Broccoli International USA Going Out-Of-Business
Posted 11/30/08

Broccoli International USA to Shut Down by Year's End (Updated)

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-11-19/broccoli-international-usa-to-shut-down-by-year-end

Broccoli to dissolve North American manga, character goods subsidiary by February

The Japanese media company Broccoli has announced that its board of directors has decided on Wednesday to dissolve its Broccoli International USA subsidiary. The four-person subsidiary will end its operations by December 31, and Broccoli aims to complete the liquidation by February. Although Broccoli expects to write off some losses with the closure, it also expects the losses to be small.

Broccoli established this wholly owned subsidiary in March 2002 with US$981,000 in capital to manage its copyrights in North America, produce and distribute character goods, oversee a retail store, and handle electronic commerce. Kaname Tezuka ran Broccoli International USA from its headquarters in Los Angeles. However, Broccoli says that competition in the subsidiary's fields of business increased sharply in recent years, which resulted in a drop in revenue and profits. Since Broccoli projected that changing the subsidiary's prospects would be too difficult, it decided to close the subsidiary.

Broccoli International USA managed several manga, anime, and game properties for its corporate parent, including Di Gi Charat, Galaxy Angel, Aquarian Age, and Neppu Kairiku Bushi Lord. Broccoli directly published manga and artbooks for North America under the Broccoli Books imprint. Broccoli Books' titles included Aquarian Age: Juvenile Orion, the Cosmode USA cosplay magazine, Disgaea, Galaxy Angel, Kamui, Koi Cupid, Murder Princess, Nui!, and sola.

Before Broccoli International USA was officially established, Broccoli opened an Anime Gamers retail store in the Los Angeles area in September 2001, but the store closed in fall of 2007. An online AnimeGamers.com store opened in February 2001, but it stopped taking orders on September 30, 2007. Anime Gamers had also produced English adaptations of manga and anime such as I'm Gonna Be An Angel, FLCL, and Di Gi Charat under its Synch-Point division.


Broccoli Confirms Halt on sola, Galaxy Angel, Disgaea

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-11-26/broccoli-confirms-halt-on-sola-galaxy-angel-disgaea

Staff works to have other publishers pick up licenses; warehouse sale planned

Update: Shizuki Yamashita, the Director of Operations at Broccoli International USA, has confirmed in a blog update that Broccoli Books will not be publishing the remaining volumes of the sola, Galaxy Angel II, Disgaea 2, and Leave it to Piyoko! manga series. At the same time, Yamashita emphasized again that the staffers are working to ensure that the Japanese licensors of these titles can re-license them to other American publishers. Broccoli Books' blog will provide an update if any titles are re-licensed. The corporate parent Broccoli decided on November 19 to dissolve its American subsidiary.

Broccoli International USA will hold one last warehouse sale on December 12 at its Los Angeles office. The staffers will provide more details in the first week of December.

Although a small Japanese production company by comparison, Broccoli International USA's Disgaea title is a rather successful line, in my opinion. I wonder what went wrong during the competition?
Posted 11/30/08
oh really? that sucks.
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Posted 11/30/08
that really sucks :O
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Posted 12/22/08
that really sucks......i really liked one of their books-it was called 'kon kon kokon'
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Posted 12/22/08
It's you guys reading manga online that does this.
Posted 12/22/08

riavan wrote:

It's you guys reading manga online that does this.


Or maybe they just can't afford it anymore because of the recession that's hitting everyone and causing companies to cut jobs. So they can save money.
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Posted 12/23/08 , edited 12/23/08

CyrusValentine wrote:


riavan wrote:

It's you guys reading manga online that does this.


Or maybe they just can't afford it anymore because of the recession that's hitting everyone and causing companies to cut jobs. So they can save money.


Or more than likely both?
I'm glad everyone knows the word recession now.

Anyway...
At least they're trying to resell their manga licenses, rather than ADV who took theirs down with them.

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Posted 12/23/08
called broccoli? lolol.
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Posted 12/23/08
o.o but they have the best quality made books around i love them....i need to order everything before it goes out of print >_<
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