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Animation Studio Arms Declares Bankruptcy

Animation Studio Arms Declares Bankruptcy

Common Sense Co., Ltd. (Common Sense), previously known as Arms Co., Ltd. (Arms Corporation), has been declared bankrupt, according to a report by the credit and marketing information firm Tokyo Shoko Research on Tuesday. The company received a special liquidation order from the Tokyo District Court on July 22. Debt accumulated by the company is currently under investigation. In the fiscal year ending in June 2009, Arms saw a net revenue of 390 million yen (approximately US$3.6 million) with the...

Aug 5, 12:50 AM by Vindstot 64 Comments

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Asahi Broadcasting Group Holdings Acquires Animation Studio Silver Link.

Asahi Broadcasting Group Holdings Acquires Animation Studio Silver Link.

Asahi Broadcasting Group Holdings (ABC Group Holdings) announced on Monday that it has acquired the Tokyo-based animation studio Silver Link. as a subsidiary. The acquisition comes a month after Silver Link. merged with its own subsidiary studio Connect. The studio will be newly established under ABC Group Holdings as a wholly owned subsidiary effective October 1. Asahi Broadcasting Group also announced on Monday that it had incurred a deficit of 353 million yen (approximately US$3.3 million) du...

Aug 3, 2:16 PM by Aidan 15 Comments

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Studio Silver Link. and Subsidiary Studio Connect Merge

Studio Silver Link. and Subsidiary Studio Connect Merge

The Extra 150th issue of the National Printing Bureau's Kanpou—the Japanese government's official gazette—revealed a merger on Friday that saw animation studio Silver Link. absorb its subsidiary studio Connect. The merged studio retains the Silver Link. name, and subcontracting studio Beep remains a subsidiary of Silver Link. For the fiscal year ending in November 2019, Silver Link. experienced a net loss of 24.97 million yen (approximately US$233,000), while Connect saw a net profit of 13.26 m...

Jul 17, 7:31 PM by ImperfectBlue 6 Comments

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Mobile Manga Subscription Service Mangamo Launched

Mobile Manga Subscription Service Mangamo Launched

A new manga subscription service, Mangamo, launched globally on April 15 (JST) on the App Store for iOS devices. The service seeks to help readers legally circumvent the high cost of purchasing individual manga. For US$4.99 per month, subscribers will have unlimited, ad-free access to the Mangamo library of manga translated into English. Titles currently available on Mangamo include Shingeki no Kyojin, Enen no Shouboutai, Somali to Mori no Kamisama, Arte, and titles without previous English rel...

Apr 14, 6:23 PM by ImperfectBlue 14 Comments

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Aniplex Establishes 3DCG Animation Studio Subsidiary

Aniplex Establishes 3DCG Animation Studio Subsidiary

Aniplex Inc. (Aniplex) announced the establishment of a subsidiary 3DCG animation studio, Boundary Inc. (Boundary), yesterday on April 1 in Japan. Aniplex producer Akira Shimizu was named president of the subsidiary, which was funded entirely by Aniplex with 100 million yen (approximately US$933,900) in capital and will be located in Nakano, Tokyo. Aniplex was founded in September 1995 under Sony Music Entertainment Japan, and oversees the planning, production, and distribution of anime—some of...

Apr 1, 2:25 PM by ImperfectBlue 11 Comments

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Netflix Announces Partnership with Six Japanese Creators

Netflix Announces Partnership with Six Japanese Creators

The official website for Netflix announced on Tuesday that the company will be partnering with six Japanese creators to develop new anime originals. These creators are CLAMP (Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits), Shin Kibayashi (Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo, Tantei Gakuen Q), Yasuo Ohtagaki (Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, Moonlight Mile), Otsuichi, (Goth, Kimi ni shika Kikoenai), Tow Ubukata (Mardock Scramble, Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor), and Mari Yamazaki (Thermae Romae, Olympia Kyklos). In 201...

Feb 26, 2:14 PM by RadiantBreeze 52 Comments

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'Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni' Director Sunao Katabuchi Establishes New Animation Studio

'Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni' Director Sunao Katabuchi Establishes New Animation Studio

Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (In This Corner of the World) director Sunao Katabuchi unveiled his new animation studio—Contrail—on Monday. The studio was founded on September 2 of this year, but was kept under wraps until now. Katabuchi intends to work with the studio on feature-length films in the future. Contrail will be closely tied to MAPPA, the studio that produced Katabuchi's aforementioned breakout film, Kono Sekai no Katsumi ni—winner of Best Film at the 38th Yokohama Film Festival and the...

Dec 23, 2019 9:31 PM by ImperfectBlue 9 Comments

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'Fragtime' Producer Tear Studio to File for Bankruptcy

'Fragtime' Producer Tear Studio to File for Bankruptcy

Next Batter's Circle Co., Ltd. (Next Batter's Circle), the company behind animation studio Tear Studio, ceased all operations on December 13 and submitted preliminary paperwork to file for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy will be formally filed before the end of December. The news was released on Monday by Tokyo Shoko Research, a long-standing credit reporting agency in Japan, and comes about a week after tweets surfaced about Tear Studio's failure to pay its animators. Around this time, Tear Studio d...

Dec 16, 2019 9:14 PM by ImperfectBlue 19 Comments

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MyAnimeList, Honey's Anime Launch MAL Live Streaming Platform, Debut with Lantis Matsuri Concert Live from Anime NYC

MyAnimeList, Honey's Anime Launch MAL Live Streaming Platform, Debut with Lantis Matsuri Concert Live from Anime NYC

MyAnimeList, LLC (MyAnimeList) has teamed up with qdopp, Inc.'s Honey's Anime in establishing MAL Live, a streaming platform that will connect fans digitally to music performances and other live events from around the world. The Lantis Matsuri 2019 performance at Anime NYC will be the inaugural paid event on MAL Live. To access both free and paid MAL Live streams, viewers will need to log in to the platform's website with their MyAnimeList account. The service is available in all regions exclud...

Oct 28, 2019 8:09 PM by ImperfectBlue 12 Comments

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MyAnimeList and HIDIVE Announce Partnership

MyAnimeList and HIDIVE Announce Partnership

MyAnimeList, LLC and HIDIVE, LLC announced a strategic partnership today. The agreement will enable MyAnimeList and the HIDIVE streaming service to share their unique offerings and improve user experience, with planned features and the potential for more in the future. Atsushi Mizoguchi, CEO of MyAnimeList, hopes the relationship and additional features will facilitate user growth and interaction in the community while also helping HIDIVE users discover new anime. Starting September 25, MyAnime...

Sep 25, 2019 8:24 AM by ImperfectBlue 5 Comments

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Sony Pictures Television and Aniplex Announce Global Streaming Merger

Sony Pictures Television and Aniplex Announce Global Streaming Merger

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. division Sony Pictures Television and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. subsidiary Aniplex Inc. (Aniplex) announced the merging of three anime streaming properties on Tuesday. Sony Pictures Television's Funimation headlines the global streaming group that includes Aniplex's France-based Wakanim and Australia-based Madman Anime Group (Madman). Funimation general manager Colin Decker will lead the jointly owned group. The merger comes on the heels of Funimati...

Sep 24, 2019 11:06 PM by ImperfectBlue 4 Comments

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Manga Rock Shuts Down, Aggregator MR Comics to Launch

Manga Rock Shuts Down, Aggregator MR Comics to Launch

The Manga Rock manga aggregator was removed from the App Store and Play Store on Thursday, September 5. Manga Rock developer Not a Basement Studio was behind the removal, intended as the first phase of their plan to rebrand as a new, legal manga aggregator titled MR Comics. Within the next week, the Manga Rock website will also cease operations and redirect to the new MR Comics website. In a statement on the MR Comics website, Not a Basement Studio describes the decision as one to combat piracy...

Sep 8, 2019 9:22 PM by ImperfectBlue 40 Comments

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Crunchyroll Acquires Majority Stake in VIZ Media Europe Group

Crunchyroll Acquires Majority Stake in VIZ Media Europe Group

Crunchyroll, the anime streaming division of WarnerMedia's Otter Media digital company, acquired a majority stake in VIZ Media Europe Group, the top anime distributor and manga publisher in Europe. The Hitotsubashi Group—comprised of Shogakukan., Shueisha, and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions—will retain a minority share of VIZ Media Europe. The agreement, which the two companies signed on Friday, will pair Crunchyroll's global streaming platform with VIZ Media Europe's network of partners, dist...

Sep 6, 2019 10:57 PM by ImperfectBlue 11 Comments

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Police Release Names of 10 Victims in Kyoto Animation Fire

Police Release Names of 10 Victims in Kyoto Animation Fire

Kyoto Prefectural Police announced on Friday the names of ten victims in last month's apparent arson attack on the No. 1 Studio building of animation production company Kyoto Animation. The incident has killed 35 people in one of Japan's deadliest mass murders since World War II. Police have identified all of the victims using DNA analysis and are seeking approval from family members to release the remaining names. Yuka Kasama (22) A recent graduate of Osaka Seikei University, Kasama joined the...

Aug 3, 2019 10:50 PM by arsonal 33 Comments

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Kyoto Animation Proceeds with 'Violet Evergarden Gaiden' World Premiere

Kyoto Animation Proceeds with 'Violet Evergarden Gaiden' World Premiere

Organizers of Germany's AnimagiC anime convention announced on Tuesday that the world premiere screenings of Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidou Shuki Ningyou will proceed as planned on August 3 and 4, despite last week's apparent arson attack on the No. 1 Studio building of Kyoto Animation. A statement printed in the official program of AnimagiC indicates that the screening is being held "at the express request of the studio." Violet Evergarden Gaiden, which is helmed by rising director Har...

Jul 23, 2019 5:30 PM by arsonal 42 Comments

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Anime Industry Grapples with Aftermath of Kyoto Animation Fire [Update 10/13]

Anime Industry Grapples with Aftermath of Kyoto Animation Fire [Update 10/13]

The anime industry is struggling to cope with the human and material losses of Thursday's apparent arson attack on animation production company Kyoto Animation, which has killed at least 34 people. Investigators began inspecting the burned-out No. 1 Studio building on Friday, shortly after firefighters declared the fire completely extinguished at 6:20 a.m. local time. In addition to the human loss, all of the studio's past animation drawings and production materials, including computers and ele...

Jul 19, 2019 4:05 PM by arsonal 77 Comments

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35 Dead in Suspected Arson at Kyoto Animation No. 1 Studio [Update 7/27]

35 Dead in Suspected Arson at Kyoto Animation No. 1 Studio [Update 7/27]

A suspected arson attack at the No. 1 Studio building of animation production company Kyoto Animation on Thursday has left at least 33 people dead and 36 more injured. It is Japan's deadliest arson incident since 1989 and its deadliest fire incident since 2001, according to police. A 41-year-old man, who is among the injured, has been identified as a suspect. According to a Thursday evening incident report by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, two 20-liter containers of gasoline were found...

Jul 17, 2019 10:34 PM by arsonal 650 Comments

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Funimation Acquires UK Anime Distributor Manga Entertainment

Funimation Acquires UK Anime Distributor Manga Entertainment

Sony Pictures Television's Funimation Productions, LLC (Funimation) announced a deal to acquire UK anime distributor Manga Entertainment Ltd. (Manga Entertainment) yesterday. With the deal, Funimation will become the largest distributor of anime in the UK and Ireland. The two companies have teamed up in the past, with Funimation sub-licensing its properties to Manga Entertainment until 2016, and again from late 2018 until the acquisition. Though full details were not disclosed, the announcement...

May 30, 2019 6:53 PM by ImperfectBlue 7 Comments

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Square Enix to Launch English-Language Manga Imprint in Fall 2019

Square Enix to Launch English-Language Manga Imprint in Fall 2019

Square Enix, Inc., the American subsidiary of Japan's Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. (Square Enix), announced a multi-year deal with Penguin Random House Publisher Services on Friday. The sales and distribution agreement will see Square Enix, Inc. releasing English-language manga, novels, and art books worldwide beginning in Fall 2019. Releases confirmed as of the announcement are Soul Eater, High Score Girl, Ojisama to Neko, and the Final Fantasy XV: The Dawn of the Future novel (pictured), whi...

May 17, 2019 9:22 PM by ImperfectBlue 8 Comments

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Xebec Merges With Production I.G After 24 Years of Anime Production

Xebec Merges With Production I.G After 24 Years of Anime Production

Xebec, the West Tokyo-based anime production company known for titles such as Kidou Senkan Nadesico (Martian Successor Nadesico), Soukyuu no Fafner (Fafner of the Blue Sky), and To LOVE-Ru, will be broken up after 24 years in business. The decision, which was announced on Friday, comes just months after the company's core animation business was sold to Sunrise in November. According to a press release published by parent company IG Port, Xebec will cease to exist as a business entity on May 31,...

Apr 6, 2019 11:17 PM by arsonal 68 Comments

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