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Akatsuki Inc. to Bring Japanese Animation to Indian Streaming Services (Updated)

posted on by Adriana Hazra
Company plans to tie up with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, YouTube

Smartphone game developer Akatsuki Inc. announced on Sunday that the company will be entering the Indian market in order to bring Japanese animated content to Indian streaming services. The company also stated it was in conversation with cable TV and VoD platforms in India but has since halted negotiations due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Akatsuki Inc. initially plans to tie up with streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, and YouTube.

Head of Global IP (intellectual property) expansion, in-charge of international business development and corporate development at Akatsuki Inc. Yuki Kawamura told Indian news outlet Livemint that the company is looking at localizing Japanese content by dubbing them into English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and Bengali. Kawamura also stated that "in another two to three years, we want to looking [sic] at developing Indian originals with local writers and talent here."

Akatsuki Inc. announced in October 2017 that it had founded a new subsidiary company named Akatsuki Entertainment USA in Los Angeles. The entertainment production company focuses on developing film adaptations of Japanese content, including manga, anime, and novels for a global market.

Akatsuki Inc. was founded in 2010, and it has worked on the Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama Rising Beat, Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle, Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine, The [email protected] SideM LIVE ON [email protected]!, and Tales of Link games. Genki Shiota is the company's CEO and Representative Director.

Update: Reworded information about Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, and YouTube.

Source: Livemint (Lata Jha)

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