Daisuki (website)

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Daisuki
Daisuke company logo.gif
Type of site
Video streaming service
Founded May 2013
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Area served Worldwide
Industry Anime industry, Anime, and Video on Demand
Parent Anime Consortium Japan (Bandai Namco Holdings)
Website www.daisuki.net
Registration Optional
Current status Active

Daisuki is a Japanese website focused on streaming anime content, which was founded in 2013 by Asatsu-DK and six anime studios, Toei Animation, Aniplex, Sunrise, TMS Entertainment, Nihon Ad Systems, and Dentsu.

Currently, Daisuki is managed by Anime Consortium Japan, an anime content joint venture financed by Asatsu-DK, Bandai Namco, the Cool Japan Fund, and several Japan anime studios, and is currently managed by Bandai Namco.[1][2][3]

Content[edit]

Originally airing 30 episodes of content on May 16, the first series to be included were Sword Art Online, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, The Prince of Tennis: The National Tournament, Lupin III: Part II, Mobile Suit Z Gundam, and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.[4][5]

History[edit]

Originally set to launch in April, it was delayed until 16 May 2013.[6][7] The initial media services were streaming over the web, with future plans to expand for mobile devices and the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.[8] In October 2013 they released an iPad app[9] followed by an iPhone app in February 2014,[10] and an Android app in January 2015.[11]

Operation[edit]

Founded on 17 October 2012, Daisuki Inc. was a joint venture between Asatsu-DK and six major anime studios.[12] The venture's backers by initial shareholder stakes were split with minority shares amongst all backers. The largest minority shareholder is Asatsu-DK with 121,000,000 yen for a 26.3% stake; Toei Animation, Aniplex, Sunrise, TMS Entertainment, and Nihon Ad Systems each have a 61,700,000 yen investment for 13.4% shares. Dentsu has 30,000,000 yen invested for a 6.5% stake.[13] However, its capital on launch was noted to be 229,750,000 yen.[12] The CEO was Kunihiko Shibata.[12]

In an interview with Japanator, it was announced that the releases on Daisuki would be released worldwide without region restrictions except in cases of exclusive rights licensed by other companies.[4]

Daisuki Inc, was folded in 2014 and replaced by Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ), which took over the operation of the Daisuki.net website. ACJ's initial shareholders included Bandai Namco Holding inc., Asatsu-DK inc., Aniplex inc., the Cool Japan Fund, Toei Animation, Sunrise, TMS Entertainment, Nihon Ad Systems, and Dentsu Inc.[1] In 2015 they were joined by Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan, Kadokawa, Bushiroad Inc., and Good Smile Company.[14] Shin Unozawa, an executive vice president of Bandai Namco Entertainment, serves as ACJ's president and representative.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bandai Namco, ADK, Aniplex Establish Anime Consortium Japan Streaming Service". Anime News Network. 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  2. ^ http://www.animeconsortium.jp/company/
  3. ^ http://variety.com/2015/film/asia/kadokawas-manga-supplies-its-anime-division-1201616019/
  4. ^ a b Totman, Josh (21 May 2013). "Japanator Interviews: DAISUKI.net's Eri Maruyama". Japanator. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Daisuki Anime Streaming Site Launches". Anime News Network. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "ADK、アニメ作品を海外へネット配信 制作6社と". The Nikkei (in Japanese). 27 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Daisuki has launched!" (Press release). Daisuki. Archived from the original on 2015-03-20. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  8. ^ "Daisuki Aims to Aggregate Streaming Anime in One Site". Anime News Network. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  9. ^ "DAISUKI iPad app now available" (Press release). DAISUKI. 10 October 2013. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Daisuki (6 February 2014). "DAISUKI app for iPhone NOW AVAILABLE". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  11. ^ Daisuki (8 January 2015). "Now available on Google Play: free DAISUKI app for Android
    Our DAISUKI app for Android, eagerly awaited by many..."
    . Twitter. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
     
  12. ^ a b c "Company Overview". Daisuki. Archived from the original on 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  13. ^ Saabedra, Humberto (26 February 2013). "New Streaming Portal 'Daisuki' Set to Launch in April". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  14. ^ "7 Companies Invest US$3 Million in Anime Consortium Japan". Anime News Network. 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 

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