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Marvelous Entertainment Inc.
株式会社 マーベラスエンターテイメント
Former type Kabushiki gaisha
(TYO: 7844) (Defunct)
Industry Anime, Music, Video games
Fate Merged with AQ Interactive and Liveware
Successor(s) Marvelous AQL
Founded June 25, 1997[2]
Defunct October 1, 2011[1]
Headquarters Headquarter: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Digital Contents company: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Marvelous Entertainment USA, Inc.: Torrance, California, United States
Area served Japan, North America
Key people

Haruki Nakayama: Chairman & CEO
Yoshiaki Matsumoto: Managing Director, Audio & Visual
Toshinori Aoki: Managing Director, Digital Contents
Yasuhiro Wada: Director, Digital Contents

Yoshirō Kataoka: Director, Value Contents
Products Mushishi, Megazone 23
Services Video games, Anime, CDs, DVDs
Employees 184(consolidated), 120(parent company only) (as of 2008-12-31)
Subsidiaries

Artland
Delfi Sound Inc.
Rising Star Games

Marvelous Entertainment USA, Inc.
Website http://www.mmv.co.jp/ (Japan)

Marvelous Entertainment Inc. (株式会社 マーベラスエンターテイメント Kabushiki-gaisha Māberasu Entāteimento?) (MMV) is a multinational corporation that produces animation, music, video games, television series. MMV is most widely known for its involvement in the Harvest Moon series.

The MMV abbreviation, found in the company logo, stands for Marvelous Media Vibration, which originally stood for Marvelous Music Vibration.[3]

Local operations[edit]

Locally MMV is involved in a number of forms of entertainment, this includes the production of anime and music done by two MMV subsidiaries Artland and Delfi Sound. Artland is an animation studio that has produced a number of popular anime series including the award-winning Mushishi and the hit shōnen Katekyō Hitman Reborn!. Delfi Sound is a recording studio that has been involved in the production of a number of albums, radio dramas, and soundtracks since its establishment in 2005. MMV has also produced a number of live television series, movies, and musical theatre productions like the highly popular Prince of Tennis musical, Tenimyu.

Merge with AQ Interactive[edit]

In 2011, AQ Interactive merged with Marvelous Entertainment (along with mobile gaming company Liveware.) The combined company became Marvelous AQL Inc., and AQ was absorbed into the Marvelous business operations.[4]

Subsidiaries[edit]

Artland, Inc.[edit]

Main article: Artland (company)

It is an animation studio established on September 14, 1978. On April 3, 2006, it became a subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment Inc.

ANIMATION STUDIO ARTLAND.inc.[edit]

ANIMATION STUDIO ARTLAND.inc. (株式会社アニメーションスタジオ・アートランド) is an animation studio established via dividing Artland, Inc. On 2010-11-15, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced the separating Artland, Inc.'s animation production into Animation Studio Artland, Inc. as a fully owned subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment Inc., effective on 2010-12-01.[5]

Marvelous Online[edit]

Marvelous Online (マーベラス・オンライン) is an online store for Marvelous Entertainment Inc. products.

On 2009-05-02, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced the establishment of Marvelous Online.[6]

Former subsidiaries[edit]

Runtime, Inc.[edit]

Runtime, Inc. (有限会社ランタイム) was a software development, video game production, CG production company, established in July 18, 2001. On March 17, 2006, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced Runtime, Inc. would become a subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment Inc., effective on April 3, 2006.[7] On January 28, 2008, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced Runtime, Inc. would be merged into its parent company, Marvelous Entertainment Inc., effective on April 1, 2008.[8]

Marvelous Music Publishing, Inc.[edit]

Marvelous Music Publishing, Inc. (株式会社マーベラス音楽出版) was a wholly owned subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment Inc., established from its parent's former copyright and publishing businesses. On July 1, 2001, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced the establishment of Marvelous Music Publishing, Inc.[9] On January 23, 2007, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced Marvelous Music Publishing, Inc. would be merged into its parent company, Marvelous Entertainment Inc., effective on April 1, 2007.[10]

Marvelous Liveware Inc.[edit]

Marvelous Liveware Inc. (株式会社マーベラスライブウェア) was a mobile phone Internet contents development subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment Inc. On April 27, 2004, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced the establishment of the subsidiary Marvelous Liveware Inc., effective on June 1, 2004.[11] On March 31, 2005, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced the sales of Marvelous Liveware to Interspire, inc.[12]

Marvelous Interactive Inc.[edit]

Marvelous Interactive Inc. (株式会社マーベラスインタラクティブ) was a developer and publisher of video games, established on August 3, 1970 as Victor Interactive Software. On March 24, 2003, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced had acquired 55% stake of Victor Interactive Software, and would rename Victor Interactive Software to Marvelous Interactive Inc., effective on March 31, 2003. In the press release, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. listed the then upcoming Marvelous Interactive Inc. was established on October 1, 1996.[13][14]

On September 10, 2003, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced Marvelous Interactive Inc. would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment Inc.[15] When Marvelous Entertainment Inc. completed its acquisition of Victor Interactive Software on March 31, 2003, it was renamed Marvelous Interactive. With this acquisition MMV obtained all the rights to the popular Harvest Moon series and other Victor Interactive Software series.

On March 20, 2007, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced Marvelous Interactive Inc. would be merged into its parent company, Marvelous Entertainment Inc., effective on June 30, 2007.[16][17]

Mad[edit]

Mad (株式会社マッド) was an amusement facility operator.

On March 20, 2007, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced a restructuring plan that would transfer amusement business to Atlus, by moving it to Mad (株式会社マッド) as a wholly owned subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment Inc., which would be established in June 1, 2007; the remaining businesses would be operated under Marvelous Entertainment Inc.[18] The transfer also included sale of The Third Planet (株式会社ザ・サードプラネット) amusement operations, effective on July 1, 2007.[19]

At Atlus, the company announced merging Mad into Atlus effective on September 1, 2007, with merger registered on September 3, 2007.[20]

Delfi Sound Inc.[edit]

Delfi Sound Inc. (株式会社デルファイサウンド) It is a recording studio, album production, and music label company. The company was established in April 1, 2005 as Marvelous Studio Inc. (株式会社マーベラススタジオ)

On March 22, 2005, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced the establishment of the subsidiary Marvelous Studio Inc., effective on April 1, 2005.[21]

On 2010-01-22, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced transferring 100% of its Delfi Sound Inc. shares to Amuse Capital Inc. (株式会社アミューズキャピタル), effective on 2010-01-29.[22]

Rising Star Games Limited[edit]

Main article: Rising Star Games

It is a video game publisher and distributor within Europe and all other PAL territories.

On December 24, 2004, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced the establishment of a London-based joint venture company called Rising Star Games Limited with Bergsala AB. Marvelous Entertainment Inc. would own 51% shares of the company, while Bergsala AB own the 49% shares. The company would begin operation on 2004-12.[23]

MMV decided to gain a foothold on the European market first because most Japanese publishers have not really focused on it. About a year later, Rising Star Games and Atari teamed up to start releasing games for the Nintendo DS and PSP[24] and have since experienced great success in Europe. As of March 31, 2008, Harvest Moon DS has managed to sell over 300,000 copies and ship over 500,000 copies across the continent.[25][26] Rising Star Games has also released over 30 games in Europe, including No More Heroes and a ported version of Harvest Moon: Magical Melody for the Wii.

On 2010-01-22, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced transferring all of its remaining 51% of Rising Star Games Limited stakes to Intergrow Inc. (株式会社インターグロー), effective on 2010-01-29.[27]

Marvelous Entertainment USA, Inc. (MMV USA)[edit]

On May 9, 2008, MMV announced that it will be partnering up with Xseed Games to co-publish games in North America.[28] In a follow up interview with Yasuhiro Wada, he revealed localizing MMV titles will be pivotal, but there are plans to publish titles from other companies as well.

On May 16, 2005, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced it had acquired the shares of an American company AQ Interactive,Inc. and it would be renamed as Marvelous Entertainment USA,INC. as 100% subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment Inc., effective on 2005-05-16.[29] However, in a 2007 Gamasutra interview with Yasuhiro Wada, he claimed that MMV would open a U.S. Marvelous office after two years, in search for a company who already has the contacts and who is very strong with all the retailers and with the distribution channel.[30]

On May 9, 2008, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. and Xseed Games announced they had entered a co-publishing partnership.[28] The North American video game sales would begin in November 2008.[31] MMV has titles in development for all platforms, but there is a focus on Wii and DS and upcoming announcements will reflect that accordingly. MMV USA is being headed solely by Takeshi Inoue, plans are to expand over the next three to five years to ten people.[32]

On 2011-05-31, Marvelous Entertainment Inc. announced transferring 100% of its Marvelous Entertainment USA, Inc. shares to Rising Star Games Limited, effective on 2011-06-30.[33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Evangelion Films to Get PC Browser Game in 2012". Anime News Network. October 5, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Marvelous Entertainment History
  3. ^ Uchisearch
  4. ^ http://uk.games.ign.com/objects/787/787921.html
  5. ^ 当社子会社の会社分割(新設分割)及び異動に関するお知らせ
  6. ^ 通信販売サイト「マーベラス・オンライン」開設のお知らせ
  7. ^ 有限会社ランタイムの子会社化に関するお知らせ (22.37KB)
  8. ^ 連結子会社の吸収合併に関するお知らせ (120.41KB)
  9. ^ 株式会社マーベラス音楽出版設立のご挨拶
  10. ^ 連結子会社の吸収合併に関するお知らせ (25.90KB)
  11. ^ 子会社設立に関するお知らせ (26.51KB)
  12. ^ 子会社の異動に関するお知らせ (15.60KB)
  13. ^ 子会社の異動(取得)について (14.77KB)
  14. ^ Marvelous Interactive Company Outline
  15. ^ 株式会社マーベラスインタラクティブの完全子会社化に関するお知らせ (16.08KB)
  16. ^ 連結子会社の吸収合併に関するお知らせ (25.82KB)
  17. ^ Enterprise Scope
  18. ^ 会社分割によるアミューズメント事業部門の一部分社化 並びに新設株式会社株式譲渡について (29.38KB)
  19. ^ アミューズメント事業部門の一部事業譲渡に関するお知らせ (21.37KB)
  20. ^ 当社100%子会社との合併に関するお知らせ
  21. ^ 子会社設立に関するお知らせ (25.54KB)
  22. ^ 連結子会社(株式会社デルファイサウンド)の異動に関するお知らせ
  23. ^ イギリスにおける合弁会社Rising Star Games Limited設立に関するお知らせ (19.12KB)
  24. ^ Atari And Rising Star Games Announce Distribution Deal
  25. ^ Investor Relations Fiscal Year 08 Report
  26. ^ IR May 2008 Presentation
  27. ^ 連結子会社(Rising Star Games Limited)の異動に関するお知らせ
  28. ^ a b Marvelous Entertainment and XSEED Games Announce Co-Publishing Agreement
  29. ^ 子会社の異動に関するお知らせ (15.49KB)
  30. ^ Gamasutra: Harvest Man Yasuhiro Wada
  31. ^ 連結子会社の業務提携に関するお知らせ (131.03KB)
  32. ^ Gamasutra Q&A: Marvelous's Yasuhiro Wada
  33. ^ 連結子会社(Marvelous Entertainment USA, Inc.)の異動に関するお知らせ

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