Daran Culture Enterprise

Kanji name: 大然開發文化事業股份有限公司
Foundation date: 1987-09-09
Mailing address: 12F, No.48, Sec.2, Chung-Ching N. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan. R.O.C.
About:
Once the largest manga licensee and publisher in Taiwan, Daran had had more than 200 full-time employees and printed more than 1.5 million copies per month in its heyday in 1990s. However, incorrect business moves e.g. overextension and falling behind payment due days brought its downfall.
(2003-03) Sued by Shueisha for failure to pay license royalties on time. Other Japanese publishers followed suit, retracting licenses and severed contacts.
(2003-03-31) Daran declared bankruptcy.
(2003-05-03) Shueisha and Tong Li held a joint press conference, transferring three popular Shōnen Jump titles: Hikaru no Go, One Piece, and Yu-Gi-Oh!, among other titles formerly licensed by Daran, to Tong Li. Soon most Daran titles were transferred to other licensees.
(2003-08-22) Shogakukan signed a memorandum with Daran: all licenses would expire at the end of August 2003, but Shogakukan gave Daran a six-month grace period to clean up stocks.
(2004-01) With the deadline of the grace period drew near, Daran still could not give Shogakukan exact numbers of remaining volumes and the clear amount of unpaid royalty. Shogakukan held a press conference and transferred its popular titles (e.g. Inuyasha) to other companies.
All licenses listed on this page have long expired, but many volumes are still circulating in used bookstores and auction websites.
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Anime which this company has licensed:
Alpen Rose (manga)

Ami! Nonstop (manga) (銀色舞台)

Anata ni Tsunagaretai (manga) (expired)

Atashi wa Bambi (manga) (班比甘芭茶)

Baby & Me (manga) (1993)

Baby Love (manga)

Bara no Tame ni (manga) (薔薇之戀)

Binetsu Shōjo (manga)

Bremen (manga)

Buzzer Beater (manga)

Ceres: Celestial Legend (manga)

Chacha The Little Red Riding Hood (manga)

Chibi Maruko-chan (manga)

Chicago (manga)

Cinema no Teikoku (manga) (影后之舞)

Devil & Devil (manga)

Epotrans! MAI (manga)

F. COMPO (manga)

Fancy Lala (manga)

Fruits Basket (manga) (幻影天使 volumes 1-11 only)

Fuhōshi Mandala Den Karasu (manga)

Fukigen na Aibu (manga)

Gallery Fake (manga) (王牌鑑定人, revoked)

(The) Girl is Attracted to Basilis (manga)

Gomen Asobase! (manga)

H2 (manga) (expired)

Handsome Girl (manga)

Haou Airen (manga) (vol. 1-5 only)

Hikaru no Go (manga) (棋靈王)

Hyper Baby (manga)

Inuyasha (manga) (vol. 1-22)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (manga)

Jungle Wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu (manga)

Kagerou-Nostalgia (manga)

Kare First Love (manga) (volumes 1-4, cancelled)

Kimishika Iranai (manga)

Mind Game (manga by A. Shiina)

(The) Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok (manga) (2002)

Neighborhood Story (manga) (芳鄰同盟會)

Nemurenai Yoru o Kazoete (manga)

Nemuri Hime Age (manga) (夢醒女孩, 1998-9)

Noodle Shop Affair (manga)

One More Jump (manga)

One Piece (manga) (revoked)

Oshaberi na Amadeus (manga)

Otohime Connection (manga)

Otoko Ōzora (manga) (15 volumes)

Otoko-gumi (manga)

Phantom Thief Jeanne (manga)

Pocket Monsters (manga)

Princess Nine - Kisaragijoshikou Yakyuubu (manga)

Purple Eyes in the Dark (manga)

Rookies (manga) (教頭當家)

Sailor Moon (manga)

Sanninme ga Kieta (manga)

She's Kids! (manga)

Shizukanaru Don - Yakuza Side Story (manga) (vol. 1-65)

Slam Dunk (manga) (forfeited)

Songs to Make You Smile (manga)

Teens Blues (manga) (花心男朋友)

Tokyo Babylon (manga) (volume 7 only)

Tokyo Juliet (manga) (東京茱麗葉 vol. 1-8)

Tonde Būrin (manga)

Tottemo! Luckyman (manga)

Tsuki ni Kiss no Hanataba o (manga)

Tsumi ni Nureta Futari (manga) (禁忌的戀人 volumes 1-14)

Umi no Yami, Tsuki no Kage (manga)

Zombie Powder (manga)

Zone (manga by S. Hosoma)

Anime with which this company was otherwise involved:
(Chinese (Taiwan) version)
Vision of the Other Side (Taiwanese manga) : Publisher

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