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Rumors are circulating pointing to the bankruptcy of animation studio Manglobe. They originated from a series of tweets by animation director Snipes (also known as Toshio Kobayashi), some of which have since been deleted.

The tweets by Snipes mentioned the studio's bankruptcy, resulting in his sudden unemployment and unpaid salary. He had been working on Manglobe's upcoming film Gyakusatsu Kikan, an adaptation of the novel by Keikaku Itou. That film is scheduled for release on November 13, 2015.

Scriptwriter Shigeru Morita and animation director Hideto Komori also wrote tweets expressing concern. While neither mentioned Manglobe specifically, Komori has worked at the studio for more than 10 years as an animator and indicated that a certain website has gone inactive. Manglobe's official website currently returns a 403 Forbidden error.

Manglobe was founded in 2002 by former Sunrise producers Shinichirou Kobayashi and Takashi Kouchiyama. In its early years, the studio became known for its original works, such as Samurai Champloo (2004), Ergo Proxy (2006), and Michiko to Hatchin (2008).

With the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008, Manglobe ceased production of original anime. In 2009, it followed the rising trend of light novel adaptations and produced Seiken no Blacksmith. It continued animating adaptations and did not produce another original anime until Samurai Flamenco in 2013.

Further tweets by Hiyori Akishino, who worked as a prop designer for Manglobe's adaptation of Hayate no Gotoku! Can't Take My Eyes Off You (2012) and Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties (2013), raised concerns about the studio's work. Akishino claims that her team was treated poorly during the production of both series and was not compensated with the proceeds from the English localization.

After a quiet 2014, the studio published job openings for the positions of production desk and production assistant in March 2015. Manglobe's most recent TV anime work, Gangsta., ended broadcast last week.

Source: Kai-You, Hachima Kikou, Yaraon


Update October 1
Anime! Anime! Biz has confirmed that Manglobe entered bankruptcy proceedings on September 29. The report indicates that the studio had been insolvent for some time, and it had considered options such as debt consolidation before deciding to file for bankruptcy in court.

Animation work had been continuing up until the studio filed for bankruptcy, including production on Gyakusatsu Kikan. No specific plans were announced, but reassigning work on the film to another company will likely result in an adjustment of schedules.

The report also predicts that Manglobe's bankruptcy will likely cause a stir in the anime industry. Although the number of works produced domestically continues to increase, it has become more difficult to find a primary contractor for animation production. Production staff and animators are becoming limited, and production schedules often collapse. There have been instances where actual production costs exceeded the original budget.

Teikoku Databank reports that Manglobe's revenue for calendar year 2013 was 1,017 million yen. However, that figure fell by more than one-half to 460 million yen in 2014 as a result of competition within the industry. Cash flow has remained tight this year, and business was not predicted to improve. The studio is estimated to have a debt of 350 million yen.

Source: Anime! Anime! Biz, Teikoku Databank
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RIP, thanks for making Samurai Champloo
 
 
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Is that why Gansta's quality seemed to have dropped in the later episodes?

(Or so I've heard).
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Well, time to give Gangsta. to another studio.
Or just let it die with that shitty cliffhanger. ;-;
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You can't make money on mostly dark and edgy anime anymore although they at least tried to adapt later on to no avail. It was just too late, they should've done that before the financial crisis.


 
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Damn that sucks

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Michiko to Hatchin murdered Manglobe.
If it didn't bomb like Hiroshima then maybe they would still be around.

A shame since Genocidal organ actually looks good :'(
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Hmmm... If you can't handle the tasks then ask for assistance? Gangsta and Michiko to Hatchin were good. I hope they're not really in a pinch here. The lesser the studios who cater anime the less we get to watch.
 
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Allright..next is Gonzo or Studio Deen..(lol)
 
 
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Sad to hear it.
 
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how they even have money issues.. they been part of so many great anime..
 
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how they even have money issues.. they been part of so many great anime..


Great anime doesn't mean that it sells well. :/
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Sep 30, 2015 8:50 AM

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just read about it

sad to hear it, hopefully no more of these news
 
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vaikepois said:
how they even have money issues.. they been part of so many great anime..
might be that your personal opinion doesnt match with Japan's general opinion...
 
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So sad news, I really liked some of their works.
 
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The earlier Manglobe works were pretty good, especially Michiko to Hatchin which is one of the most criminally underrated shows of the past decade. It's like a good South American novel turned anime, an amazing concept that gave me the same feel as bebop at times.

Sadly, it seems nowadays you need to prostitute yourself to gain favour with the LN gods to have success like A-1, 8bit, etc.. Madhouse's development in the past few years, the de facto death of Gainax, etc.
It's certainly a new era for new studios now, but sadly this isn't exactly good news.

Gangsta is mediocre in every aspect, but I hope it sells so Manglobe can continue to exist and maybe bless us with another Michiko to hatchin tier show.
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And what about Gangsta? Is there any possibility for another studio to pick it up? I´m afraid viewers like me will stay with that cliffhanger forever in our minds if we don´t continue in the manga.
 
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Michiko to Hatchin murdered Manglobe.
If it didn't bomb like Hiroshima then maybe they would still be around.

A shame since Genocidal organ actually looks good :'(
http://myanimelist.net/anime/23279/Gyakusatsu_Kikan

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True,Michiko to Hatchin didn't find an audience even in the Western countries like Ergo Proxy and Samurai Champloo did (even though they didn't sell well in Japan). Which is a shame because I enjoyed Michiko to Hatchin a lot, more even than Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy. Except the damn final. The final was awful
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Who gives a shit if they stopped producing original anime for the most part anyway. Oh no, any other studio will have to pick up the slack and produce a few extra atrocious light novel adaptions.


 
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Lain_ said:
ichii_1 said:
Michiko to Hatchin murdered Manglobe.
If it didn't bomb like Hiroshima then maybe they would still be around.

A shame since Genocidal organ actually looks good :'(
http://myanimelist.net/anime/23279/Gyakusatsu_Kikan

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True,Michiko to Hatchin didn't find an audience even in the Western countries like Ergo Proxy and Samurai Champloo did (even though they didn't sell well in Japan). Which is a shame because I enjoyed Michiko to Hatchin a lot, more even than Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy. Except the damn final. The final was awful


The final was the logical, realistic conclusion to a show whose primary leitmotif was always dealing with past and present mistakes. But I agree, MtH was sadly both the best and worst thing to happen to Manglobe.
Never again have they been so good in terms of artistic approach and never again have they bombed so hard, sending them down on their doomed path.

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Who gives a shit if they stopped producing original anime for the most part anyway. Oh no, any other studio will have to pick up the slack and produce a few extra atrocious light novel adaptions.


Such a beautiful age we live in, right?
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RIP


Samurai Champloo and Michiko to Hatchin were both great shows. I haven't seen ergo proxy yet.
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Allright..next is Gonzo or Studio Deen..(lol)


Gonzo WAS bankrupt, but sadly it wasn't enough to kill them off. And Deen was good once, but now manages to break or less even with yaoi and other cheap pandering titles. A shame, but maybe the historical show they plan to release in 2016 will be good. I certainly hope it is.
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I thought something fishy was going on when the domain for their site didn't go anywhere last night. Sad to see this..
 
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a studio dying off without having made anything worthwhile is kind of depressing
 
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Probably hired to much personal while not getting enough contracts.
Or does manglobe acteally own any of the series it has animated?


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malki said:
Allright..next is Gonzo or Studio Deen..(lol)


Gonzo WAS bankrupt, but sadly it wasn't enough to kill them off. And Deen was good once, but now manages to break or less even with yaoi and other cheap pandering titles. A shame, but maybe the historical show they plan to release in 2016 will be good. I certainly hope it is.

Deen is a sub-contractor in most cases, they don't 'break' even, they just get enough jobs to keep paying its animators.
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I saw Manglobe trending in Japan earlier and an article on otakomu...darn it, they did some really good shows. I hope they're not on really bankrupt. I hope.
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Sad to hear this. The only show I like from them was "The world God only knows"
Deadman wonderland was decent and Karneval was bad :P

Tho, I'm curious for Gyakusatsu Kikan movie, will it be animated by other studio or its cancel?
 
 
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So sad news, I really liked some of their works.
All credit goes to Sacred.
 
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Max said:
a studio dying off without having made anything worthwhile is kind of depressing


Their original shows are plenty worthwhile, certainly more than any LN trash uncreative loser studios like 8bit churn out every season.
Well, except Samurai Flamenco. But sadly, airing on noitaminA these days is pretty much the opposite of a guarantee for quality so we should have known better.

PS: Their TWGOK adaptions have been okay as well.
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Max said:
a studio dying off without having made anything worthwhile is kind of depressing


Its made plenty of good anime mate.


Whats going to happen to their movie they are meant to release in just over a month and half, Genocidal Organ?
 
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Welp, this explains a lot about Gangsta.
 
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Max said:
a studio dying off without having made anything worthwhile is kind of depressing


Its made plenty of good anime mate.


Whats going to happen to their movie they are meant to release in just over a month and half, Genocidal Organ?

Either its already done, or it'll be moved to another studio. Stopping in the middle of production sounds like a waste of money.
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eXtacy67 said:


Its made plenty of good anime mate.


Whats going to happen to their movie they are meant to release in just over a month and half, Genocidal Organ?

Either its already done, or it'll be moved to another studio. Stopping in the middle of production sounds like a waste of money.


It happened before...
RIP Satoshi Kon's Dream Machine ;_;
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Max said:
a studio dying off without having made anything worthwhile is kind of depressing


their earlier stuff was actually enjoyable. cant say the same for that samurai flamenco trainwreck.

i enjoyed gangsta but with this my hopes for a second season are dead .
 
 
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at first i thought "well who cares" then i klicked on the manglobe link

-Kami nomi
-Deadman Wonderland
-Ergo Proxy
-Samurai Champloo
-Zettai Karen Children

noooo. pls help abe pls


 
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Ergo Proxy.... Samurai Champloo...

Urgh, they were a decent studio. While not making the best things alive, or adapting the greatest of works, they certainly do not deserve such a harsh fate as this. Especially when studios such as Deen or Toei exist.
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Ergo Proxy.... Samurai Champloo...

Urgh, they were a decent studio. While not making the best things alive, or adapting the greatest of works, they certainly do not deserve such a harsh fate as this. Especially when studios such as Deen or Toei exist.


>Toei
>bankrupt

They own so many huge properties, royalties alone keep them more than afloat. They are just really lazy in recent times which is a shame since they used to be a lot better. Kinda like Sunrise.
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Nigami_Shin said:
at first i thought "well who cares" then i klicked on the manglobe link

-Kami nomi
-Deadman Wonderland
-Ergo Proxy
-Samurai Champloo
-Zettai Karen Children

noooo. pls help abe pls


you forgot to mention the good anime


.Mashiro-Iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers "best romance anime EVER"
. The World God Only Knows
.Hayate the Combat Butler
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Nigami_Shin said:
at first i thought "well who cares" then i klicked on the manglobe link

-Kami nomi
-Deadman Wonderland
-Ergo Proxy
-Samurai Champloo
-Zettai Karen Children

noooo. pls help abe pls


you forgot to mention the good anime


Like crappy harem Mashiro-iro Symphony?
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Nidhoeggr said:
YEEART said:
Ergo Proxy.... Samurai Champloo...

Urgh, they were a decent studio. While not making the best things alive, or adapting the greatest of works, they certainly do not deserve such a harsh fate as this. Especially when studios such as Deen or Toei exist.


>Toei
>bankrupt

They own so many huge properties, royalties alone keep them more than afloat. They are just really lazy in recent times which is a shame since they used to be a lot better. Kinda like Sunrise.

True, it's nothing but wishful thinking ever believing that Toei will go bankrupt. But man it's an insult to original sources considering what Toei does to their adaptations.

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Nidhoeggr said:
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you forgot to mention the good anime


Like crappy harem Mashiro-iro Symphony?


Mashiro-Symphony Was awsome


studio key should take note on how to do a real romance series
 
 
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LittleCr0wxx said:
Nigami_Shin said:
at first i thought "well who cares" then i klicked on the manglobe link

-Kami nomi
-Deadman Wonderland
-Ergo Proxy
-Samurai Champloo
-Zettai Karen Children

noooo. pls help abe pls




you forgot to mention the good anime

.Mashiro-Iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers "best romance anime EVER"
. The World God Only Knows
.Hayate the Combat Butler


kami nomi is "world god only knows"


 
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LittleCr0wxx said:
Nidhoeggr said:


Like crappy harem Mashiro-iro Symphony?


Mashiro-Symphony Was awsome


studio key should take note on how to do a real romance series

For a moment I thought you were just joking around...My oh my.
 
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If they have gone bankrupt that means I can have hope that another Studio will pick up Hayate no Gotoku and I can finally have Athena's Arc animated
 
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Oh no...was hoping for 2 years for twgok season 4(for a proper ending).....

Sad to hear this....
 
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