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Bandai Entertainment To Downsize, Cease New Releases No New DVDs, BDs, Manga

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 06:47 AM

Bandai Entertainment, the subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) that handles anime and manga in North America, will stop offering new DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and manga releases next month. It will continue to distribute in its existing catalog lineup, but it will no longer produce and distribute new releases as of this February.

Instead, Bandai Entertainment will focus on licensing rights to other companies, particularly in digital distribution, broadcast, and merchandising. The company will be restructured as a result, and most of its contractors and three of its five fulltime staff members will be laid off.

The following releases have been cancelled:

Anime DVD/Blu-ray Disc

Gosick
Nichij┼Ź
Turn A Gundam

Manga

Code Geass: Renya (Code Geass: Shikkoku no Renya)
Gurren Lagann volume 7
Kannagi volumes 4-6
Lucky Star Boo Boo Kagaboo (spinoff by Eretto)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00I
Tales of the Abyss: Jade's Secret Memories volumes 1 and 2

Releases in Bandai Entertainment's current catalog will still be available after February, and Bandai Entertainment plans to produce new stock on these existing releases, if needed, until their respective licenses expire.

Bandai Entertainment closed its own online store in December, but other retailers can still order and carry Bandai Entertainment's current releases as before.


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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:24 AM

well...this is depressing.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 03:40 PM

View PostRezFIRE, on 04 January 2012 - 07:24 AM, said:

well...this is depressing.


This.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 03:59 PM

so it only had a staff of 5 ppl
now only 2

i had no idea it was so small
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:12 AM

Bandai was one of the few companies left that I bought from. I was really looking forward to some of the releases they had planned, namely Gosick.

Guess since Gosick wont be released, I can put that money towards cosplays.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 09:32 AM

This saddens me. I actually still bought stuff from Bandai too....it's sad to see this company go down in a way as well. T___________T
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