Some of you may have already read at MegaTokyo
and Anime News Network
acquisition of dannychoo.com.
A few words from Fred Gallagher below after the jump.
I am thrilled that our acquisition of dannychoo.com has closed.
With dannychoo.com, MegaTokyo now has the ability to use dannychoo.com's Mirai Gaia platform to launch localized versions of MegaTokyo with ease enabling us to make MegaTokyo a truly global household brand name.
As you may already know, MegaTokyo with the help of Japanese publisher Kodansha will be releasing Japanese language titles of MegaTokyo. dannychoo.com's Mirai Gaia web application will enable us to instantly create not only Japanese but French, Spanish and other localized online communities with a push of a button and at extremely low cost due to the automation and artificial intelligence systems available in the platform.
This acquisition also means that we will be able to bring you even more MegaTokyo - 3 times a day! The automation tools of the Mirai Gaia platform mean less time preparing content and more time available to do the illustrations.
We will also be working with Azami Yuko sensei to pro actively introduce Mirai-chan into MegaTokyo as one of Piro's secret admirers.
All the MegaTokyo websites will be merged into a global site entitled "Gaia Tokyo" and the user database for Mega Tokyo and dannychoo.com will be merged together to form an account that we are calling "Orion."
Danny will continue to serve as website manager of dannychoo.com for the forseeable future and will be reporting directly to me.
You can read this message and more at MegaTokyo. A further press announcement by Kodansha will be released later today.
I met Fred a while ago when he was in talks with my comrades at Kodansha. We discussed the business opportunities of the acquisition and agreed that it was in the interests of the users to go ahead with the move.
For dannychoo.com this means that the 5.1 million USD will be used to further develop the Mirai Gaia platform which will enrich the user experience and increase discoverability features for the first time visitor.
For those who read MegaTokyo regularly will notice how Fred (kind of) dropped a hint about our parnership by sketching me in armor in "A Better Choice" below.
Please don't be alarmed at this move as you can rest assured that the schedule of figures, office tours and other otaku shenanigans will continue live from Tokyo by me ^^;
I would like to thank all who made this possible and especially thank readers of dannychoo.com.