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.
Sometimes anime dreams don't come true, as evidenced by the ultimate failure of an anime-exclusive movie theater in the heart of Akihabara. Hit the jump to learn more about the slow, sad demise of OCC.
It's the final nail in the coffin for Oz Productions, the production house founded in 1989 by Takashige Ichise which revolutionized the genre of Japanese horror films, as the company has been ordered into insolvency proceedings by Tokyo District Court. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Japan Manga Alliance, a group composed of 4 major manga publishers and the Animate retail chain, has announced plans to expand into overseas markets beginning in Thailand. Hit the jump to learn more.
Following the success of last year's, a second crowdfunding campaign launched in May to help foster new generations of anime creators with the establishment of affordable dormitories. This week, the effort wrapped up having succeeded in raising $780 above its $15,000 target of funds for setting up more dormitory facilities that animators who are new to the industry can use for 30,000JPY per month(including utility expenses). More after the jump.
In a recent interview, professional video game player Daigo Umehara had some words of wisdom for young enthusiasts who want to turn their hobby into a profession. Hit the jump to check them out.
According to a 2009 survey, young animators make around 90,000 yen per month ($740), while the industry is largely located in the expensive districts of Tokyo. Following the success of last year's, a second crowdfunding campaign has launched to help foster new generations of anime creators with the establishment of affordable dormitories. More after the jump.
The entry process for the "Shone Jump Plus x Animax Anime Scenario Award" contest is now closed, and now the waiting process begins as 1758 hopeful applicants eagerly await the announcement of the winner in August of 2015. Hit the jump to learn more.
The prospects for a sequel series for Cute High Earth Defense Club Love! are looking a bit grim. Director Shinji Takamatsu claims that the primary factor for the decision to go foreward with a sequel will be based on the show's home video sales. Hit the jump to learn more.