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Kadokawa Announces English Simulpub for Manga and Light Novels

Kadokawa Announces English Simulpub for Manga and Light Novels

During the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2021 event on Saturday, Kadokawa Corporation (Kadokawa) announced that the company will begin English simulpublication of manga and light novels digitally to their Japanese releases. Kadokawa will release these simulpubs on the online eBook store Book☆Walker Global, as well as other online eBook outlets. With the standard publication date for English manga translations being between six to ten months after licensing of the title, Kadokawa plans to speed up th...

Aug 7, 3:17 PM by Aiimee 12 Comments

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Akatsuki, The Anime Times Company, DMM.com, and Kadokawa Invest in MyAnimeList Through Third-Party Allotment

Akatsuki, The Anime Times Company, DMM.com, and Kadokawa Invest in MyAnimeList Through Third-Party Allotment

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 co...

May 30, 11:48 PM by ImperfectBlue 54 Comments

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Studio Kafka Produces New 'Mahoutsukai no Yome' OVA Trilogy

Studio Kafka Produces New 'Mahoutsukai no Yome' OVA Trilogy

Production company Twin Engine unveiled a new original video anime trilogy for Kore Yamazaki's Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus' Bride) manga on Wednesday, subtitled Nishi no Shounen to Seiran no Kishi (Boy from the West and Knight of the Blue Storm). The special edition of volumes 16–18 will bundle the OVA episodes, with the 16th volume shipping on September 10. Pre-orders for the volume will be accepted through June 13. Studio Kafka, a new animation studio established by Twin Engine, wil...
Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan Invest in MyAnimeList Through Third-Party Allotment

Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan Invest in MyAnimeList Through Third-Party Allotment

MyAnimeList Co., Ltd (MyAnimeList) announced on Thursday that the company plans to issue new shares, increasing its capital by a total of 1,200 million yen (approximately US$11.33 million). Japanese publishing companies Kodansha Ltd. (Kodansha), SHUEISHA Inc. (Shueisha), Shogakukan Inc. (Shogakukan), and MyAnimeList parent company MEDIA DO Co., Ltd. (Media Do) will collectively implement a third-party allotment and underwrite half of this amount. MyAnimeList plans to invest the funds obtained f...

Feb 17, 11:02 PM by ImperfectBlue 52 Comments

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MyAnimeList to Stream Premiere of New 'Santa Company' Film

MyAnimeList to Stream Premiere of New 'Santa Company' Film

The Umi no Magnet Education Committee announced on Wednesday a new Santa Company short film, subtitled Manatsu no Merry Christmas (Midsummer Merry Christmas). The film will premiere worldwide on the official MyAnimeList YouTube channel on January 29 at 8:00 a.m. JST (January 28 at 6:00 p.m. EST). Santa Company: Manatsu no Merry Christmas was produced as part of an initiative to tackle social issues through anime, manga, video games, and the internet for the CHANGE FOR THE BLUE project, which it...
Funimation Global Group Acquires Crunchyroll

Funimation Global Group Acquires Crunchyroll

AT&T Inc. (AT&T) and Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (Sony Pictures Television) announced on Wednesday an agreement to sell AT&T's Crunchyroll to Sony Pictures Entertainment's Funimation Global Group, LLC (Funimation). The declared US$1.175 billion sale price will be subject to adjustments and regulatory approvals. Variety reported in August that WarnerMedia—an AT&T subsidiary—was looking to sell Crunchyroll for an estimated US$1 billion, which belonged to Warner Media's Otter Media division a...

Dec 9, 2020 6:31 PM by ImperfectBlue 78 Comments

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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, 2020 12:50 AM by Vindstot 72 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 2:14 PM by RadiantBreeze 51 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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