Artland's bankruptcy saga comes to an end, with its former owner transferring its ownership stake to a local holding company in order for the studio to remain open. Hit the jump for the details.
A special program that will air on Fuji TV in August pits fans of all ages against one another in an attempt to determine the "Top 20 Timeless Heroes & Heroines" in the media of anime, manga, and tokusatsu. Hit the jump to learn more.
One of Japan's most enduring cultural exports is the concept of the ninja, a secretive group of spies and assassins that use trickery (and sometimes mystical powers) to shape history while striking from the shadows. Contrary to popular belief, Japan is not exactly crawling with ninja. In fact, the demand for ninja entertainers so far outstrips the supply that currently Japan faces a bona fide shinobu shortage. Hit the jump to learn more.
It's a rough business world out there for streaming services, and it seems the cruel realities of the modern market have claimed another victim: as of October 31, 2017, Daisuki - an international anime streaming platform managed by Anime Consortium Japan, Inc. - will shut down for good. Hit the jump to learn more.
The persident of Artland denies reports that the studio has shut down. However, in attempting to clarify the situation, he may have raised more questions about the studio's future. Hit the jump for the details.
It's a sad day whenever an animation studio shutters its doors, and the latest business to fall is Artland Animation Studio. According to industry press, as of June 30, 2017, the Tokyo-based company responsible for producing Seven Mortal Sins and MUSHI-SHI and co-producing classic anime such as Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Legend of the Galactic Heroes has filed for bankruptcy. Hit the jump to learn more.
Animate Girls Festival 2017 - a convention aimed at women who enjoy hobbies such as anime, otome games, BL, cosplay, and more - is taking over the Ikebukuro Sunshine City commercial complex in Tokyo in November of 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.
Bandai Namco Entertainment and Drecom Co., Ltd. are joining forces to create a new joint venture business entitled "BXD" that will focus on creating HTML5 web browser games using Bandai's intellectual properties and Drecom's programming expertise. Hit the jump to learn more.
The winners have been announced for the 21st Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize awards, an industry award that is sponsored by the Asahi Shimbun and that is named in honor of one of manga's most prolific and influential creators. Hit the jump to learn more.
Good news for otaku looking to buy merchandise straight from Japan: Animate, Japan's largest retailer of anime & manga goods, has opened an online store aimed at the global market entitled Animate International. Hit the jump to learn more.
Bandai Namco Holdings has announced plans to fully acquire Tokyo-based firm Anime Consortium Japan for about 2.1 billion yen, on March 31. The 2.1 billion yen purchase will bring Bandai Namco's state from 36.1 to 100 percent ownership. More after the jump.
The final Top 5 results have been announced for the SUGOI JAPAN Award 2017 competition - an industry award that seeks to recognize excellence in manga, anime, light novels, and entertaining novels - and Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- won big this year by taking the top spots in both the anime and light novel categories. Hit the jump to learn more.
This Thursday, the New York Tmes announced plans to scraps best-sellers lists in categories including Graphic Hardcover, Graphic Paperback, and Manga categories in its print and digital editions as on February 5th. The move is generating plenty of talk in the American comic industry as publishers and creators seek to assert the medium's legitimacy. More after the jump.
In order to recognize the group efforts of grown-up comics created via a division of labor, Saito Production is sponsoring a new manga industry award called the "Takao Saito Award", which is named after the creator of Golgo 13, one of the longest-running manga still in serialization. Hit the jump to learn more.