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Kadokawa Pictures USA's Shut-Down Official

Kadokawa Pictures USA officially closed its doors in August.


I mentioned quite some time ago-- in June, in fact --that I had received (unofficial) word that Kadokawa Pictures USA, a branch of Kadokawa that acted as middle man for the company's licensing efforts in the USA, was going to shut down. No release or official announcement came out, however, and I think for the most part it was forgotten (certainly by me!). But OtakuReview.net spotted a closure notice on Kadokawa USA's website declaring that the company did indeed close its doors on August 31st.

Honestly, I doubt that this will make too much of a difference for most American fans, as Kadokawa Pictures USA was (as far as I'm aware) primarily a conduit for the licensing process, which most of the American companies are already pretty used to these days. It may have greased the wheels a tad, but I'd be surprised if it slowed things down for Kadokawa-related titles in the future significantly-- if this has truly been in the works since June, any glitches in the licensing process have probably been smoothed over by now, I would think.

Still, my sympathies out to those who were happy working in the division, and I hope that they all land on their feet, if they're no longer working at Kadokawa. (With no announcements, and since I have no contacts directly there, I'm not sure exactly what's become of the employees.)
Kuroon Sept. 28, 2009 at 10:11 a.m.
So this means all the titles that were "licensed" or whatever, by other companies would still be coming out probably, like spice and wolf?
 
I wonder.
Elfieon Sept. 28, 2009 at 11:31 a.m.
@Kuro:
I imagine so. I'd imagine they can just transfer the workload to a dedicated person or department within Kadokawa Japan to pick up the workload. 
 
Of course for Spice and Wolf, you can always try asking Funimation directly for an answer: via twitter, via their blog: blog.funimation.com, or email (you can find that by going to funimation.com, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "FAQ").
Void_Wizardon Sept. 28, 2009 at 4:10 p.m.
@Kuro said:
" So this means all the titles that were "licensed" or whatever, by other companies would still be coming out probably, like spice and wolf?  I wonder. "
SW is now delayed to Dec. 22nd 09. :'''(

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