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Bandai Entertainment

Bandai Entertainment is a North American based subsidiary of Bandai America, founded in 1998. Despite its name it is not directly established by Bandai Visual. Originally separate from Bandai Visual USA, Namco Holdings announced that Bandai Entertainment would absorb Bandai Visual USA in 2008. Headquartered in Cypress, California, it licenses anime properties from various Japanese companies for North American distribution; most of those licenses come from Bandai and its sister company Sunrise. The company also licenses manga series for release with English translation, and publishes American-made graphic novels. 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. The company confirmed on January 2, 2012 that they would stop offering new DVD, Blu-ray disc and manga releases by February, but would continue to produce their current library of content. Bandai Entertainment was restructured to focus on licensing anime to other companies. On August 30, 2012, Bandai Entertainment announced that it will discontinue distributing their home video and print catalog on March 1, 2013. They will make their final shipment to retailers on November 30, 2012.

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