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Disney+ focuses on anime with APAC slate

The lineup includes five animated series, an adaptation of a popular Korean webtoon, and the first series from its partnership with Indonesia's Bumilangit.
October 14, 2021

Disney is mounting a major new campaign in the Asia-Pacific streaming wars, announcing 18 new local-language originals that will be produced in the next year for its SVODs in the region.

The new projects hail from Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, China and Australia, spanning series and films in genres including anime, comedy, fantasy, drama, science-fiction, documentaries, crime, horror and variety shows.

Animated titles include Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall, which reboots a popular Japanese character-driven IP that has already spawned music, action figures and TV series; Summer Time Rendering, based a top online manga title that has generated more than 130 million page views; Yojohan Time Machine Blues, a sequel to Japanese series The Tatami Galaxy; and Twisted Wonderland, an anime adaptation of Disney’s popular mobile game by Aniplex.

In addition to these animation greenlights, Disney has also picked up a third season of Ejen Ali (pictured), co-produced by Primeworks and Wau Animation. The show’s first season is headed to Disney+ in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand in 2022.

Other original titles of note include action thriller Moving, based on a Korean webtoon by Kang Full about three teenagers who discover they have unusual powers; and Tira, the first series developed through Disney’s partnership with leading Indonesian entertainment company Bumilangit.

Other projects on the slate include romantic melodrama Snowdrop, mystery thriller Grid, K-Pop documentary BLACKPINK: The Movie, coming-of-age romance Rookies, medical drama Tokyo MER, comedy-drama series Susah Sinyal and Small & Mighty, Chinese period drama Delicacies Destiny and Australian documentary Shipwreck Hunters.

There were no additional details about formats, release dates or target demographics available at press time.

Disney+ is currently up and running in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. And it will launch next month in South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The SVOD is already well stocked with a robust catalogue of Disney’s global franchises, general entertainment from the company’s Star content hub, and local-language acquisitions from each territory.

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Alexandra Whyte is Kidscreen's News & Social Media Editor. Contact her at awhyte@brunico.com

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