Bandai Namco Filmworks Acquires 8bit Studios

Key points for the Bandai Namco Filmworks 8bit acquisition:

  • Bandai Namco Filmworks (BNF) officially announced the acquisition of 8bit Studio as a wholly-owned subsidiary, effective from April 1, 2024.
  • Despite the acquisition, 8bit will maintain its current management structure, ensuring continuity in their operations under the Bandai Namco umbrella.
  • The deal suggests exciting possibilities for future anime projects, with expectations of increased budgets and production levels, as seen in the example of “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” potentially reaching the quality of the successful “Blue Lock.”

Bandai Namco Filmworks Inc. previously and still famously known as Sunrise Inc. is the anime production label owned by of course, Bandai Namco Holdings. Not to be confused with the animation studio, Sunrise. And yes, Sunrise Studio does come under this label as well. And now, they have added another animation studio to their roster. That being 8bit. Bandai Namco and 8bit had been working together for a few years now and their most successful and recent outing was Blue Lock. We all know how good that ended up being.

8bit is also the studio behind The Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime series. But if you remember, that anime doesn’t have as good of a production as Blue Lock. That is because it isn’t backed by Bandai Namco like Blue Lock is. There are a lot of interesting implications of this deal and that is what I want to talk about today.

But first, let’s get over the news. Then we will get into the interesting part. So let’s get started.

About the Bandai Namco Filmworks and 8bit Deal

Bandai Namco Filmworks announced Friday (1st March) that they will be acquiring 8bit Studio as a wholly-owned subsidiary. This change will take full effect starting the new financial year from 1st April 2024. 8bit has confirmed that they will be retaining their current management structure even after the change. BNF of course, went through with this deal to strengthen their catalog of IPs and to have more animation studios at their disposal.

The interesting implications of this deal

I have already given you one big example. The biggest IP under 8bit currently is the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime series. And I am pretty sure that Bandai Namco is aware of its popularity. Season 3 is well on its way to release so I don’t think much will be different there. But imagine Season 4 onwards of that show getting a budget and production level of Blue Lock. Imagine how awesome that would be.

Another interesting IP under 8bit is The Irregular at Magic High School. While I don’t think it has the potential of the Slime anime, it’d still be interesting to see a season of that show get a high budget. Again, Season 3 is well on its way to release so it won’t be much different from Season 2 but later seasons could really benefit from this anime. 8 bit is a good studio as is but getting the backing from Bandai Namco in pretty much every project is huge. Also, imagine some of Bandai Namco’s existing IPs being animated by 8bit. Wouldn’t that be insane as well?

That is all for now!

I usually don’t cover news stories like these but the implications of this deal are too sweet not to talk about. I think in the long run this deal will be beneficial to both 8bit and Bandai Namco Filmworks. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!

Also, check out my review for Frieren here. I worked really hard on it.

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