The anime database website MyAnimeList announced on Thursday that Japanese publishers Kodansha, Shueisha, and Shogakukan will invest in MyAnimeList through third-party allocations. MyAnimeList plans to issue new shares, and the total capital will increase by 1.2 billion yen (about 11.33 million US dollars). These companies, along with MyAnimeList’s parent company Media Do, will implement third-party allocations and undertake half of this amount.
MyAnimeList invests funds from third-party allocations to accelerate platform expansion, focus on accessibility for new users and repeaters, facilitate information exchange, increase server robustness, fans and businesses We plan to promote interconnection between them. The company’s immediate plans to achieve these goals include implementing infrastructure changes to speed up and support advanced UI / UX features, multilingual database and user list support, dark mode, and social features. Includes improvements to iOS and Android applications such as user communication upgrades. Enhanced tools to enhance information sharing.
MyAnimeList was launched in 2005 and DeNA purchased the site in 2015. MediaDo Holdings subsequently acquired the site from DeNA in January 2019.
This site opened a digital manga store in March 2018 in partnership with Viz Media and Kodansha Comics. DeNA previously partnered with Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ) to stream anime on MyAnimeList by embedding videos from ACJ’s now obsolete Daisuki streaming service. MyAnimeList later added anime embedded from Hulu and Crunchyroll. HIDIVE formed a partnership with MyAnimeList in September 2019.
ORENDA and Umi no Magnet Education Committee had produced a new Santa Company anime movie, “Santa Company: Manatsu no Merry Christmas (A Merry Christmas in Summer),” which debuted online around the world in January 28 through MyAnimeList.
Source – MyAnimeList (link 2) via Animenewsnetwork