What does officially licensed mean?
Otaku Lamps is an officially licensed merch store partnered with Crunchyroll and Funimation, and works with over 20+ animation studios to make collectible LED and lighting products.
Being officially licensed means that we are active partners in the animation studios’ official merchandise programs. We work hand in hand with the streaming platforms, producers, and animators in order to design and develop their official products. As a result, we are able to create high quality LED and lighting products using exclusive artwork, and a portion of each sale goes back to support the animation studios.
Nearly half of all sales in the anime industry comes from merchandise.
By supporting us, you are directly supporting the animation studios and artists that create our favorite shows.
However, being officially licensed also comes with its challenges, and changes the way we proceed with coming out with merch for new titles. The approval process alone can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, and there also is a lot that goes on behind the scenes in order to begin working with new studios. Since we work so closely with the animation studios for their permission and approval, it can often be a lengthy process, and it can take some time to ensure the quality of designs and provide feedback. However, as an officially licensed merch company, we try our best (and pride ourselves) on some of the fastest production lead in the industry.
Overall, we take a very detailed approach towards the products that we create (as required by our own procedural standards and as required by the animation studios). From design creation to custom packaging, we make sure to give each and every anime that special care. We invest in the best possible materials and equipment, so our prices reflect not only our quality, but also the extensive development process and royalty that we give back to the animators, producers, publishers, and streaming platforms. Any remaining profits that we make are always reinvested into acquiring new titles for our customers.
Otaku Lamps is a small business with big dreams, so if we are not able to work with your favorite anime studio right now, just know that we are constantly working to secure that one for you!