List of anime companies

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This is a list of anime industry companies involved in the production or distribution of anime.

Japan-based companies[edit]

Animation studios[edit]


Non-Japanese companies[edit]


North America & other regions[edit]

Europe exclusive[edit]

  • 101 Films (United Kingdom)
  • Anime Limited (United Kingdom, France)
  • Black Box (France, Belgium, Switzerland)
  • Dybex (France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany*)
  • Dynit (Italia, Switzerland)
  • Kana Home Video (France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland)
  • Kazé (France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, United Kingdom)
  • Manga Entertainment UK (the main branch of "Manga Entertainment")
  • MVM Films (UK)
  • StudioCanal UK (UK)
  • Animaze (Germany)
  • FilmConfect (Germany)
  • KSM Film (Germany)
  • Nipponart (Germany)
  • Peppermint Anime (Germany)
  • Universum Film GmbH (Germany)


  • Universal Sony Home Pictures Australia
  • Hanabee (Australia)
  • Madman Entertainment (Australia: Madman overwhelmingly dominates the Australian anime market, for many years through the 2000s controlling approximately 90% of all sales)
  • Siren Visual (Australia)


  • 4Kids Productions (US) (subsidiary of 4Kids Entertainment Specializing in dubbing anime, shut down in 2012 due to continued lack of profitability).
  • ADV Films (U.S., U.K.) (shut down in 2009, selling off its assets and intellectual properties to four other Houston-based companies, such as Section 23 (see above)).
  • AN Entertainment (U.S., division of AnimeNation, no new releases since 2007. Retail operations of parent company ceased in 2014.[3])
  • Bandai Entertainment (U.S., owned by Namco Bandai[4])
    • Bandai Visual USA (U.S., previously a subsidiary of Bandai Visual Japan and not affiliated with Bandai Entertainment, now folded into Bandai Entertainment[5])
  • Beez Entertainment (EU, owned by Bandai)
  • Central Park Media (de facto defunct since mid-2007 when new DVD releases ceased, even though they continued to license their titles for TV and VOD, they entered a state of limbo.[6] Officially declared bankruptcy and assets liquidated in mid-2009.[7] Several of their titles have been acquired by other anime distributing companies prior to and following Central Park Media's bankruptcy and liquidation, such as ADV Films, Bandai Entertainment, Funimation Entertainment, Media Blasters, Nozomi Entertainment, etc.)
  • Family Home Entertainment (U.S., renamed Artisan Entertainment) in the 1990s, then acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment in 2003).
  • Geneon Entertainment (U.S. branch "Geneon USA" (formerly "Pioneer Entertainment") defunct September 2007. Parent Japanese company ceased in-house distribution of its own titles, many of which have been re-licensed by Funimation[8][9] and Sentai Filmworks. Parent company "Geneon Entertainment" then sold off its own ownership to NBCUniversal subsidiary UPI, which then merged Geneon with its own "Universal Pictures Japan" division on February 1, 2009, renaming the new company "Geneon Universal Entertainment Japan").[10][11]
  • Go Fish Pictures (U.S. subsidiary of DreamWorks)
  • Kadokawa Pictures USA (U.S., American subsidiary of Kadokawa Pictures)
  • Manga Distribution (France, Belgium, Switzerland. Was fined with Déclic Images (another French editor) 4.8 million euros in 2009 for selling DVDs of Grendizer while they didn't have the rights).
  • Saban Entertainment (U.S., acquisitions either went to The Walt Disney Company or just expired, succeeded by Saban Brands)
  • Streamline Pictures (U.S., Canada: stopped producing new anime releases in 1996, folding into Orion Pictures, which in turn folded into Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer one year later, in 1997. The Streamline brand name officially went defunct in 2002).
  • Synch-Point (U.S., A subsidiary of Broccoli (company), defunct when parent company Broccoli International USA shut down their operations in 2007)
  • Urban Vision (U.S.)
  • U.S. Renditions (U.S., A subsidiary of Books Nippan, defunct mid-1990s)
  • Tokyopop (U.S.)



  1. ^ "Discotek News". Discotek. February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Disney's Sale of Miramax Completed". The Hollywood Reporter. December 3, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "AnimeNation Retailer Closes Shop After 20 Years". Anime News Network. September 13, 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Bandai Visual USA to be Liquidated by September". Anime News Network. May 23, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  6. ^ Musicland files for bankruptcy
  7. ^ "Central Park Media Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy (Update 2)". Anime News Network. April 28, 2009. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Funimation Agrees to Distribute Select Geneon Titles". Anime News Network. July 3, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Funimation to Distribute Gungrave Anime for Geneon". Anime News Network. December 30, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Geneon to Merge with Universal Pictures Japan". Anime News Network. November 12, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Geneon Universal Entertainment Japan Official Website" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

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