Tag Archives: Manga

The art of Hatsune Miku | The virtual pop sensation that’s selling out concerts, inspiring art projects, and growing a global licensing programme

Even by the standards of a generation that grew up on the animated band, Gorillaz or witnessed the explosion of the BT21 brand (a lifestyle brand comprising characters devised by members of the K-Pop brand BTS), Hatsune Miku presents an interesting concept. Officially, Hatsune Miku is a Vocaloid software voicebank …

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Japanese restaurant Shoryu Ramen partners with Hatsune Miku for DIY Ramen Kits and more

The Japanese restaurant, Shoryu Ramen has launched a new collaboration with the anime character brand, Hatsune Miku that sees the introduction of a themed DIY Ramen Kit for fans across the UK. In a deal brokered by the European licensing agency for Hatsune Miku, Max Arguile’s Reemsborko, the partnership marks …

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Global demand for anime ‘shows no signs of slowing’ as Crunchyroll details international licensing deals

The global anime brand has detailed a full slate of new licensing partnerships across its library of anime series including Jujutsu Kaisen, Bananya, and the Crunchyroll Original series, The God of High School, that sees it span multiple categories across multiple markets. The roll out arrives in the midst of …

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Manga and anime powerhouse Viz Media appoints new VP of consumer products

The anime and manga powerhouse, Viz Media, has appointed the former Netflix Consumer Products director, Laura Takaragawa to the role of vice president consumer products, a newly created position for the business as it looks to increase its presence in the licensing and merchandising space. The new role will see …

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Hit action anime series Baki taps Reemsborko for Europe and Australasia licensing

The popular action anime, Baki is on the path to grow its licensing activity across Europa and Australasia, having appointed the pop culture licensing specialist, Reemsborko to represent the property across all categories. Baki has been the subject of multiple manga, anime, and video games over the last 30 years …

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Crunchyroll details major licensing slate ahead of the autumn anime season

The global anime brand, Crunchyroll, has detailed a slate of cross-category licensing partnerships ahead of the autumn anime season, highlighting not only the diversity of the anime medium, but the global reach of the animation form. “This latest slate of licensing partnerships represents the diversity of anime as a medium, …

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And the West will follow: Life and licensing for Crunchyroll at the forefront of the anime explosion

Leading the charge of an estimated $20bn anime market is a rather pretty place to be sitting at the best of times, but with this value only expected to grow as the popularity of the Japanese art form continues to sweep across audiences to the West, it’s undoubtedly a large …

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Mythological Japanese IP Samurai Animals prepares for 10th anniversary with licensing showcase

The global licensing award-nominated character franchise, and popular Japanese IP, Samurai Animals is preparing to celebrate its tenth anniversary next year, with an 11-month run-up of launches, including a new online platform, promotional video, and a series of trade show exhibit initiatives. Samurai Animal is a mythical Japanese saga that …

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Crunchyroll and Adult Swim partner for anime series based on SEGA video game franchise Shenmue

It’s been a busy weekend for the global anime brand Crunchyroll who spent the past two days rolling out a roster of new announcements and partnerships as part of its Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, including the renewal of its partnership with Adult Swim for the production of the original anime series …

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How the West was won: Japanese art and its impact on kids’ entertainment

Take a look at some of the highest performing animation or properties within the children’s space today and you’ll notice the creeping influence of Eastern culture infiltrating the style and look of so much we experience here in the West. Spin Master’s Bakugan – to name just one example – …

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