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GOOD SMILE COMPANY INC.
BUSHIROAD USA INC.
GOOD SMILE COMPANY INC.Good Smile Company focuses on the planning, production and manufacturing of figures, toys and accessories. We work with the very best in the industry to plan out the best possible projects, backed up with advanced technology to bring the most detailed products through each and every stage of their production. The planning, sculpting and production are each checked constantly to ensure the final product lives up to the Good Smile Company name. Beyond the careful craftsmanship of our products, there is also a team of experts dedicated to advertising and business management, who ensure that all products are released in perfect order. In recent years, we have also started expanding into the overseas market, as well as teaming up with foreign artists to release collaboration products. We also operate an anime-themed cafe.
VERTICAL PUBLISHINGVertical translates the best contemporary Japanese books. We select our popular novels, graphic novels, and quality nonfiction from a rich, variegated stock: Japan’s huge and vibrant book market. In fields like animation and video games, Japanese entertainment thrills people worldwide. The Japanese book world’s offerings are equally entertaining. Until now, however, most Japanese books translated into English have either been literary classics or introductions to traditional culture meant for a limited circle of Japanophiles. Vertical publishes exciting titles that require no prior knowledge of Japanese culture and are not intended to primarily familiarize readers with it; we choose good reads with universal themes. Read different. Read Vertical.
BUSHIROAD USA INC.Bushiroad Inc. is an entertainment company known for developing trading card games, mobile games, pro-wrestling entertainment, events and talent management. Popular international IPs and titles under Bushiroad Inc. include trading card games Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight, Weiss Schwarz, mobile game Love Live! School idol festival and the world's 2nd largest wrestling promotion, New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
BLUEFIN DISTRIBUTIONBluefin built its reputation as a leading distributor of toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products. In recent years, Bluefin has grown to include a range of high quality collectible lines from Japan, the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore and established itself as the official North American consumer products and retail development partner for Studio Ghibli. We do so by scouting out the latest trends and working with manufacturers to reflect demand in the American market. This combination of leading edge, two-way information flow allows Bluefin to best meet today’s market demand for classic models and new releases. Our attention to clients’ needs and manufacturers’ products has yielded several exclusive dealership arrangements. We currently sell to thousands of specialty, chain and independent stores and are the official North American distributor for Bandai Hobby, Bandai Shokugan, and Capcom. We are also the sole provider of Bandai Tamashii Nations products, and are the exclusive and official distributor for Blitzway, Iron Studios, Kids Logic, Beast Kingdom, Comicave, Hero Cross, Mr. Hobby, SEN-TI-NEL, Terada Mokei, and X-Plus. Bluefin also represents TruForce products worldwide.
JAPANIME GAMESJapanime Games is dedicated to bringing you the finest tabletop games from Japan and beyond!
KOTOBUKIYAIn 1947, KOTOBUKIYA was built as a toy store in Tachikawa, Tokyo, and it became a limited liability company in 1953. While always continuing to focus on retail sales, KOTOBUKIYA first venture into original products as a model kit manufacturer began in 1983 with Armament, their first original model kit. This was followed in 1985 with King Godzilla, their very first licensed kit. What really set apart KOTOBUKIYA from other model kit manufacturers was the acquisition of the model kit license for Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam THE-O mecha, the first time a company other than Bandai was able to release Gundam products! Their first foray into the non-kit business was in May of 1989 with soft vinyl statues and the Active Styling Figures (today branded as ARTFX Statues). Since then, they have increased their lineup with fully assembled and painted resin statues (now known as KOTOBUKIYA Fine Art Statues), Action Figures, One Coin Mini Figures and more! As a model kit manufacturer, they were always striving to further improve the material and detail and articulation of their kits. That level of commitment has continued throughout all product types that they have developed, and KOTOBUKIYA is renowned for their quality and dedication to craftsmanship. In their retail stores, they hold annual sculpting and painting contests, which is judged by their in-house and other known sculptors and outside judges, including the editor-in-chief of Hobby Japan, the Japanese model magazine. The number of entries normally exceeds three hundred, with entrants from all over Japan. In fact, many entrants at the contests have been scouted by the industry manufactures in Asia over the years. They attracted the attention of not only top artistic talents, but also the favor of publishers and licensors who wish to work with only the best collectible toy industry has to offer. KOTO Inc., and KOTOBUKIYA Japan today has a strong collaboration in the KOTOBUKIYA product development for North America Territory.
FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENTFUNimation® Entertainment is the leading anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. We manage a full spectrum of rights for most of our brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.
VIZ MEDIAAbout VIZ Media Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media) is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular digital manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages.
ANIPLEXAniplex of America or Aniplex USA is an American affiliate studio of the Japanese anime and music production and distribution enterprise Aniplex.
CrunchyrollCrunchyroll is a leading global destination and platform for Japanese anime and Asian content. Crunchyroll delivers more than 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers directly to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages within minutes of TV broadcast, through applications including Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, Windows Phone, Playstation®3, Playstation®4, Playstation®Vita, Xbox LIVE® on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, AppleTV, Roku, Nintendo WiiU, Internet-enabled TVs, set-top boxes, and more. Crunchyroll's majority investor is Otter Media. Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tokyo, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA).