A new service from Japan-based Anique (anique.jp/en) is offering fans the opportunity to become the sole owners of unique artwork from some of the best Japanese titles across anime, manga and games, utilizing blockchain technology. The first round, 26 pieces of digital art inspired by global hit Attack on Titan officially sponsored by Kodansha, went live earlier this month. Visit the campaign page to enter the purchasing lottery for your favorite piece before May 20.
Using NFT (Non-Fungible Token) technology, Anique can grant three special privileges to the only person in the world who owns one of its pieces. The first is that their name will be engraved as an owner throughout history due to the blockchain technology, even after the artwork is resold. The second is that owners will be able to purchase a physical copy of the artwork, printed like cel animation, during their ownership. Finally, owners will be able to sell and purchase the artwork on the platform. Some of the proceeds from the sale will go back to the original artists.
The Anique digital artwork collections won’t be limited to currently popular titles. They will also feature “sleeping treasures” — titles that have finished airing or have been taken off the market. Anique aims to increase the circulation of Japanese content around the world and create a new revenue stream for creators through a business model for the new era.
Winners of the first round Attack on Titan purchasing lotteries will be announced on or after May 27. Each piece is 10,000 yen (excluding tax) for ownership of the digital artwork; or 60,000 yen (excl. tax and shipping) for the digital + framed cel art option.