Tokuma Shoten

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Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.
Native name
株式会社徳間書店
Kabushiki gaisha Tokuma Shoten
Formerly called
East-West Entertainment Publishing (1954-1958)
Asahi Performing Arts Publishing (1958-1967)
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Publishing
Founded March 19, 1954; 64 years ago (1954-03-19) in Minato, Tokyo.
Founder Yasuyoshi Tokuma
Headquarters Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Area served
Japan
Key people
Kenichi Hirano (President and Representative Director)
Products Magazines
Number of employees
115 (2017)
Parent Culture Convenience Club
Divisions Tokuma Bunko
Website www.tokuma.jp

Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd. (株式会社徳間書店, Kabushiki gaisha Tokuma Shoten) is a publisher in Japan, headquartered in Shinagawa, Tokyo.[1] The company was established in 1954 by Yasuyoshi Tokuma in Minato, Tokyo. The company’s product portfolio includes music publishing, video game publishing, movies, anime, magazines, manga and books.

Companies that were part of Tokuma Shoten include Studio Ghibli, Daiei Motion Pictures and the record label Tokuma Japan Communications. After the founder of the company, Yasuyoshi Tokuma died on September 20, 2000, an asset management occurred. Tokuma Shoten executed a corporate spin-off with Studio Ghibli, turning the company’s anime division as a separate company again in 2005. Tokuma Shoten sold off Tokuma Japan Communications to Daiichi Kosho in October 2001, and Daiei Films was purchased by Kadokawa Corporation in November 2002.

Since 2005, the company has streamlined itself to focus solely on the publication of print media and the airing of its adapted properties to TV and feature film. On 17 March, 2017, the company was acquired by Culture Convenience Club. The deal was completed at the end of March.

History[edit]

On March 1954, Tokuma was established as East-West Entertainment Publishing in Shimbashi 3-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo with a capital of 1 million yen. The company took over the publishing rights for Weekly Asahi Performing Arts, a publication which dates back from January 1951. The Osaka branch office opened in the same year. On September 1958, the company’s name was changed to Asahi Performing Arts Publishing. On April 1961, Asahi Performing Arts Publishing spun off their book publishing business as Tokuma Shoten. On October 1967, Asahi Performing Arts Publishing and Tokuma Publishing merged and became known as Tokuma Shoten Company. In the same month, the monthly issue of Problem novel was launched.

On July 1978, the monthly publication Animage was launched, and on October 1980, the Tokuma Bunko brand was launched. On March 1984, the company co-produced with Hakuhodo Inc. on a project commemorating the company’s 30th Anniversary. The company also funded films by Studio Ghibli, starting with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. On February 1988, the company released the anime series Legend of the Galactic Heroes by Yoshiki Tanaka. On April of the same year, My Neighbour Totoro was released, and on September 1988, the monthly publication GoodsPress was launched.

On 1989, Tokuma Shoten hired Streamline Pictures to produce the English language version of the 1986 film Laputa: Castle in the Sky directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and its 1992 English dubbing of The Castle of Cagliostro. In 1988, Streamline also dubbed My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service, both dubbed under the supervision of Gregory Snegoff for Tokuma Shoten, although this collaboration was only used as in-flight films by Japan Airlines who at the time who licensed them from Tokuma Shoten. The airline showed the movies during their flights between Japan and the United States. On May 1994, the company launched a children’s picture and literature book as a 40th anniversary commemoration project.

On August 1996, Disney and Tokuma Shoten formed a partnership in which Buena Vista Pictures would be the sole international distributor for Tokuma Shoten's Studio Ghibli animated films. Since then, all three afore-mentioned films by Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli that were previously dubbed by Streamline have been re-dubbed by Disney.[2] On June 1, 1997, Tokuma Shoten Publishing consolidated its media operations by merging Studio Ghibli, Tokuma Shoten Intermedia software and Tokuma International under one location.[3] On February 1999, the 30th anniversary commemorative prize issue novel, was held at the 19th Japan SF award, with a presentation award ceremony of a short novel labelled as Tokuma literary award. On July 2001, Spirited Away was released and would go on to break numerous records and became the most successful film during that era in Japanese history, grossing over $289 million worldwide. On November 2004, Howl's Moving Castle was released. Along with the movie, the original book of the same name was a success. Between 1999 and 2005, Studio Ghibli was a subsidiary brand of Tokuma Shoten, however, that partnership ended on April 2005 when Studio Ghibli was spun off from Tokuma Shoten, and was re-established as an independent company with a relocated headquarters.

On September 2006, the monthly publication Comic Ryu was launched. On October 2006, Weekly Asahi Performing Arts celebrated its 50th anniversary. On May 2007, the animated TV series Dennou coli was in production, and on May 2011, Rongu Blessing’s Long Blessed Diet (Ryosuke Miki series) produced a cumulative total of 1.16 million views. On January 2012, the monthly publication Volt was launched, and on September 2012, Sweet Girly Artbook Larme launched. On April 2013, the TV drama Tokimeki Deka Tachibana, which was based on Tokuma Comics Sakado by Sadako original, and Torii Tori Drawing was broadcast on TV Tokyo as a series. On June 2013, Tokuma Bunko’s drama Traffic by Shibata Yoshiki is broadcast on NHK. On May 2014, the company released the movie Wood Job! ~ Original God of Dreams nationwide. God's Honorable Emotional Daily by Miura Shin was also released. On July 2015, the Comic Ryo TV animated series Monster Musume no daily life was broadcast.

On January 2017, Tokuma Bunko launched the drama Today is a good day by Harada Maha which was broadcast at WOWOW. On March 2017, Tokuma Shoten became a subsidiary of Culture Convienience Club through an acquisition exchange of shares. On April 2017, Comic Ruy’s original TV animated series, Alice and Kura Six by Tetsuya Imai was broadcast. On July 2017, Tokuma Bunko’s drama Akira and Akira by Ike Well Jun was broadcast at WOWOW. Comic Ryu’s original TV animated series Centaur’s Trouble by Kei Murayama was broadcast.

Magazines[edit]

Movies[edit]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Developer Publisher Platform(s)
1985 Lot Lot Yes No MSX, Nintendo Entertainment System
1985 Exed Exes Yes No Nintendo Entertainment System
1987 Labyrinth No Yes Nintendo Entertainment System
1988 Captain Silver No Yes Nintendo Entertainment System
1990 Guerrière Lyewärd Yes Yes Sharp X68000
1990 Power Soccer No Yes Nintendo Entertainment System
1990 Ayumi Yes Yes PC-88
1991 Kimi Dake ni Ai o... Yes Yes MSX, PC-98, Sharp X68000
1991 Dragon Eyes Yes Yes MSX, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000
1991 Gorby no Pipeline Daisakusen No Yes FM Towns, MSX, Nintendo Entertainment System
1991 Puyo Puyo No Yes MSX, Nintendo Entertainment System
1992 Continental Yes Yes MSX, PC-98, Sharp X68000
1993 Himitsu no Hanazono Yes Yes PC-98, TurboGrafx CD
1993 Yadamon: Wonderland Dream No Yes Super Nintendo Entertainment System
1994 Hatsukoi Monogatari Yes Yes TurboGrafx CD
1994 Dennō Tenshi: Digital Angel Yes Yes TurboGrafx CD
1995 Eternal Filena Yes Yes Super Nintendo Entertainment System
1995 Love Quest Yes Yes Super Nintendo Entertainment System
1995 ClockWerx No Yes Super Nintendo Entertainment System
1996 Madō Monogatari: Hanamaru Daiyōchienji No Yes Super Nintendo Entertainment System
1996 Virgin Dream No Yes TurboGrafx CD
1996 Fire Woman: Matoi-gumi No Yes PC-FX, PlayStation
1997 Motteke Tamago No Yes TurboGrafx CD
1998 Zoku Hatsukoi Monogatari: Shūgaku Ryokō No Yes PC-FX, PlayStation, Sega Saturn
1999 Incredible Crisis No Yes Arcade, PlayStation

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "会社概要." (Archive) Tokuma Shoten. Retrieved on November 29, 2013. "所在地 〒105-8055 東京都港区芝大門2丁目2番1号"
  2. ^ "August Issue News Section:Disney Will Distribute Japanese Animation". Animation World Magazine. August 1996. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Karrfalt, Wayne (May 27, 1997). "Tokuma looks to merge film, media distribution". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 

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