On March 24, 2017, several Japanese anime music record companies (including Lantis Co., Ltd. and FlyingDog, Inc.) joined forces to create a new company named ANiUTa, Inc. with the goal of providing a subscription-based digital distribution service dedicated to anime, game, tokusatsu, and Vocaloid music. Hit the jump to learn more.
Two titans of the manga industry are teaming up in a new business arrangement that will make some 750+ volumes of Kodansha Comics' English-translated manga available to international readers through Kadokawa's BookWalker Global app. Hit the jump to learn more.
Sanrio has published a preview video advertising the Sanrio Danshi web manga, and the video features famous voice actors playing the 5 principal characters of the series by Mai Andou about handsome high school boys who are secretly infatuated with Sanrio mascot characters. Hit the jump to learn more.
Big Comic Original, a bimonthly seinen manga anthology magazine published by Shogakukan that has serialized such works as Naoki Urusawa's Monster and Pluto, will soon begin next-day digital distribution following the publication of the print version. Hit the jump to learn more.
Manga author Mai Andou will be publishing a pair of digital comics about the Sanrio Danshi, a fictional group of male high school students who bond over their love of Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty and Pompompurin. 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.
Overlap, a Japanese publisher that specializes in both digital distribution and physical character goods, is launching a new electronic boy's love manga magazine entitled LiQuille which aims to appeal to adult women. Hit the jump to learn more.
Beginning with the January 2016 issue published on November 30, 2015, Shogakukan's weekly seinen manga magazine, Big Comic Spirits, will be simultaneously publishing an electronic version of the magazine as well as the printed version. Hit the jump to learn more.
Koi Ikeno, the author such shōjo manga as Tokimeki Tonight and Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, will be publishing a new autobiographical manga in the electronic edition of Shueisha's Cookie manga magazine. 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.
Ichijinsha, a Japanese publisher, and Pixiv, an online platform for artists, are joining forces to produce a new electronic magazine entitled comic POOL, which will debut on November 06, 2015. Hit the jump to learn more.
ChuChu Rocket!, an action-puzzle game originally released for the Sega Dreamcast in 1999, is being re-released for the Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console in Japan in October of 2015. Hit the jump to learn more.
Intrepid fans have spotted entries for Glitter Force and The Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix's U.S. and Japan launch pages, respectively. Could this mean that these anime will be available to English-speaking audiences in the near future? Hit the jump to speculate.
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.