With anime gaining an ever-growing international fanbase, it comes as no surprise that there is a demand for more accessible content. And it seems like our wishes have been granted as 30 Japanese anime companies have come together on a newly launched YouTube channel named AnimeLog to provide free anime episodes for all.
Notable companies such as Toei Animation (One Piece, Digimon), Tezuka Productions (Kimba The White Lion, Black Jack), Kodansha (Noragami, Akira, Cardcaptor Sakura), Nippon Animation (Hunter X Hunter), Shogakukan-Shueisha Prod. (Inuyasha, Ranma ½ , Hamtaro) and Shin-Ei Animation (Doraemon, Crayon Shin-Chan) will be sharing their beloved titles on this platform. The channel aims to have 3000 anime titles up by 2022, with the number of views per month reaching 300 million.
The anime shows on AnimeLog are currently only available for viewing in Japan. But, they have plans to include English and Chinese subtitles in the future in order to reach out to its international audiences. (via Animation Magazine)
Launch titles will include Black Jack, based on the manga by Osamu Tezuka, the Hayao Miyazaki-directed 1978 series Future Boy Conan from Nippon Animation, Astro Boy, Lucy of the Southern Rainbow and Aesop’s Fables.
Some anime companies such as Kadokawa and Toei Animation are already operating their own anime channels on YouTube. However, many feel that by joining forces, there is a higher possibility of growing a bigger audience and gaining more advertising revenue. Moreover, it will discourage anime fans from illegally streaming anime on other sites.
AnimeLog was launched by AnalyzeLog, which has already worked with some of these studios such as Toei Animation, Shogakukan, and Shin-Ei Animation. AnalyzeLog was formed in 2018 with seed capital backing from U.S. Next10 Ventures and its founder, Benjamin Grubbs.