U.S. Renditions

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U.S. Renditions
FoundedFebruary 1987
Defunctmid-1990s
FateDefunct
HeadquartersCarson, California, USA
Key people
Robert Napton
David Keith Riddick
Kevin Seymour
ProductsAnime
ParentBooks Nippan

U.S. Renditions was a Special Projects Division of Books Nippan (which was the American branch of Nippon Shuppan Hanbai) and one of the pioneers of anime home video distribution in North America. The division was founded in February 1987 by Kevin Seymour, David Keith Riddick, Sho Nagata and Satoshi Komatsu. Robert Napton later joined the division and became a key figure in its productions.

After producing two music projects for the Robotech television series, U.S. Renditions produced the very first subtitled direct-to-home anime video for the American anime market. In March 1990, they began a release of a subtitled version of Gunbuster, followed in the same month by Dangaioh. They also released such subtitled hits as Appleseed and Black Magic M-66, and even began dubbing anime in 1992, the year their release of Dangaioh was completed. Their first dubbing projects included Macross II, Giant Robo and Fight! Iczer-One. These video projects were a joint venture with L.A. Hero, which was headed by Ken Iyadomi. U.S. Renditions also worked with U.S. Manga Corps on a select number of titles.

The company also had a label called Dark Image Entertainment, which was geared for mature audiences. Titles under Dark Image Entertainment included Ambassador Magma, Devilman and Guyver: Out of Control.

U.S. Renditions had a deal with Manga Entertainment's UK Division to distribute selected anime titles and have them dubbed in-house, before Island Records established Manga's North American operations via its acquisition of L.A. Hero in 1994.

When Books Nippan ceased operations in the mid-1990s, U.S. Renditions was dissolved. Books Nippan's animation division was later acquired by Digital Manga.[1] Kevin Seymour went on to become a successful anime English voice director and co-founded Animaze. Robert Napton became the director of Bandai U.S.A.'s manga division. Ken Iyadomi went on to produce/co-produce domestic releases by Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment. Although some of their releases have seen re-release through Bandai Visual USA (which subsequently merged with Bandai Entertainment), Manga Entertainment and Media Blasters, other titles such as the original uncut subtitled version of Dangaioh, Ambassador Magma and Guyver: Out of Control were never re-released and have remained out of print on home video.

Releases[edit]

U.S. Renditions releases
Year Title Medium Notes
1987 Robotech: BGM Collection, Volume 1 Music LP
1989 Robotech: Perfect Collection Music LP
1990 Dangaioh OVA series 3 eps.; later released by Manga Entertainment
1990 Gunbuster OVA series 6 eps.; later released by Bandai Visual
1991 Black Magic M-66 OVA series 1 ep.; later released by Manga Entertainment and Sentai Filmworks
1992 Kabuto the Golden Eye Monster, AKA Raven Tengu Kabuto OVA series 1 ep.
1992–1993 Macross II: Lovers Again OVA series 6 eps.; later released by Manga Entertainment
1992 The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor OVA series 13 eps.
1993 Guyver: Out of Control OVA series 1 ep.
1993 Outlanders OVA series 1 ep.; later released by Central Park Media
1994 Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still OVA series 7 eps.; later released by Media Blasters and Discotek Media
Ambassador Magma OVA series 13 eps.
Appleseed OVA series 1 ep.; later released by Manga Entertainment and Discotek Media
Devilman OVA series 2 eps.; later released by Discotek Media
Dragon Century OVA series 2 eps.
Fight! Iczer-One OVA series 3 eps.; later released by Media Blasters
Super Dimension Century Orguss TV series 17/35 eps.; later released by ImaginAsian and Discotek Media
† = Released under the imprint Dark Image Entertainment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Digital Manga Acquires Books Nippan Animation Division to Form Digital Manga Distribution". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 2, 2015.