Singapore syncs anime with Japan

MediaCorp, Odex team on programs

HONG KONG — Singapore pubcaster MediaCorp and South East Asian licensing firm Odex have pacted to offer Japanese anime programs on MediaCorp’s Arts Central channel in the same week as they preem in Japan.

Shows will also screen on new online anime channel AnimeTrix, available on MediaCorp’s Internet video-on-demand portal MOBTV.sg.

AnimeTrix said it will offer the widest range of legal content online outside of Japan, with cult titles such as “D.Gray-man,” “Neo Angelique Abyss,” “Zero no Tsukaima III,” and “Allison & Lillia” sourced from anime giants TV Tokyo Corp., Mico and Media Factory.

“This is a major step towards viewing anime legally in Singapore,” said Odex managing director Peter G.

Arts Central airs its anime titles in a latenight block on three weekdays. AnimeTrix became available on MOBTV Monday with subscriptions at S$10 ($7.35) a month.

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