Aniplex USA (AKA Aniplex of America) is the American division of the Japanese anime and music producing company Aniplex
. It was established in 2005 and it recently began to release more and more titles, some of them being expensive Japanese import Blu-rays. It's also produced several English dubs in association with Bang Zoom! Entertainment
Titles distributed by Aniplex USA:
Tropes associated with Aniplex USA:
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: They're rather fond of using bonus content as a way to jack up the price of their DVDs to obscene levels - usually around $80-$90 for a twelve-episode show and $140-$150 for a 24 episode show.
- However, nothing comes close to their imported Blu-ray edition of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which was sold for $550 for a 27 episode series and two movies!
- They're now creating their own domestic release of the Blu-ray set, individual Special Edition volumes, $50 ($60 if not bought through their preferred online retailer), 5 episodes a disc, no Vanilla Edition.
- They topped themselves again with Kill la Kill, which features a single four-episode volume with an MSRP of $76 (Though through their retailer of choice Right Stuf they even out to $60.) The Vanilla Edition Blu-ray is still $40 for the same amount of episodes and the DVD is still a crazy $30.
- No Dub for You: A lot of their titles are sub only, but, unlike NIS America (at least until March 2014), it doesn't completely refuse to do so, and do release some titles with English dubs (if that weren't the case, Sword Art Online and Blue Exorcist would not have been able to air on Toonami).
- It's also a bit justified. Most of the titles they have are either too niche (i.e. Silver Spoon and Nisekoi), too otaku-pandering (i.e. Oreimo), or too difficult to dub properly (i.e. Bakemonogatari). That being said, their dubbing strategy is best describe as "dub only big and popular titles that will net us good profit and might have a decent chance in Toonami" (like Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist, and Kill la Kill). Also, unlike Sentai Filmworks, they are least likely re-release titles with dubs and they are least likely to dub romantic comedies and dramas.