We recently had an interview with Eri Maruyama of DAISUKI. If you have not heard of DAISUKI you need to take the time to catch up. Start by reading our interview.
AnimeSalvation is asking the questions, of course. Eri Maruyama of DAISUKI’s International Business Development department is answering.
How is DAISUKI different than other legal streaming services offering anime Netflix & Crunchyroll?
A: At DAISUKI.net you can watch anime for free. Only parts of the service (premium content) that will be added later will be fee-based. Also, DAISUKI.net will offer an online shop with exclusive goods and opportunities for fans to give feedback to Japanese production companies directly. By doing so we want to build up an exchange between overseas fans and creators in Japan.
Being that pirating/streaming of anime is rampant on the internet why has it taken so long for DAISUKI to be released?
A: The idea was not new indeed, each of the companies thought of such a platform, so it was kind of a natural development of coming together. But handling numerous companies is quite difficult which also takes some time. Also, we think that now it is the right timing for such a world-wide online service with the internet coming into wide use in many countries.
Is DAISUKI going to be free or ad supported? If not how much will a subscription run?
A: The service will be ad supported. Fans can watch most of the content for free and the membership is free as well. Later, fee-based premium content will be added. Maybe we will implement a paid membership with benefits, too.
With console gaming systems streaming Netflix and Crunchyroll, will DAISUKI be available on PS3/Xbox 360/Wii U and the next generation of console systems?
A: Yes, we are working on that. Also, versions for smart phones and tablets are planned.
What is the full anime lineup for DAISUKI?
A: We have launched in mid May and the first titles can be watched now on our website. The episodes will be continuously updated and new anime titles will be added as well. By the end of the year it is planned that there will already be a huge variety available to watch.
How often will new series be added?
A: For now, there is no fixed programming schedule, but we hope that we can add new series frequently. It will be announced on our website.
Does DAISUKI plan to have anything else to stream besides anime?
A: Yes, for the near future, video content related to Games and Anime Music are planned.
Will DAISUKI be streamable from mobile Android/iOS devices?
A: Yes, the work is in progress.
The series being offered on DAISUKI, will they be subbed or dubbed?
A: We will have a mix of both. Some of them will be dubbed and some will have subtitles.
Do you have future plans to partner with any other anime studios to steam their anime?
A: For now, we are concentrating on our shareholder companies. Nevertheless there are possibilities to partner with further anime studios and production companies in the future.
Is DAISUKI partnered with any American Companies?
A: We would like to build good relationships with American companies and communities as well for possible cooperation in the future.
Any plans for DAISUKI to attend any upcoming anime conventions? If so what ones?
A: Yes, we have started off with Anime Central in May. This summer, DAISUKI will be present on several overseas anime conventions like Anime Expo. Please visit us at our DAISUKI booth!
Now after having our staff member’s questions answered we decided to watch a few episodes on DAISUKI’s site. I watched 4 episodes of Sword Art Online. It’s truly guilt free, as I am not streaming pirated anime on a shady (not always) site. I’d find it more convenient once I can watch on my PS3.
I was not annoyed by the ads. The ads were relevant to what I was watching. If you have yet to watch DAISUKI, take a ponder at it. There is plenty of great, free, streamable anime available. If you really must know what I am watching on there I will tell you: Sword Art Online and Puella Magi Madoka Magica (still trying to finish it from a couple years ago). Take some time and check Daisuki out. Right now you can enter daily in their Campaign Launch Giveaway. I must say there is some great stuff available that you can enter for daily. Go there, register (simple account creation type stuff ) and enter to win.
Enjoy the site because I am already