Global Anime Song Streaming Service ANiUTa Unveiled with Over 50,000 Songs
posted on by Egan Loo
Over 30 Japanese production companies and record labels announced on Friday that they are launching ANiUTa, the world's first anime song streaming service. ANiUTa offers a new dedicated service for listening worldwide to music from animation (Japanese and some overseas titles), game, Vocaloid, and tokusatsu (special effects) works. Its subscriptions allow unlimited listening to its catalog of over 50,000 songs, including about 20,000 available via subscription streaming for the first time.
The service is initially launching in Japan on Friday, but the staff aims to launch the service overseas by the end of this year.
Friday's unveiling event featured the musical artists (from left to right in the photograph) Mayu Yoshioka (Wake Up, Girls!), Suzuko Mimori, Minori Suzuki (Macross Delta's Walkūre), Nanaka Suwa (Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours), and Yuri Komagata to highlight the breadth of ANiUTa's catalog. Represented anime and game titles include Ensemble Stars!, the Gundam franchise, Wake Up, Girls!, Mr. Osomatsu, Girls und Panzer, KanColle, Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode, K-ON!, Attack on Titan, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Genesis of Aquarion, Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Macross Delta, Macross Frontier, Yowamushi Pedal, Lucky Star, Love Live!, Love Live! Sunshine!!, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, and Yuri!!! on Ice.
In Japan, the service costs 600 yen (about US$5.40) a month, tax included. Its app runs on Android (5.x - 7.0) and iOS (9.x - 10.x) devices. It streams at 128 or 320 kilobits per second with text lyrics when available. People without paid subscriptions can still use the app to perform searches of streaming songs and preview them.
In addition to streaming, ANiUTa also offers early sales of live concert tickets, exclusive member presents, sale of goods, and other services related to anime songs. ANiUTa is debuting on Friday with exclusive "ANiUTa Premium" content such as Ali Project's 25th anniversary single "Himiko Gaiden," the "Beginning" song from Hironobu Kageyama's 40th anniversary album, Akiko Shikata's Ao Oni: The Animation ending theme song "Kakure Oni movie ver.", and GRANRODEO's Kuroko's Basketball Last Game (Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game) theme song "Glorious days."
The service will hold the ANiUTa Live 2017 ANiUPa!! live concert on May 13 at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Gymnasium. The artist lineup includes Aqours, Ali Project, Wake Up, Girls!, and May'n. ANiUTa will allow members to purchase tickets in advance for such events as Original Entertainment Paradise -OrePara- 10th Anniversary ~Ore!! Summer~, Pile Birthday Party!!! 2017, Aina Kusuda 2nd Live Tour '17 Year ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤, and Yui Watanabe 1st Live "Fun Fan Story."
The main companies and labels behind the venture include Flying Dog, Avex Pictures, Kadokawa, Sunrise Music Publishing, Toei Animation Music Publishing, TOHO, Frontier Works, Pony Canyon, Marvelous, and Lantis. Other companies and labels participating in the streaming service include Earth Star Records, EXIT TUNES, SNK, NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan, CAPCOM, Karent, Smiral, TEAM Entertainment, Tokuma Japan Communications, Dreamusic, Falcom, TMS Music, VAP, Victor Entertainment, 1st Place, Bushiroad Music, United Music and Arts, Mages, Rejet and Warner Brothers.
Update: Aina Kusuda's spelling corrected. Thanks, Xian