Bandai Visual

Bandai Visual Co., Ltd.[lower-alpha 1] was a Japanese anime, film production, and distribution enterprise, established by Bandai and a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings. They focused mainly in international distribution of anime properties in North America.[1][2][3]

Bandai Visual Co., Ltd.
Native name
Kabushiki gaisha Bandai Bijuaru
  • AE Planning
  • (1983–1989)
  • Bandai Media
  • (1988–1989)
FoundedAugust 23, 1983; 38 years ago (1983-08-23)
DefunctApril 1, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-04-01)
FateMerged with Lantis
SuccessorBandai Namco Arts
HeadquartersEbisu, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
  • Kazumi Kawashiro
  • (president and CEO)
Number of employees
  • Actas
  • Bandai Entertainment
  • Beez Entertainment
  • Emotion
  • Lantis

Most of the anime and films that have been distributed and licensed by Bandai Visual have been released under the Emotion label. After the reorganization of Bandai Namco Holdings in 2006, Bandai Visual headed the group's Visual and Music Content Strategic Business Unit. Its subsidiaries included the Emotion Music Company, Ltd. (whose logos also include the Moai from Easter Island), and Lantis music publishing labels. Until 2012, it was involved in the production and distribution of several anime titles, including those it has directly produced itself and anime series produced by the anime studio Sunrise, an alternate anime studio subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings. In September 2017, Bandai Visual acquired the anime studio Actas.[4]

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