Netflix to Stream Magi: Adventure of Sinbad TV Anime Worldwide (Updated)
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Netflix will be the exclusive streaming service for the fantasy television anime series Magi: Adventure of Sinbad in Japan, and it will also stream the anime worldwide. Weekly streaming in full HD will begin on Thursday, April 21 in Japan, followed by other regions later.
The television anime adapts Shinobu Ohtaka and Yoshifumi Ōtera's spinoff manga Magi: Sinbad no Bōken (Magi: Adventure of Sinbad). It premiered on April 15 on MBS, TBS, CBC, and BS-TBS in the "Animeism" programming block.
The manga is a prequel to Ohtaka's main Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic manga, which also inspired a television anime. Magi: Adventure of Sinbad takes place 30 years before the events of Magi and focuses on Sinbad's journey to become king.
The manga has already inspired five original video anime (OVA) episodes that have shipped with previous volumes of the manga. The main staff and cast are returning from the video series for the television anime. Yoshikazu Miyao (Inazuma Eleven, S.A) is directing the series at studio Lay-duce (Classroom Crisis) off scripts by Taku Kishimoto (Haikyu!!, Silver Spoon). Souichirou Sako is designing the characters for animation and is also serving as chief animation director, and Tomohiro Ōkubo is composing the music. Penguin Research is performing the opening theme song "Spotlight," and Fujifabric is performing the ending theme song "Polaris."
Daisuke Ono is returning from the main Magi television series and the OVAs to play Sinbad. Other returning cast members include Akira Ishida as Yunan, Tomokazu Sugita as Drakon, Ai Kayano as Serendine, Katsuyuki Konishi as Badr, Yōko Hikasa as Esra, Keiji Fujiwara as Hinahoho, Takahiro Sakurai as Jafar, Ayumi Fujimura as Pipirika, Takehito Koyasu as Barbarossa, and Hiroki Touchi as Baal.
Netflix is also the exclusive streaming service of Kuromukuro, the ongoing 15th anniversary project of the anime studio P.A. Works. It began streaming the anime in Japan with English subtitles last week. As part of its efforts to produce more content worldwide, Netflix will stream Production I.G's Perfect Bones anime worldwide and Dreamworks' reimagining of the Voltron animated series.
Previous anime with Netflix streaming exclusivity — including Knights of Sidonia and Ajin — streamed on Netflix outside of Japan after an entire season had finished its Japanese broadcast. Netflix streamed new Ajin episodes in Japan three days after they originally aired on television, but without English subtitles.
Some titles are streaming on Netflix in Japan with English subtitles, such as the main Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic television anime, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kill la Kill, Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman, and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.
Update (April 30): Magi: Adventure of Sinbad's Netflix stream in Japan now includes English subtitles.
Source: animeanime.jp; Katsunori Takahashi
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