If you're interested in how anime is made and you're on Twitter, you need to follow Thomas Romain, a French artist living in Japan One of his recent, insightful explanations of how the industry works started with a clarification of what exactly an "art director" does in the anime production process. This lead to him diagramming the creative structure in a way that, you probably won't say "simplifies" the structure, but certainly illustrates it.
Japanese producer/distributor Toei is expected to announced that pretax profit likely jumped 44% to about 19 billion yen ($171 million) for the year ended March 31. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' helped with 3.7 billion yen in Japanese box office, plus strong goods sales. Japanese companies operating theaters, including Toei, Toho and Shochiku also recorded big boosts from the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and to a lesser extent, Jurassic World.
The official guest list has been announced for "Manga Time Kirara Festa! 2016", a one-day event in Tokyo that celebrates the manga and anime of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara 4-panel comic anthology magazine. Hit the jump to learn more.
At a press conference held on April 14, 2016, voice actress Inori Minase was appointed as a special "cheering supporter" representing the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016, a large industry trade show staged in Kyoto, and as part of her duties Minase was asked to design a mascot representing the spirit of Kyoto. Hit the jump to learn more.
Kadokawa has been busy making moves to bolster its position in the North America market. In addition to its strategic alliance with Crunchyroll for anime, the publishing/media company will be taking a 51% state in North American manga/light novel publisher Yen Press at the end of April as Hachette Book Group spins-off the imprint. More after the jump.
On March 31, 2016, Kazuma Miki retired from his position as editor-in-chief of Dengeki Bunko Magazine in order to establish his own independent company: Straight Edge Inc.. Hit the jump to learn more.
VIZ Media has announced a parternship with the prominent global talent and literary agency, United Talent Agency (UTA), to develop a diverse range of live-action programming based on titles from VIZ Media’s catalog of manga and anime properties. More after the jump.
It appears to be the end of an era for fans of TV Asahi's Sunday morning anime programming block, because as of April 2016 a sports news program entitled Sports Sunday will be taking over the coveted 6:30 AM time slot. Hit the jump to learn more.
In an effort to strengthen the country's "soft power" through the "Cool Japan" strategty of boosting cultural exports and attracting foreign vistors, the Japanese governments is drafting a bill that would ease special economic zone regulations on foreigners seeking to work as designers, animators or cosmetics professionals at Japanese companies. More after the jump.
SNK Playmore has announced the revival of SNK Entertainment brand name, with the newly resurrected brand operating as a 100% owned subsidiary of SNK Playmore based out of SNK Playmore's offices in Suita, Osaka, Japan. Hit the jump to learn more about what the focus of SNK Entertainment will be.
The grand opening of the Animate Bangkok retail store on the 7th floor of the MBK shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand, drew some 6000 visitors on February 06, 2016, far exceeding the initial expectations of the Japan Manga Alliance, the store's sponsors. Hit the jump to learn more.
It's the end of an era of sorts, because King Records has announced that as of February 01, 2016, they will be retiring their StarChild internal music label and replacing it with a new organization entitled King Creative Amusement Headquarters. Hit the jump to learn more.
Monthly Heroes, a manga anthology that specializes in publishing super hero comics, is partnering with China's largest mobile communications company, China Mobile, for digital distribution. Hit the jump to learn more.
NGames Interactive Limited, Funimation Entertainment, and GameSamba have announced the formation of a strategic partnership to create free-to-play mobile and web games based on anime and other entertainment media properties. More have the jump.
A recent article on Mantan Web profiles the rapid growth of the Dagashi Kashi manga by Kotoyama, which has doubled its per volume circulation in the less than 4 months leading up to the debut of its TV anime adaptation. Hit the jump to learn more.