Studio Wanpack, an Osaka-based anime studio known as a long-time subcontractor to major anime studios, announced early Thursday morning that it will be dissolving the business on February 28, 2018. The announcement follows the death of studio founder Kouji Yamada on January 2.
Founded in 1993, Studio Wanpack produces key animation and storyboard drawings for the rest of the anime industry. In 2017 alone, the studio's clients include major studios such as A-1 Pictures
, Production I.G
, Wit Studio
, TMS Entertainment
, Studio Deen
, and many more. The studio has never been the primary contractor for any anime title.
As of last April, Studio Wanpack listed more than 80 animators among its employees, and it had employed more than 100 people in the past. In early 2006, the studio saw an exodus of animators who joined the ranks of AIC Takarazuka
, Satelight Osaka, and other outsourcing studios. Following this circumstance, Studio Wanpack stopped accepting work from AIC and Satelight studios for some time.
Animators Kana Miyai
(Owarimonogatari 2nd Season
chief animation director) and Yumiko Ishii
(Asu no Yoichi!
chief animation director) are among Studio Wanpack's current employees. Its alumni include Jun Nakai
character designer), Takashi Nishikawa
director), Kazuaki Imoto
(Akame ga Kill!
animation director), and Yukiko Ban
Source: Studio Wanpack Twitter