Anime Streaming is about to change

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In The Japan Times today it was revealed that Japan and Japanese anime studios are going to be getting into international streaming in a big way.

This new site is called Daisuki, which will go live in late April. The companies that are a part of this new site are: Toei, Sunrise, TMS, Aniplex, Nihon Ad Systems and Dentsu, also known as some of the biggest players and content owners. There is a lot of content there that would be very beneficial for an international audience, especially if they streamed the dubs (and made dubs) for each country (What would be even better is if they offered all the subtitles and dubs to everyone so anime can also be used as a learning tool).

What they need is more than just a site though. They need apps for Android, iOS, and consoles to go with them. Because as we know, we do more on or phones, tablets, and consoles than generally our laptops and desktops, except for work such as creating and editing graphics, photos, videos, and even doing writing. And once they do, the streaming wars will really heat up between Crunchyroll, Funimation, Neon Alley, and the others.

One of the most exciting things about Daisuki is that they are looking to be a place were fans can connect to creators.

To quote Daisuki President Kunihiko Shibata from the article:

“We’re committed to connecting fans with creators. Daisuki will be a brand that both Japanese artists and overseas fans will recognize as a home for anime and its human creators. We have direct access to the studios and artists, and we have lots of plans to bring them directly into contact with non-Japanese fans. We’re going to offer exclusives — interviews, insider stories, behind the scenes stuff. I think you know how valuable this could be.”

And it will be. These exclusives, plus all large content library, and the access to all these amazing creators will be a true game changer. Imagine a Google+ like Hangout with the legends of anime classic and new, and the creators can see how globally loved firsthand their works are.

Source: The Japan Times

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Lawrence Brenner is a journalist/writer/photographer/videographer and academic. He has also presented on the Rise of the Cosplay Economy at Anime Expo.

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