Toranoana Stores' Parent Acquires Game Maker Aquaplus
posted on by Egan Loo
The game maker Aquaplus announced on Tuesday that Yumenosora Holdings signed an agreement on September 20 to acquire Aquaplus. Aquaplus President Naoya Shimokawa will remain at his post.
The Aquaplus software library includes To Heart, Comic Party, Utawarerumono, Tears to Tiara, and White Album — all of which have inspired anime. In addition to its eponymous brand, Aquaplus also has the Leaf game brand, and it is involved in music and video production/sales. Aquaplus was established on May 1, 1996, and it has 61 million yen (about US$620,000) in capital and 66 employees as of April 1.
The Yumenosora Group's current core company is Toranoana, the Japanese retail chain best known for selling dōjinshi manga and goods. (Toranoana's chairperson, Hirotaka Yoshida, is also the CEO of Yumenosora Holdings.) Toranoana was established on July 22, 1996, and it has 20 million yen (about US$200,000) in capital and 840 employees.