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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...
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 8:59 AM by arsonal 19 Comments

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Anime Streaming Platform HIDIVE Begins Beta Service

Anime Streaming Platform HIDIVE Begins Beta Service

English-language anime streaming content platform HIDIVE has opened for beta testing in partnership with U.S. licensing company Sentai Filmworks. HIDIVE launched on Tuesday with Sentai Filmworks titles including Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu, which was licensed in 2015 as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Four episodes of the OVA series are currently available, with new episodes being added on Thursdays beginning June 22. HIDIVE allows new users to access part of its catalog for free. In order to continue...

Jun 20, 1:29 PM by arsonal 36 Comments

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Surge of Live Entertainment Fuels Zepp's Concert Hall Expansion in Asia

Surge of Live Entertainment Fuels Zepp's Concert Hall Expansion in Asia

Japan is the world's second largest music market, and live music entertainment forms an important segment of that market. In 2015, the domestic market for live music entertainment grew 25 percent over the previous year to a new high of 340.5 billion yen, according to data from the Pia group. Additionally, the market for live anime song entertainment grew 73 percent to 14.8 billion yen in 2015. Pia's main business is the sale of entertainment tickets through its advance sale system Ticket Pia. S...

May 30, 11:00 PM by arsonal 1 Comment

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Focus: As Streaming Booms, China Sees Growing Demand for Japanese Animation

Focus: As Streaming Booms, China Sees Growing Demand for Japanese Animation

On one breezy weekend in February, employees at the animation studio Emon were busy setting up new workstations in their Kichijoji office at the edge of Tokyo. The five-story building houses the entire anime production operation at the Japan branch of Shanghai-based animation company Haoliners. Since Haoliners was established in 2013 by Li Haolin, a rising animator who had not yet turned 30 at the time, it has become one of China's leading domestic animation studios. It is backed by some of the...

May 16, 10:00 PM by arsonal 63 Comments

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Avex Pictures Explains Blu-ray, DVD, and CD Export Restrictions

Avex Pictures Explains Blu-ray, DVD, and CD Export Restrictions

Last month, online retailer CDJapan announced that video content planning and production company Avex Pictures was enforcing a restriction on the export of its Blu-ray, DVD, and CD titles. Since January, customers outside Japan have reported the cancellation of orders of anime Blu-rays published by Avex Pictures after making purchases from online retailers such as Amazon.co.jp. Among the anime products being restricted are Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume, Yuri!!! On ICE, and Osomatsu-san. These res...
Aniplex to Establish New Division

Aniplex to Establish New Division

The official site for production company Aniplex has announced that it will begin a new division that specializes in the creation of scripts, scenario planning, and advertising. The division will be named Script Room and will be lead by Tomohiko Itou, who has directed shows such as Boku dake ga Inai Machi, Gin no Saji, and Sword Art Online, all three whom Aniplex has been heavily involved with. It is mentioned by Tomohiko Itou that the group was established for writers to focus on a single proj...

Sep 15, 2016 10:00 AM by Sakana-san 14 Comments

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Crunchyroll and FUNimation Entertainment Partnership Announced

Crunchyroll and FUNimation Entertainment Partnership Announced

It was announced that Crunchyroll and FUNimation Entertainment will form a distribution partnership in order to bring more series and viewing experiences to global anime fans. It was stated that licensed titles by FUNimation will be available for streaming with subs through Crunchyroll, and titles licensed by Crunchyroll will be available for streaming with dubs on FUNimation. FUNimation will also distribute Crunchyroll titles for home release. It's still unknown how many upcoming Fall 2016 tit...

Sep 10, 2016 11:22 AM by Sakana-san 74 Comments

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Cygames Acquires Background Art Studio Kusanagi

Cygames Acquires Background Art Studio Kusanagi

Mobile game developer Cygames announced on Thursday that it has reached an agreement to acquire all the shares of Kusanagi, a company specializing in background art for animation and video games. Effective June 2, 2016, Kusanagi becomes a subsidiary of Cygames according to the share transfer agreement. Kusanagi was founded in 1990 by Youji Nakaza, who remains as representative director following the acquisition. According to a press release published by Cygames, Kusanagi had been searching for a...

Jun 1, 2016 10:29 PM by arsonal 14 Comments

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MyAnimeList Streams 10th Seiyuu Awards Ceremony from DAISUKI

MyAnimeList Streams 10th Seiyuu Awards Ceremony from DAISUKI

MyAnimeList announced on Monday that it is providing users access to a recording of the 10th Seiyuu Awards ceremony, which was held in Tokyo last month. The announcement is part of a continuing cooperation with streaming content provider DAISUKI to provide MyAnimeList users direct access to anime and related content from Japan. The two-hour ceremony with acceptance speeches by the award winners was originally streamed live by the Chou! A&G+ radio station. In previous years, winners of the Seiyu...
Cygames Establishes Anime Production Subsidiary

Cygames Establishes Anime Production Subsidiary

Mobile game developer Cygames announced on Tuesday that it has established a subsidiary company which will focus on animation planning and production. The entity named CygamesPictures was incorporated today with a capital of 50 million yen and is headquartered in Mitaka, a Tokyo suburb. Kouichi Watanabe, who currently serves as President of Cygames, has been named Representative Director of CygamesPictures. The new company will produce animation in-house with the aim of creating higher quality...

Apr 5, 2016 6:50 AM by arsonal 37 Comments

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Construction of New P.A. Works Office Building Nears Completion

Construction of New P.A. Works Office Building Nears Completion

Kenji Horikawa, founder and president of P.A. Works, posted several photos of the interior of the animation studio's new premises on his Twitter account on Sunday. The new office building is estimated to be completed in the spring. Horikawa commended the construction team on the interior design of the production floor, which will allow the studio to gather all of its creative team in a single space. The site will replace the studio's current location in a shared three-story building in downtown...

Mar 1, 2016 5:50 PM by arsonal 41 Comments

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Focus: Shogakukan Promotes Manga and Local Creators in Southeast Asia

Focus: Shogakukan Promotes Manga and Local Creators in Southeast Asia

Bunsho Kajiya, managing director of Shogakukan Asia, at the publisher's booth at Anime Festival Asia At Anime Festival Asia 2015 in Singapore, teenagers wrote congratulatory messages for the TV anime adaptation of Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (Magi: The Adventures of Sinbad) at Shogakukan Asia's booth. On the side, others filled out surveys on the publisher's titles and received a free manga volume for their feedback. Shogakukan Asia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese publisher Shogakukan set u...
Polygon Pictures Nears Completion of 'Ajin' TV Anime

Polygon Pictures Nears Completion of 'Ajin' TV Anime

In a feature article by the Mainichi Shimbun on Monday, digital animation studio Polygon Pictures revealed that it has completed production on ten episodes of the Ajin TV anime. The 13-episode series will begin airing on January 16, 2016, and the tenth episode is not scheduled to air until March. Managing Director Hideki Moriya attributes the studio's production speed to efficient process management. "Frankly speaking, our creation process is similar to that of the manufacturing industry. I thin...
Crunchyroll and Sumitomo Corporation Establish Anime Investment Joint Venture

Crunchyroll and Sumitomo Corporation Establish Anime Investment Joint Venture

Streaming video distributor Crunchyroll and Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corporation announced on Thursday that the two companies are establishing a joint venture which will invest in the production of anime for the international market. That joint venture, whose entity name and size of investment have not been revealed, will take part in the production committees of anime titles which will then be distributed by Crunchyroll. Sumitomo Corporation is one of Japan's largest general trading co...

Oct 22, 2015 5:40 AM by arsonal 60 Comments

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