A group of Japan’s most notable anime production/distribution companies have joined forces to launch a new digital content hub for fans in the form of a new YouTube channel dubbed AnimeLog, or AniLog. The new destination is currently available in Japan, with plans to roll out English and Chinese-language subtitled content to reach more anime fans around the world.
With well-known banners like Toei Animation, Tezuka Productions, Kodansha, Nippon Animation, Shogakukan-Shueisha Prod. and Shinei Animation on board, AnimeLog/AniLog aims to make 3,000 titles from 30 companies available to online viewers by 2022. Launch titles include Black Jack, based on the manga by Osamu Tezuka, the Hayao Miyazaki-directed 1970s series Future Boy Conan from Nippon, Astro Boy, Lucy of the Southern Rainbow and Aesop’s Fables.
While many of these companies have set up their own YouTube channels, the partner studios believe that combining their catalogs and joining forces will accelerate audience and ad revenue growth. AnimeLog was launched last Friday by corporate digital strategy specialist AnalyzeLog, which has already worked with some of these studios, striking numerous business and investment deals since its formation in 2018 with backing from Next10 Ventures (U.S.) and its founder, Benjamin Grubbs.