You might of heard that there is a new streaming site that has just launched out of Japan. It is being backed by some big names in the anime world like Aniplex, Sunrise, and Toei.
What could that exactly mean for you, you ask? Well, let me let Eri Maruyama (International Business Development) at DAISUKI answer that as well as many more burning questions that I had about the new service.
Japanator: How did the name Daisuki.net come about?
DAISUKI: We looked for something that sounds catchy and can be memorized & pronounced by fans from different countries easily. It is a Japanese vocabulary that many foreign Anime fans are familiar with. We hope that fans from all over the world will “daisuki” our service!
J: What services will it offer?
D: DAISUKI will stream anime content world-wide. Most of the video content will be viewable for free. There is also a free membership. For now, the benefits for registered users include participation in campaigns with many prizes. More services are to come. Also, our DAISUKI web-store with anime merchandise is planned to launch in late June 2013.
J: Will there be any region restrictions on who can view the content?
D: Basically the website itself will be available world-wide outside of Japan. There are region restrictions though, which depend on the titles. We try to provide our service to all overseas fans, but in case of some series exclusive rights may be already given to another company in specific regions, for example.
J: What kind of pricing structure will the site have?
D: Most of the video content will be for free. Later, some premium video content will be added that will be fee-based.
J: Which shows will be available from the start of the service?
D: At DAISUKI.net you can now watch Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sword Art Online, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Lupin the 3rd, and The Prince of Tennis OAV series (which has been translated into English for the first time).
J: Any upcoming shows/events to tease us with?
D: DAISUKI will participate in upcoming anime conventions in the US. We started off with Anime Central in mid May. On some conventions, we are planning guests from Japan, small events etc., so please be sure to check our DAISUKI booth, when you are at one of these conventions! In terms of the website, you will see a menu tab called DAISUKI TV that is “coming soon”. Here, we are planning to stream some original anime-related content only viewable on DAISUKI.
J: Will full seasons be available of older shows?
D: We are definitely planning to stream older shows, too. But we will rather have only a few episodes up at the same time from each series, and update them continuously.
J: What will be the turnaround time for new shows now airing?
D: For now, there is no definite plan yet. For the first period, we want to add new shows continuously.
J: Anything else you would like to tell our readers?
D: Please enjoy our service! We are looking forward to meeting many local fans on upcoming anime conventions.
Needless to say, but I am rather looking forward to this new service and what it will have to offer in the future. Besides, they are giving away TONS of prizes for the grand opening! Hope on over to Daisuki.net, sign up, and apply to one of many great prizes! I've got my eye on that Ultimate Madoko for sure. What about you?