Magi: Adventure of Sinbad, the 2016 spin off series of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic finally has a worldwide Netflix release date. But does Kuromukuro have one too?
A placeholder page for Magi: Adventure of Sinbad came online sometime in the past few days or so worldwide, listing a release date of July 14, not long after the show would finish airing in Japan. Netflix Japan has been simulcasting the series produced by Studio Lay-duce, focused around the titular character of Sinbad and his rise to power as a king before the main protagonists of Labyrinth of Magic encounter him.
A fan from the /r/anime Reddit thread discussing the show’s Netflix page confirmed with Netflix Support that episodes 2-6 of the series would be the complete and uncut OVA versions of the anime rather than the cut down edits that aired on Japanese TV.
On the note of Kuromukuro, the series’ Netflix page accessible from the Japanese website currently shows nothing but a picture of the show’s main cast, with the title being ‘SHOW’. While this may be nothing but a glitch as Netflix prepares to release the show worldwide in a several months, this may be tied to the fact that the show’s animation 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.
Most notably, 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 curious choice of words to give seeing as by the time July comes around, Kuromukuro will have only reached the halfway point of its 26 episodes. Does this mean that Netflix is changing its release strategy of anime, by releasing them one half at a time? Or is the line simply a mistake by P.A. Works‘ themselves? Only time will tell.
Among some other significant Netflix related anime news is them picking up the live action American Death Note movie, with the addition of actor Keith Stanfield to a cast already starring Nat Wolff and Margaret Qualley, with Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The ABC’s of Death) set to direct.
These are all very interesting and unique developments as Netflix continues to build up their library of shows and films of many genres and niches, and it’ll only get bigger.