Netflix acquires original anime film Blame! for global release
James R | On 26, Jul 2016
Netflix has acquired the global rights to original anime film Blame!.
Blame! is set in the distant future where what’s left of the human race resides within the Megastructure, a vast and dangerous labyrinth that has grown wild and out of control. Thrown into this world is the mysterious Killy, a strange individual who is on a quest to bring civilization back from the brink of oblivion.
First appearing as a manga from 1997 to 2003, the much-awaited animated film adaptation of Blame! will be available as a Netflix original 20 years since its initial run, thanks to a new deal with Polygon Pictures.
Following the success of Knights of Sidonia, the film sees yet another creative collaboration between the award-winning creator of the original manga, Tsutomu Nihei, and director Hiroyuki Seshita, who also brought us AJIN: Demi-Human, which is also available on Netflix globally. Blame!, Knights of Sidonia, and AJIN: Demi-Human manga are all available in print from Vertical Comics and digitally via Kodansha Comics.
“We’re incredibly delighted to work with Polygon Pictures in bringing the latest Netflix original anime, Blame!, to fans worldwide,” says David Lee, Vice President, International Originals at Netflix. “We look forward to bringing the best of original anime to our members and continuing to work with the top creators in the industry.”
“We are super excited to be able to deliver the long awaited anime adaptation of Blame! as a Netflix original,” adds Shuzo John Shiota, President and CEO of Polygon Pictures.
As well as being Netflix originals, Blame! and Knights of Sidonia share another thing in common: both are streaming on Netflix in high dynamic range (HDR) format.
“I’ve seen some initial footage and it is truly groundbreaking, especially in HDR format,” continues Shuzo John Shiota. “I can’t wait for fans around the world to experience this!”