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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

BANDAI to Stop Manufacturing Physical Media



Greetings Geeks, Sorry for the lack of updates. The Holidays can be overwhelming.

Lets start off the New Year on a low note shall we? It looks like Bandai is done with physical media.

In a press release sent today, the company released the details of it's future "focus shift".  Bandai has cancelled future releases of Anime in all formats and Manga. They are also closing up their online presence as they will be closing their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

I don't know about you but if I was working at Bandai right now, I'd start polishing up my resume. It's starting to feel more and more like a sinking ship.


Full PR after the jump...



BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT TO CHANGE
COMPANY FOCUS IN FEB 2012

January 3, 2012 (Cypress, CA) – Bandai Entertainment announced today that it will stop
releasing new titles on DVD, Blu-ray and Manga formats starting in February of 2012. The
company will continue to sell catalog titles and shift its operation to licensing which will include
digital distribution, broadcast and merchandising.

As a result of this change in strategy for the North American Market, Bandai Entertainment’s
organization will be restructured at the end of January 2012.

The following previously announced anime titles have been cancelled: TURN-A GUNDAM,
NICHIJOU and GOSICK.

Similarly, the following manga titles have been cancelled: KANNAGI 4-6, CODE GEASS:
RENYA, GURREN LAGANN VOL. 7, GUNDAM 00I, LUCKY STAR BOO BOO KAGABOO,
NICHIJOU MANGA, CODE GEASS R2 NOVELS, and TALES OF THE ABYSS: JADE 1 and 2.

Additionally, Bandai Entertainment’s facebook and twitter will be shut down.

For more information go to:
www.bandai-ent.com

About Bandai Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and a premier
distributor of Japanese animation in North America. Titles include K-ON!, Gundam 00, Code Geass:
Lelouch of Rebellion, Lucky Star, Gurren Lagann,The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, My Otome.

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