As soon as the clock hit 00:00 on 1st January, I turned to Mum and said I had a bad feeling about this year. Well, AnimeNewsNetwork have unfortunately been unable to prove me wrong.
Bandai Entertainment the subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) that handles anime and manga in the United States will stop releasing new anime DVDs, Blu-Ray and manga as of next month. The company will still distribute its current catalogue until their licenses expire, but will not produce or distribute any new releases - the company will instead focus on licensing rights to other companies.
AnimeNewsNetwork will publish a full interview with Ken Iyadomi, Bandai Entertainment's President and CEO tomorrow. As for now, here is a list of cancelled titles:
Turn A Gundam
Code Geass: Renya (Code Geass: Shikkoku no Renya)
Gurren Lagann volume 7
Kannagi volumes 4-6
Lucky Star Boo Boo Kagaboo (spinoff by Eretto)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00I
Tales of the Abyss: Jade's Secret Memories volumes 1 and 2
Some of Bandai Entertainments more well known releases included the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise, the Mobile Suit Gundam metaseries, Cowboy Bebop, K-ON!, Lucky Star and Tenga Toppa Gurren Lagann/