Well let’s be honest. As a bunch of foggy old people obsessed with our high shelves full of dusty old books, we don’t always pay much attention to what’s going on in the animation industry here at Manga Bookshelf. But when one of our favorite PR contacts (in this case, Robert Napton, formerly Bandai Entertainment) contacts us about a new company he’s working with, we mustered the will to drop and hear from the 1980s shoujo manga size.


Long before publishers like Viz Media began seriously fighting manga pirates by offering simultaneous digital versions of popular series, the animation industry was spearheading the mission with several online streaming services (Crunchyroll, Hulu, and ANN) dedicated to providing a legal alternative to Fansubs. . Although the process involved some occasional bumbling and frustrations (my home attempt to stream the first episode of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood from the FUNimation website the night it first appeared will be recorded forever in the Buffering Hall of Shame), streaming anime has become an affordable option. . Essential for many fans.

One of the challenges of keeping up with the streaming anime releases is that they are ubiquitous, torn between numerous companies and online services, and require multiple online accounts, each with their own monetization system and quirks. Employment. DAISUKI, a Japanese startup affiliated with several popular studios and production companies (ANN has the full list here) aims to change all of that by offering a wide variety of series on one site.

While the opening line-up of DAISUKI, series like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, One Piece, and Lupine the 3rd, mostly consists of anime series previously available in English, we had the opportunity to ask Eri Maruyama (International Business Development) from DAISUKI) what could be To expect to see it from the service after its initial launch.

Lupine III 「ル パ ン 三世」 原作 ン キ ー ・ パ ン © TMS original comics created by Monkey Punch © TMS

Lupine III
The original comedy I created
Monkey Punch © TMS

MB: What makes DAISUKI special among the various anime broadcast channels currently available to English speakers (Crunchyroll, Funimation, etc.)? What are you hoping to do that is different from what’s shown now?
DAISUKI: You can watch all videos on DAISUKI.net for free. Some of the premium content to be added later might be fee based, but you basically don’t have to pay to watch the animation on DAISUKI. Additionally, there will be an online store with anime products and opportunities for fans to submit reviews to Japanese production companies directly. By doing this, we want to create an exchange between foreign fans and creators in Japan.

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