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Top Groups Expand Investment in Anime Consortium Japan

TOKYO – Six Japanese companies are investing $3 million in Anime Consortium Japan, an anime content joint venture launched in November 2014 by Bandai Namco and the Cool Japan Fund, ACJ announced Friday.

The investors are leading publishers Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan and Kadokawa, as well as anime goods maker Good Smile Company and anime studio Toei Animation.

ACJ’s Daisuki site streams Japanese animation in ten languages to foreign markets. Users currently number one million a month. Among the nearly 30 titles on offer are “The Idolmaster,” “Saint Seiya” and “Kuroko’s Basketball.” The company also develops e-commerce sites for anime products.

With the financial injection ACJ plans to expand beyond Web streaming to “value-added anime contents” in collaboration with anime studios, game makers, publishers, merchandize companies, and other rights holders from Japan.

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