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MyAnimeList, Animoca Brands Japan, San FranTokyo to be launch partners of Anime Foundation; Mocaverse’s Realm Network will onboard anime fans

28 May 2024 - Animoca Brands, Animoca Brands Japan, San FranTokyo, and MyAnimeList announced today that they are launch partners of Anime Foundation, a community-owned cultural protocol for anime and manga spanning both Web2 and Web3. This partnership will create new opportunities and experiences for fans, creators, studios, IP holders, and anime and manga inspired projects and brands worldwide. The strategic collaboration follows Animoca Brands Japan’s JPY¥300 million strategic investment into MyAnimeList, the world's largest anime and manga community site and database, with 16 million registered members.


In conjunction, Anime Foundation will form a strategic alliance with Mocaverse, the marquee growth network featuring an interoperable infrastructure layer of Account, Identity, Reputation, and PointFi systems seeded by Animoca Brands. The strategic alliance will leverage Mocaverse’s recently announced Realm Network interoperable SDK to launch Anime ID, a decentralized identifier (DID) and reputation layer to facilitate onboarding to the Web3 ecosystem.

MyAnimeList, Animoca Brands Japan, San FranTokyo to be launch partners of Anime Foundation

Anime Foundation will serve as a bridge between traditional anime and manga industry and Web3-native communities, with the goals to enhance fan experiences and empower global anime and manga culture. Anime ID will be central to Anime Foundation’s work to provide new monetization models and community building initiatives based on blockchain technology. 


The vision behind Anime Foundation is a future where anime and manga creators have more opportunities to create and be rewarded for content, distribution is more effective, and fans have greater access to exclusive content and ownership opportunities in a thriving global anime and manga community. The four strategic launch partners are uniquely positioned to contribute to this vision: MyAnimeList and Animoca Brands Japan will leverage their strong industry networks and deep community engagement to attract talent and  expertises from the traditional anime and manga industry;  Animoca Brands and San FranTokyo will leverage their broad Web3 ecosystems and blockchain technologies and infrastructure to unlock new opportunities for fan engagement.


Working with Mocaverse, Anime Foundation will launch Anime ID to enable fans to claim their unique on-chain Anime IDs, which will allow them to explore, contribute, and curate their anime profiles and reputation, with more functionalities to be added over time. Thanks to the interoperable infrastructure SDK of the Account system behind Mocaverse’s Realm Network, Anime ID will share the same single login as other Realm IDs, such as Moca ID, allowing community members to customize their unique digital identity domain names (example: david.anime).


Anime ID users will be able to access various Web3 experiences including GameFi, SocialFi, IP content, and more, all powered by the Moca Network, which includes Mocaverse partners as well as Animoca Brands and various Web3 projects from its large portfolio of investments. Anime ID users can also earn Realm Points, the semi-permissionless loyalty points of Moca ID, as they engage and contribute.


Management commentary

Yat Siu, the co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands, commented: “We are thrilled to be a launch partner of Anime Foundation, which we envision as the spearhead to champion anime culture globally. Anime Foundation has strong potential to establish itself as a major universal network of on-chain identity, experiences and economies. Rather than focusing on just a few IPs or brands, the foundation will spur the development of a comprehensive and inclusive anime-verse, a Web3 powered ecosystem for on-chain anime and manga culture based on powerful network effects and digital property rights.”


Daisuke Iwase, the CEO of Animoca Brands Japan, commented: “We are excited to be a launch partner of Anime Foundation and support it from both a Web2 and Web3 angle via our industry networks. Animoca Brands Japan uses Web3 technology to enable better fan experiences for Japanese IPs and content, and our collaboration with Anime Foundation seeks to enrich the global anime community. Together, we look forward to creating remarkable anime content and fostering deeper connections with fans around the world.”


Atsushi Mizoguchi, the CEO of MyAnimeList, commented: “We are delighted to be one of the launch partners for Anime Foundation. The objectives of this project are manifold, but we are confident that all of them will support the future of Japanese content. Through the collaboration with Anime Foundation, MyAnimeList aims to distribute more manga titles worldwide and discover the next high-potential anime hits. We believe that this project will help to foster existing as well as new original works. We look forward to sharing more details with our community.”


David Taing, the CEO of San FranTokyo, commented: “Anime Foundation looks beyond the horizon of Web3. Our vision is to foster a vibrant ecosystem that transcends technological boundaries and empowers anime and manga culture worldwide. We also recognize the immense value of the traditional landscape – from the passionate creators who bring these stories to life, to the established publishers and distributors who facilitate global distribution, and to the fan community who show tremendous support for their favourite titles. Today, anime culture transcends the medium itself - our affinity for titles, characters, storytelling and the synergistic brands are what shape our identities.”


Kenneth Shek, Mocaverse Lead, commented: “We are excited to co-launch Anime ID with Anime Foundation as the first Realm Network partner. I believe Anime Foundation stands the best chance to onboard millions of Anime fans all over the world. Easy onboarding for anime fans and interoperability via Realm Network will supercharge the cross-pollination of users, culture and utility across the entire Moca Network. In the near future, Anime ID users can explore the world of gaming, sports, and more, while Moca ID users can be exposed to a vast network of anime applications and IPs.”




About MyAnimeList

MyAnimeList is one of the world’s largest communities and databases for Japanese anime and manga, with 16 million registered members from 240 countries and regions worldwide. An indispensable site for tracking anime and manga progress, it holds over 1.2 billion records of viewing and reading big data. Founded in 2004, MyAnimeList has become a crucial source of information for overseas fans, especially among Generation Z in North America.


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About Mocaverse

Mocaverse is the marquee growth network with an interoperable infrastructure layer of Account, Identity, Reputation, and PointFi systems across the Mocaverse Partners Network, seeded by Animoca Brands. Mocaverse is dedicated to building the largest on-chain cultural economy by connecting and scaling the network effect of the Mocaverse Partner Network. At the epicenter of the Animoca Brands ecosystem, Mocaverse pioneered the Web3 identity and PointFi system where Moca NFT holders and Moca ID users can navigate and engage seamlessly across and beyond 400+ rewarding experiences from Animoca Brands’ investment portfolio with on-chain proof of reputation. Mocaverse is more than an ecosystem; it is an economy that empowers participants to build, earn, and grow together as we “mocalize” the masses. 



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About San FranTokyo

San FranTokyo is a fictional city that brings together IP and brands, focused on anime, manga and pop culture fandom to deliver new experiences powered by web3 tech. Its two core strategic product pillars include original IP and redefining the phygital collector experience through digital tokenization of officially licensed anime IP to craft physical anime figurines and collectibles.


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About Animoca Brands Japan

Founded in 2021, Animoca Brands Japan (corporate name: Animoca Brands K.K.) is the strategic subsidiary in Japan of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited, a leading global Web3 company. Animoca Brands Japan was established to support the global Web3 strategies of Japanese intellectual property and content holders such as major publishers, brands, education, sports teams, athletes, artists, and game companies. Animoca Brands Japan provides a platform that combines IPs with blockchain technology, and supports IP holders to build their own ecosystem through a full stack of Web3 services, providing a bridge between Japanese IPs and global fans.

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About Animoca Brands

Animoca Brands (ACN: 122 921 813), a Deloitte Tech Fast winner, a Fortune Crypto 40 company, and one of the Financial Times’ High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2023, is a Web3 leader that leverages blockchain to deliver digital property rights to consumers around the world to help to establish the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including original games such as The Sandbox, PHANTOM GALAXIES™, Life Beyond, and Crazy Defense Heroes, and products utilizing popular intellectual properties from the worlds of sports and entertainment, such as The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. It has multiple subsidiaries, including The Sandbox, Blowfish Studios, Quidd, GAMEE, nWay, Pixowl, Forj, Lympo, Animoca Brands Japan, Grease Monkey Games, Eden Games, Darewise Entertainment, Notre Game, TinyTap, SPORTPASS, PIXELYNX, WePlay Media, Gryfyn, and Azarus. Animoca Brands is one of the most active investors in Web3, with a  portfolio of over 400 Web3 investments, both directly and through Animoca Ventures, including Yuga Labs, Axie Infinity, Polygon, Consensys, Magic Eden, Fireblocks, OpenSea, Dapper Labs, Yield Guild Games, and many more. For more information visit or follow on X (Twitter), YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and TikTok.

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