Konami Starting Anime Distribution Service

By Ishaan . August 21, 2010 . 10:31am

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Konami are starting an anime distribution service on the PlayStation Network for anime series based on their core franchises in Japan, the company revealed earlier this week. The first series to be rolled out via the service will Tokimeki Memorial OnlyLove .

 

OnlyLove is about a girl named Riku Aoba, a recent transfer student to the private Tsumugino High School. Individual episodes will be available for 250 yen (about $3.00). Other series that will be offered via Konami’s service are Quiz Magic Academy -Original Animation-, Skygirls, Saint October, Fairy Musketeers and Best Student Council.

 

While each episode of OnlyLove will be priced at 250 yen, Konami revealed that the other shows could be anywhere between 200 – 300 yen per episode. Anyone interested in subscribing to this will want to note that the distribution service is based on a rental method. From Konami’s announcement:

 

Contents can be viewed for a limited time by rental method from the PlayStation®Store. Contents can be viewed any time within 30 days from purchase and up to 72 hours from the first time that it is played. Contents downloaded via PS3® (excluding some titles) can also be played on PSP® that has been authenticated with the same account.



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  • http://twitter.com/dieKatze88 dieKatze88

    wow nice screen shot from the LAST episode of sky girls, its like you guys tried to get the most obscure imagery from the show.

    • MisterNiwa

      What irony, a bird display picture with the name “dieKatze”.

      And I agree, since I don’t really remember much of the Anime but the crucial story parts, I was like, Omigosh Sky Girls 02!?

  • Kris

    To be honest, despite being a Konami fan, I never knew that they did anime. Although, I’ve never heard of any of these series either. :p

  • mikedo2007

    Konami should do what Nippon Ichi did in the US and open up a anime licensing/distributing branch here. The anime industry needs help in the US. After seeing Geneon and ADV gone out of business, and it looks like Funimation is taking up more then 50% of the US anime market. I think Konami can help bring over a lot of anime (both done by themselves and other anime that companies didn’t seem to aim their sight on). I like to see Konami open up a branch like that in Europe since Europe has a huge anime fanbase over there, and also I have a friend in Italy and I found out they’re not picking up anime that we get like Shakugan No Shana, Sekirei, Bleach, and something like that. Italy has a long history with anime and they’re not living by their anime heritage.

    • godmars

      They need to do 1-to-1 translation turnover. That’s why you’ve got a case like Crunchy Roll legitimately strong-arming their way into the industry from once being an illegal streaming site. Where companies like ADV and Geneon were taking a year or more to get titles to market, CR started putting anime out in a week.

      • mikedo2007

        True, I like simucast also. But back then we didn’t have the tech like what we have today to do simucast. Also don’t forget fansubs and piracy and that led to Geneon and ADV out of business. As I said, if we have more company taking place of Geneon, that’s why I would love to see Konami setting up a anime licensing/distribution branch in US. They can help a lot if that happen. Funimation is becoming the new “ADV Film” of this era because of their increased acquistion on numerous anime. I’m seeing Funimation, Viz, and Bandai using simulcast to help bring anime faster to US audience and combatting fansubs (and piracy) .

  • doubleO7

    *sigh* Sky Girls. I would love for this show to get an official US DVD/BD release. That would be a day 1 purchase for me, although the chances of it getting licensed are pretty slim.

  • Joanna

    It’s like PayPerView but with anime and on your PS3. I could see this being successful.

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