Bushiroad

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Bushiroad Inc.
Native name
株式会社ブシロード
Kabushiki-gaisha Bushirōdo
Private
IndustryVideo gaming
Media and Entertainment
Collectible card games
magazines
FoundedMay 18, 2007; 11 years ago (2007-05-18)
FoundersTakaaki Kidani
HeadquartersSumitomo Nakanosakaue Bldg 1-38-1 Chuo, Nakano, Tokyo, Japan[1]
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
ProductsTelevision Production
Digital media
Publishing
Music
Animated feature films
Live event promotion
ServicesLicensing
RevenueIncrease ¥9.815 billion (2017[1])
OwnersTakaaki Kidani
(majority owner)
GREE, Inc.
(minority owner)
Zodiac Asia
(minority owner)
Number of employees
226 (2017[1])
SubsidiariesBushiroad Creative, Inc
Bushiroad Media, Inc.
Bushiroad Music, Inc.
Bushiroad USA, Inc.
Bushiroad Europe GmbH, Inc.
Bushiroad International Pte., Inc.
Hibiki, Inc.
Kix Road Inc.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Websitewww.bushiroad.com

Bushiroad Inc. (ブシロード, Bushirōdo) is a Japanese producer of collectible card games and trading cards, which was founded in 2007 by Takaaki Kidani and is headquartered in Tokyo. Bushiroad created and owns the media franchise Tantei Opera Milky Holmes.

On January 29, 2012, Bushiroad announced that it had fully acquired New Japan Pro-Wrestling, a major professional wrestling promotion, for ¥500 million.[2]

At the 2012 Tokyo Game Show, Bushiroad announced Bushimo, a new social gaming platform for smartphones, which was released in Winter 2012.

In March 2013, Bushiroad announced the revival of the media franchise Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road, with an anime television that aired on December 31, 2013 as a collaboration between Bushiroad, Bandai Visual, Nitroplus, and Kinema Citrus.[3]

Bushiroad introduced a monthly magazine in September 2013 titled Monthly Bushiroad (月刊ブシロード, Gekkan Bushirōdo). It features manga serializations of their various trading card games and other franchises.

Bushiroad created the media franchise BanG Dream! in January 2015, which consists of a musical group, several manga series and an anime television series.[4] It also created the media franchise Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight in 2017, which consists of a musical and an anime television series.[5]

Bushiroad logo (2007–2017)

Offices[edit]

In the beginning of the company was an associated in six distinct subgroups that later merged into one entity. The two most important companies that extended the company's global market were in subsidiary which was created on November 12, 2010, to expand the company to market overseas for Collectible card games. On May 18, 2012 Bushiroad set up a subsidiary called Bushiroad USA Inc., which is located in Los Angeles, California to help them demand and increased interest in the company in those markets. The company also has large number of stores offering its products in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Colombia, and Hong Kong.

Games and products[edit]

Collectible card games[edit]

Published video games[edit]

Acquired products[edit]

Other holdings[edit]

Bushiroad Creative[edit]

Bushiroad Creative
Division
IndustryRetail
FoundedFebruary 27, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-02-27)
Key people
Kosuke Narita (President and Representative Director)
ProductsMerchandise
Finance
Planning
ParentBushiroad
Websitebushiroad-creative.com

Bushiroad Creative, Inc. is a subsidiary of Bushiroad that owns shops in smaller markets in Japan. Bushiroad Creative was founded in 2015 as Alcard Co., Ltd.

In February 27, 2015, Bushiroad formed a subsidiary to help the company with the trading sales. In May 2016 Bushiroad change the name of Alcard Co., Ltd. to Bushiroad Creative and is currently headed by Kosuke Narita and they moved their headquarters from Warabi, Saitama to Nakano, Tokyo. The company also helps the main company with Merchandising sales.

Equity holdings[edit]

  • Bushiroad Media, Inc.
  • Bushiroad Music, Inc.
  • Bushiroad USA, Inc. – private equity firm
  • Bushiroad Europe GmbH, Inc
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co., Ltd.
  • Kix Road Inc. – a kickboxing company owned subsidiary
  • Bushiroad International Pte., Inc.
  • Hibiki, Inc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Company Overveiw". Bushiroad. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  2. ^ 5億円!新日オーナー会社 電撃交代 (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  3. ^ "Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road's Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Air Date". Anime News Network. November 6, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "BanG Dream! Girls Band Project Gets 2017 TV Anime". Anime News Network. July 7, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Bushiroad Reveals Revue Starlight Franchise With Stage Musical, TV Anime Projects". Anime News Network. April 30, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  6. ^ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bushiroad.CrayonShinchan.global
  7. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crayon-shinchan-storm-called!/id1023315217?mt=8

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