Bandai Visual USA Launches Dot-Anime Web Site for Anime Fans In North America
English version of successful Japanese anime site to offer everything for the anime enthusiast and more
TORRANCE, Calif., July 20, 2007 – Bandai Visual USA Inc., a leading innovator in Japanese animation, today announced it has launched dot-anime (www.dot-anime.us), a site dedicated to bringing anime directly to fans via the Internet.
dot-anime is a North American version of the successful Japanese site www.dot-anime.com, where anime fans can watch more than 400 titles and 4,000 episodes of anime, download thousands of anime songs and purchase anime DVDs and CDs.
dot-anime will highlight such popular titles from Bandai Visual USA franchises as “Patlabor The Movie,” “Gunbuster,” “Wings of Rean,” “Demon Prince Enma,” “Galaxy Angel Rune,” and the recently released HD DVD/DVD Twin Format DVD “Freedom.”
The site will also offer information, sweepstakes and other promotions. Anime fans who register on the site before August 1, 2007, will be eligible to win an HD DVD player and collectible items signed by noted anime creators, as well as 200 bonus points as part of a point-prize program on the site.
Anime enthusiasts can purchase Bandai Visual USA and Broccoli DVDs, Broccoli books and manga, apparel and character merchandise on the site. Periodically, consumers who make purchases on the site will receive exclusive Dot-Anime gifts-with-purchase.
The site has launched its initial phase, with multimedia content expected to be added this fall.
Bandai Visual USA Inc. (www.bandaivisual.us) was established in 2005 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai Visual Co., Ltd., a leading company in animation industry in Japan, with a mission to facilitate stronger, more active involvement in positioning, marketing and distribution of Bandai Visual programs in North America. From its base in Torrance, California, Bandai Visual USA has started marketing and distributing Japanese anime titles in 2006, under the concept of Bandai Visual's business model which has been successful in Japan for many years. Bandai Visual USA will expand its business enthusiastically by releasing “authentic Japanese” products with a tight relationship with its parent company and affiliates. Bandai Visual USA titles on DVD and next generation media are released under its Honneamise label, named after the 1987 animation film that Bandai Visual first produced.