Bandai Entertainment Acquires Stranger (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
The North American anime distributor Bandai Entertainment has announced its acquisition of Sword of the Stranger (Stranger - Mukoh Hadan), the latest theatrical film from the acclaimed animation studio BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist, RahXephon, Soul Eater) at FanimeCon Friday. The film will be released theatrically on July 18, and standard DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases are planned for this samurai film. Stranger's director Masahiro Ando will be attending this year's Anime Expo. Bandai Entertainment representative Robert Napton also confirmed the Bandai Namco Holdings announcement that Bandai Visual USA will be folded into Bandai Entertainment, although the Honneamise label will be retained.
Update: Bandai Entertainment clarified that the Honneamise label will be retained in Japan for releases in next-generation disc formats, but not neccessarily outside Japan. The original Bandai Visual press release also noted this point.