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A subsidiary of Japan's Namco Bandai Holdings, and one of the major anime players in the U.S.-- a relatively recent development for the company.
Bandai Entertainment, Inc. is an anime distribution company owned by the Japanese conglomerate Namco Bandai Holdings. Unlike its former sibling company Bandai Visual USA (which was folded into Bandai Entertainment Inc. in 2008), BEI was intended to license and distribute series by all of the Japanese studios, rather than just Namco Bandai-owned titles.
Originally founded in 1998 as Bandai Co., Ltd., the company released DVDs as part of Anime Village, which was also its online retailer until the 2008 absorption of Bandai Visual USA, when the company began using BVU's dot-anime.us site.
For some time Bandai Entertainment was known primarily for releasing various Gundam series, although they also released the immensely popular Cowboy Bebop series. In late 2006 they surprised many in the industry by licensing the phenomenal fan favorite The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and releasing it with lavish special-edition sets (as well as regular edition). In 2007 they acquired Haruhi's "sister-of-the-heart" series Lucky Star and the mech drama Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, both also major fan favorites. They also surprised everyone in early 2008 when they announced the acquisition of 2007's biggest anime title, Gainax's Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann-- which had been licensed by ADV, who apparently lost the license (although details have not been made known). These triumphs have led to BEI becoming one of the major three players in the anime world.
BEI also has made some small forays into the manga world, usually only publishing series that are attached to their anime licenses: they have published the Eureka Seven manga, and announced the Lucky Star, Code Geass, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Gurren Lagann manga as well.
BEI's president is Ken Iyadomi. The company is headquartered in Cypress, CA.
The company announced on August 31, 2012 that they will be halting all distribution of their video, manga and novel sales by the end of November 2012.
|Company Name||Bandai Entertainment|
|Street Address||PO Box 6054|