Media Blasters

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Media Blasters
Type Private
Industry Entertainment (Anime)
Founded May 5, 1997 (as Kitty Media)
1998 (as Media Blasters)
Headquarters New York City, New York, United States
Key people John Sirabella
Sam Liebowitz
Products Translated anime, manga, and Asian cinema
Horror and exploitation movies
Adult anime and manga
Independent films
Concert films
Drama films
Employees >50[1]
Divisions Anime Works (all-audience anime)
Kitty Media (adult anime)
Tokyo Shock (live action Asian movies and television)
Shriek Show (horror and exploitation movies)
Fever Dreams (original films)
Website www.media-blasters.com

Media Blasters is an American entertainment corporation founded by John Sirabella and Sam Liebowitz, based in New York City. They are in the business of licensing, translating, and releasing to the North American market manga compilations and anime and live-action Asian movies, adult anime, monster movies, concert movies, independent movies and television series to home-video release. They also produce original movies under the Fever Dreams label.

The company has been releasing translated anime and concert films since May 1997. The company first release adult anime. In 2004, Media Blasters began publishing manga. The company first published shōnen manga titles for older readers, and later so they increased their yaoi manga line.[2]

In early 2012, not long after Bandai Entertainment announced their restructuring plans, Media Blasters' John Sirabella announced the laying off of approximately ten employees, reducing their workforce by about sixty percent. Sirabella has said that this will not affect production rates.[3] Digital distribution for Media Blasters' titles are available on PlayStation Network, Xbox, Netflix, Vudu and Yekra.

History[edit]

Founded in 1997, Media Blasters is a New York based company which has several divisions that target different aspects of the video market.[4] Media Blasters licenses works for release, and is involved in the production, localizing and distribution, of works.[4] The Animeworks division was created in 1997, and focuses on localization and distribution of anime titles, but has also licensed non-anime works like Invader Zim.[4][5] The adult label Kitty Media, was also started in 1997 and features explicit hentai works. Created in 1998, Tokyo Shock, is Media Blaster's Asian cinema division which is responsible for American localization of works like Zatoichi:The Blind Swordsman of the Zatoichi franchise.[4] Another division, Shriek Show, was founded in 2001 to focus on re-mastering horror titles for DVD release.[4]

At the height of its success, Media Blasters released around 5 titles a month and had about 50 employees, but as the market decreased so did the company.[1]

Divisions[edit]

Anime Works[edit]

Anime Works is the label used for the bulk of all-audience anime titles including "Kite", "Moribito" "Bakuman" and the first season of "Ah! My Goddess". In addition, they also released the informative show "Cosplay Encyclopedia" in 1999, showcasing the world of Cosplay to American audiences.

Currently Licensed[edit]

Formerly Licensed[edit]

Kitty Media[edit]

Not to be confused with Kitty Films.

Kitty Media specializes in adult anime and pornographic films.[6] Kitty Media also specializes in films and anime series contains scenes of rape and graphic sexuality as well as licensing the director's cut versions of Kite and Mezzo Forte. Their first release, and the first release by Media Blasters as a whole, was Rei-Lan: Orchid Emblem. Recently, the division began releasing some H-anime titles previously licensed by NuTech Digital, which lost the licenses due to royalties litigation as well as the Lady Ninja Kasumi series. Media Blasters also publishes both hentai and yaoi manga under the Kitty Media imprint. Kitty will continue to give out releases online. They've also released several titles formerly released by Central Park Media's Anime18 imprint. In 2011 Kitty Media entered a licensing partnership with FAKKU to stream select titles, starting with Immoral Sisters.[7]

Currently Licensed[edit]

Tokyo Shock[edit]

The Tokyo Shock label covers live action movies and television series from Japan and other Asian markets, including

Shriek Show[edit]

The Shriek Show label handles obscure horror and exploitation films such as Ultimo mondo cannibale, Cannibal Holocaust, Grizzly, Day of the Animals, Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell, The Anthropophagus Beast, La notte del terrore, 1981's Scream, and Zombi 2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pardon the Interruption for a message!". Media Blasters. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  2. ^ Cha, Kai-Ming (March 13, 2007). "Media Blasters Drops Shonen; Adds Yaoi". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Media Blasters Lays Off 60% of Staff". Anime News Network. January 10, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Media Blasters History". Media Blasters. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  5. ^ "Media Blasters Acquires Invader Zim". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  6. ^ Patten, Fred (July 1998). "The Anime 'Porn' Market". Animation World Magazine 3 (4): 27–29. Retrieved 3 June 2011.  Also available here and here (PDF version of the issue).
  7. ^ Jacob Grady (2011). "Kitty Media Partnership, Immoral Sisters Streaming Press Release". Retrieved 2011-07-23. 

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