Anime streaming website Daisuki will bring its service to an end on 31 October 2017 at 11am Japan Standard Time, according to a notice posted this morning on the website.
Founded in May 2013 by Anime Consortium Japan, Daisuki provided free, legal catalogue streaming and simulcasts for Japanese anime titles worldwide, including Dragon Ball Super, One Punch Man and Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, in addition to premium offerings including Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin.
While Anime Consortium Japan has yet to comment on the reasons for Daisuki’s closure, many commentators will no doubt look at the market dominance of Crunchyroll (which shared many titles), the service’s failure to launch competing applications for non-mobile devices and the growing presences of Netflix and Amazon in the anime industry as potential contributors to this sudden announcement.
This follows the September 2016 news of a partnership between Crunchyroll and the then-8 month old FunimationNow streaming service. Under the agreement, the two once-competing companies would share titles, with Crunchyroll streaming Japanese-subtitled content and FunimationNow focusing on English-language dubs – a move interpreted by some as evidence of poor performance from the newer service.
Anime Consortium Japan was founded by advertising agency Asatsu-DX alongside six top anime studios, Toei Animation, Aniplex, Sunrise, TMS Entertainment, Nihon Ad Systems and Dentsu.