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    via PR @ ANN
    Yomiuri Group Companies Announce Joint Venture with Japanese Animation Studios to Create Streaming and Crowd Funding Service

    TOKYO, JAPAN – (Nov. 7, 2012) – Yomiuri Group companies Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Yomiuri-TV Enterprise Co., Ltd., and ADEC Co., Ltd., announced today the formation of a joint venture with Japanese animation production companies Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd., Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd., Pierrot Co., Ltd., and Quarkpro LLC, to focus on streaming Japanese animation to North America and producing and selling related goods.

    Each company will invest in forming a LLP (Limited Liability Partnership), and will create a North America targeted streaming and crowd funding video platform “Anime Sols” which will leverage the properties owned by the partner companies. This will be the first time Japanese companies have formed a Japanese business to stream Japanese animation and sell related goods directly to North America, from the source.

    “There's such a wealth of Japanese animation that has never been legally available before in North America, and we're using the power of the internet and social networking to allow us to bring never-before seen in the west titles – and past favorites – to anime fans in North America,” says Toshikazu Sugae, Vice President of Yomiuri-TV Enterprise Co., Ltd.

    Starting in the spring of 2013, Anime Sols will offer internet streaming of a number of Japanese animation titles. In addition to streaming, the service will offer additional methods for fans to support programs by committing to purchasing goods and/or rewards. Using a crowd patronage business model, the more support a show receives, the more programs will be streamed and the more goods will be produced, giving supporters the opportunity to collect shows on home media and receive special supporter rewards.

    Launch titles include Tekkaman, the Space Knight (1975), Bander Book (1978), Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel (1983), Yatterman (2008), and many more.

    “This project aims to bridge the gap between the audience that wants to collect and the audience that just wants to watch, by letting everyone support their favorite programs however they wish, whether it's messaging a friend about a newly discovered classic, or contributing money to sponsor a DVD set,” says Quarkpro LLC Senior Partner and site co- founder Sam Pinansky.

    About Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation

    Since its founding in Osaka in 1958, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation has always been a leader in new telecasting developments, from the first color broadcast in Japan in 1960, though the 1993 construction of a state-of-the-art production studio in Tokyo, and up to the commencement of digital broadcast in 2003. In 1988, the establishment of an open television station where the community can tour the facilities and production units can utilize indoor, entrance lobby and building-front studio space in the center of Osaka Business Park secures YTV's position as an industry innovator. Staying in the forefront of technology to serve an increasingly savvy audience is YTV's commitment to excellence, its commitment to you. For more information, please visit: http://www.ytv.co.jp/english/

    About Yomiuri-TV Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Established in 1970, Yomiuri-TV Enterprise Co., Ltd., manages domestic and international licensing rights for a variety of famous animation properties like Inuyasha (2000), Beelzebub (2011), and Space Brothers (2012), as well as musical artists like Yumi Miyagami and Maiko.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.yte.co.jp/

    About ADEC Co., Ltd.

    Established in 1999, ADEC Co., Ltd. is a fully owned subsidiary of Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation. A creative workshop, ADEC provides on screen graphics creation for Yomiuri news and variety programs, as well as webpage, smart-tv contents, graphics design, video production, and video post-production services. For more information, please visit: http://www.a-dec.co.jp/

    About Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.

    Established in 1968, Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. was founded as the production company for Tezuka Osamu. On the 80th anniversary of Tezuka Osamu's birth, Tezuka Productions decided to follow the path he pursued. They strive to create opportunities for international communication by means of manga and animation and give children hope for the future, which they believe is their mission as the keeper of his legacy. For more information, please visit: http://tezukaosamu.net/en/

    About Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd.

    “Dreams for families of the world…”

    These words are the corporate motto and led to the foundation of Tatsunoko Productions in 1962. Tatsunoko made the first step into the world of animation by giving birth to Space Ace in 1965 and then to Mach Go Go Go (a.k.a. Speed Racer) in 1967. Beginning in late '60s, Tatsunoko's original animations were sweeping over the world and sending hits to every genre such as Gatchaman (a.k.a. Battle of the Planets) and Samurai Pizza Cats. Tatsunoko celebrates its 50th anniversary and plans to utilize and exploit the world renowned properties to expand into the broader entertainment and services markets. For more information, please visit: http://www.tatsunoko.co.jp/english/

    About Pierrot Co., Ltd.

    Established in 1979, Pierrot Co., Ltd. has produced numerous successful high quality animation productions including world famous fairy tales like "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils" (1980), popular comics like Hikaru no Go (2002), The Twelve Kingdoms (2002), Naruto (2002), Bleach (2004) and original stories such as Magical Girl Series (1983-1985). With its 30-years of experience, Pierrot has firmly established itself as one of Japan's most versatile, dependable, and creative production companies. For more information, please visit: http://www.pierrot.jp/

    About Quarkpro LLC,

    Established in 2012, Quarkpro LLC is a Japanese Goudou Kaisha founded by translator and anime fan Samuel Pinansky. Quarkpro will invest in the Japanese animation industry to come up with creative new methods to market and monetize anime internationally and promote Japan's vast media landscape abroad, as well as engage in licensing and localization assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.quarkboy.com/

    Tekkaman、The Space Knight (1975) – 26-episode sci-fi anime series in space with robots and battle armor, produced in 1975. The plot was influenced by the social problems such as environmental pollution at that time. It was aired in US by syndication in 1984. 20 years later a new derivative was created from the original, as Tekkaman Blade (a.k.a. Teknoman) which was also very popular. The earth has entered the 21st century and it is in peril. The project to purify the earth has been abandoned and scientists look to the stars to find a “Second Earth”. The exploration team on its mission, was attacked by a group of aliens and the hope of all mankind almost faded. Dr. Amachi manages to create the “Tekset” system, designed to combat the aliens by transforming a human into a Tekkaman, an enhanced strength super-human. Test pilot, Joji Minami, along with his colleagues, fight against aliens as Tekkaman to keep the hope of mankind to reach a new home for humanity.

    Bander Book (1978) – This 90 minute movie was made to air during 24 Hour Television, Japan's biggest charity telethon. By combining completely original stories and characters with familiar Tezuka character archetypes, they signaled the second coming of Osamu Tezuka's animation studio, and achieved TV ratings over 20%. Bander Book is a story based on the theme for 24 Television, “Love Saves the World”, and it tells the story of the human Bander, who was raised by aliens, and how he travels back to earth to reunite with his parents.

    Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel (1983) – Yu is a precocious 10-year-old girl who likes Tosiho, a boy, 3 years older than her. One day, Yu runs into aliens that have trouble with their damaged spaceship. In appreciation for helping them repair the spaceship, the aliens give Yu a magical stick with one condition; she must keep it secret, otherwise she would lose the precious power. In order to attract Toshio, Yu decides to transform herself into an attractive 17-year-old girl! Yu, with the 17-year-old figure, happens to be discovered as an idol singer and makes her debut as “Creamy Mami”. Contrary to her expectation, Toshio starts to be attracted to Creamy Mami, not Yu herself. Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel represents girl's popular dreams, an idol singer and magical power. This is the first and the most popular story of Pierrot's Magical Girls series.

    Yatterman (2008) – A remake of the 1977 classic, this anime tells the story of a bumbling trio of thieves, the Dorombo gang, who travel the world in search of the mysterious Skull Stones, believing they will find the location of the largest gold deposit on earth. Yatterman are a duo who ride a giant robot and constantly foil the evil villains plans. Updated for a new generation, this remake brings the hilarious antics to the 21st century.

    via ANNCast with Sam Pinansky (Quarkboy) (starting at around 31:20)

    Some of the points that I remembered:
    - YTV (A-DEC), YTVE, and a number of other Japanese animation companies banding together to form a new website (can't be revealed yet)
    - Website may kickoff sometime this fall
    - The idea is like YouTube with kickstarter
    - Classic shows (particularly ones that aren't currently licensed due to it been niche/obscure) to be streamed and fans can pledge money to an eventual DVD releases for U.S. and Canada
    - Won't be outsourced
    - Giant robot shows will likely be harder to acquire (particularly Go Nagai shows); magical girl shows may do better with model
    Last edited by WTK; 11-07-2012, 07:31 AM.

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    Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

    If the Japanese companies are the ones hosting it and the streams are subtitled, I wish print on demand was an option.

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      Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

      Originally posted by sickvisionz View Post
      If the Japanese companies are the ones hosting it and the streams are subtitled, I wish print on demand was an option.
      According to the ANNCast, regular DVD pressing has gotten cheap enough, and print on demand has enough issues, that any DVDs would be regular pressed discs.

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        Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

        Just to help calrify some things:
        Originally posted by WTK View Post
        - Classic shows to be streamed and fans can pledge money to an eventual DVD releases for U.S. and Canada
        Though they expect classic anime to be the start, since they're so unlikely to be licensed in the first place, the focus will simply be on obscure & super-niche shows that "need some love" (actual words).

        - Giant robot shows will likely be harder to acquire (particularly Go Nagai shows); magical girl shows may be easier to acquire
        He didn't say that magical girl shows would be "easier to acquire", though he say that giant robot shows might be harder, but rather he was just saying that he feels that magical girl shows will be more successful on the site than most other genres.

        Anyway, I certainly am really looking forward to this site, and I do hope that the shows I have always wanted to support will be put on this site... Oh man, do I wish.
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          Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

          Originally posted by LordGeo View Post
          Just to help clarify some things:
          Thanks. I made some changes to the first post.

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            Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

            I actually just started to type how much I'd like to see this work out for Legend of the Galactic Heroes when Quarkboy mentioned that as something that probably wouldn't be licensed for the US. Maybe with enough money, though. I look forward to seeing what this ends up being like. I don't know if Cardcaptor Sakura is old enough to be streamed and be a candidate for a new license given the right funding, considering how much it costs to own it at this point. I'd definitely love to see there be a chance for those two, or at least get them streamed so people in America can actually see it legally (and not spend ridiculous money, as with the latter). Not a big fan of many older anime, but I'm definitely interested in the idea.
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            • #7
              Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

              That was... rather different than the idea originally posted in what I guess was an attempt to troll the R2 forum. Well, I'm not opposed to it (given it's complementary). But, as I dislike old anime, I can't see myself supporting it either.

              Now, do a kickstarter for bishoujo figures and I might be interested.
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                Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

                Originally posted by Draneor View Post
                Now, do a kickstarter for bishoujo figures and I might be interested.
                Seems backwards given one of the most successful KS projects was a consumer-grade 3d printer.

                My only comment about this new business is why only US and Canada? Is it referring to the way it will handle home video releases? Like, basically, a R1 DVD will get made (DVD? No remaster love/BD?) and it's up to the retailer to ship it world wide?

                Also I'm assuming the streaming portion is worldwide.

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                • #9
                  Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

                  If they make it available for we English speakers outside US/Canada (it's fine if we have to go through TRSI or something), then I will definitely get behind this. If it ends up frustrating me by dangling treasures out there which I can't order, I'll be annoyed. I hope that the companies do the intelligent thing and recognise distribution needs to be by language rather than completely arbitrary geographical boundaries, especially since every sale must count when it's a niche title.

                  My cash is waiting for more details

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                    Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

                    Originally posted by omoikane View Post
                    My only comment about this new business is why only US and Canada? Is it referring to the way it will handle home video releases? Like, basically, a R1 DVD will get made (DVD? No remaster love/BD?) and it's up to the retailer to ship it world wide?

                    Also I'm assuming the streaming portion is worldwide.
                    I would think that the site will be U.S./Canada only at launch due to logistics and other things like that, much like how JManga started off. Maybe if the site looks to be doing well and there's enough fan demand for worldwide involvement in the future then they could possibly bring the rest of the world in, much like what JManga ended up doing to an extent.

                    But, naturally, the site isn't even up and 100% ready to reveal fully yet, so who knows what could happen in the next few months.
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                      Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

                      Originally posted by LordGeo View Post
                      I would think that the site will be U.S./Canada only at launch due to logistics and other things like that, much like how JManga started off. Maybe if the site looks to be doing well and there's enough fan demand for worldwide involvement in the future then they could possibly bring the rest of the world in, much like what JManga ended up doing to an extent.

                      But, naturally, the site isn't even up and 100% ready to reveal fully yet, so who knows what could happen in the next few months.
                      Based on my own experience and some statistics I've read over the years, to limit something like this to just US/Canada cuts off up to 50% of your total market. I think Jmanga did a dumb thing when they only launched with North America, and while it's probably never too late to switch to world-wide, I think Jmanga has missed a big opportunity.

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                        Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

                        Originally posted by omoikane View Post
                        I think Jmanga did a dumb thing when they only launched with North America, and while it's probably never too late to switch to world-wide, I think Jmanga has missed a big opportunity.
                        I'd assume there are many shows that may have been licensed to air elsewhere but not in R1. Doing it worldwide would be a legal mess.
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                        • #13
                          Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

                          I'm up for anything that is on this list.
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                            Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

                            Originally posted by Draneor View Post
                            Originally posted by omoikane View Post
                            I think Jmanga did a dumb thing when they only launched with North America, and while it's probably never too late to switch to world-wide, I think Jmanga has missed a big opportunity.
                            I'd assume there are many shows that may have been licensed to air elsewhere but not in R1. Doing it worldwide would be a legal mess.
                            I was going to bring this up, too. European & Australian licensors tend to license titles that North American licensors would never pick up; I like to bring up the fact that French licensor Kaze picked up Gundoh Musashi and even gave it tri-lingual subtitles, and you'd never see a company over pick up that in general. Hell, it was revealed in the podcast that Siren finally picked up Dennou Coil because their boss went to Tokuma Shoten, the company that had the license to the show, for two years, continually asking for a license for about two years until Tokuma simply gave in and let Siren license it under their own terms.

                            That kind of dedication is something we don't hear of over here that often. The most we tend to hear from a company is "We would love to license [insert title here]," but if there was some issue behind licensing a title like Dennou Coil it seems like most R1 licensors would rather give up and go for something else that's easier to license. The only R1 comparison we honestly have is Nozomi licensing Dirty Pair TV, which Shawne Kleckner admitted required a couple of years of asking & negotiating.
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                              Re: A kickstarter streaming/supporting website for classic anime

                              Originally posted by LordGeo View Post
                              That kind of dedication is something we don't hear of over here that often. The most we tend to hear from a company is "We would love to license [insert title here]," but if there was some issue behind licensing a title like Dennou Coil it seems like most R1 licensors would rather give up and go for something else that's easier to license. The only R1 comparison we honestly have is Nozomi licensing Dirty Pair TV, which Shawne Kleckner admitted required a couple of years of asking & negotiating.
                              I think that's a really unfair assessment. We aren't privy to the negotiations so we don't know how hard or difficult it was to acquire any title (or even attempts that end in failure). QB provided an interesting anecdote. But it's just that.
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