An American division of the Japanese publishing company Shogakukan. Also known as Viz Communications. They are an anime
distrubuitor in the United States, founded in 1987.
Notable titles include Ranma 1/2
, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
(manga), and Key the Metal Idol
. They are known for varible translation practices, from the excellent dub for key and the (according to nausicaa.net
) accurate translation of Nausicaa
to needlesly editing Maison Ikkoku
and messing with Ranma
. They tend to be a lot better than ADV
or (the now out of the market) Streamline Video
Also watch for Jin-Roh
which is going to be released by them and Bandai
in Spring 2001!