PA Works’ 15th Anniversary show Kuromukuro finally has a worldwide Netflix release date but there’s a small catch.
As I reported on earlier, Kuromukuro‘s Netflix page seemed to have leaked online with a brief image of the cast and the title being ‘SHOW’, but now it fully presents the title with a release date of July 4, 2016 with some of the Japanese cast listed, a brief plot blurb and an option to add the series to ‘My List’ once it’s online.
The series is being simulcast on Netflix Japan with English subtitles. The first 13 of the 26 episodes are expected to hit the service on July 4 with the remaining half (recently teased with a new visual) assumed to come worldwide when they are done airing in Japan.
I talked with Netflix Support to confirm any further details on the subject and while they couldn’t specifically confirm the release format yet, they noted that
-it’s very likely that the next episodes will continue to be added weekly right after they’re broadcasted on the channel!
A very curious answer since it means that the first 13 episodes would be uploaded in bulk and the remainder would added afterwards weekly. Quite a different change of pace in how Netflix formats its releases, but as I mentioned earlier they haven’t confirmed the release format yet so don’t take these words seriously until there’s solid confirmation.
This development was teased at when the anime’s production studio P.A. Works recently opened an English section of their website in celebration of their 15th Anniversary and in promotion of them being guests at Anime Expo 2016. The news section of the site discussing the details of their Anime Expo exhibit states specifically:
At the same time as the Anime Expo 2016 exhibit and internet streaming of “Kuromukuro” begins, P.A.WORKS will launch its official English website, Twitter, and Facebook.
A statement that has very much paid off as Anime Expo takes place from July 1-4, meaning the very last day is when Kuromukuro comes online.
So what do you think of this news? Are you excited to finally watch Kuromukuro even if it’s only the first half? Do you think Netflix putting up one half of the show at a time is a nice alternative to them waiting all 26 or so weeks? Let us know in the comments.