Announcing the launch of Kumarba Inc.

facebook twitter

Akatsuki Inc. (Headquartered in Shingawa-ku, Tokyo; CEO Tetsuro Koda; hereafter referred to as “Akatsuki”) is proud to announce the establishment of a new subsidiary company, Kumarba Inc. (Headquartered in Shingawa-ku, Tokyo; CEO Shoichiro Hiwatashi; hereafter referred to as “Kumarba”), which focuses on producing and delivering child-friendly content.

Reasons for establishing a subsidiary
In recent years, Akatsuki has gained extensive experience with both IP-based and mixed-media franchises, in addition to further strengthening its mobile game business. Moving forward and taking advantage of this knowledge of IP rights, Akatsuki aims to take on the challenge of developing original IP content.

One of these new ventures, the children’s content IP-creation project Kumarba Channel on Youtube, has steadily gained fans since its initial release in May of 2019, accruing 180 million views and 180,000 subscribers. In order to continue to promote this business and its development with the utmost speed, it was decided to make the business independent from Akatsuki.

More about Kumarba Inc.
Kumarba creates and produces original IP content for children. Its in-house IP, Kumarba Channel, aims to be a kids’ IP that takes full advantage of the world of modern children by incorporating mixed media including TV, music, and digital distribution on Youtube’s platform. Kumarba Channel has also started to increase its global reach with the August 2020 launch of its official English Youtube channel.

Beyond this, Kumarba Inc. looks forward to future collaboration with other companies to create new IPs and further produce existing IPs.

What is Kumarba Channel?
Kumarba Channel first launched its child-oriented content on May 1, 2019, largely releasing covers of well-known nursery rhymes and children’s songs, and gaining a strong following among children. Within five months of launch, Kumarba Channel was ranked first in weekly views in the Virtual Youtuber category for five consecutive weeks*. This was followed by a live event in January 2020, which drew over 200 fans.

*Results from Youtube media aggregator “KamuNavi”(August 28 to October 1, 2019)

In May of 2020, Kumarba also announced a debut with Universal Music as DJ Kumarba. This announcement proceeded to become a hot topic in nationally broadcast news and music programs. DJ Kumarba Music has since been delivering songs to help children grow up happy and healthy with music, even as they often find themselves spending more time at home indoors.

Join Kumarba the bear cub and his friend Tabris the tablet as they set out to make their mark in the Youtube community.

▼Kumarba(Voiced by Ai Fairouz)
A very curious 5-year-old boy bear cub that loves watching various things on Youtube. Has a habit of talking to himself when he runs into trouble.

▼Tabris(Voiced by Mai Sato)
A squirrel-shaped tablet with a distinctive fluffy tail. Knowledgeable about a lot of things and introduces Kumarba to the world of Youtube. Cannot function without batteries.

▼Character Design
Character design by Ryo Taniguchi, whose previous works include the 2020 Tokyo Olympics mascots “Miraitowa” and “Someity” and Fukuoka Traffic Safety Association character “Shigumaru,” among others.

Kumarba Channel Overview

YouTube Channel URL
English Channel URL
Official Homepage
Launch Date May 1, 2019
Channel Subscribers 180,000 subscribers
Total Views 180,000,000 views
Monthly Views 32,000,000 views (August 2020)
Monthly Unique Viewers 2,900,000 viewers (August 2020)

Kumarba Channel Social Media

Kumarba Inc. Company Information
Kumarba’s mission statement of bringing joy to children through unique character experiences is the guiding principle of the company’s aim to help the children who will become the leaders of tomorrow start life with a smile through Kumarba’s characters and contents.

Established September 2020
Capital 50 million Yen (including reserve capital)
Representative Director President and CEO
Shoichiro Hiwatashi
Address Oak Meguro 8F
Kamiosaki 2-13-30
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan 141-0021
Business Character Production and Content Creation

Akatsuki Inc. Company Profile
The core of Akatsuki’s business is mobile gaming, developing exciting and deeply moving experiences from an extensive portfolio. In addition, Akatsuki has begun to develop new businesses, starting from the immersive and engaging Live Experience service, to further join people and the world in shared joy and wonder.

Established June 2010
Capital 2,763 million Yen (as of June 2020)
Representative Director CEO Tetsuro Koda
Address Oak Meguro 8F
Kamiosaki 2-13-30
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan 141-0021
Business Mobile Games
Live Experience Services