Aug 2 2013, 9:02pm CDT | by Mark Raby
The Japanese-dubbed version of Digimon is now available to viewers in the United States, thanks to Netflix. Both seasons of the classic Digimon Adventure 02 series of the franchise are now available on the video streaming service.
Of course, the English version of the series appears as well, but it looks like Netflix has realized the anime culture and the fact that many fans appreciate watching a show with its Japanese dialogue.
It is the only way for US viewers to legally watch the Japanese version of the show. Of the myriad DVD and VHS releases for Digimon none of them included Japanese subtitles as an option in North America. Previously, other services including Crunchyroll and Funimation, as well as Amazon Instant Video, had the Japanese versions available. However, they were subsequently pulled down, presumably over legal and copyright issues.
Those issues have apparently been cleared with Netflix, though, which has become quite a haven for anime content. However, there is little in the way of exclusive international content. With its big push into original programming, perhaps the site is also trying to differentiate itself from the competition by securing exclusivity deals for foreign content that no other streaming site can offer to US viewers.
Either way, this announcement is cool news for fans of the long-running Pokemon knock-off. Head over to Netflix and check it out.
Via Anime News Network
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