MBC Group Secures Rights to Hit Anime Series


MBC Group has secured the rights to various anime series, including TV Tokyo’s Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, for its streaming platform Shahid.

Currently, Shahid features hundreds of anime titles, including Bleach, One Piece, Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul, Initial D, Gin Tama, Hunter x Hunter, Legend of the Galactic Heroes and Belle, as well as the Japanese-Saudi Arabian action fantasy film The Journey.

MBC Group has secured the exclusive MENA rights for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, the 52-episode Japanese series based on the Bleach manga series by Tite Kubo and a direct sequel to the anime Bleach.

The company has extended a partnership with TOEI Animation to add more episodes of One Piece, based on Eiichiro Oda’s manga series of the same name.

Additionally, following the success of Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai on Shahid, MBC Group has expanded its partnership with Aniplex, which will see more than 200 hours of Aniplex content come to Shahid. This includes Fate/Stay Night, Sword Art Online and Gurren Lagann.

All of the titles will become available on Shahid before the end of 2022.

Tareq Al-Ibrahim, director of content for SVOD at Shahid, said: “Anime is extremely popular in the Middle East region—particularly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—so needless to say, we are incredibly excited to be making new additions to our ever-expanding anime catalog on Shahid, bringing new and hit titles that audiences will love exploring.”