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Harlock:Space Pirate and Hunter X Hunter Hit Netflix [UPDATED]

The start of a new month always means that new stuff surfacing on Netflix, with content varying depending on where in the world you may be. August 1st sees a couple of additions to Netflix in the US, UK and Ireland that will be of interest to fans of anime- and animation as a whole. First up is the 2013 CGI feature Harlock: Space Pirate (a.k.a Space Pirate Captain Harlock) . One of sci-fi anime's most iconic characters (created by Leiji Mastumoto, creator of 70's classic Space Battleship Yamato/Starblazers), the new movie from director Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) brings it bang up-to-date with shiny new 3D animation. The movie is exclusive to Netflix for now, but will be released by Manga Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK in early 2015.

The release of Harlock was something we knew was coming. More surprising however is the release of the TV series Hunter X Hunter. In Japan this popular show competes with the likes of Naruto and One Piece, but it's lesser known in the west. This might be partially down to the fact that it's never been dubbed and as a result didn't get a TV airing in the US. This makes its sudden appearance on Netflix an all the more pleasant surprise for anime fans. 5 seasons are available to watch now, all subtitled.

Previously the UK version of Netflix streamed a fair amount of anime titles, from Manga Entertainment and others but they have mostly expired. However, anime seems to be making something of a  come-back on the service at late. Not only is Knights of Sidonia (the first exclusive Netflix licensed anime) available on all but Netflix regions, but the UK's Anime Limited has also started adding titles to the catalogue. Their first two titles cult hits Kill La Kill and Gurren Lagann hit Netflix last month. The US and Canadian Netflix, however, carry a much larger selection of anime, from Funimation, Sentai and other companies.

The titles mentioned are only currently available to Netflix subscribers in the US, UK and Ireland. If you want access to every region of Netflix no matter where you are, we recommend the excellent service UnblockUs! Try it for free today.

[Source: New On Netflix UK]