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Oct 12, 2011 12:18 AM

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According to Nikkei, Kadokawa Group Holdings has announced that they have incorporated Media Factory as a subsidiary of the holdings on October 12th. As a result, most of the major light novel publishers are now affiliated with Kadokawa Group.

Light novel publishers belonging to Kadokawa Group
Dengeki Bunko
 Shakugan no Shana
 Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
 Durarara!!
Fujimi Fantasia Bunko
 Full Metal Panic!
 Seitokai no Ichizon
 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
 Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
 Rental Magica
 Dantalian no Shoka
Kadokawa Beans Bunko
 Saiunkoku Monogatari
 Gosick
 Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru
Famitsu Bunko
 Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
 Bungaku Shoujo
 Yoshinaga-san'chi no Gargoyle
Media Factory Bunko J
 IS: Infinite Stratos
 Zero no Tsukaima
 Hidan no Aria

Light novel publishers unrelated to Kadokawa
Shueisha Super Dash Bunko
 Kure-nai
 Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou
 Mayoi Neko Overrun!
GA Bunko
 Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
 Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica
GaGaGa Bunko
 Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
 Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku
HJ Bunko
 Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou

Source: Nikkei (PDF file)
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Kadokawa nearly has a monopoly for light novels now

 
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Yay, a monopoly, seems like prices have only one way to go now.

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Chart: Market Shares of Light Novel Publishers in H1 2011
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dtshyk said:
Oh lawd
 
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Oct 12, 2011 1:06 AM

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inb4 world domination?
 
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Well i'll be damned.
 
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Oct 12, 2011 2:24 AM
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That chart tells the story more than the list. Given Yen Press's cozy relationship with Kadokawa, this might affect the light novel sector in the US as well.
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Looks like Kadokawa has become the Volkswagen of the Light Novel Industry today...

Now if only there's a crossover between Dengeki, Media Factory, Famitsu, etc...
 
Oct 12, 2011 5:44 AM
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What about Kodansha Box? (Bakemonogatari etc...) do they belong to Kadokawa as well?
 
Oct 12, 2011 6:19 AM

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Spinoff with Victorique and Fubuki please, since Baby Princess and Gosick are now under Kodakawa's control.


 
Oct 12, 2011 6:53 AM

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seems like all the light novels i read belong to them now...

so i want aria and victorique with shana-tan~!
 
Oct 12, 2011 6:56 AM

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Industry monopoly hmmm? Congrats, not an easy feat these days.

On the other hand, prepare for price spikes everyone.
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Industry monopoly hmmm? Congrats, not an easy feat these days.
On the other hand, prepare for price spikes everyone.


Fuck, that's no good.


 
Oct 12, 2011 7:13 AM

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The list just makes me realize how much I wish light novels would be translated to English more often.
 
Oct 12, 2011 7:21 AM

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Stuff's gonna get expensive, I can already feel the pain in my wallet.
 
Oct 12, 2011 7:26 AM

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Zeream said:
Industry monopoly hmmm? Congrats, not an easy feat these days.
On the other hand, prepare for price spikes everyone.



actually its pretty easy now under the guise of "financial troubles" due to a persistent recession. it happened to the banks even with federal oversight. power companies as well. you will be seeing more mergers and acquisitions that create real of virtual monopolies.

not much can be done about this anyway.
 
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Homestuck said:
Stuff's gonna get expensive, I can already feel the pain in my wallet.


I can see LN price standard becoming 1200-1500 yen easy.


 
Oct 12, 2011 8:13 AM

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Hooray for the lack of antitrust laws.

This totally wont completely fuck over the consumer.
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Hooray for the lack of antitrust laws.
This totally wont completely fuck over the consumer.


This is Kadokawa, you see what happened with Nichijou, they will certainly fuck over the consumer.


 
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Huh, I wonder where this will lead then. I just hope more light novels will be translated...

@Hoppy - Was Kadokawa going to release a Nichijou light novel, or something?
 
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Huh, I wonder where this will lead then. I just hope more light novels will be translated...
@Hoppy - Was Kadokawa going to release a Nichijou light novel, or something?


I was referring to their anime division and Nichijou's BDs being severely overpriced. The anime didn't sell because of this


 
Oct 12, 2011 9:49 AM

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well surprise surprise
 
Oct 12, 2011 12:02 PM

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If only more LN's would be translated into English so i could buy them...I'm a big fan of LN's.
 
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They still have to be priced to buy. Monopoly or not, it's not a "necessary item", and if the price goes too high they'd end up losing money if sales drop too low. Not to mention, since they produce different series, it's not like they're completely interchangeable to begin with—why would the price difference matter all that much? Are you -really- going to buy GoSick over IS if IS is your thing?

Besides, realistically, I imagine -most- of the English speaking readers of LNs either pirate* or buy localizations*, which I imagine is also a small enough market that prices can't go too much higher than they already are. I.e., are -you- really affected at all?

*Translation projects, much?
**Sure, we might say we'll learn Japanese and import the LNs someday, but how many really do, I wonder?
 
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Does this mean more light novels will be translated?


 
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Wow, surprising. I often see Kadokawa or Media Factory as sponsors in anime, so I assume that those anime are adaptations of light novels or manga released by them.
 
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dtshyk said:
Chart: Market Shares of Light Novel Publishers in H1 2011lightnovelshare4.jpg


*shocked* I didn't know Kadokawa is THAT big....

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dtshyk said:Chart: Market Shares of Light Novel Publishers in H1 2011lightnovelshare4.jpg
Hmmm Monopoly.... My... Oh well i dun read LN that much but if I ever learn to read japanese I wonder how will that affect me. Still that's not kewl... Prices and all that stuff...

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Huh...... The only ones bot related to them are minor ones no one cares......

Infinite Stratos...... That's a HUGE gain. Man it's like the ao no exorcist of harem!
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monopoly can't be a good thing, I was hoping media factory would be independent
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icekatana8825 said:
monopoly can't be a good thing, I was hoping media factory would be independent


right people say this and then saport funimation with we there 60% monopoly hippo crites
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well... hope for the best?



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How much are the average price of light novels before this anyways????
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How much are the average price of light novels before this anyways????


at the crrunt rate around $25 to 40

price like any low print run 1st eidton book
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$25 to 40? Maybe it they come with a DVD , or if you're converting into something other than USD, or if you're including single-item order international shipping from an expensive small-order shipper like Amazon.

OreImo: ¥578
Haganai: ¥609
Index: ¥578
Haruhi: ¥580
Basically, like $8 even at the current horrendous exchange rate.
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Holly crap
 
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Oh, jeez. Wow. According to the list/chart, I've never heard of anything Not associated with Kadowaka. I guess this is an accomplishment for them, being a giant monopoly and all, but I'm not so sure I'm as excited. I'm having trouble scraping together enough money for my otaku-needs as it is now. -.-V
 
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I guess people aren't aware of this but the dollar is absolute crap and every country's economic condition right now is unstable. It's impractical to use it as a standard for exchange rate. Its much more realistic to think in terms of salaries or the average meal in the country. A cheap meal at a convenience store or a supermarket bento in Japan, (if someone went to Japan and only ate at McDonalds, they dont realize Mcdonalds and Starbucks are actually a luxuries in Asian countries) is around 400-600 yen. So a light novel is about the cost of a cheap meal in japan. Thats neither expensive nor cheap, just reasonable. Compare it to America, where manga is $12 dollars, its not a surprise why there is a decline in Manga bought. Its not that digital is better, its just in America, they make it impossible to exist through paper.
 
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