I know right? Who would have expected me to write this piece? Well, I did. Disney has built a brand off of high-quality movies and series for families. With anime taking Netflix by storm, I feel it’s time Disney purchases an anime studio that creates quality movies and series which are mostly for families. I am NOT talking about Studio Ghibli, despite their past distribution deal.
Who Is This Mysterious Anime Studio?
As I just said we are NOT talking about the once-great Studio Ghibli, we are talking about another studio, an anime studio in Kyoto Japan named Kyoto Animation.
Is Kyoto Animation A Good Fit For Disney?
The obvious question is: “Is Kyoto Animation a good fit for Disney?” and in my opinion, the answer is yes. Let me explain. Some of the movies and TV series and owned by Kyoto Animation include K-ON! (2009) which is rated PG, A Silent Voice (2016) which is rated PG-13, Violet Evergarden (2018) which is rated PG, and Tamako Love Story (2014) which is rated TV-14. Do you see the pattern? Kyoto consistently puts out how quality anime which is made within the age range Disney+ limits itself to (G-TV-14) about love, friendship and in a lot of cases High School.
Why Should Disney Acquire Kyoto Animation?
Anime is huge on Netflix. That’s why Disney should acquire Kyoto Animation. Disney owns a small anime library of eleven titles whilst Netflix streams hundreds of anime titles. If Disney is smart they would grab Kyoto Animation and stream their anime titles on Disney+ worldwide. Why?
First of all, an acquisition like this would help Disney+ become bigger in Japan.
Second of all, Kyoto Animation’s titles are very family-friendly and would lead to Disney being able to get anime fans to potentially drop the likes of Netflix, Funimation and Crunchyroll to stream Kyoto’s anime on Disney+.
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An Autistic Disney, Marvel and Star Wars fan from England. Ethan is an advocate for equal representation in media for people of colour, LGBTQ+, women and people with disabilities. One day he'll be a published author mark his words, but for now, he covers Disney stuff.