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Media Factory
Native name
FormerlyMedia Factory, Inc. (1991–2013)
PredecessorRecruit Publishing, Inc. (1986–1991)
  • Recruit Publishing, Inc.
  • December 1, 1986; 37 years ago (1986-12-01) in Tokyo, Japan
  • Media Factory, Inc.
  • April 1, 1991; 33 years ago (1991-04-01) in Tokyo, Japan
FateAbsorbed by Kadokawa Corporation on October 1, 2013.[1]
Key people
Toshiyuki Yoshihara
ProductsPublishing, film, music, video games
ParentKadokawa Future Publishing

Media Factory (メディアファクトリー, Mediafakutorī), formerly known as Media Factory, Inc. (株式会社メディアファクトリー, Kabushiki gaisha Mediafakutorī), doing business as Media Factory, is a Japanese publisher and brand company of Kadokawa Future Publishing.


The company was founded on December 1, 1986, and was a subsidiary of Recruit Co., Ltd., based in Shibuya, Tokyo. Media Factory was possibly the first anime distributor to ask for sites to not link to fansubs of any anime produced by the company.[2] On October 12, 2011, Media Factory was purchased by Kadokawa Corporation for ¥8,000,000,000.[3] Media Factory also has a monthly manga magazine, Monthly Comic Alive, and its own light novel imprint, MF Bunko J. Media Factory also holds the license for the distribution of The 39 Clues in Japan. Media Factory ceased being a kabushiki gaisha, as well as retired the Pokémon anime series on October 1, 2013, when it was merged with eight other companies to become a brand company of Kadokawa Corporation.[4] It had a record label, Pikachu Records, that produced Pokémon CDs and Pokémon soundtracks in Japan from 1997 to 2012. Most Pokémon albums in Japan came from Pikachu Records during this period. It was retired when Media Factory was purchased by Kadokawa Corporation. On August 17, 2021, the website for Media Factory was officially closed with a notice directing readers to Kadokawa's website for future products and services.[5]


Light novel imprints[edit]

  • Fleur Bunko Bleu Line
  • Fleur Bunko Rouge Line
  • MF Books
  • MF Bunko DA VINCI
  • MF Bunko J

Anime series[edit]

The following anime and manga titles are associated with Kadokawa Corporation / Media Factory

Music artists[edit]


  1. ^ "KADOKAWAオフィシャルサイト内 各ブランドページについてのお知らせ". Kadokawa. Archived from the original on February 23, 2022. Retrieved February 24, 2022.
  2. ^ "Media Factory makes request to stop fansubbing". Anime News Network. December 9, 2004. Archived from the original on October 19, 2021. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "Kadokawa Purchases Manga Publisher Media Factory". Anime News Network. October 12, 2011. Archived from the original on October 13, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  4. ^ "Kadokawa to Merge 9 Subsidiaries Into 1 Company". Anime News Network. March 28, 2013. Archived from the original on October 22, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "KADOKAWAオフィシャルサイト内 各ブランドページについてのお知らせ". Kadokawa. August 17, 2021. Archived from the original on August 17, 2021.

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