Kazé is a French publishing company that specializes in anime and manga. Its head office is in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Founded in 1994, the company debuted by publishing Chronicles of Lodoss War on VHS.
|Type||Distributor of anime and manga|
|Founded||21 September 1994|
|Products||DVDs of anime, manga volumes, theatrical anime films|
|Parent||Viz Media Europe (2009-2020)|
|Subsidiaries||Anime Digital Network|
After 15 years, Kaze became Kazé in 2010, in hopes that the addition of an accent allowed for a better pronunciation of its name. It published numerous series of Japanese animations in French and became one of the largest independent publishers of video and manga in Europe.
In 2005, Kazé launched its music label, Wasabi Records, specializing in J-Pop. In the last few years, the company has diversified its activities by publishing Japanese animated feature films, such as Appleseed, Origin and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. In 2007, Kazé released Shinobi, its first live-action film, to theaters in France, and in July 2009, Kazé launched its own television channel, KZTV (Kazé TV), devoted to anime.
Prior to the purchase, the company's manga was published under the Asuka imprint. Since January 2010, only yaoi titles have been released under the Asuka imprint; the majority of titles were moved to the company's new Kaze imprint, including later volumes of non-yaoi series started under the Asuka imprint. Asuka's current licenses include a broad spectrum of manga: popular shōnen and shōjo series such as After School Nightmare, more mature seinen and josei titles such as Bokurano, and classic manga such as Black Jack and works by Osamu Tezuka. They also publish a number of yaoi and yuri titles, including a French edition of Be x Boy magazine.
In May 2012, Cedric Littardi, the founder and long-time head of the company, announced his departure.
In 2012, the French company has received criticism from Italy regarding the publication of Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (series OVA), Mardock Scramble: the First Compression, and Children Who Chase Lost Voices. Instead of giving the job to an Italian dubbing studio, as with previous releases, Kazé opted for a French dubbing studio named Wantake, which used amateur voice actors of Italian-French nationality. The resulting performance was regarded as poor. Criticism was also directed towards the menu systems on the DVDs, which featured inaccurate translations. On Amazon.com, titles have received numerous negative reviews owing to these perceived failings, and the company was flooded with negative comments via Twitter and Facebook.
Anime published in UK
- Bakuman (Sub-only release)
- Berserk: The Golden Age Arc
- Black Lagoon
- Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail
- Bleach (Movies 3 and 4, and Memories of Nobody)
- Code Geass (Both seasons)
- Future Diary
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (Season 1 only)
- Mardock Scramble
- Mawaru Panguindrum
- Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
- One Punch Man
- Persona 4 The Animation
- Princess Jellyfish
- Tiger and Bunny
- Trigun: Badlands Rumble
- World Conquest Zvezda Plot
Anime published in Germany
Anime published in Spain
Anime published in Italy
Kazé Anime Nights
Films of Kazé Anime Nights and Asia Nights 2018
|Tokyo Ghoul||February 2, 2018|
|Tokyo Ghoul||February 27, 2018|
|The Virgin Psychics||March 2, 2018|
|Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter||March 27, 2018|
|100 Yen Love||April 6, 2018|
|Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess||April 24, 2018|
|Death Note: Light Up the New World||May 4, 2018|
|Detective Conan Episode One||May 29, 2018|
|Persona Non Grata||June 1, 2018|
|Attack on Titan Movie Part 3||June 26, 2018|
|A Day||July 6, 2018|
|Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry||July 31, 2018|
|Corpse Party||August 3, 2018|
|Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic||August 28, 2018|
|Lu over the Wall||September 25, 2018|
|Night Is Short, Walk On Girl||October 30, 2018|
Films of Kazé Anime Nights 2019
|Dragon Ball Super: Broly||January 29, 2019|
|Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me||February 26, 2019|
|My Hero Academia: Two Heroes||March 26, 2019|
|The adventures of young Sinbad||April 30, 2019|
|Mirai||May 28, 2019|
|Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer||June 25, 2019|
|Dragon Ball Super: Broly||July 30, 2019|
|Okko's Inn||August 27, 2019|
|Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie||August 27, 2019|
|One Piece: Stampede||September 24, 2019|
|Penguin Highway||October 29, 2019|
- "Mentions Légales." Kazé. Retrieved on June 6, 2017. "le siège social est situé : 14 Bd Haussmann 75009 Paris France. "
- Rice, Brad. "Viz does Eurotrip: Parent companies acquire Kaze and Anime Virtual". Japanator. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
- "Nuovi doppiaggi Kazé: l'ira dei fan" (in Italian). AnimeClick.it. 2012-07-15.
- "Black Rose Alice". manga-news.com (in French). Retrieved December 11, 2014.
- "KAZÉ | KAZÉ Anime Nights". 2019-09-23. Archived from the original on 2019-09-23. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
- "KAZÉ Anime Nights 2018". www.kaze-online.de. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
- "KAZÉ Movie lädt zu asiatischen Kinonächten ein". www.kaze-online.de. Retrieved 2019-09-23.