Visual Novel Publisher 5pb Becomes Mages, 5pb Director Is Head Of The Company

By Spencer . April 21, 2011 . 10:10am

imageAG-ONE is uniting an eclectic group of companies – entertainment talent management group Arkray, licensing business Seed Project, Dwango Creative School, event company Animelo Summer Life, 5pb Records, and 5pb Games under one umbrella.


All of those companies will become Mages and 5pb executive director Chiyomaru Shikura is leading the entire group. Shikura believes Mages will streamline operations, make rapid responses to the changing market, and create satisfying products for fans.


This change will not affect any projects in development or company polices. No staff will be cut either, in fact Shikura plans to push forward and hire even more staff. We’ll have more from 5pb.. I mean Mages executive director Shikura in the coming days.

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  • PrinceHeir

    please don’t remove the “5pb” trademark, just do what Index Holdings did and keep the brand but under a new company.

    • yeah, they’ll probably publish under Mages and tack on the 5pb logo.
      though I’m curious about what plans he has in store with his new position [and new finances].

      • PrinceHeir

        as long as the games are not affected it’s all good :D

        • well, future games might be affected because of the new finances. :-P
          it’d be nice if they decided to make an rpg, I mean…. they already got the stories down. they just need a set-up, then we can talk overseas releases. hoho…

          • PrinceHeir

            would be interesting for sure :)

    • N2O1990

      dont worry,5pb. games and 5pb. records will still there

      • PrinceHeir

        awesome :D

  • What exactly is a licensing business?

  • Istillduno

    The staff had better get uniforms of robes, wizard hats and fake beards, preferably with pointy shoes.

    This seriously needs to happen, even if it’s only 1 day a year.

  • Guest

    One of the “rapid changes to the changing market” should be to expand their horizons to the West please

  • I hope 5pb conquers the world

    • Aoshi00

      lol.. I was about to say Chikura is another step closer in his grand scheme to dominate the world :)

      • N2O1990

        (imagine they announce Robotics;Notes for US/EU at E3)
        ok i’m kidding XD

        • Aoshi00

          Wait… did you come from the future… or the past? lol… I’m looking forward to Robotics;Notes as well.. I hope I could finish Steins;Gate this weekend (I actually didn’t like huke’s art style at first).. 5pb has made some seriously good VNs..

          oh btw, thanks for the linking the news that each branch would still keep doing what they do…

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