AnimEigo

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AnimEigo
TypePrivate
IndustryEntertainment (anime)
Founded1988; 33 years ago (1988)
FoundersRobert Woodhead
Roe R. Adams, III
HeadquartersWilmington, North Carolina, United States
Area served
United States and Canada
Key people
Robert Woodhead
Roe R. Adams, III
Natsumi Ueki
Janice Hindle
ProductsAnime, samurai cinema
Websitewww.animeigo.com

AnimEigo is an American entertainment company that licenses and distributes anime, samurai films and Japanese cinema. Founded in 1988 by Robert Woodhead and Roe R. Adams III, the company was one of the first in North America dedicated to licensing anime and helped give anime a noticeable following in the region. Over its history, the company has released many anime titles, such as Urusei Yatsura, Vampire Princess Miyu, Otaku no Video, the original Bubblegum Crisis OVA series, and Kimagure Orange Road.

Their name is a portmanteau of "anime" and "eigo" (英語), the Japanese word for the English language.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1988 in Ithaca, New York by Robert Woodhead and Roe R. Adams III.[1] It is now based in Wilmington, North Carolina and run by Natsumi Ueki, Robert's wife.[2] Their first release was Metal Skin Panic Madox 01.[3] In July 2003, the company signed a deal with Koch Entertainment to help market and distribute their titles in the United States and Canada.[4]

Between 2010 and 2013 the company lost a lot of its titles. For example, in February 2010, they announced they lost the rights to the Oh My Goddess! OVAs.[5] In April 2010, the company announced they were unable to license the remaining episodes of Yawara!.[6] They later lost the rights to the episodes they had previously licensed.[7] In February 2011, the company announced they had lost the rights to Urusei Yatsura, one of their more popular titles.[8] The company also lost the rights to the You're Under Arrest and Battle Royal High School anime series, as well as the Zatoichi, Lone Wolf and Cub, and Portrait of Hell live action movies.[9]

In October 2013, AnimEigo launched their first Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund a new release, specifically to re-release Bubblegum Crisis as a limited edition Blu-ray.[10] The Kickstarter was successfully funded in October 2013, and the Blu-ray was subsequently released in December 2014.[11] They also successfully kickstarted re-releases of Otaku no Video, Riding Bean, A.D. Police Files, Gunsmith Cats, and Megazone 23.[12]

Distribution[edit]

The company streams their titles on VRV (via VRV Select), Hoopla, RetroCrush, Tubi, and CONtv.[13] Some of their titles were on Hulu, but they have been removed.[14]

The company is well known for the quality of its translation and subtitles, and pioneered such techniques as multi-color subtitles, overlapping dialogue, and supertitles that explain important cultural, linguistic and historical tidbits. They also include comprehensive cultural and linguistic liner notes with their releases.[15][16] Alert viewers will often find subtle references to pop culture and current events hidden in the subtitles when they match what the characters are actually saying. Sometimes the references are blatant; in episode 18 of Super Dimension Fortress Macross, the dying Roy Fokker not only repeats the famous words of Mr. Spock from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few..." but adds Captain Kirk's reply – "or the one".[17]

They also licensed two Lupin III films: Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy and Lupin III: Legend of the Gold of Babylon. Because of legal issues surrounding the Lupin name (which was used by author Monkey Punch without permission from the estate of Maurice Leblanc), the titles were released as Rupan III (which is the romaji pronunciation of Lupin). Even after the Lupin name passed into public domain in the 1990s, they continued to distribute the films as Rupan III.[18]

Productions[edit]

Releases are only listed if the subtitling, dubbing, or other (localization) production work was handled by AnimEigo; rather than being licensed from prior versions. Italics indicate out-of-print media or titles otherwise not licensed anymore by the company.

Subtitling[edit]

Subtitling[19][20]
Year Title Medium Notes
1990 Metal Skin Panic: MADOX-01 Show (1)
1991 Bubblegum Crisis Show (8)
1991 Riding Bean Show (1)
1992 Bubblegum Crash Show (3)
1992-2006 Urusei Yatsura Show (153)
1992 Vampire Princess Miyu Show (4)
1993 A.D. Police Files Show (3)
1993 Arcadia of My Youth Movie
1993 Genesis Surviver Gaiarth Show (3)
1993 Otaku no Video Show (2)
1994 Oh My Goddess! Show (5)
1994 Urusei Yatsura 6: Always My Darling Movie
1995 BAOH: The Visitor Show (1)
1995 Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy Movie
1995 Urusei Yatsura 1: Only You Movie
1995 Urusei Yatsura 3: Remember My Love Movie
1995 Urusei Yatsura 4: Lum the Forever Movie
1995 Urusei Yatsura 5: The Final Chapter Movie
1995 The Dagger of Kamui Movie
1995 You're Under Arrest Show (4)
1996 Battle Royal High School Show (1)
1996 Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring Show (1)
1997 Crusher Joe: The Movie Movie
1997 Crusher Joe: The OVAs Show (2)
2002 You're Under Arrest Show (47)
13 Assassins (1963) Movie
Battle of Okinawa Movie
Black Rain Movie
Bushido Movie
Eleven Samurai Movie
Graveyard of Honor (1975) Movie
Kimagure Orange Road Show (48)
Kimagure Orange Road OVA Show (8)
Kimagure Orange Road: The Motion Picture Movie
Miyamoto Musashi Movie
Onimasa Movie
Revenge[disambiguation needed] Movie
Revenge of a Kabuki Actor Movie
Samurai Vendetta Movie
Shinobi no Mono Movie
Shinobi no Mono 2: Vengeance Movie
Shinobi no Mono 3: Resurrection Movie
Shinsengumi Chronicles Movie
Shonan Bakusozoku Show (3/13) Only the first three episodes were subtitled
Sleepy Eyes of Death 1: The Chinese Jade Movie
Sleepy Eyes of Death 2: Sword of Adventure Movie
Sleepy Eyes of Death 3: Full Circle Killing Movie
Sleepy Eyes of Death 4: Sword of Seduction Movie
Sleepy Eyes of Death 5: Sword of Fire Movie
Sleepy Eyes of Death 6: Sword of Satan Movie
Sword of Desperation Movie
The Ballad of Narayama Movie
The Blind Menace Movie
The Clone Returns Home Movie
The Geisha Movie
The Great Killing Movie
The Loyal 47 Ronin Movie
The Razor Movie
The Razor 2 Movie
The Razor 3 Movie
The Samurai I Loved Movie
The Secret of the Urn Movie
The Wolves[disambiguation needed] Movie
Wakeful Nights Movie
Zatoichi meets Yojimbo Movie
Zatoichi the Outlaw Movie

Dubbing[edit]

Dubbing[19][20]
Year Title Medium Dub producer Notes
1994 Bubblegum Crisis Show (8) Southwynde Studios
1994 Riding Bean Show (1) Southwynde Studios
1994 Bubblegum Crash Show (3) Southwynde Studios Alternate dub
1995 A.D. Police Files Show (3) Southwynde Studios Alternate dub
1995 BAOH: The Visitor Show (1) Coastal Studios
1995 Metal Skin Panic: MADOX-01 Show (1) Swirl Films Alternate dub
1995 Genesis Surviver Gaiarth Show (3) Swirl Films
1995 Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy Movie Coastal Studios AKA Rupan III: The Fuma Conspiracy
1995 Those Obnoxious Aliens Show (2/135) Southwynde Studios Only the first 2 episodes were dubbed

Also dubbed by Animax and BBC3

1996 Vampire Princess Miyu Show (4) Swirl Films Alternate dub
1996 Oh My Goddess! Show (5) Coastal Studios
1995 You're Under Arrest Show (4) Coastal Studios
1996 Battle Royal High School Show (1) Southwynde Studios
1996 Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring Show (1) Coastal Studios
1997 Crusher Joe: The Movie Movie Coastal Studios Alternate dub
1998 Crusher Joe: The OVAs Show (2) Coastal Studios
2002 You're Under Arrest Show (47) Coastal Studios
2003 Urusei Yatsura 1: Only You Movie Swirl Films
2003 You're Under Arrest Specials Show (12) Coastal Studios
2004 Urusei Yatsura 3: Remember My Love Movie Swirl Films
2004 Urusei Yatsura 4: Lum the Forever Movie Swirl Films
2004 Urusei Yatsura 5: The Final Chapter Movie Swirl Films
2005 Urusei Yatsura 6: Always My Darling Movie Swirl Films
2007 Ashura Movie Coastal Studios
2007 Shogun Assassin 3: Slashing Blades of Carnage Movie Coastal Studios
2008 Shogun Assassin 4: Five Fistfuls of Gold Movie Coastal Studios
2008 Shogun Assassin 5: Cold Road to Hell Movie Coastal Studios
2012 Growing Up With Hello Kitty Short (12/16) Coastal Studios 4 episodes were not dubbed

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Secret History of AnimEigo". AnimEigo. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "About Us". AnimEigo. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  3. ^ "MADOX-01 (Sub.VHS)". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  4. ^ "AnimEigo Celebrates 15 Years". Anime News Network. December 11, 2003. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  5. ^ "AnimEigo's Oh My Goddess Video Series License Expires". Anime News Network. February 4, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  6. ^ "AnimEigo Unable to License Rest of Yawara! Anime". Anime News Network. April 29, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  7. ^ @AnimEigo (August 8, 2012). "#Yawara going OOP on 8/31. 40 ep. box set for $19.95 + s&h while supplies last. Pass the word to #anime and #judo fans" (Tweet). Retrieved January 11, 2021 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "AnimEigo's Urusei Yatsura License Expires in September". Anime News Network. February 9, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
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  10. ^ "AnimEigo Starts Bubblegum Crisis Kickstarter Funding Campaign". Anime News Network. October 25, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  11. ^ "Bubblegum Crisis Blu-ray Kickstarter Meets Pledge Goal". Anime News Network. October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
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  14. ^ "Media Blasters Anime Titles to Expire on Hulu". Anime News Network. May 6, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  15. ^ "Bubblegum Crisis Collection VHS Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  16. ^ "Otaku no Video 1982 & 1985 Review". Anime News Network. January 20, 2002. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  17. ^ "Macross TV Boxset Review". Anime News Network. April 24, 2002. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  18. ^ "Rupan III: The Fuma Conspiracy DVD Review". Anime News Network. May 4, 2003. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  19. ^ a b "Liner Notes". AnimEigo. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  20. ^ a b "AnimEigo Liner Notes - Out of Print | AnimEigo". archive.animeigo.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.

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