Anime fans rejoice as Tokyo Otaku Mode, a popular online store that sells numerous products that are anime, game and manga-related has just announced the release of the Otaku Coin. The new virtual currency is being created using the same blockchain technology that is used by Bitcoin and other popular virtual currencies.
At the moment there is very little an anime fan can do to support the anime industry. They could collect mangas, buy DVD’s and purchase merchandise. That said, the Otaku Coin stands as a means for fans of anime to connect directly to the industries and teams that create manga, manga-related fashions, plastic figures and games.
Not only can a Otaku Coin owner use their coins for purchasing merchandise at cons and other events, they can also use them to directly fund upcoming projects by companies and individual creators. The system will work a lot like Kickstarter and Patreon, except for the fact that it will use the cryptocurrency instead of cash.
The Otaku Coin is scheduled to be launched in June. Likewise to most cryptocurrencies, one can mine Otaku Coin by spreading content, watching anime and writing reviews on anime mangas, shows and products. Owners of the coin will also be able to cash in via other Otaku Coin users.
At the moment, people working in the anime industry are making very low salaries and the Otaku Coin is just what they need to push forward. The average key animator make just over $2,000 a month. Layout Artist, Paint Staff Members and inbetween staff are all making under $2,000 a month.
The top positions in an anime studio, such as a series director are making great salaries, but if you compare their earnings with the salary of someone who works on an actual television show, they get paid a lot less. The Otaku Coin can perhaps turn things around for the industry as a whole.