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A-1 Pictures Unit Spun Off as CloverWorks, Becomes Aniplex Subsidiary

A-1 Pictures Unit Spun Off as CloverWorks, Becomes Aniplex Subsidiary

CloverWorks, the anime studio based in the Koenji neighborhood of Tokyo that was established under the umbrella of anime studio A-1 Pictures, has been spun off as a new company effective October 1, 2018. In a press release, Sony Music Entertainment said its anime production and distribution subsidiary Aniplex will control 100 percent of the shares of CloverWorks. The reorganization means that the A-1 Pictures studio in Asagaya and the CloverWorks studio in Koenji are now sister companies under...

Oct 14, 7:41 PM by arsonal 6 Comments

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Production IMS Unable to Make Debt Payments, Declared Bankrupt

Production IMS Unable to Make Debt Payments, Declared Bankrupt

Production IMS, the animation studio based in Nerima, Tokyo, known for production of anime titles such as Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha., Shinmai Maou no Testament, and High School Fleet, has been declared bankrupt. Credit and marketing information firm Tokyo Shoko Research reported on Thursday that Production IMS filed for bankruptcy on September 21. Tokyo District Court granted the application on October 3, allowing the company to commence bankruptcy proceedings. Yoshiyuki Matsuzaki, an animation p...

Oct 13, 3:15 PM by arsonal 70 Comments

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In Nationwide Effort, Animation Feature Films Come of Age in China

In Nationwide Effort, Animation Feature Films Come of Age in China

When organizers of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival selected China as a guest country for the 2017 edition, the world's biggest animation festival used their brand to champion a new crop of Chinese studios producing original animation features. Among the festival's international premieres was Da Yu Hai Tang (pictured above), an epic fantasy film marketed overseas as Big Fish & Begonia which earned 565 million yuan (approximately US$89 million) in the Chinese box office just a yea...

Sep 11, 10:00 PM by arsonal 6 Comments

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Fukushima Gainax Reorganizes as Studio Gaina in Acquisition by Kinoshita Group

Fukushima Gainax Reorganizes as Studio Gaina in Acquisition by Kinoshita Group

Japanese conglomerate Kinoshita Group announced on Monday that it has acquired animation studio Fukushima Gainax as a subsidiary business. The conglomerate, whose business spans real estate, nursing homes, publishing, music, and radio, said in a press release that the transfer of ownership of Fukushima Gainax's shares was completed on July 26. As part of the acquisition, Fukushima Gainax will no longer retain the identity of its affiliated namesake, animation studio Gainax based in Mitaka, Tokyo...

Aug 25, 1:49 PM by arsonal 13 Comments

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Fukushima Gainax Seek to Rehabilitate Image of Regions Hit by Tsunami Through Anime

Fukushima Gainax Seek to Rehabilitate Image of Regions Hit by Tsunami Through Anime

The release of 2018's Piano no Mori marked a milestone for Fukushima Gainax. A complete anime adaptation of the award-winning manga – a tale of two boys from different walks of life finding common ground through piano – was highly-anticipated after its conclusion in November 2015. That Fukushima Gainax would handle the show with newcomer Gaku Nakatani directing was certainly surprising. The initial shock, due to renowned animation studio Gainax's dormancy in recent years, progressed toward the...
Anime Streaming Smartphone App Tate Anime Changes to Anime Beans

Anime Streaming Smartphone App Tate Anime Changes to Anime Beans

It has been announced that Production I.G.'s anime streaming smartphone app Tate Anime will renew its app to Anime Beans at the end of May. The contents provided to Tate Anime will be moved to Anime Beans and provide more anime with new rules added. Tate Anime is an anime streaming smartphone app that launched last summer. Many short anime series such as T-sensei, Africa no Salaryman, Kodoku no Gourmet, Karadasagashi and Mentori have been the contents of the app. Meshinuma. anime adaptation was...

May 18, 8:47 AM by tsubasalover 4 Comments

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Japan Anime Music Lab. Aims to Connect Anisong Artists with Overseas Distributors

Japan Anime Music Lab. Aims to Connect Anisong Artists with Overseas Distributors

PROMIC, the foundation for promotion of Japan's music industry and culture, has launched a new service called Japan Anime Music Lab., which aims to support the overseas expansion of anime music (anisong). Also known by the abbreviation JAMLAB., the service provides a free portal in which international rights buyers can communicate directly with music industry professionals. JAMLAB. was first introduced last October at the 14th Tokyo International Music Market. In a seminar held at the event, Sh...
MyAnimeList Launches Digital Manga Store

MyAnimeList Launches Digital Manga Store

MyAnimeList, LLC, the company which operates the anime and manga catalog website of the same name, has announced that it is launching an English-language digital manga store in partnership with North American manga publishers VIZ Media and Kodansha Comics. The MyAnimeList Manga Store launches in Canada on Thursday, March 8, and will be available in other English-speaking territories including the United States later this month. VIZ Media and Kodansha Comics will make more than 200 manga titles...

Mar 7, 11:30 PM by arsonal 27 Comments

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Bandai Namco Reorganizes Bandai Visual, Lantis, Sunrise Units

Bandai Namco Reorganizes Bandai Visual, Lantis, Sunrise Units

Bandai Namco Holdings, a major developer of entertainment products and services, announced a major reorganization of several subsidiaries related to its toys, amusement, audiovisual, and animation businesses on Friday. The announcement was made along with the publication of company's financial statements for the third quarter (ending in December) of fiscal year 2018. Bandai Namco will merge its animation video packaging unit Bandai Visual and animation music production subsidiary Lantis into a s...

Feb 10, 8:36 PM by arsonal 17 Comments

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Kansai-Based Studio Wanpack to Close Following Founder's Death

Kansai-Based Studio Wanpack to Close Following Founder's Death

Studio Wanpack, an Osaka-based anime studio known as a long-time subcontractor to major anime studios, announced early Thursday morning that it will be dissolving the business on February 28, 2018. The announcement follows the death of studio founder Kouji Yamada on January 2. Founded in 1993, Studio Wanpack produces key animation and storyboard drawings for the rest of the anime industry. In 2017 alone, the studio's clients include major studios such as A-1 Pictures, Production I.G, Wit Studio,...

Feb 1, 10:24 AM by arsonal 4 Comments

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Nissan Motor Replaces Toshiba as 'Sazae-san' Main Sponsor After 49 Years

Nissan Motor Replaces Toshiba as 'Sazae-san' Main Sponsor After 49 Years

Sazae-san, the longest running animated television series in the world, will gain new broadcast sponsors in April following the exit of Toshiba Corporation, which has sponsored the series for almost 49 years. Toshiba was the sole sponsor of the series since from 1969 until 1999 but has been sharing sponsorship with other companies since then. On Wednesday, Japanese news media reported that automotive manufacturer Nissan Motor Corporation will take over primary sponsorship of the series. Broadca...

Jan 31, 10:10 PM by arsonal 4 Comments

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Netflix Announces Anime Partnership with Production I.G and Bones

Netflix Announces Anime Partnership with Production I.G and Bones

Global streaming content provider Netflix is making a push to deepen its business relationships with anime production companies in Japan. On Wednesday, Netflix announced a continuing partnership with anime studios Production I.G and Bones in a press release. Netflix's partnership with Production I.G also involves the latter's subsidiary, Wit Studio. Last summer, Netflix announced that it will be launching anime titles produced by two of the studios. B: The Beginning, produced by Production I.G,...

Jan 31, 11:30 AM by arsonal 73 Comments

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Amazon Ends Anime Strike Curated Streaming Service

Amazon Ends Anime Strike Curated Streaming Service

Internet retailer Amazon terminated its curated streaming service Anime Strike on Friday just one year after its launch. Anime Strike provided Amazon Prime customers in the United States with access to more than one thousand anime episodes and movies for a $4.99 monthly subscription fee. The streaming service also shut down its Facebook and Twitter pages, which had been inactive for months prior to its cancellation. In a statement provided to Forbes and other news media outlets, an Amazon spoke...

Jan 7, 3:34 PM by arsonal 37 Comments

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Bibury Animation Studios Leads 'Grisaia: Phantom Trigger' TV Anime Production

Bibury Animation Studios Leads 'Grisaia: Phantom Trigger' TV Anime Production

Bibury Animation Studios, a joint venture anime production studio established in May, has revealed that it will lead the production of Grisaia: Phantom Trigger, a television anime series based on the visual novel series of the same name. The studio, which is named after a village in southwestern England, is led by anime director Motoki Tanaka, also known by the pen name Tensho. Bibury is also a model location for the anime Kiniro Mosaic, which Tanaka directed. In a released statement, the direct...

Aug 18, 2017 8:13 PM by arsonal 24 Comments

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International Streaming Service DAISUKI Ends Service in October

International Streaming Service DAISUKI Ends Service in October

Streaming content distributor DAISUKI announced on Tuesday that it will terminate its international anime streaming service by October 31, 2017. DAISUKI, which began its service in 2013, is owned and operated by Anime Consortium Japan and was acquired by Bandai Namco Holdings in a 2.1 billion yen buyout in March. The site was opened following the 2012 establishment of a joint venture among Asatsu DK, Toei Animation, Aniplex, Sunrise, TMS Entertainment, and Dentsu. In 2014, ownership of DAISUKI w...

Aug 1, 2017 9:21 AM by arsonal 50 Comments

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Sony Pictures Television Acquires Majority Stake in Funimation

Sony Pictures Television Acquires Majority Stake in Funimation

Sony Pictures Television, a California-based television production and distribution studio, announced on Monday that it will acquire a 95-percent stake in shares of North American anime distributor Funimation. Gen Fukunaga, the Texas-based company's founder and chief executive, will retain a minority stake and remain in his current position. Deadline Hollywood reports that Sony Pictures Television will pay US$143 million for the controlling stake in Funimation, subject to regulatory approvals an...

Jul 31, 2017 5:00 PM by arsonal 46 Comments

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Dwango and Khara Form CG Animation Joint Venture Project Studio Q

Dwango and Khara Form CG Animation Joint Venture Project Studio Q

Entertainment content management company Dwango, animation studio Khara, and the Aso College Group announced on Wednesday that they have established an animation and CG production company named Project Studio Q. Based in the city of Fukuoka in western Japan, Project Studio Q aims to foster talent development in the CG animation industry. The decision to establish the headquarters of the new company in the Kyushu region was made because its employment market is less competitive than in Tokyo, whi...

Jul 13, 2017 8:59 AM by arsonal 19 Comments

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Animation Studio Artland Seeks Debt Consolidation

Animation Studio Artland Seeks Debt Consolidation

Animation Studio Artland Inc. announced on Friday that it has hired a lawyer to assist the company with consolidation of its corporate debt, which stood at 298.84 million yen as of December 2016. In an interview with credit reporting agency Tokyo Shoko Research, Artland president Kuniharu Okano denies reports that the company has suspended its business operations. According to Okano, Artland sent a notice to its business partners on Tuesday that it is seeking to consolidate its debts with the he...

Jul 9, 2017 10:45 PM by arsonal 34 Comments

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Gainax Begins Production of 'Aoki Uru' Anime Movie After Lawsuit

Gainax Begins Production of 'Aoki Uru' Anime Movie After Lawsuit

In a blog post published on Friday, Gainax president Hiroyuki Yamaga announced that, as of June 2017, the studio has begun production of its upcoming anime movie Aoki Uru (Uru in Blue). Aoki Uru is billed as a sequel to Gainax's 1987 production Ouritsu Uchuugun: Honneamise no Tsubasa (Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise), which was produced on the most expensive budget for an anime movie at the time at 800 million yen. Plans for the sequel's production had stalled in the 1990s before it w...

Jun 23, 2017 10:59 AM by arsonal 24 Comments

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Interview: Emon Haoliners Discusses Entry into Japan as Chinese Animation Brand

Interview: Emon Haoliners Discusses Entry into Japan as Chinese Animation Brand

In October 2015, Shanghai-based animation production brand Haoliners Animation League opened an office in the Kichijoji suburb of Tokyo. The production studio named Emon is Japan's first animation studio established by a Chinese investor. In February 2017, MyAnimeList met with Widad Noureddine, Emon's general manager of international media operations, in Kichijoji as part of a feature story on Chinese animation. This is a transcript of that meeting. How did you come to start working at Haoliner...

Jun 22, 2017 8:59 AM by arsonal 19 Comments

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