Bandai Entertainment, known for publishing anime series such as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and the various Gundam titles, has announced that they will no longer publish new manga, DVD and Blu-ray titles. They will continue to ship their currently produced series until their licenses expire, but will not publish anything new after February.
According to Anime News Network, most of the staff and contractors will be laid off as the company will only be working on selling their licensing to other companies. Future releases that have been cancelled include the Turn A Gundam and Gosick anime series as well as future volumes of the Kannagi, Gurren Lagann and Mobile Suit Gundam 00I manga. Both the anime and manga releases of Nichijou have also been cancelled.
Bandai Entertainment originally opened their North American offices in 1998 and merged with Bandai Visual USA in 2005. Bandai becomes the latest in the long list of anime and manga publishers to close up shop in North America following behind Tokyopop, ADV, Central Park Media, and Geneon Entertainment.
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