American Anime Industry in trouble?
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Posted 4/6/11
central park media declared bankruptcy in 2009 and 4kids declared just recently. Funimation was sold really cheap (in terms of a corporate sell off) and thats just what i know im sure there is more. It makes you wonder how the anime industry in the US is really doing. Any thoughts or info on the matter?
Posted 4/6/11
Is there a reason this was reported..? 0_o Anyway..to hell with it all IMO.
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no not really the company that sold funi bought them back and 4kids well shit happens. There is still Nisa, Sentai Filmworks, Media Blasters, Bandai and Aniplex usa
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Posted 4/6/11
4kids is bankrupt? Serves them right.
Posted 4/6/11
I would usually blame the culture of the average anime fan, but I don't seem to know the two that were mentioned to go out of business. If that is the case then what they sell likely doesn't interest me. Nothing really changed with the selling of Funimation or at least not enough information is out for me to realize it will affect me. They are my favorite for Blu-Ray releases they've been dishing out and I hope they continue.
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Posted 4/6/11 , edited 4/6/11
Well ADV got... something... divided up and rebranded... (isn't Sentai one of those bloody bits?)

I think a changing paradigm for the market is part of the problem. Back when the ONLY way you could acquire anime was via bootleg Betamax copied from copies carried in passenger airline carry-on, $30-50 for one VHS seemed like a deal and that's when most of these companies started.

Nowadays. Fan subs and illegal streaming/dowloading aside, there's a number of venues that allow you to access hot of the press anime, sometimes before the NA rights are even negotiated. This makes dubbed and adapted DVDs less of a deal unless they are

A) great anime
B) Really Cheap
C) Relatively promptly released.
D) Not totally messed up in translation from the point of view of VERY jaded and sophisticated fans.

I think many companies that got big when VHS and/or early DVDs were the standard, have not been able to keep up with the changing times.


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Posted 4/6/11
I think 4kids bankruptcy mght actually be good, since they were Losing all of their money makers to better dubbers anyways.
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Posted 4/6/11
CPM declaring bankruptcy was hardly surprising at the time. Sure, they were involved with a lot of the classics like Dominion: Tank Police, Patlabor, and Revolutionary Girl Utena, but didn't really have anything new and were already downsizing in 2006.

4Kids is only in trouble because they are getting into a legal battle over Yu-Gi-Oh! license because TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems claim they violated the agreement. Obviously if they lose the license for good that would be bad for them (mind you, I think they still have the US TV license for the first 8 seasons of Pokemon), but not hardly all that bad for anime in the US in general.

To be honest most anime today as well as in the past is clearly not 4 kids.
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Manga Entertainment hasn't been very active with new DVD title releases the past few years. Viz released only the first 13 episodes of one of the best recent dubs, Monster. Like how FuniMation stays afloat with Dragon Bal, One Piece, the Evangelion remake movies, and FMA, Viz is keeping afloat with Shippuden and Bleach. All the surviving companies that have been around a long time are struggling at least in some manner.
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Posted 4/6/11
4kids sucks anyway,
DEATH TO DUBBED ANIME
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Posted 4/7/11
They're going to start the blame game again...
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Posted 4/7/11 , edited 4/7/11
What will soon happen to this thread:



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kadmos1 wrote:

Manga Entertainment hasn't been very active with new DVD title releases the past few years. Viz released only the first 13 episodes of one of the best recent dubs, Monster. Like how FuniMation stays afloat with Dragon Bal, One Piece, the Evangelion remake movies, and FMA, Viz is keeping afloat with Shippuden and Bleach. All the surviving companies that have been around a long time are struggling at least in some manner.


hmmmm some what true there are still titles though that hold them through, I am getting index/railgun when funi does bring them out. Also bandai, sentia filmworks and media blasters, nisa are around as well. God I miss adv though and geneon usa but well shit happens, I guess I will never get to legally own higurashi season 2 or rei ova's.... or ccs crap.
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