Daisuki (website)

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Daisuki
Daisukilogo.png
Type of site
Video streaming service
Dissolved 11:59:+09:00, October 31, 2017 (2017-10-31T11:59:+09:00)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Area served Worldwide
Industry Anime industry, Anime, and Video on Demand
Parent Anime Consortium Japan (Bandai Namco Holdings)
Website Daisuki.net (Archived)
Registration Optional
Launched May 16, 2013; 5 years ago (2013-05-16)
Current status Inactive as of 11:59:00, October 31, 2017 (+09:00) (2017-10-31T11:59:00+09:00)

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

The service was terminated on October 31, 2017, at 11:59 JST. However, streaming of Dragon Ball Super continued until February 22, 2018, when it was transferred to DRAGON BALL SUPER CARD GAME.[4][5]

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.[6][7]

History[edit]

Originally set to launch in April 2013, Daisuki was delayed until May 16, 2013.[8][9] 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.[10] In October 2013, they released an iPad app,[11] followed by an iPhone app in February 2014,[12] and an Android app in January 2015.[13]

Operation[edit]

Founded on October 17, 2012, Daisuki Inc. was a joint venture between Asatsu-DK and six major anime studios.[14] 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.[15] However, its capital on launch was noted to be 229,750,000 yen.[14] The CEO was Kunihiko Shibata.[14]

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.[6]

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.[16] Shin Unozawa, an executive vice president of Bandai Namco Entertainment, serves as ACJ's president and representative. In March 2017, Bandai Namco purchased the entirety of Anime Consortium Japan for 2.1 billion yen.[17]

On August 1, 2017, Daisuki released a statement announcing the closure of their operations effective October 31, 2017. The service was terminated on October 31, 2017 at 11:59 JST. Despite this, Daisuki would continue to stream Dragon Ball Super.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bandai Namco, ADK, Aniplex Establish Anime Consortium Japan Streaming Service". Anime News Network. 2014-10-30. Archived from the original on 2016-07-04. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  2. ^ "Anime Consortium Japan". Anime Consortium Japan. Archived from the original on 2015-11-10.
  3. ^ Schilling, Mark (16 October 2015). "Kadokawa's Manga Supplies its Anime Division". Archived from the original on 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Information - DAISUKI". DAISUKI. Archived from the original on 2017-08-08.
  5. ^ "DAISUKI END OF SERVICE NOTICE". Daisuki. Archived from the original on 18 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b Totman, Josh (21 May 2013). "Japanator Interviews: DAISUKI.net's Eri Maruyama". Japanator. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Daisuki Anime Streaming Site Launches". Anime News Network. 15 May 2013. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  8. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 2 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  9. ^ "Daisuki has launched!" (Press release). Daisuki. Archived from the original on 2015-03-20. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  10. ^ "Daisuki Aims to Aggregate Streaming Anime in One Site". Anime News Network. 25 March 2013. Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  11. ^ "DAISUKI iPad app now available" (Press release). DAISUKI. 10 October 2013. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  12. ^ Daisuki (6 February 2014). "DAISUKI app for iPhone NOW AVAILABLE". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ a b c "Company Overview". Daisuki. Archived from the original on 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  15. ^ Saabedra, Humberto (26 February 2013). "New Streaming Portal 'Daisuki' Set to Launch in April". Crunchyroll. Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  16. ^ "7 Companies Invest US$3 Million in Anime Consortium Japan". Anime News Network. 2015-08-01. Archived from the original on 2016-07-07. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  17. ^ Schilling, Mark (March 19, 2017). "Bandai Namco Takes Control of Anime Consortium Japan, Daisuki". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  18. ^ "Daisuki Ends Anime Streaming Service in October". Anime News Network. August 1, 2017. Archived from the original on August 6, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.

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