Everything old was made new again on streaming platforms in 2022

The big promise of streaming video services in Japan was supposed to be a paradigm shift for programming options. The deluge of variety shows, dramas, and anime aired that would inspire some to incessantly declare that “TV in Japan is awful” was expected to be replaced by whatever Netflix and other platforms like it could come up with.

During 2022, viewers here and abroad did turn to streaming platforms for Japanese entertainment, agreeing that the best things were, well, variety shows, dramas, and anime.

Maybe the real revolution was in embracing the status quo?

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