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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: "*" = has a dub

Aniplex USA provides examples of:

  • Darker and Edgier: Aniplex has released titles written by Gen Urobuchi.
  • Executive Meddling: Before Aniplex USA was established in 2010, many of the shows the Japanese branch produced beforehand (or in the early 2010's) were licensed by either Funimation or Sentai Filmworks such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Baccano!, Darker Than Black, Black Butler, Angel Beats!, Inu × Boku SS, and Persona 4: The Animation. While Aniplex initially allowed these companies to continue their distribution of these shows, starting in 2016 they refused to allow Funimation to renew their licenses. That being said, with Funimation being acquired by Sony Pictures, many of their titles are available in Funimation's streaming service (as Aniplex is owned by Sony).
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Many of their older releases have started going out of print as of recently. They have responded to this however by releasing complete collections for Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Durarara!!, and re-printing the standard edition DVD releases for Fate/Zero. However releases such as the Blu-ray of Baccano! have not seen a reprint.
  • 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.
  • Lighter and Softer: They released Your Lie in April, which is their first non-action series to get a dub.
  • No Dub for You: A lot of their titles are sub only, but, unlike NIS America (at least prior to March 2014) and Nozomi Entertainment, they don'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). Many of the titles they dub are either big name action titles or anime with Gen Urobuchi's name on it. Also, unlike fellow companies such as Funimation, Sentai Filmworks or NIS America, they are the least likely to re-release titles with dubs (Blue Exorcist being an exception to this). Also, they are least likely to dub romantic comedies and dramas, that was until Your Lie in April, which was noted to be the first non-action title to get an English dub from Aniplex USA.
  • No Export for You: The fate of some of the more obscure shows in their catalog. There are many shows they've had licensed for years but have never seen the light of day on a home video release and are only available via streaming.
    • Canadians has it worse since they never exported any of their series outside of streaming services like Netflix. Meaning that if you want a physical copy of Sword Art Online, you have to pay extra for shipping.
  • Production Posse: Almost all of their English dubs are produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment. The exceptions have been:
    • Kiznaiver, dubbed by The Ocean Group in Canada as Crunchyroll was on the show's production committee with control over the localisation whilst AoA only had disc rights.
    • Persona 5 The Animation, handled by the game's dubbing studio PCB Productions to retain the cast.
    • And their new relationship with Funimation meaning certain titles will be dubbed by them in the future (Darwin's Game and Kaguya-sama being among the first).
  • Screwed by the Network: Beginning in 2016, Aniplex USA decided not to have Funimation renew their shows.
  • Start My Own: In a departure for many Japanese production companies, Aniplex decided to form their own American branch in order to keep their Western distributions in-house. This resulted in Funimation and later Sentai Filmworks losing the rights to several titles note  that they previously dubbed and distributed.


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