Anime Consortium Japan Lands $3 Million from Shueisha, Other Publishers

August 1, 2015 at 7:36 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Kaiba gesturing as he plays Soul Exchange against Yugi in episode 129

Anime Consortium Japan, the company behind the anime streaming platform and E-commerce website Daisuki, announced yesterday that it will receive ¥378.3 million (about $3.05 million) from seven investors. Shueisha, the publishing house behind the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and Jump magazines, together with Bushiroad, Good Smile Company, Kadokawa, Kodansha, and Shogakukan, are all joining the anime streaming game. Toei Animation, already an ACJ shareholder, has upped its stake in the venture as part of this infusion of cash.

With its new funds, ACJ hopes to increase collaboration among animation studios, game developers, film producers and publishers, and merchandisers to offer “value-added anime contents” with its streaming service and to further strengthen the anime industry in Japan and abroad.

Two other Yu-Gi-Oh! owners, Asatsu-DK (ADK) and its subsidiary Nihon Ad Systems (NAS), are also shareholders in ACJ and owned nearly 40 percent of Daisuki at the time of its launch. Other major ACJ shareholders are Aniplex, Dentsu, TMS Entertainment, Bandai Namco Holding and its subsidiary Sunrise, and the Japanese government’s Cool Japan Fund.

(News from Variety, via ANN)

ADK, NAS, Other Anime Producers to Establish ‘Anime Consortium Japan’ Video Streaming Development Firm

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