The platform expanded its agreement with Kodansha to be able to include more original anime in its catalog
Disney+ seems determined to go out and fight for the hearts of otakus with the upcoming premiere of the live-action adaptation of Gannibalthe psychological thriller based on Masaaki Ninomiya’s best-selling manga, and an extension of its deal with Kodansha to add more original anime to the platform.
Produced by Teruhisa Yamamoto and adapted for television by Takamasa Oe -both Oscar nominees-, Gannibal will premiere on December 28. The direction is in charge of Shinzo Katayama.
The series follows police officer Daigo Agawa (Yuya Yagira), in the fictional village of Kuge. A series of alarming events will make Daigo discover that something is very wrong in Kuge.
«Gannibal It is a thriller that will leave the audience speechless after each episode,” said producer Teruhisa Yamamoto, in statements collected by The Hollywood Reporter. “But it is also a human story that reflects on the differences between family values and culture that, at first glance, seem so contradictory and yet so relatable. With Gannibal and our other local Japanese content, we are building on Disney’s rich storytelling history and combining it with Japanese creativity to open new doors of entertainment for everyone.”
At the same time, Disney+ announced, within the framework of the APC Content Showcase in Singapore, that it has expanded its agreement with the Japanese publisher Kodansha to co-produce more original content for its platform.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the expanded collaboration will also include licensing exclusive manga-based anime titles produced by Kodansha, starting with Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown Arcwhich will launch exclusively on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar in January 2023.
“We are thrilled to deepen our strategic collaboration with our long-standing partner, Kodansha, on such an exciting genre,” said Carol Choi, Disney’s executive vice president of original content strategy in APAC. “Japanese anime fills in the blank in our content development plans and we believe this expanded collaboration will be a game changer in Disney’s future animation strategy in Japan. We look forward to bringing Kodansha’s anime titles and prized intellectual property to the world stage.”
Kodansha is the publisher and licensee of some of the world’s most iconic manga IPs, including titles like Akira, Attack on Titan Y Ghost in the Shell.