daisukidotnet Seven anime companies in Japan to launch streaming services catering to overseas fans

It’s about time anime companies make a move to deliver the popular, new and upcoming titles via internet streaming.

Asatsu-DK (ADK), along with Toei Animation, Aniplex, Sunrise, TMS Entertainment, Nihon Ad Systems (NAS) and Dentsu as subsidiaries of the new venture, has opened Daisuki.net. The services will launch this April.

Daisuki.net has revealed a few titles they plan to offer to overseas anime fans. Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Mobile Suit Gundam, One Piece, Lupin the 3rd and Prince of Tennis are just some of the titles mentioned in the site’s press release. According Nikkei, a financial newspaper in Japan, over 500 titles will be hosted and translated on the website. New anime series that are aired simultaneously in Japan will also be offered by Daisuki.net.

Just like any other legal streaming site, Daisuki.net will generate income through advertisements and fees. As of the moment, nothing is disclosed about the charges. Aside from a stable stream of content, it will also have its own online shop that will sell anime goods and merchandise.

Now, the biggest question is the regions that are covered by their services. They did mention “overseas video delivery”, but no particular region was mentioned. Who knows? It may even be the saving grace for anime fans from countries that have region blocks in legal streaming websites. As for the ones who have regular subscriptions in sites such as Crunchyroll, since Japanese anime companies are directly involved, licensing agreements might be affected in the future.

Are you excited about what Daisuki.net has to offer?

Visit the Daisuki.net English site here.

Sources: Daisuki.net Press Release and Nikkei