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Production I.G Makes Hand-Drawn Anime in 4K HDR for Netflix This Fall

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Production I.G's Teru Saitou directs anime to debut on Netflix's premium plan

Production I.G and Netflix announced on Thursday that they are collaborating on an experimental project to produce the first hand-drawn anime with 4K HDR quality. The Netflix Original anime is slated to debut this fall through Netflix's premium plan.

Netflix creative technology engineer Haruka Miyagawa is supervising, and Production I.G's Teru Saitou (Blood+ special effects, Otogi Zoshi photography) is directing the project. Saitou said, "There are hurdles like equipment, and 4K and HDR are undeveloped fields in the industry." He added, "As expressive people, we always search for a chance to produce videos that are more beautiful."

The Animation Business Journal website noted that demand for anime with 4K resolution is expected to increase. The website believes Production I.G and Netflix's production will push the boundaries of Japan's hand-drawn anime. The project aims to use the newest technology and production techniques with the expertise of Production I.G and creators.

Netflix announced in January 2018 that it formed a comprehensive business alliance with anime studios Production I.G and BONES. Netflix began streaming Production I.G's B: The Beginning animated series worldwide simultaneously on March 2, and it will get a second season.

Source: The Animation Business Journal (Tadashi Sudo)

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