Best In Demand: Japanese Animations

Japanese Animations

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Every edition, we bring you trends on content demand trends within our industry. Vitrina tracks transactions across IP-Development, Production, Distribution, Acquisition and Collaborations from 60+ markets. This gives us the best global scan and understanding of what contents hot and what’s not.

In this edition, besides our usual fare of latest Production Financing, Distribution and Acquisition trends, we have an additional attraction –JAPANESE ANIMATION!

At 82, Japanese animation icon Hayao Miyazaki secured his first Golden Globe Award for “The Boy and the Heron.” This win is a milestone as it’s the first time a non-English animated feature has clinched a Golden Globe. The film, touted as Miyazaki’s farewell project, faced tough competition from Disney productions like “Wish” and “Elemental” in the animated feature category. After coming out of retirement, Miyazaki dedicated seven years to directing and crafting the screenplay for this memorable film.

Japanese animations have been making waves in recent times, captivating global audiences with their unique storytelling and visually stunning artistry. The industry has witnessed a surge in diverse themes, pushing boundaries beyond traditional genres. Studio Ghibli, led by visionary creators like Hayao Miyazaki, continues to set high standards with enchanting tales that resonate across cultures.

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Producer: Studio Gilbhi Co Ltd, Japan

Studio Ghibli, renowned for its exceptional storytelling and artistic brilliance, has crafted a diverse array of Japanese animation content that appeals to a broad and varied audience. The studio’s impressive portfolio encompasses a spectrum of genres, showcasing their versatility and ability to resonate with viewers from different walks of life.

From enchanting fantasy worlds like Oscar winning “Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle” to poignant tales like “Grave of the Fireflies” that tug at the heartstrings, Studio Ghibli seamlessly navigates through various genres. Whether it’s the whimsical adventures of “My Neighbor Totoro” or the introspective narratives found in “Princess Mononoke,” the studio has demonstrated a remarkable ability to create captivating stories that transcend age, cultural backgrounds, and preferences.

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The Boy and the Heron Wins the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature
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Animated Feature Film

The Boy and the Heron (Book Adaptation – Scripted)
Movie | 2023 | 2h 4m
Japanese Animation adventure drama
Country of origin:Japan
Also known as: 君たちはどう生きるか

While the Second World War rages, the teenage Mahito, haunted by his mother’s tragic death, is relocated from Tokyo to the serene rural home of his new stepmother Natsuko, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the boy’s mother. As he tries to adjust, this strange new world grows even stranger following the appearance of a persistent gray heron, who perplexes and bedevils Mahito, dubbing him the ‘long-awaited one.’

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International Distributors for The Boy and the Heron

Acquisition teams, aiming to secure licensing rights for ‘The Boy and The Heron,’ here are global distribution rights holders for specific territories. Navigate your acquisition process seamlessly by gaining insights and strategic support from Avails Helpdesk at Vitrina. Our professional team can assist you in securing rights for your markets.

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Most Distributed Animation Titles Produced by Studio Ghibli Co Ltd

Explore other titles produced by Studio Ghibli ranked by most distributed worldwide.

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Most Distributed Japanese Animations – TV Series (Released in last 7 years)

Which Japanese animation titles have been popular with streamers and broadcasters? Click on the link to see the full list

My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia

TV Series | 2016 | TV-14 |7 Seasons
Japanese Action, Adventure · Animation
Returning Series – Scripted
Country of origin: Japan

Boruto-Naruto Next Generations

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

TV Series | 2017 | TV-14 | 1 Seasons
Japanese Action, Adventure · Animation
Returning Series – Scripted
Country of origin: Japan

One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man

TV Series | 2015 | TV-PG | 3 Seasons
Japanese Action & Adventure · Animation · Comedy
Returning Series – Scripted
Country of origin: Japan

Worldwide Reach – 38 Platforms
(Platforms including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu and more)

Worldwide Reach – 31 Platforms
(Platforms including Netflix, Prime Video, ABC and more)

Worldwide Reach – 27 Platforms
(Platforms including Tubi, Hulu, Netflix and more)

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Most Active Distributors of Japanese Animation Content (last 2 years)

Every year, many animation titles get licensed, and some companies stand out in this field. Vitrina keeps an eye on these deals as they happen. This way, you can connect with the best in the business to get new animation titles. If you specialise in Japanese animations, it’s important to know about these companies.

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Top Companies in Japan producing Japanese Animations

Who are the largest producers for Japanese animations? From our daily monitoring of content production deals, we are able to create lists of the largest buyers for every genre, language and country.

NTV
The Klockworx Company
Nikkatsu
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Recently Trending Japanese Animation Titles

Let’s take a look at some of the most notable titles in Japanese animations being acquired globally.

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Recently Acquired Japanese Animation Titles
The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy

The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy

TV Series | 2023 | TV-14 | 1 Season
Japanese – Animation · Comedy · Action & Adventure – Scripted
Country of origin: Japan

Awakening from magical stasis after a thousand years, the Dark Lord Leonis suddenly finds himself in the body of a ten-year-old boy! He quickly meets Riselia, a girl confronting the Voids, creatures that have nearly exterminated humanity. Determined to uncover the mysteries of this strange new era, Leonis enrolls in Excalibur Academy, a school that trains students to fight back against these enigmatic monsters. Could the Voids hold some connection to Leonis’s past?

A Sign of Affection

A Sign of Affection

TV Series | 2024 | 1 Seasons
Japanese Animation · Comedy · Drama
Returning Series – Scripted
Country of origin: Japan

Yuki Itose is just a typical student dealing with the pressures of college. She is struggling one day on the train when an upperclassman named Itsuomi Nagi helps her out. As he gradually opens a new world to her, Yuki develops feelings for Itsuomi. A pure love story begins to grow.

Spy x Family Code-White

SPY x FAMILY CODE: White

Movie | 2023 | 1h 50m
Japanese – Animation · Comedy · Adventure – Scripted
Country of origin: Japan
Also known as:
劇場版 SPY×FAMILY CODE: White

After receiving an order to be replaced in Operation Strix, Loid decides to help Anya win a cooking competition at Eden Academy by making the principal’s favorite meal in order to prevent his replacement. The Forgers decide to travel to the region where the meal originates, but accidentally set off a chain of events which could put the world’s peace at risk.

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WEBINAR: Animation Content Acquisition Strategies

Join us for a live session on tracking global production, distribution and acquisition deals in Animation. Get to know strategies employed by acquisition execs to license some of the best animation content from around the world.

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