Shout! Factory, Anime Limited Announce Deal to Bring ‘Bartender’ to Blu-ray, Digital Home Entertainment Platforms

Shout! Factory and U.K. animation distributor Anime Limited Sept. 4 announced a new North American distribution partnership for the popular anime series “Bartender.”

Based on the best-selling Japanese manga books by Araki Joh, “Bartender” was adapted into an anime series in 2006 and a live-action Japanese television drama in 2011. The anthology series was directed by Masaki Watanabe, written by Yasushiro Imagawa, and produced by Palm Studios.

This multiyear distribution deal provides Shout! Factory with distribution rights to “Bartender,” including digital, video-on-demand, broadcast and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in the United States and Canada.

Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited, plans to bring the anime series to the home entertainment marketplace in early 2021, with a special 15th anniversary multi-disc collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc set, and a digital launch across major entertainment platforms.

“We’ve been enjoying our ongoing collaboration and couldn’t be more excited about this new opportunity with Anime Limited,” said Melissa Boag, SVP of family entertainment at Shout! Factory. “This truly unique and highly entertaining anime series is a very exciting addition to our anime library. We look forward to bringing the ‘Bartender’  collector’s edition to fans and collectors in North America.”

“Bartender” is centered on a bartending prodigy named Ryū Sasakura (voiced by Takahiro Mizushima) known for his spectacular cocktails. He opens his own bar, the Eden Hall, in downtown Tokyo, which soon becomes a gathering spot for customers who share their troubles and seek advice from the young bartender as they indulge in his “Glass of Gods” — the right drink for whichever situation they happen to find themselves in.


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