Pokemon’s animation house is setting up its first studio outside of Japan in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.
Malaysia is finally seeing the fruits of her labour with the announcements of international content creators starting to set base in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.
OLM which is known for animating the “Pokemon” TV series, will open the studio in April 2018 at a cost of up to 2.7 million ringgit (about US$662,000).
Hidehiko Kitajima as its President and Chief Executive Officer, this will the first 2D Anime-style animation studio in Malaysia.
The Malaysian base will be staffed with 40 employees.
Kitajima issued the following statement after making the announcement:
Malaysia is the perfect starting location for OLM Asia because we believe that there are potential creative talent pools here waiting to be discovered. We have personally witnessed Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)’s efforts in promoting Malaysia’s creative content scene, as well as the growing presence of known global studios in Malaysia. Because of this, we are confident that this country is the best place for us to start.
Kitajima will be joined by a team of veteran experts in Anime production.
“Through our study, we’ve found Malaysia’s art education level ranked top among Southeast Asian countries,” said Kitajima during Comic Fiesta 2017, an event featuring anime, manga, games, cosplay and related culture recently held in the capital.
The Malaysian studio will produce works for companies in Japan at an early stage, but will later work for other firms, both local and overseas, as it aims at becoming a one-stop center for delivering excellent animation production services in Asia, according to Kitajima.
The Cyberjaya studio will train digital painters and animation artists, he said, adding that the studio is likely to provide local students with internship programs to promote Japanese animation skills.
Cyberjaya is also home to other established Japanese companies such as NTT, which was one of the first foreign companies to setup in Cyberjaya in late 1990’s.
The city is home to many expats from around the world which makes it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Malaysia.
Multimedia University in Cyberjaya has a good track record of producing graduates who are expert in animation.
The future looks bright for the local industry as Malaysia seeks to ride the wave of the billion dollar sector, and this is probably one of the best news for Cyberjaya before we move into 2018.