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Bandai Namco, ADK, Aniplex Establish Anime Consortium Japan Streaming Service

The company will absorb Daisuki streaming service
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http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-10-30/bandai-namco-adk-aniplex-establish-anime-consortium-japan-streaming-service/.80509



Bandai Namco Holding inc., Asatsu-DK inc., and Aniplex inc. announced on Thursday that they will establish a joint company called Anime Consortium Japan, Inc. (ACJ). The company's goal is to develop a new internet streaming platform for overseas markets along with an e-commerce business for official anime content.

The platform will deliver simulcast new anime titles and older series in various languages. The company will launch on November 7 and expects to be in full operation by April 2015. Daisuki, Inc will merge with Anime Consortium Japan with funding by the Japanese government's Cool Japan initiative. The initiative will invest one billion yen (about US$9.1 million) in the project.

Additional shareholders include Toei Animation, Sunrise, TMS Entertainment, Nihon Ad Systems, and Dentsu Inc. Bandai Namco Games' executive vice president Shin Unozawa will serve as ACJ's representative.

Anime studios and production companies Aniplex, Sunrise, Toei Animation, TMS Entertainment, Nihon Ad Systems (NAS), Dentsu, and Asatsu-DK (ADK) launched the Daisuki streaming and retail website last year with plans to aggregate streaming content onto one website. The streamed Monogatari Series Second Season, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Gundam ZZ, Gundam UC, Cowboy Bebop, Buddy Complex, Nisekoi, World Conquest Zvezda Plot, Mushi-Shi, Nanana's Buried Treasure, M3 the dark metal, Black Butler: Book of Circus, Sword Art Online II, and Aikatsu!.

Bandai Namco Games is a leading global Japanese publisher and developer of interactive media, including major video game consoles. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the top video game franchises. The company also produced its share of anime such as Space Dandy, the Blue Exorcist film, Accel World, Eureka Seven, and Sword Art Online.

Asatsu-DK (ADK) is a Japanese advertising agency and production company. The company produced several anime series such as Wolf's Rain, several Crayon Shin-chan movies, One Piece, and Tiger & Bunny.

Aniplex Inc. is a Sony Music Entertainment owned anime and Japanese music production, distribution company, and toy, food, and game merchandiser. Its produced anime such as Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Blue Exorcist, Durarara!!, Gintama, and No. 6.
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Absorbing Daisuki? Looks like they've finally acknowledged that Daisuki has more or less been a failure. It might not be the greatest news for Crunchyroll, but I doubt they'll just instantly burn the bridge with CR while this is still getting off the ground.

We'll just have to see what the site looks like, how the player works, and if they have anything to bring to the table that CR doesn't already do better.
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Absorbing Daisuki? Looks like they've finally acknowledged that Daisuki has more or less been a failure. It might not be the greatest news for Crunchyroll, but I doubt they'll just instantly burn the bridge with CR while this is still getting off the ground.

We'll just have to see what the site looks like, how the player works, and if they have anything to bring to the table that CR doesn't already do better.


Yes and another thing wiil it work OK ?
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Things they can do to improve.

- Player that allows you to skip around easily and doesn't stop working if you leave it paused for too long (Looking at you Crunchy lol)
That's something that most fansub sites do right that a few official ones don't do, for some reason.

- Player that doesn't auto-update the video quality. Honestly, whose idea was that? That's the main reason I never watched anything on Daisuki.

- More Aikatsu, PreCure, Digimon, etc. And more catalog titles that America would otherwise have no hope of getting over here.
If they used this approach more, they would attract more customers without encroaching on CR/Funi's territory. But then again, I wouldn't mind if they had exclusive simulcasts, as long as I don't have to deal with a crappy video player.
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If they actually get a player that works without numerous restarts, I'll be happy to try them out.
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If they get a mobile and platform service running AND steal titles AND play older Gundam titles in both languages....maybe.
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The only show that I previously watched on Daisuki was M3. I tried giving Aldnoah Zero a shot as well on their site before but their player sucks. So hopefully, this site's player will work well...

Also, kinda curious to see what titles they will get.
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The only show that I previously watched on Daisuki was M3. I tried giving Aldnoah Zero a shot as well on their site before but their player sucks. So hopefully, this site's player will work well...

Also, kinda curious to see what titles they will get.


Reason I will avoid it cause I assure you they will do exclusives which will give Funimation and Crunchyroll a loss of content which is wrong. They think they can just come in to steal the show from Crunchyroll and Funimation who has worked so hard for so long and replace them? No dice. I refuse to do that to two streaming services that evolved to the customers wants and needs to suit them. They want me to watch their shows legally, put them on Crunchyroll or Funimation or I will fucking torrent the shit out of those titles.

I am the same with with video game DD. Steam started in 2004 and now that its been successful, every fucking publisher wants to create their own platform which is stupid. Who the fuck wants to have to create 10 accounts just to play a certain game. I refuse to buy their product unless its on Steam.

All those bandwagon companies are doing is being vultures and swooping in and stealing profit because profit is there. No one did in 8 years ago because people laughed off the idea and now that its successful, they want their grubby hands in it.
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- Player that doesn't auto-update the video quality. Honestly, whose idea was that? That's the main reason I never watched anything on Daisuki.

When I went there earlier this week, the player would default to auto, but would also allow me to select a fixed resolution.

Unfortunately, while I have not had any problems before with Daisuki, it wouldn't let me get through the first episode of M3 after multiple attempts on different days. Thankfully they also have it on their YouTube channel.

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All hail the Shin Nippon Streaming Empire. BANZAI!
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will consider subscribing if the pricing is the same or lower than CR. and provided they have more anime selection instead of the same overlapping titles...

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Make it similar to CR in terms of video streaming quality and sub price and mobile apps and have the depth of catalog similar to Funimation. Yes, I think Funimation, while its site leaves something to be desired, does have a very good catalog.
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It has potential, depending on how they implement it. Aniplex and Bandai have a pretty large collection of material if they open up their archives. If they focus on that, while still licensing out their newer shows, that could make them a pretty nice companion option to either CR or Funi, who don't generally have much of the older shows. Will they "rebrand" Daisuki to be the new site tho? If they do, I hope they make some upgrades/changes...

Daisuki's subtitle style/method was a little irksome... if you had two sources of dialogue at once (ie, a character talking while a TV announcer spoke in the background, such as in the first episode of Aldnoah Zero) they'd clump it all together at the bottom of the screen. That made it hard to determine who was saying what sometimes (and the thin font they used made it harder to read, tho that may just be my old eyes more than anything haha!). The player also had some glitches with actually finding the video files on their servers sometimes... this ultimately pushed me to watch Aikatsu on another site. "File not found" errors in mid playback don't exactly make them feel like a legitimate professional operation. >.>
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Depends on how it works and what they make available. If they dip into the archives it might be worth it.

Who knows how much impact it has on the sites already active. If the ACJ consortium goes all exclusive, but doesn't put up a good platform, then they may wind up screwing themselves over.
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Reason I will avoid it cause I assure you they will do exclusives which will give Funimation and Crunchyroll a loss of content which is wrong. They think they can just come in to steal the show from Crunchyroll and Funimation who has worked so hard for so long and replace them? No dice. I refuse to do that to two streaming services that evolved to the customers wants and needs to suit them. They want me to watch their shows legally, put them on Crunchyroll or Funimation.


Not to be mean but try going to a country where funimation blocks you from watching even though they have the license for it. They do exactly what you are complaining about.
Unless it's big boobed action fanservice/ecchi it becomes very unlikely that a distributor will want a sub license. Anything Slice of life drama/comedy just forget about it. As those just don't sell specially in small markets.

A major thing you are missing is crunchyroll can fail because of shows they get and no one likes. So they have to be picky.
This is why you are getting your there will be exclusives on it mixed up. Lets say "popular title goes here* popularity was reversed and that no one cared about it. Crunchyroll would have made a loss. Which may have really hurt revenue for the next season. As they would have to pay for a show no one cared about instead of having more $ to spend. More hit shows pays for more shows with subscribers and ad revenue.
Daisuki v2 on the other hand it's losses on paper really is just streaming server fees. As they can't exactly loose money on something they already own. As it wont be going via a 3rd party.
While there would be "exclusives" it wont be popular shows AoT SAO etc but shows that wouldn't see the light of day that crunchyroll funimation etc wouldn't touch with a stick. Magical girl idol shows.

What about shows crunchyroll doesn't have season 1 or season 1 only and no season 2 onwards of shows.
Also the extremely limited regions. No one in the world released the show on home video nor is it on any other legal site. So why couldn't they get it worldwide ex Japan? Simple answer is price and profit forcast.
Crunchyroll's strategy is simulcasts so older stuff is kinda unlikely.

I would like to see several shows but crunchyroll doesn't feel that they can get a profit from them. So why should I boycot a site that allows me too watch it legally if they do?

Daisuki v2 could be a great thing for outside of NA the Europe's, Latin America's, the South Americas etc Who don't have NA type distributors. :)

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