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.
Diamond Comic Distributors, the primary distributor of books to specialty comic shops, has published their list of the top 100 best selling manga of 2015, as determined by sales to the stores that they sell to, internationally, but primarily in North America. The clear winner was manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori's Legend of Zelda, collected by Viz, who had six of the top 10. More after the jump.
Kadokawa has begun publication of VOICE Newtype Femme, a Japanese-language magazine-book that features candid photos and interviews with popular female voice actors. Hit the jump to learn more.
Trading card company Bushiroad (Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Future Card Buddyfight) and animation studio OLM, Inc. (Pokémon, Yo-Kai Watch) have joined forces in a new joint venture called "ISSEN". Hit the jump to learn more.
In February of 2016, Kadokawa will be launching a new label entitled "Novel Zero", which will publish light novels aimed at men in their 30s. Hit the jump to learn more.
In a recent series of Tweets, voice actress / singer Megumi Ogata opened up about the physical toll that playing some of her most famous anime roles has on her body. Hit the jump to learn more.
Amidst a flurry of speculation spurred by the disappearance of its home page and official Twitter account, it has been confirmed that Winkysoft, the Japanese software company that developed the original Super Robot Wars series of video games for Banpresto, has filed for bankruptcy. Hit the jump to learn more.
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.