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Kadokawa Corporation (株式会社KADOKAWA Kabushiki-gaisha Kadokawa), formerly Kadokawa Holdings and Kadokawa Group Holdings, is a subsidiary of Kadokawa Dwango Corporation, and is the parent company of the Kadokawa Group companies, which brings together several affiliated companies related to Kadokawa Shoten. In addition to being the parent company of Media Factory, foreign distributor of the anime Soul Eater, Kadokawa itself is foreign distributor for the anime Soul Eater NOT!

History

The company was founded on April 2, 1954 as Kadokawa Shoten. It was renamed to Kadokawa Holdings on April 1, 2003, transferring the existing publishing businesses to Kadokawa Shoten Publishing. The company was again renamed to Kadokawa Group Holdings on July 1, 2006. The company inherited the management and integration businesses within Kadokawa Shoten Publishing in January 2007. The magazine businesses were transferred to the Kadokawa Magazine Group. The company was renamed to Kadokawa Corporation on June 22, 2013. On October 1, 2013, nine companies in the Kadokawa Group were merged into Kadokawa Corporation. Eight of them operate now as brand companies. Kadokawa Production was dissolved and integrated into the General IP Business Headquarters.[1][2]

On May 14, 2014, it was announced that Kadokawa Corporation and Dwango, the owner of Niconico, would merge on October 1, 2014, and form the new holding company Kadokawa Dwango. Both Kadokawa and Dwango became subsidiaries of the new company.[3][4]

Subsidiaries

Kadokawa Corporation serves to bring together several affiliated Japanese companies related to Kadokawa Shoten under what is known as the Kadokawa Group.[5] These companies are of three types: publishing, film and visuals, and cross media. The publishers primarily deal with books, bunkobon paperbacks, manga, and visual media magazines;[6] the film and visual companies deal with Japanese feature films and DVD sales of international films and anime;[7] the cross media companies deal with digital content, urban information and television program information magazines, along with information transmission combining paper media, the Internet, and mobile phones.[8] Other aspects of the group are handled by the other business segment which primarily takes care of video games, real estate leasing, and comprises an advertising agency.[9]

Brand companies

  • ASCII Media Works
  • Chukei Publishing Company
  • Enterbrain
  • Fujimi Shobo
  • Kadokawa Gakugei Shuppan Publishing
  • Kadokawa Magazines
  • Kadokawa Shoten
  • Media Factory

Manga and Publishing (distribution)

Distribution

  • Building Book Center
  • Chara-ani Corporation
  • Bookwalker
  • NTT Prime Square

Distribution through Media Factory

  • Monthly Comic Alive
  • MF Bunko J.
  • Comic Flapper
  • Monthly Comic Gene

Editing

  • Production Ace
  • eb Creative

Film

  • Kadokawa Daiei Studio
  • Japan Film Fund

Glovision Nihon Eiga Satellite Broadcasting Group media[edit] K.Sense Movie Time Kadokawa Media House Movie Ticket Kids Net T Gate Docomo Anime Store Smile Edge

Overseas

  • Kadokawa Holdings US
  • Kadokawa Holdings US in Hong Kong
  • Kadokawa Intercontinental Publishing (Asia): 70% stake subsidiary
  • Kadokawa Intercontinental Group Holdings
  • Kadokawa Media (Taiwan)
  • Taiwan Animate
  • Guangzhou Tianwen Kadokawa Animation and Comics
  • Sun Wah Kadokawa

Others

  • ATX
  • FromSoftware[11]
  • Kadokawa ASCII Research Laboratories
  • Kadokawa Games

Manga and Anime Franchises

Through Kadokawa Shoten and ASCII Media Works, its manga publications include Cowboy Bebop, Deadman Wonderland, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sgt. Frog, Tenchi Muyo!, A Certain Magical Index, and Spice and Wolf, all of which have been adapted into anime distributed by Funimation.

In addition to distributing Soul Eater (through Media Factory) and Soul Eater NOT!, Kadokawa also distributes to Funimation Baka and Test, Highschool DxD, and School Rumble, all through Media Factory. Other anime distributed through Kadokawa to Funimation are Full Metal Panic and Spice and Wolf.

Video Games

Through Kadokawa Shoten, Kadokawa has published and developed numerous video games, including Steins;Gate and Lollipop Chainsaw.

References

  1. "Kadokawa to Merge 9 Subsidiaries Into 1 Company". Anime News Network. March 28, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  2. "Notice of Absorption-Type Merger of Consolidated Subsidiaries and Partial Amendments to the Trade Name and the Articles of Incorporation" (PDF). Kadokawa Corporation. March 28, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  3. Schilling, Mark (May 14, 2014). "Kadokawa and Dwango to Merge". Variety. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  4. "Publisher Kadokawa, Internet firm Dwango complete merger". The Japan Times. October 1, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  5. グループ会社一覧 [Group Company Summary] (in Japanese). Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  6. "Publishing businesses under Kadokawa Group Holdings". Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved November 21, 2009.
  7. "Movie/Visual businesses under Kadokawa Group Holdings". Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved November 21, 2009. Jump up ^
  8. "Cross media businesses under Kadokawa Group Holdings". Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved November 21, 2009.
  9. "Other businesses under Kadokawa Group Holdings". Kadokawa Group Holdings. Retrieved November 21, 2009.

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