Online voting has begun for the 2nd annual Sugoi Japan Awards, which seek to celebrate the works of anime, manga, light novels, and entertaining novels that Japan wishes to share with the rest of the world. Hit the jump to learn more.
On November 4, Tokyo-based anime production company Manglobe received a decision of the commencement of bankruptcy proceedings from Tokyo District Court. It is also confirmed that its total indebtedness was increased to 544.5 million yen from the initially reported over 350 million yen. Hit the jump for more details.
The disappearance of Winkysoft's online presence has caused some Japanese fans to speculate that the game developer may have gone out of business. Hit the jump to learn more.
Nextory, Inc. - a Japanese mobile game developer known for developing tie-in social games for various anime series - has declared bankruptcy. Hit the jump to learn more.
The eBook Japan Initiative, in cooperation with Elex Media Komputindo and m&c!, has launched a new digital distribution platform for Indonesia called MangaMon. Hit the jump to learn more.
In order to focus its efforts on developing video games and smart phone games, SNK Playmore - a Japanese game developer - is leaving the pachislot market behind after more than a decade of creating pachinko slot machines. Hit the jump to learn more.
Japanese promos for music and some anime have recently gotten less available than they used to be on YouTube as previously accessible official video uploads from major content providers have started showing up blocked with the message "is not available in your country." More after the jump.
There are a lot of good-looking boys in this season's crop of new anime—and Isaac's pretty happy about it. Is this a new trend in anime, or is it something that's been a long time coming? And why? Hit the jump to check out his speculation on the topic—and for a handful of pictures of some... aesthetically pleasing... anime boys.
Diamond Comics, the primary distributor of media and merchandise to North America comic shops, announced at a Dialogue with Diamond Breakfast last weekend that they plan to launch a Manga Shop Locator Service. As their Comic Shop Locator Service hits its 20th anniversary, the new manga version will offer consumers an online tool to easily find the stores they're looking for. More after the jump.
Dentsu Inc. and Level-5 Inc. have joined forces, creating a new joint business venture called Level-5 abby Inc. which is based in Santa Monica, California. Hit the jump to learn more.
Several Japanese media have confirmed that Tokyo-based anime production company Manglobe had already stopped business by September 29 and is getting ready to file bankruptcy to the Tokyo District Court. Check the latest news after the jump.
A disappearing website and sometimes deleted series of Tweets about unpaid salary and related worries from creators such as animators Toshio "SNIPES" Kobayashi, Hideto Komori and Yoshitaka Kouno as well as writer Shigeru Morita have spawned a wave of rumors that anime studio Manglobe is set to declare bankruptcy. More after the jump.
Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday manga magazine is beginning its 2nd "bring-your-own manga" contest in October, in which aspiring manga artists both amateur and professional can pitch their comics directly to the magazine's editorial board. Hit the jump to learn more.
Toho Animation, a subvision of Toho Studios which specializes in the distribution of anime TV series and films, will be entering the age of e-commerce soon with a new website called the "TOHO animation STORE". Hit the jump to learn more.