Santa Ana, Calif. (April 22, 2019)  – On March 22, more than 60+ attendees of Project Anime: Tokyo were given the opportunity to gain better insight in working with Japanese rights holders and learn more about the business of anime and manga. Organizers of anime events from around the world, heard from the companies behind the upcoming Gundam movie, learned about the growth of the U.S. manga market, and enjoyed an informative keynote from Japan Times/OtakuUSA reporter, Matt Schley. Held annually in Tokyo around the massive Anime Japan event, Project Anime: Tokyo, is hosted by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA).

“Project Anime: Tokyo’s chief goal is to help anime events around the world learn best practices,” said event director Azusa Matsuda. “This year, we added programming designed to provide attendees information about how anime is growing and being received around the world.”

Project Anime: Tokyo 2019 also provided attendees with a State of the U.S. Manga Market 2018 White Paper presented by Nonlinear World. The in-depth analysis of the revived U.S. Manga Market and its steady growth was a true highlight of Project Anime. White Papers such as these have become a new feature of our B2B conference. The White Paper is available for download on the Project Anime website here.

In addition to the presentations, attendees had an opportunity to meet and interact with representatives from the anime and manga industry at an evening reception.

Attendees hailed the event as a success, commenting: “In a word: enlightening. Super useful,” “[the] right thing for us,” and noting that it was “a good networking event with good information provided.”

Project Anime’s next event takes place in Los Angeles on July 2-3, leading into the 28th annual Anime Expo. With four times the amount of programming, attendees can look forward to getting all the information they need to understand the worldwide growth of the anime and manga business. The focus this year will be “Where Hollywood Meets Anime”, and will feature speakers from both sides of the Pacific talking about upcoming projects.