Otaku News : US Edition Otaku News Postcard Campaign
Advanced Search
\ -


World Edition
UK Edition
US Edition
PSP Edition

Site Nav
Main Page
News Categories
DVD Reviews
Manga Reviews
Links We Like
Otaku News Shop

Site Info
About Otaku News
Link To Us
Contact Us

RSS Feed Details


Advert Space

/ \
Sponsored Link: Amazon.com
\ /

/ \
News Categories

> Anime
> Anime > DVD
> Current Affairs
> Manga
> Retail

Bandai US and UK shuts down DVD/BD/Manga production

Date: Thursday January 5th 2012 [13:34] | Posted By: Eeeper

The US anime releasing division of Bandai has announced that from February they will cease publication of both new anime titles and manga titles. The companyís UK and French sister divisions have also released similar statements.
Full Story
Announcing on Monday the 2nd of January, Bandai Entertainment announced that the US division would cease production on new manga, DVD and Blu ray titles in February. In an interview with Anime News Network, Bandai Entertainment president Ken Iyadomi stated that their corporate parent, Namco Bandai Holdings, had made the decision to shut down the US DVD releasing department of the company in October 2011. Unsustainable losses in the retail sector is one reason given as to why Namco Bandai shut down the company. This means that all current titles published on DVD and Blu ray will remain in print for as long as the licence for said title remains in effect. A number of employees and contractors will be let go as a result. Iyadomi did, however, emphasise that Bandai Ent. will remain in the licencing business, sub-licencing titles for TV and Internet distributors. New manga titles, however, will not be published. Iyadomi does not know what will happen to these titles but they will not be finished by Bandai. Bandaiís other operations (Toys, etc.) in the United States are unaffected by the shutdown.

In a separate decision BEEZ UK and France have also made similar statements regarding the ceasing of publications of new titles. BEEZ France has reportedly recorded losses of Ä671,200.

Titles affected by the shutdown in the US are:

  • Gosick
  • Nichijō
  • Turn A Gundam


  • Code Geass: Renya
  • Gurren Lagann volume 7
  • Kannagi volumes 4-6
  • Lucky Star Boo Boo Kagaboo
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00I
  • Tales of the Abyss: Jade's Secret Memories

While no official announcements have been made in regards to BEEZ UK and France, they have made similar indications that their releases will cease around February as well.

Separately, Madman Entertainment in Australia has stated that any titles licensed by Bandai for the US will have no effect on identical titles released by Madman in their territories.

UPDATE: Madman have stated through their official forums that while they are waiting to see if a new licenser picks up GOSICK and/or Nichijou, if no one in the US/UK does pick these titles, Madman will proceed with a English subtitled only release of said titles.

On a personal note, the staff at Otaku News would like to extend our thanks to the staff at Bandai Entertainment, BEEZ UK and BEEZ France for their faithful service over the years. While we may not have bought every title they released, we respect and always respected their dedication to their customers and titles.

Otaku News

\ /


Recent News
World's Largest Collection of CardCaptor Sakura Merchandise
Evangelion Ring Watch Details
An Interview with Toshimichi Mori of Arc System Works
An Interview with Katsura Sunshine
ReedPOP Acquires UK MCM Comic Con
RWBY Volume 5 - Premieres October 14, 2017 on Rooster Teeth FIRST
Silent Manga‚Äč Audition Round 9
An Interview with Masaaki Yuasa
An Interview with Danny Choo
An interview with Tim Clark the Curator of Hokusai: beyond the Great wave at the British Museum

Recent DVD Reviews

Shin Godzilla
Shin Godzilla
One Punch Man Collection 1
Digimon Adventure Tri
Nisekoi: False Love (Season 2 Complete)
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions - Heart Throb (Blu-ray)
When Marnie Was There
Sound Euphonium! (Streaming 1-14)
Golden Time Part 2 (Blu-ray)
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie
Terror In Resonance (Blu-ray)

DVD Review Archive

Recent Manga Reviews

The Birth of Kitaro
The Birth of Kitaro
One-Punch Man - Volume 1
A Bride's Story - Volume 2
The Book of Human Insects
Tokyo Cycle Girl
Shiawase Restaurant - Volume 1
A Bride's Story - Volume 1
Breathe Deeply

Manga Review Archive

Links We Like
Helen McCarthy's Blog
Lego Howl's Moving Castle
Emma Vieceli's Workblog
Jet Arts
AnnaTheRed's Bento Factory
Tokyo Mango

Link Archive

Essential Reading
Anime News Network
Pirate Anime FAQ
Otaku Calendar

Johnny Wander
Three Panel Soul

Dead Tree Magazines
Giant Robot
Neo Magazine UK
Otaku USA
Shonen Jump
Protoculture Addicts

Anime Companies
Bandai Entertainment
Manga Entertainment
Media Blasters
Urban Vision

Manga Publishers
Dark Horse Comics
GEN Manga
Kodansha Comics
Yen Press

US DVD Retailers
Akadot Retail
DVD Empire
DVD Planet
Right Stuf
Tower Records

Import Retailers
CD Japan
Tokyo Otaku Mode

/ \
All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners.
Everything Else ©2002-2018 Otaku News