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Anime Companies Join Forces to Combat Pirate Sites by Starting A Free Anime YouTube Channel

Toei Animation, Kodansha, and 28 other anime firms are tackling the anime piracy problem by providing certain titles to view for free via YouTube.

AnimeLog firms

In what seems to be one of the top 10 Anime crossovers of all time, 30 major Anime distributors, including Toei Animation, Kodansha, Nippon Animation, Tezuka Productions, Shinei Animation, and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, are banding together to bring anime piracy to a halt by committing one of the most controversial acts known to man; starting a YouTube channel. Illegal streaming sites have been a thorn in the Anime industry's side for years. Ironically enough, it may be the very cause for creating an international market for Anime in the first place.

The coalition has created a YouTube channel called AnimeLog, with a goal set to host 3,000 anime titles by 2022 from the firms’ various properties, including series such as Black Jack and Future Boy Conan.

AnimeLog YouTube channel
AnimeLog YouTube Channel

The initiative was started by Analyzelog, a firm invested in supporting corporate digital strategies. Analyzelog said in a statement regarding the matter:

There exists a problem of illegal video distribution service these days, but "AnimeLog" will distribute only officially-licensed animations and operate as a safe channel that families can enjoy together.

At the moment the channel is targeted for locals in Japan, however there are plans to add subtitles to content for English and Chinese audiences.

via Variety and Anime News Network