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One of the first American Anime companies, which started (as most early companies) with fans, in this case Robert Woodhead (co-creator of Wizardry) and Roe Adams. They started with Madox 01, back in the VHS tape era, and their first really big title was Bubblegum Crisis. They are well known for releasing classic anime, much of which wasn't classic when they first started selling it.

The company remained more like a fan-run company than some others, releasing all of Urusei Yatsura (except for the second movie). The company is fondly remembered by many old time fans, especially for being one of the strongholds of subtitled releases in the bad old days of Subbing Versus Dubbing. (Fan snark would have it that their dubs weren't that good - but their dub of You're Under Arrest is seen even in Japan as being better than the original.) Its releases also included lovingly detailed translators' notes, frequently including translated song lyrics and miscellaneous trivia.

It still exists, but never adapted well to anime becoming big business and seldom releases anime any more, concentrating on Japanese live action samurai films.

See their official website at

The company's name is a portmanteau of "Anime" and "Eigo"(英語) -- the Japanese word for the English language. The company was Exactly What It Says on the Tin.

Works licensed by AnimEigo include:



  • 13 Assassins (1963)
  • The Blind Menace
  • Bushido
  • The Dagger of Kamui
  • Eleven Samurai
  • Graveyard of Honor
  • The Great Killing
  • The Loyal 47 Ronin
  • Onimasa
  • Revenge (1964)
  • Samurai Vendetta
  • The Secret of the Urn
  • Shinobi no Mono
  • Shinsengumi Chronicles
  • Sleepy Eyes of Death
  • Sword of Desperation
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