Another Manga Publisher Ceases New Releases

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As reported at Anime News Network, Bandai Entertainment will stop releasing new manga and anime titles as of February, although “it will continue to distribute in its existing catalog lineup [until licenses expire]. … Most of its contractors and three of its five fulltime staff members will be laid off.” (I’m sorry to hear that — it’s a rotten start to the new year to lose work.)

ANN lists these manga titles as cancelled:

  • Code Geass: Renya
  • Gurren Lagann Volume 7
  • Kannagi Volumes 4-6 (Note: Volume 4 was offered in the latest Previews catalog, cover-dated January, so that solicitation will be cancelled.)
  • Lucky Star Boo Boo Kagaboo
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00I
  • Tales of the Abyss: Jade’s Secret Memories Volumes 1 and 2

I didn’t read any Bandai titles, so I don’t have a good feeling as to how popular they were. The reactions online so far focus on their anime business, which was better known. Some hint that the company’s business model was going to be changing came at the end of November, with the announcement that their online store would close at the end of 2011.

3 Comments

  1. [...] else. This along with the manga slowdown seems to prove the series in just cursed in the U.S. Also all of their manga has been canceled. While the manga division has mostly just been a very fancy extras division for their anime line [...]

  2. About all ever read from Bandai was Lucky Star and that got old fast still sad to see people lose jobs in this economy but if anything good comes ou of this it’s that we won’t be subjected to all the Code Geass properties Bandai’s been dumping on us.

  3. [...] announcement, after the news at the beginning of the year that the company would no longer be publishing new releases — now Bandai Entertainment is completely ending its U.S. marketing and sales. Anime News [...]

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