StarzPlay Signs Anime Deal for MENA


StarzPlay has brought more than 1,000 episodes of anime content from TV Tokyo Corporation to its subscribers across MENA.

The multiyear agreement with TV Tokyo Corporation enables StarzPlay to offer anime to its customers. Subscribers now have access to such anime productions as Naruto and its sequel Naruto Shippuden. Other titles include Boruto: Naruto Next Generations and Fruits Basket. StarzPlay subscribers will have access to new weekly episodes of Boruto on a simulcast basis, while the platform has rights for the third season of Fruits Basket, which is scheduled to begin airing in April.

Maaz Sheikh, co-founder and CEO of StarzPlay, said: “Our partnership with TV Tokyo to bring some of the most popular anime series establishes StarzPlay as the true home in the region for anime. The region has witnessed increased demand for anime, and we are bringing the best of content that anime fans will love. For first-timers who want to know all about anime or for seasoned viewers who want to revisit the excitement this genre provides, we have them covered with our new programming that shows our commitment to provide compelling content that appeals to all.”

Yukio Kawasaki, director of TV Tokyo Corporation, said: “One of our differentiating strengths is the extensive line-up of anime series that we distribute, several of them having gained cult status and contributed to the global popularity of the genre. Through our strong ties with StarzPlay, we are delighted to offer our diverse suite of anime series for viewers in MENA, including our flagship franchise Naruto and upcoming culminating season of the popular series Fruits Basket: The Final. This will boost the popularity of anime in the region, especially among youth and families.”