Bootleg Guide – Posters and Wall Scrolls

Known OFFICIAL Poster and Wall Scroll Companies

All official wall scrolls, fabric posters, posters, and prints will have the logos and stamps of the official company who holds the current rights for distribution of an item. LOOK FOR THE COPYRIGHT!! For example. Tenchi Muyo series originally was distributed in the USA by Pioneer/Geneon and then later on Funimation acquired the rights. Merchandise from the series would mainly be from Great Eastern, but some did have the Movic logo on them as well.

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With wall scrolls and fabric posters, it’s pretty easy for the most part to spot the fakes. Series from the 90’s and earlier can prove tricky to verify if real or not. But after the 90’s is very easy. All wall scrolls will have the logos and rights holder info stamped somewhere in one of the corners. If it does not have it, then it’s a warning to stay away. No copyright, don’t buy, unless you don’t mind owning a fake.  If you’ve ever seen a real wall scroll and felt it, it’s a nice silk like fabric and is thin. Fakes are generally too thick on the fabric and are rough feeling, a poorer quality all around. The other big sign is the image quality. They should be crispy with no blurring of the detail lines or fuzzy looking like an over stretched image. Wall scrolls are meant to be high quality, not printed off a cheap computer printer.

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As you can see from the images, it will always be there.

Great Eastern Entertainment (GE) – main producer for US wall scrolls and fabric posters
Animax
Aniplex
Avex
Bandai Visual
BROCCOLI
Dentsu
Geneon Universal Entertainment (Formerly Pioneer LDC)
Genco
Hakuhodo DY Media Partners
Japan Home Video (JHV)
Kadokawa Shoten
King Records (Starchild label)
KSS
Movic
Nihon Ad Systems
Pony Canyon
Square Enix
Soft On Demand (SOD)
Toho
VAP
Victor Entertainment
Viz Media

Some of the US Anime Companies that are License holders:
AnimEigo
Anime Midstream
Aniplex of America (owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan)
Discotek Media
Disney
Miramax Films (previously owned by Disney until 2010 when it was acquired by Filmyard Holdings[2])
Funimation Entertainment
Manga Entertainment (bought by Anchor Bay Entertainment in 2005)
Media Blasters
NIS America (American subsidiary of Nippon Ichi Software software company)
Ponycan USA (American subsidiary of Pony Canyon)
Sentai Filmworks
Right Stuf Inc. (Main distribution subdivision rebranded “Nozomi Entertainment” in 2007 with “Lucky Penny” following along)
Saban Brands
Sony Pictures Television International/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Viz Media (wned jointly by Shogakukan and Shueisha, of Japan, but it is run independently)

Defunct/No Longer Exist, but products were produced with these companies
4Kids Productions
ADV Films
AN Entertainment
Anime Sols
Bandai Entertainment (owned by Namco Bandai)
Bandai Visual USA
Beez Entertainment
Central Park Media
US Manga Corps (part of Central Park Media)
Family Home Entertainment (renamed Artisan Entertainment) in the 1990s, then acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment in 2003).
Geneon Entertainment (formerly “Pioneer Entertainment”)
Go Fish Pictures (subsidiary of DreamWorks)
Illumitoon Entertainment
Kadokawa Pictures USA
Manga Distribution
Saban Entertainment
Streamline Pictures
Synch-Point
U.S. Renditions (A subsidiary of Books Nippan, defunct mid-1990s)
Tokyopop

Greg Ayres is a heavy advocate against Bootlegs. Check out part of one of his Bootleg panels. This one was at Bakuretsu Con 2010 where he is discussing about posters, cards, and plush.

Some guides on how to spot the fakes and tell the difference. More are listed at the bottom of the main Bootleg Info Guide article in the resources/references section.

 

Just because it has the shows logo on it, does not make it official. Look for that Copyright info!  Be aware on purchasing wallscrolls from ebay and amazon. Be sure to purchase from official merchandise locations, http://hras.studiojab.com/where-to-find-merchandise/

Examples of bootlegs:

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