DeNA Buys MyAnimeList

DeNA, the company who entered a capital and business endeavor with Nintendo back in March, has officially announced that they have purchased the popular Anime & Manga Catalog website, MyAnimeList.net.  Users of MyAnimeList can keep track of the anime series they watch on an episode by episode basis.  This also goes the same for manga as well.  The site offers discussion forums for each episode or chapter of an anime or manga that is released/published.  You can even create or join groups tailored to your specific interests. 

The sale of MyAnimeList isn’t exactly new, however. DeNA actually purchased the company from Evolve Media’s male-lifestyle publisher CraveOnline Media back in January of this year.  They are just now making the sale known to the public. 

The plan with MyAnimeList is to keep everything the same, but add an anime streaming service to the website.  DeNA has partnered with Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ) in order to make this possible and has already begun its service by offering streams of the second season of IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls and God Eater. They are currently being offered through ACJ’s streaming service and are being embedded on the MyAnimeList website.

DeNA Co. Ltd. is the creator of mobile apps Manga Box and Anime Box, which give users free access to a selection of manga and short anime episodes on their tablets and smartphones. DeNA also released the Hacka Doll news app, which inspired a TV series of anime shorts set to air in October.