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.
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.
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
Geneon Universal Entertainment (Formerly Pioneer LDC)
Hakuhodo DY Media Partners
Japan Home Video (JHV)
King Records (Starchild label)
Nihon Ad Systems
Soft On Demand (SOD)
Some of the US Anime Companies that are License holders:
Aniplex of America (owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan)
Miramax Films (previously owned by Disney until 2010 when it was acquired by Filmyard Holdings)
Manga Entertainment (bought by Anchor Bay Entertainment in 2005)
NIS America (American subsidiary of Nippon Ichi Software software company)
Ponycan USA (American subsidiary of Pony Canyon)
Right Stuf Inc. (Main distribution subdivision rebranded “Nozomi Entertainment” in 2007 with “Lucky Penny” following along)
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
Bandai Entertainment (owned by Namco Bandai)
Bandai Visual USA
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)
Kadokawa Pictures USA
U.S. Renditions (A subsidiary of Books Nippan, defunct mid-1990s)
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.
- List of Anime Companies
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: