123 123

Bandai Announces It’ll End New DVD, Blu-Ray and Manga Titles in February 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 001, 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.

  • Whofan

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • …with terrible QA and a recurring string of unpopular titles targeting a western market of which they were clearly out of touch, yeah, not surprising. Unfortunate that it’s taken this kind of observation to force them from the distribution game, but wasn’t exactly avoidable. In the end, they’re better off as a sublicensing group, allowing distributors with more resources (and with better knowledge of what to do with those resources), to shop product to U.S. anime fans.