The Japanese branch of Amazon has revealed a dozen original productions for its Prime servce in an announcement made by Amazon Japan president Jasper Cheung, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price and Amazon Japan content head James Farrell. Covering a range of genres, the slate includes several live-action dramas and tokusatsu special effects heroes. More after the jump.
Fuji TV's Noitamina programing block has announced that immediately following the broadcast of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, the steampunk trains versus zombies series debuting April 7 from the makers of Attack on Titan, the anime will be streaming in Japan on Amazon Prime. The series will be the first in an exclusivity deal with the video streaming service. More after the jump.
Disney is planning a deluxe, Amazon-exclusive Bluray set of the films of Hayao Miyazaki. Hit the jump to learn more.
The online retailer Amazon Japan has posted its top-selling lists in each category for the first half of 2014 (from December 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014). Notwithstanding its expensive price, the limited edition of the 12th volume of Attack on Titan tops the manga ranking beating the 73rd volume of One Piece. Check the manga/anime top 10 list after the jump.
Much has been made of the Japanese impulse to personify humanize everything in general, and robotic in particular. So, while the idea of Amazon delivery packages via drone flight has Americans thinking about lost job, privacy concerns, theft and so on, it's hardly surprisingly that a Japanese artist has offered a look at the Amazon drone as a cute girl. Check out the results after the jump.
Amazon is gearing up to launch an everyone-wins fan fiction initiative, where the writer, the intellectual property owner and the intermediary will make money. So far, they've licensed Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries from WB’s Alloy division. Fans can then write their own fiction based on those series, sell it for Kindle, and split the money three ways. More after the jump.
Amazon Japan has posted its top 10 lists in each category for the 12 months from December 1st, 2011 to November 30th, 2012. The 5th volime of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Blu-ray disc and the 13th volume of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Neon Genesis Evangelion manga were the bestsellers in their categories. Check the anime/comic rankings of 2012 after the jump.
The online retailer Amazon Japan have announced their "Best of 2011" ranking. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn's 3rd Blu-ray disc topped the anime DVD/Blue-ray chart. The 61st volume of ONE PIECE and The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya were the best selling titles in their category, light novel and manga. Check the anime, manga, light novel TOP 10 rankings after the jump.
ePublishing has been slow to get off the ground in Japan. Fears of lost profits and lost jobs are mostly to blame. But now, Amazon will soon be entering the eBook business in Japan and is already in negotiations with major publishers to begin selling content by the end of the year. More details after the jump!