Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bad start for 2012: Bandai "Restructuring"

According to a news article on ANN, Bandai Entertainment, the folks who distributed titles such as Cowboy Bebop, The Vision of Escaflowne, Wolf's Rain, and Haruhi Suzuhara will no longer be licensing new titles as of February 2012.  Not a great way to start the new year by any means, and an even bigger slap in the face for those of us who like watching dubs.  This means that we're down to about five companies who actually distribute dubbing, which is not a good sign in any way.

Nothing disgusts me more than piracy putting voice actors or companies out of work.  If this doesn't stop, we won't even HAVE new Anime titles with good dubbing.  The only kind of releases we'll get are subbed-only.  Hardcore fans, please show sympathy for the other side and support the industry you care about.  If nothing else comes out, then the companies will not be to blame.  Consider yourself warned.


  1. Jon, I hear you, but the word I've heard is that Bandai has made a lot of poor business decisions over the years, which has also led to this. Don't just blame piracy, especially since *legal* streaming anime is perhaps more popular than ever now.

  2. Too bad and I've definitely noticed more releases with subs-only. I prefer dubs and it will be difficult to go back to reading the screen.