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May 30, 2021 11:48 PM
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MyAnimeList Co., Ltd. (MyAnimeList) announced on Monday that Japan-based companies Akatsuki Inc. (Akatsuki), The Anime Times Company Inc. (The Anime Times Company), DMM.com LLC (DMM.com), and KADOKAWA CORPORATION (Kadokawa) are collectively underwriting 311 million yen (approximately US$2.83 million) of MyAnimeList stock through a third-party allotment.

The stock is part of the 1,200 million yen (approximately US$10.93 million) in shares MyAnimeList issued on February 18. Japanese publishing companies Kodansha Ltd. (Kodansha), SHUEISHA Inc. (Shueisha), Shogakukan Inc. (Shogakukan), and MyAnimeList parent company MEDIA DO Co., Ltd. collectively implemented a third-party allotment and underwrote half of this amount. MyAnimeList will continue to use the funds obtained from the third-party allotments to improve and expand its platform.

Akatsuki is an entertainment company incorporated in June 2010 that specializes in mobile games. The company developed Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle—published by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.—for iOS and Android devices in 2015, and the game has since accumulated over 300 million downloads and US$2 billion in revenue worldwide.

The Anime Times Company is a video distribution company launched by Avex Inc. through a joint investment made by Avex Pictures Inc., Kodansha, Shueisha, and Shogakukan in November 2014.

DMM.com is an electronic commerce company founded in November 1999 that offers online shopping, video streaming, e-books, rentals, and additional services. The company rebranded as DMM.com in July 2003 and began video, game, and e-book distribution. DMM.com claimed to have over 34 million service subscribers as of February 2020.

Kadokawa is a media conglomerate formed through a merger between the original KADOKAWA CORPORATION (founded as Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd. in 1945) and DWANGO Co., Ltd. in October 2014. It was known as KADOKAWA DWANGO CORPORATION until July 2019, when an absorption-type company split led to its current title. Kadokawa brings together various publishing, film, video game, and mass media companies under the Kadokawa Group, which includes BookWalker, ComicWalker, J-Novel Club, Kinema Citrus (31.8% stake), and niconico, among others.

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May 31, 2021 12:06 AM
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damn, I’m interested in seeing what this money will lead to for the site
May 31, 2021 12:50 AM
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Good news, but I hope that money goes to the site instead of your pockets. This site really needs a drastic overhaul visually wise. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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May 31, 2021 12:59 AM
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Does that mean you'll finally implement some captcha code for account creation, so we could get rid of bots?
May 31, 2021 1:01 AM
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ye more money but still slow development im almost sure of it but obviously i want to be proven wrong
May 31, 2021 1:15 AM
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MAL getting bigger and bigger... MAL isn't more just a database for anime, manga and etc., in sooner or later (but more likely sooner...) will MAL turn into a big multimedia franchise/publisher. MAL did make a big name for himself till now, I can't await how far this still going... Let's see it.
May 31, 2021 1:17 AM
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Good news, but I hope that money goes to the site instead of your pockets. This site really needs a drastic overhaul visually wise. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Visually I prefer the site will stay like this.

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May 31, 2021 1:19 AM
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Timz0r said:
Good news, but I hope that money goes to the site instead of your pockets. This site really needs a drastic overhaul visually wise. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I second this lol.
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May 31, 2021 1:47 AM
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Timz0r said:
Good news, but I hope that money goes to the site instead of your pockets. This site really needs a drastic overhaul visually wise. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Please no, that is the only reason i am not moving to Anilist. I hate the minimalistic look every site has now
May 31, 2021 2:02 AM

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Scordolo said:
Timz0r said:
Good news, but I hope that money goes to the site instead of your pockets. This site really needs a drastic overhaul visually wise. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Visually I prefer the site will stay like this.

Same, i like mal the way it looks.
May 31, 2021 2:07 AM

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Sakuta002766 said:
Scordolo said:

Visually I prefer the site will stay like this.

Same, i like mal the way it looks.


Yeah, I like MAL the way it looks now too. I don't really get why some people want to overhaul the entire design. If you want a "modern" website, just head over to Anilist.

Also, didn't some other companies invest in MAL too a while back ? I remember reading an article very similar to this not that long ago and not a lot happened. When is all this investment actually going to change things ?
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Seems like awesome news! I'm curious to see how this'll improve the site.

Also, I don't dislike the style of the site so here's to hoping there won't be too much of a change on that note.
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May 31, 2021 2:42 AM

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just give me official dark mode and I'm good
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Timz0r said:
Good news, but I hope that money goes to the site instead of your pockets. This site really needs a drastic overhaul visually wise. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Please no, that is the only reason i am not moving to Anilist. I hate the minimalistic look every site has now


I mean; this site doesn't even have a dark mode in this day and age. C'mon! I do like MAL, but even the lack of a dark mode without third party installations does hurt the site quite a bit.
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Timz0r said:
Supercuecaaa said:

Please no, that is the only reason i am not moving to Anilist. I hate the minimalistic look every site has now


I mean; this site doesn't even have a dark mode in this day and age. C'mon! I do like MAL, but even the lack of a dark mode without third party installations does hurt the site quite a bit.

I don't think a dark mode is a "drastic overhaul", i thought you were saying just change how everything looks
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Timz0r said:
Good news, but I hope that money goes to the site instead of your pockets. This site really needs a drastic overhaul visually wise. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
I agree with this! Currently, this site looks like outdated Facebook.
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please do something about mobile app.
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Dont change the design ffs, FB went to hell for that

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I don't think a dark mode is a "drastic overhaul", i thought you were saying just change how everything looks


Heh, giving this site a dark mode isn't indeed a drastic overhaol. I was just giving another small example.

Account creation is also something they should reconsider with the recent bot surge that has taken over the site.
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May 31, 2021 3:38 AM

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We need better servers as I keep seeing that message and button more often that I should be.

Also dark mode shouldn't be too hard to implement, even if done for free. All the third-party dark mode apps slow down all my browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Edge, etc).

My current goal is to revamp all the character details for High School DxD and have all the characters included in the DB. All these changes will be because of me.
May 31, 2021 4:24 AM

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Maybe we can finally get decimate ratings, a separate category for light novels, and manga/LN entries approved to the database faster.

Or maybe absolutely nothing will change on the UI end and nothing will noticeably improved just like it has every other time a big company has invested in MAL.
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May 31, 2021 4:47 AM

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I hope this doesn't lead to a terrible modern redesign of the website. I enjoy using this place thanks to the simplistic database layout.
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May 31, 2021 5:07 AM

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Great news, hoping to see some upgrades on the websites.
May 31, 2021 5:25 AM

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Very nice, MAL making more gains, keep going.
May 31, 2021 5:38 AM

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Two requests:
1. First of all, don't change too much, especially when it comes to design. What I love about MAL is that you can customize your list a lot, including the CSS layout of your own list. I also hate "modern" look every site has now.
2. The only thing I want more is the automatic "Relation Graph". One of the other portal has this function for a long time and it helps a lot with large series.
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May 31, 2021 6:03 AM
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bad investment,, mistake
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May 31, 2021 6:37 AM

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How is this site worth $10 (+?) million??
May 31, 2021 7:48 AM

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Hannatach said:
How is this site worth $10 (+?) million??


Not the site, MAL platform in general. It is written in the article.

Good news!! Please develop the platform and site more!! I trust in you!!

May 31, 2021 8:08 AM

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update the ugly old design

Immediate development plans towards these goals include:

 
Infrastructure changes to increase speed and support advanced UI/UX features
 
Multi-language support for the anime/manga databases and user lists
 
iOS/Android app advancements: e.g. dark mode, manga lists, social functions, etc.
 
Upgrading user communication tools to increase information
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Does that mean you'll finally implement some captcha code for account creation, so we could get rid of bots?
This is such a strange piece of misinformation that seems to be circling recently. If you look at the footer, you'll see reCAPTCHA is used on the website. And its been used on account creation for years and years.





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May 31, 2021 8:18 AM
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Well then, with that money I hope to see the app updated. Almost everything important is opened via browser. Why have the app then.

As for the main site, I think it looks good as is. Though I wish to see more details like the ones I see on malgraph, maybe try improve on malgraph then integrate it somewhere in my profile. Maybe a proper dark mode if I'm being picky.

But as of now, it's responsive no fancy web animations that most sites have, which are honestly jarring to look at.
May 31, 2021 8:22 AM
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Doesn't DMM sell JAV?
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Congrats! I hope this site has the best times ahead! Keep it up and don't forget about simple users who love the site for what it's now.
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May 31, 2021 8:57 AM

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Interesting. Seems like good news.
May 31, 2021 10:34 AM

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Will we see some sudden score improvements here: https://myanimelist.net/anime/producer/1696/Kadokawa

Only kidding, I’m glad to see some investment from the industry
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I hope that this doesn't mean any big changes to the site's design.

I like MAL's layout the way that it is, and I don't want to see it turn into some minimalistic, mobile layout, as I'd probably quit the site if that happened.

May 31, 2021 12:10 PM

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It's called money laundering,

How many times have I heard of investments and nothing has been added.
Now go and ban me for speaking the truth.
May 31, 2021 12:28 PM

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The question is, will MAL really "use the funds obtained from the third-party allotments to improve and expand its platform."?

There's almost a typo on the post where it says "MyAnimeList will continue to use the funds obtained from the third-party allotments to improve and expand its platform."

Instead of continue, "start" would sound better and a bit more honest
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update the ugly old design

Immediate development plans towards these goals include:

 
Infrastructure changes to increase speed and support advanced UI/UX features
 
Multi-language support for the anime/manga databases and user lists
 
iOS/Android app advancements: e.g. dark mode, manga lists, social functions, etc.
 
Upgrading user communication tools to increase information


Mobile First is all the rage now so i doubt the Desktop Website will have a redesign before the Mobile Website and Apps

and that Roadmap is the same they posted last time https://myanimelist.net/pressroom/20210218
so thats why i deleted my previous comment about it
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Interesting development. I have a couple questions:
Is there any way for us mortals to see a list of the largest stakeholders who own MAL and their percentages?
Is MAL sharing user data with these stakeholders?

Also, it is at times like this, where I'm reminded that MAL is a rather big for-profit company, when I most think MAL should hire/pay for content moderation, database and writing work. You literally have conglomerates profiting off this work, and it's only fair for it to be compensated.

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Piromysl said:
Does that mean you'll finally implement some captcha code for account creation, so we could get rid of bots?
This is such a strange piece of misinformation that seems to be circling recently. If you look at the footer, you'll see reCAPTCHA is used on the website. And its been used on account creation for years and years.

This is off-topic, but, ah yes, I'm reminded of that captcha every time I have to unblock 3rd party scripts from google to login.
Like every captcha, it annoys users and don't really stop bots.
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all i want is up to date manga database man.
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Does that mean MAL will finally have enough funds to add back the "soulmate" feature where you can find the user who has the most affinity with you in the entire site? I would also like a good design overhaul, *NOT* the anime list design (I like the CSS customization), but the home page, forum designs, etc. But perhaps this has nothing to do with MAL getting more money to do better stuff and I am missing the point entirely.
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Are mods even getting paid yet or they're still working voluntarily?
May 31, 2021 9:40 PM
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With all of these investments and things, you guys really should pay the mods that we currently have. This site is still being run on a voluntary basis despite all of these investments and that's not a good look. It's about time you start paying the ones that actually make an effort in keeping your site up to date and alive.

Plus, as a MAL supporter, we haven't seen any new features or perks or quirks added. Sometimes I wonder, what am I even paying for?

Don't get me wrong, I think it's amazing that companies are investing in MAL and that we have all these good things happening, but I wish you'd translate that into more tangible things that users can see and use. Like for example, being able to change the pictures on our favorites list. Or having more than 20 (it's the main reason I'm paying for support, but it's still not enough) in the first place. Or having better list designs that are on the site by default and not just being contributed by generous users (which are great, but those features are things you expect to be on the site you support and pay real money for). And, for f**k's sake, mass/bulk editing. Do you know how tedious it is to edit anime one by one especially for larger lists like mine?

It may sound like I'm complaining... no, actually, I'm owning up to it - I'm complaining. I'm giving you guys my hard-earned money and you're also earning money from all these companies. It's high time you translate some of that money to stuff we users can actually see and use. And into paying fair compensation to the real people who run this site.




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Bro can we get dark mode now.


i second this! 😊
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People here arguing whether a redesign is needed or not like their opinion worth shit. If shareholders believe that "modern" "mobile" design increases engagement metric by 1.5% then the site will implement that design.

As for the paid staff i can see it happening for the database moderators, but not the forum ones. The latter is not essential to the site's purpose and, i suppose, is harder to display advertisements on. I expect MAL to close forums altogether and herd it's userbase to Discord, like Bethesda did recently.
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so what's in it for the users?
I just want to add my characters on mal without having to wait for 8 months
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I just hope MAL doesn't waste the "potentials" here. idc about anything else
Jun 1, 2021 11:59 AM
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It's a LOT of money. Can you finally pay someone to get the database up to date or shall we wait for another few years?
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Hannatach said:
How is this site worth $10 (+?) million??


The site not. User data though...

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