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Thursday, March 24 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Anime Biz Revolution, 2016

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Veteran CoMix Wave producer Kazuki Sunami and Japanamerica author and journalist Roland Kelts give us an inside look at this revolutionary year in Japan's anime industry. Topics include: the sudden collapse of domestic DVD sales; the rise of the "Live Events" category as a source of merchandising revenue; the current SVOD anime licensing bubble via streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll and others; the rise of foreign investment and co-productions; the challenge of wide theatrical anime releases and the resilience of the Blu-ray collectors' market; and Makoto Shinkai's hotly anticipated Toho-distributed feature film, Kimi no Na wa (Your Name), out this August.


Roland Kelts

Roland Kelts is author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US. As a journalist, essayist and columnist, he writes for many publications, such as The New Yorker, Time magazine, and The Japan Times, and is an authority on... Read More →

Kazuki Sunami

Kazuki Sunami has been in charge of international licensing for CoMix Wave Films’ Animation works, including Makoto Shinkai's films "5 Centimeters per Second" and "The Garden of Words.” As a producer, Sunami engaged in producing the CGI movie "NEGADON: The Monster from Mars" (2005... Read More →

Thursday March 24, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
Toyo Institute of Art & Design 2-6 Tomihisachō Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0067