Bandai Entertainment, Inc.
is an anime
distribution company, owned by the Japanese
enterprise Namco Bandai Holdings
. It is involved in the distribution of numerous anime in North America
, as well as manga
and other merchandising ventures related to anime.
The company was first established by Bandai Co., Ltd.
as its anime distribution arm in North America. VHS and DVD products were initially released under the AnimeVillage.com
label, (which it currently uses for online business), the company began releasing titles under the Bandai Entertainment label from 1999
onwards. Its headquarters in the United States
are located in Cypress, California
The company has distributed numerous anime series created by Sunrise, Inc.
, another of Bandai Co., Ltd.'s subsidiaries, including Mobile Suit Gundam
and many of its sequels, Cowboy Bebop
, Brain Powerd
, The Big O
, Infinite Ryvius
, Vision of Escaflowne
, Witch Hunter Robin
and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
. Its other noted distributed anime properties include The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
, Galaxy Angel
and its sequels, Fantastic Children
, Fancy Lala
, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
and its sequels, Wolf's Rain
, Eureka Seven
, Please Teacher!
and its sequel Please Twins!
and Clamp School
While a large number of the company's distributed anime properties were also produced by Bandai's primary Japanese production and distribution subsidiary, Bandai Visual, Bandai Entertainment has also distributed numerous series with which Bandai Visual has had no prior involvement.
Bandai Entertainment has also distributed numerous manga
series, including the adaptations of Eureka Seven
(its first manga release), Samurai Champloo
and the Cowboy Bebop film
. It has also distributed other graphic novels
, including Tomb Raider
As with many North American anime distributors, Bandai Entertainment offers a 'fan support' program to facilitate public screenings of licensed content at anime clubs
and anime conventions