’ve done and create an equally good or better version of that product is hard.
We see the same thing with the Hip Hop industry.
In the UK we have UK hip hop. Or rap. Whatever word you wanna use.
Despite how well it’s doing here, it’ll never outdo US hip hop (the original).
Same is true for J-pop and K-pop.
The cultural differences are too different and it’s easy to notice. And that’s why it’ll never give you the exact same feeling no matter how good it is.
And tha’s why it ends up “not” as or more successful.
That’s what I feel.
Anime is just an “addition” to their catalogue
Netflix is a media company. A streaming company. They’re not niche, they’re broad and general.
They air a massive range of shows from all kinds of genres and cultures. They’re not specific in what they serve.
In this way they’re not a “
Netflix wants to air great, original shows across the board. And
It’s this distinction that makes my point loud and clear about Netflix and
And that commitment shows in the quality of their final product when creating original
5. Netflix has put themselves in a box
We all know how politically correct, so called “WOKE” and entitled the loud minority can be in the USA.
All this cancel culture and people wanting companies to pander to their feelings is out of control.
Media companies like Netflix are affected by it.
It’s the reason why Disney, Hollywood and so on have shows that are absolute dog sh*t because it’s so fluffy and sugar-coated.
This mentality puts them in a box they can’t crawl out of.
Netflix is the same in this way.
Recently they censored Cowboy Bebop and threw in political correctness when it didn’t need to be there.
Cowboy Bebop is a classic series so changing the narrative is ridiculous and a guaranteed way to scare away
This is part of the box I’m talking about when I say Netflix has put themselves in a box.
Creatively they’ll limit themselves because of so called “pressure” from this loud minority group of SJW’S who aren’t even customers.
If they limit themselves and avoid challenging themselves out of fear with
These types of
In the end, it’s a mindset issue more than anything else.
Netflix’s best idea is to license and if they do produce in-house, they should bring on Japanese animators, creators and directors.
That way, they can work alongside each other and bring something fresh to the table that has a better chance of succeeding.
What do you think about Netflix in the