Avex Pictures, the production company behind anime hits such as Yuri!!! On Ice and Mr. Osomatsu, is clamping down on exports of their DVD, Blu-ray and CD titles, according to an email sent to customers by retailer CDJapan. This new restriction will come into effect from 6:00pm Japan Time on 15 February 2017 (9:00am GMT).
Tanuki Bridge has independently verified the email, which states:
We are sending this notification to customers who have recently purchased anime titles.
Unfortunately, Avex Pictures, the publisher of popular anime titles such as “Yuri!!! on Ice” and “Osomatsu-san” and others is restricting exports of Blu-ray, DVD, and CD titles.
This restriction has been applied to all online shops within Japan, including CDJapan.
In accordance to the restriction, majority of titles published by Avex Pictures will become unavailable for shipment outside of Japan as of the following time.
Restriction begins to apply at:
6:00PM (Japan Time UTC+9) on February 15, 2017
After the above indicated time, it will no longer be available for any order to be shipped outside of Japan.
To clarify which items will be restricted, the following indication will be displayed right on the product page.
ATTENTION!!! This product will no longer be available for any order to be shipped outside of Japan starting at 6:00PM (Japan Time UTC+9) on February 15, 2017
However, all existing orders as well as all orders placed BEFORE the above indicated time will be shipped normally.
For a tentative list of titles affected by this news, you can view Avex Pictures’ filmography on their AnimeNewsNetwork page. Both Yuri!!! On Ice and Mr. Osomatsu are currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll.
Credit to Matthew A. Powell for the tip.