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Media Blasters is an American producer, localizer, and distributor of genre media such as anime, manga, Japanese live-action and toku, and horror films (along with the occasional Western animation) based in New York City. It was founded by John Sirabella and Sam Liebowitz in 1997.

As far as the anime/manga market is concerned, despite managing to license several cash-cow series (Voltron/GoLion, Rurouni Kenshin, Ah! My Goddess, Bible Black), Media Blasters generally focused on more obscure series and never tried to expand as far as its competitors. (Meaning they didn't overextend themselves as much.)

Media Blasters have used several labels for its releases:

  • Anime Works — anime and manga.
  • Kitty MediaHentai. Has a tendency to use Parallel Porn Titles.
  • Tokyo Shock — Japanese live-action, including Toku.
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  • Shriek Show — Obscure horror and exploitation.
  • Guilty PleasuresSo Bad, It's Good B-movies.

After the anime crash of 2008, they weren't doing too well. On January 10, 2012, it announced it was going freelance and had already laid off 60% of its employees, leaving the actual body of the company comprised of five or six people. A few years afterward, the company also announced their DVDs would now be manufactured on an on-demand DVD-R format (though their Blu-rays will remain commercially pressed). Now surviving mostly on legacy titles and heavily relying upon their hentai releases, post-2008 and particularly after 2012 it became a running theme in anime circles for people to predict that the company would announce its closure "next month". To this day, however, the company is still around, albeit releasing titles at a very, very slow frequency. Hentai titles are basically the only thing the company releases nowadays, as the licenses to most of their non-hentai titles have either expired or sat on—and it's very telling how said hentai titles are what's plastered on the front page of their website.


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Alternative Title(s): Anime Works, Kitty Media


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