7 Companies Invest US$3 Million in Anime Consortium Japan
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Anime Consortium Japan announced on Friday that seven Japanese companies will invest 378.3 million yen (US$3.05 million) in Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ). Investors include Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan, Kadokawa, Bushiroad Inc., Good Smile Company, and Toei Animation.
While Toei Animation was a shareholder of ACJ previously, the other six companies are new shareholders.
ACJ plans to use the investment to expand to "value-added anime contents," while collaborating with various anime studios, gave developers, publishers, merchandise companies, and other companies who own rights to anime franchises in Japan.
Bandai Namco Holding Inc., Asatsu-DK Inc., and Aniplex Inc. established ACJ in October 2014 to develop a new internet streaming platform for overseas markets along with an e-commerce business for official anime content.
Daisuki, Inc. merged with Anime Consortium Japan with funding by the Japanese government's Cool Japan Fund. The initiative invested one billion yen (about US$9.1 million at the time) in the project.
Additional shareholders include Sunrise, TMS Entertainment, Nihon Ad Systems, and Dentsu Inc. Bandai Namco Entertainment' executive vice president Shin Unozawa serves as ACJ's representative.