I guess the love has officially left Daisuki.
Earlier today, Anime Consortium Japan announced that their Daisuki streaming platform is officially ending operations. The service will cease all operations on October 31, 2017 at 11:00AM Japan Standard Time (10/30/2017 at 10:00PM Eastern).
Daisuki started winding down their operations on July 1, when they halted new registrations for their Premium Membership Service. The full timeline of events is as follows (All times Japan Standard Time):
- 7/1/2017 at midnight: New registrations for Daisuki’s Premium Membership Service end
- 8/31/2017 at 11:00AM: Rental sales will cease
- 9/29/2017 at 4:00PM: Daisuki Next will cease operations
- 10/2/2017 at 11:00AM: The official Daisuki app will be removed from app stores
- 10/31/2017 at 11:00AM: All Daisuki services will be terminated, including free streams of ongoing shows like Dragon Ball Super
- 12/15/2017 at 6:00PM: All Daisuki social networking accounts will be shut down, along with customer service operations
All customers who were billed through the final period (6/30/2017) will receive premium member access until Daisuki closes its doors. All personal information of those who haven’t terminated their accounts (and aren’t tied into the service via a Bandai Namco ID) will be destroyed.
Daisuki is a streaming platform owned by Anime Consortium Japan. The service was founded in October 2012 as a joint venture between Asatsu-DK and six major anime studios. The platform made its official launch on May 16 2013. In 2014, Anime Consortium Japan took ownership of Daisuki, who continue to run the service today.
Anime Consortium Japan was originally formed in November 2014 as a joint venture between Asatsu-DK, Bandai Namco, Aniplex, and the Cool Japan Fund. The consortium, which manages the Daisuki web service, was tasked with distributing anime content across the globe, as well as maintaining an international e-commerce site that distributes anime character goods.
Ultimately, the Consortium intended to provide anime content to international content, while growing the overall fanbase. In addition to Daisuki, ACJ sponsored numerous events aimed at promoting Japanese culture and anime fandom, including the Anisong World Matsuri.
In March, Bandai Namco Holdings purchased Anime Consortium Japan for 2.1 billion yen ($19,042,782.79 USD).
Source: Daisuki (Thanks to L.B. Bryant for the tip!)