Toei Animation has seen a major uptick in its first financial quarter thanks to the Dragon Ball franchise, and given how massive it is right now there's no sign of stopping.
Toei recently released a financial report that revealed the company had made a profit in the first half of this financial quarter. As reported by Anime News Network, Toei reported "consolidated sales of 23.444 billion yen (about US$205 million), an 18.6% increase from the same period last year" as well as "an operating profit of 5.962 billion yen (US$52 million), which is a 24.7% increase." There was also "an ordinary income of 6.281 billion yen (US$55 million), which is a 36.2% increase" and the company's net income was 4.291 billion yen ($37 million USD) and that's increased by 25 percent overall.
But where is this increase coming from? Fruits of the Dragon Ball franchise. Total copyright and license sales increased overall with the Dragon Ball mobile game, Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle being a key factor in this area. The game has hit 200 million downloads worldwide, and even made the top of Apple's app sales in 14 different countries.
Also of note were its increase in anime production sales as Toei produced the likes of One Piece and Dragon Ball Super, which are two of the biggest shonen anime in Japan and the world at large. Anime News Network adds that anime sales had increased "from 1.697 billion yen (US$14 million) last year to 1.793 billion yen (US$15 million)," but the feature-length theatrical anime had decreased "by more than half from 998 million yen (US$8.7 million) last year to 421 million yen (US$3.6 million) during the same period."
In China and the United States, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z blu-ray and DVD sales accounted for 17 percent of Toei's overall gross as they contributed about $34 million USD.
As Toei Animation heads into the next half of its financial quarter, licensing and overall gross sales are sure to increase given how strong of a showing Dragon Ball Super has in the United States, as not only the English subtitled version is available on streaming services like Crunchyroll and FunimationNow, the English language broadcast airs every week on Adult Swim.
Not only is the Dragon Ball franchise going strong in the anime scene, but fans worldwide will soon be able to duke it out as their favorite Dragon Ball Z characters in Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ.
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