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Editorial: The new state of industry

A $549.98 Joke
Apr 01
Japanese prices? It's a better alternative, than nothing at all? read
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Tokyo Anime Awards

Wolf Children wins big at the Tokyo Anime Awards

Also Sword Art Online
Mar 24
Chalk one up for disgustingly adorable children - the Tokyo Anime Awards have just been handed out, and it seems that Summer Wars fellow Mamoru Hosoda has done it again. Wolf Children - Ame and Yuki took a... read

Looking back on 2012 is so in-vogue today. So, before you stab your eyes out from looking at all the lists and recap posts, here's one more for you to read: our look back on health of the US anime and manga industry. We are a... read feature


Over the last year, there's been a rash of Kickstarter projects to fund manga licenses in the US and produce an original anime in Japan. It's a great thing -- companies get the financial assurance that their project, and fans... read feature


While at Japan Expo, one of the interesting events that happened was during the Awards Ceremony. Kaze, now a division of Viz, was accepting an award for the best shojo manga published that year: Dengeki Daisy. During his acce... read feature


News: Kodansha and Dai Nippon buy 93% of Vertical, Inc.

Feb 24
Vertical, Inc. is one of the most interesting manga publishers out there right now. They've put out a lot of manga of the kind that makes you think that the manga industry is much less dependent on the Narutos and Bleaches an... read

Oregon adult content law killed thanks in part to Berserk

Sep 23
Those pesky lawmakers were at it again, trying to save the chilluns from the nasty ol' obscenities. Anime News Network reported on Oregon Revised Statue 167.054 and Oregon Revised Statue 167.057, which were set to criminalize... read

Navarre has 6 buyers interested in FUNimation

Sep 17
Most of you are probably aware that FUNimation is being sold by its parent company, Navarre. While it's still a bit of an uncertain situation, there might be some good news on the horizon. Currently, Navarre has six buye... read

Anime Corner Store's 'sustain the industry' challenge

Sep 14
I was checking out Rob's Anime Corner Blog, and noticed that they posted an interesting deal: a $25 gift certificate to fans who post a video highlighting what they've purchased from the store in the comments thread of a vide... read


FUNimation channel going HD, includes Baccano!, others

Sep 08
Hate low-quality web streams? Internet too slow for torrents? Too cheap or impatient for Blu-rays? Or do you just prefer regular-ole' television to your monitor? FUNimation has some good news for you!The FUNimation channel ha... read

Atlus being absorbed, though its name shall remain

Aug 30
Now, now. It's not as bad as it sounds. Atlus, everyone's favorite Catherine developer/publisher, isn't being dismantled or shut down, but rather being merged into its parent company, Index Holdings, which purchased Atlus bac... read

Hoity-toity auteur types are bound to make grand statements every so often, and Yutaka Yamamoto (a.k.a. Yamakan) is apparently no stranger to that sort of thing. The former KyoAni luminary who was behind season one of The Mel... read feature


Will FUNimation be sold? Find out in two quarters

Aug 05
It's been rumbling about the industry for a while now, but it seems that the cat may soon exit the bag. Navarre Corporation, parent company of FUNimation, is due to make "a strategic decision" regarding the publishe... read

Hello, and welcome to the first installment of Japanator Discusses, a roundtable-style feature that we resort to when a topic - and the thoughts and commentary inspired by it - is too big for any one editor to monopolize.Toda... read feature


Jon Schiller Design caught tracing multiple anime, games

Jul 30
It's shades of Nick Simmons with a new comic/toy property called SINS!, a darker spin-off of Jon Schiller Design's Little 9 property. Artist Jon Schiller, or someone working under him, has released a series of promotional ima... read

Kannagi's Yamakan predicts end of anime home video sales

Jul 30
Apparently director Yutaka Yamamoto, a.k.a. Yamakan, is not too happy with the current state of the anime industry. Despite just releasing the highly anticipated OVA Black Rock Shooter through his own production company Studi... read

It seems that the ridiculous debate about the rights of fictional characters continues, disregarding common sense. Now, a Swedish manga translator (unnamed) has been fined by the district court of Uppsala Sweden for possessin... read feature


Ryu Murakami bypasses publisher dominance by going iPad

Jul 21
Despite really being several iPod Touches nailed together, it seems the iPad is here to stay.It's an intriguing device though, especially in its potential as a replacement for paper-bound books and manga. Nothing's going to t... read

West coast publisher TokyoPop, has paired with Zinio in order to offer manga available for download on Macs or PCs, as well as the iPad (I wonder if the iPod Touch is compatible as well). Singular download... read feature


MangaFox pulls their entire Viz library, 'talking' to Viz

Jun 21
I wonder how this is going to go: the folks over at MangaFox are currently trying to talk with the people at Viz in regards to all the scans they're hosting of Viz's licensed properties. In addition to all 230 titles Viz aske... read

Crunchyroll gets another $750k shot in the arm!

Jun 16
It looks like Crunchyroll really is attracting all the investors. Less than three months after TV Tokyo invested in the group, Japanese e-publisher Bitway announced that they're also dropping $750,000 into Crunchyroll's coffe... read


Yesterday, the announcement of the long-overdue anti-piracy coalition within the manga industry got a lot of people riled up, both here at Japanator and across the 'net. Of course, the press release wasn't the most specifi... read feature


If it wasn't on this whole time, you can be sure that it's on now, oh yes you can.What's on, you ask? The war against scanlation, that's what. Pretty much every major manga publisher on both sides of the Pacific have joined f... read feature


The impact that GAINAX, Evangelion, and its creator, Hideki Anno have had on the anime industry is huge. From the popular anime series to the recent movie remakes (or sequels, depending on who you ask), there have been few pr... read feature


Rest in Peace, Peter Keefe: Voltron producer passes away

May 29
Remember Voltron? Classic giant robot, the one with lines, later with cars? I do. Growing up in the Philippines I was a little too young to get on the Voltes V bandwagon, but was right on time to catch Voltron and lion-combin... read

Shocker: Evangelion 2.22 DVD/BD sells like gangbusters

May 26
Was it really any surprise that yet another Evangelion-related would sell like gangbusters, not least the biggest Evangelion-related thing since, well, Evangelion? Of course not.But this is, of course, a thing that ... read

It might seem like the end of the world, now that yet another manga publisher is closing its doors. This time, DC Comics has announced that they're shuttering their manga branch CMX as of July 1st. The publisher, best known f... read feature


Top story of the day: PW got the word that Viz is laying off a massive 60 employees -- about 40% of its total workforce, including shuttering its New York office. From some of the talk that I've heard going around, this is hi... read feature


Angel Beats makes mad ratings, we deign to pick it up

May 11
I initially dismissed Angel Beats! on the appearance of its protagonist, and I'm reasonably sure that I wasn't alone at the time. Now, new ratings reports from broadcaster MBS have inspired me to give the show a chance.It see... read

Press release fight! FUNimation fires back at Crunchyroll

May 09
Hey, remember late April, when FUNimation announced in a press release that they served over 8 million streaming views in March? Yes you do, and great for FUNi!Hey, remember Monday, when Crunchyroll pulled a sick burn on FUNi... read

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