It’s a sad day for anime fans as reports started spreading this morning that studio Manglobe, who helped bring us plenty of highly praised and popular shows over the years, is no more.
The first sign of trouble was when animation director, Toshio Kobayashi, started tweeting about missing salary and unpaid work, unfortunately not a shocking claim. The anime industry points the finger at illegal downloading to explain their continuing growth in popularity but crippling loss of profit- which i just about 90% agree with. But on the other side of that argument comes the complaint against pricing of official product and a need for translated subtitles which at times can only be found online made by fans. Still, whats done is done and we are losing out on a great team.
Shinichiro Kobayashi and Takashi Kochiyama founded Manglobe in 2002 and produced well known series such as Samurai Champloo, Ergo Proxy, Michiko to Hatchin, Deadman Wonderland, Gangsta., and this November’s Genocidal Organ film. Where this leaves the Genocidal Organ film is currently unknown- it’s expected to end up with another studio and face some delays. Like many others, I got hooked on Gangsta this season and urged my friends to watch and now to know it wont get a proper end is pretty heart breaking. Manglobe was a studio that stood out for producing anime with a unique gritty-edge that perfectly combined modern trends and culture with compelling storylines that brought the worlds of each character to life. Sending nothing but positive vibes to the former employees and wishing them all the luck in their future endeavors.