Farewell, ACJ. We hardly knew ye.
on February 13, Bandai Namco Rights Marketing announced that they will merge with Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ, henceforth). The merger, which will take place on March 20, will ultimately see ACJ dissolved, as it’s absorbed into Bandai Namco Rights Marketing.
Bandai Namco Rights Marketing is a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Entertainment. The organization operates numerous IP-centric initatives, including:
- Bandai Channel
- Animate Channel
- Gundam Fan Club
- Toei Sci-Fi Club
- JAM Project’s “Motto! Motto!!” App
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 2017, Bandai Namco Holdings purchased Anime Consortium Japan for 2.1 billion yen ($19,042,782.79 USD).
The ACJ’s legal streaming site, Daisuki, was ceased all operations on Halloween 2017.
Source: Social Game Info