The US is home to the best and biggest
Outside of the US, there are only a handful of
I’m not here to debate why (that’s for another day) but I’d like to share 9 US
Some of these companies you’ll know of, and others you’ll be learning about for the first time.
Anime Companies In The US:
1. Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is huge in the USA. With some of the biggest licenses a company outside Japan has to offer.
The company started in 2008, founded by John Ledford.
They’ve licensed series like:
Akame Ga Kill.
- Angel Beats.
- No Game No Life.
- Princess Principal.
- Food Wars,
And plenty of other
The company began in 1994 by Gen Fukunaga.
if it weren’t for
Dragon Ball Z.
This is the era that kicked off
3. Aniplex of America
Aniplex of America is another massive US company in the
- Grancrest War.
- Gun Gale Online.
- Fate Stay Night.
- Fate Apocrypha.
- God Eater.
And many more
Aniplex of America started in 2005, owned by Sony (like other
Crunchyroll started out in 2006. And believe it or not, they were no better than Kiss
This lead to
As of today (16th June 2018) they have around 900+
5. Viz Media
Viz Media started out in 1986, making it one of the oldest
They distribute shows/
My Hero Academia.
- Yona Of The Dawn.
Death Note. Sailor Moon.
And other recognizable, successful
Manga Entertainment is a company that distributes and sells
First started in 1987,
7. Discotek Media
You might not have heard of Discotek Media, but they’re an important company in the US regardless.
- Fist Of The North Star.
- The Adventures Of The Little Prince.
- Captain Harlock: Arcadia of my Youth – Endless Orbit SSX.
- Magic Knight Rayearth.
And tons of old school (and new-ish)
Discotek Media started in 2005.
AnimEigo started out in 1988, founded by Robert Woodhead.
The company focuses on distributing and licensing
- Bubblegum Crisis.
- Riding Bean.
- Bubblegum Crash.
- The Great Killing.
Bubble Gum Crisis was one of their most recent additions to their catalogue.
9. Media Blasters
First started in 1997, Media Blasters was founded by John Sirabella and Sam Liebowitz.
They distribute and release a mixture of
Historically, they were involved with:
- Rurouni Kenshin.
- Ladies Vs Butlers.
- Knight Hunters.
And similar shows you’ve either heard of or you haven’t.
They’re still going strong as a business in 2018. And have contributed to the US
anime company do you like/dislike and WHY?
Being from the UK I only have a certain amount of context on US companies… Or maybe that doesn’t matter.
I don’t know.
Either way, let me know which US