Gonzo Set to Fire 75% of Employees


Financially troubled anime studio Gonzo is set to undergo massive restructuring, sacking 100 of its 130 employees, rather than the smaller numbers announced earlier, with parent company GDH mandating a return to profitability within 5 years.

However, they set the time frame for these sackings to “within 5 years”, perhaps indicating they are set after all on moving towards a heavily outsourced production style, rather than simply shedding employees as a matter of urgency (which it admittedly is).

All this comes after parent GDH’s call for 50 sacrificial lambs (from its own workforce) to volunteer for the block only resulted in 36 volunteers; this seems unconnected however, as the plan laid out at the start was for a drastic restructuring of how Gonzo produces anime, whereas GDH is committed to lighter cuts.

The precise details of their production plans are not known; they are said to be looking at more “casual” anime, as well as halving output overall though it seems unlikely this will affect the hit loli anime Strike Witches.

There are also suggestions of them producing more prurient works, if that is meaningful considering the content of Strike Witches

Via AnimeAnime.

It looks as though there will be some franchises and licences going cheaply quite soon if their backers get cold feet after continued poor performance…

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    Avatar of Muzaffar
    Comment by Muzaffar
    02:15 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sad to hear this, even though I couldn't car less about Gonzo. Even if they made some crappy anime, they did a lot of good anime as well. Last Exile and Vandread are both awesome to watch.....

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    Comment by Kip
    01:12 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought things were looking up for Gonzo with breakouts like TToD and Strike Witches.
    If anything, I thought some revenues would come out of their free online distribution services.

    Comment by teri
    03:24 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I mean: They are just stupid!

    fire & losing about 90% of their employees (and the good ones were among these, Im sure! Only the crap knows they are too bad for other studios, so they stay) is a great idea for speed-up their superkill.

    They should earn the needed money about merchandising (like SW stuffs, the Sanya bodypillow made an impact to every preorder-shop) and seriously improve their Anime-Quality and not just "Ow, let's reducing our expenditure and fire more people!"

    Their whole marketing departement should get fired for chosing constantly the wrong choices!

    All that's left now are 30 crappy animators who are able to make this great animation-quality like Linebarrels of Iron...

    I'll prefer to bury Strike Witches now, than seeing Gonzo to produce a season 2 with the quality of LoI....

    Comment by soloista
    13:35 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's still hope to jump studios with SW.

    Comment by teri
    02:53 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The End of Gonzo is near.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:12 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dyslexia made me read the title as "Gonzo to Set Fire to 75% of Employees.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 16/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    gonzo have some good anime series but my favorite is strike witches. for god sakes, i dont care if its another studio or gonzo i just want a good second season of strike witches (with more yuri) :D

    those who want the same please keep commenting about this in the articles of strike witches.


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 18/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I beg them not to cancel the black lagoon ovas I'd buy all the DVD'S or blue ray's to see it all unfold with fabiola's mini maid rampage, what they need to cash in again is more basilisk or maybe seto no hanayome the show was underrated I loved it

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder what is next studio. The economic gloom is casting shadow even on anime industry. Even all cheapskates digital downloaders buy original now to save the industry, it is all too late.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:12 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    GONZO or BONZO the Clown?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's what u got for making Blassreiter

    Comment by soloista
    13:34 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Blassreiter was actually good, you know.

    Comment by Lost
    15:11 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    dont lie

    it faild on levels never seen befour ugh i have a lothing for most new Animes latly the go to soon to relying on CG elments when they could just draw the damn thing

    Comment by Dan
    16:55 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    now that i think of it cg animation is like silicone boobs, nothing like the real thing, not to mention those awful scars!

    Comment by Dan
    16:51 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i agree, everytime i se a cool anime and a cg element enters i totally loose interest, lately i had the chance to se old animes i always wanted to see and the quality they had just blew me away!

    Comment by Lost
    17:58 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    worse when they Try and gel it to the actual animation.. makes it so obivuse i dont mind it when they use cg or computer system to aid in the flow or controle even some smaller elments but when its a core point its just horrible as they just contrast so badly its not even worth watching

    Comment by Citrus
    13:26 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please, Gonzo, for the love of all that is holy, stay together long enough to give me a second season of Strike Witches.

    Comment by mr.mortified
    13:14 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they had it coming...........
    taking good shows/titles and killing the endings with their anime renditions
    the only thing that i liked from gonzo was full metal panic and strike witches

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    Comment by MaidNiac
    00:50 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, imo; the last good anime GONZO did was Basilisk.. The worst is none other than Rosario+Vampire, i can't believe they actually made a second season despite how suck it was..

    Comment by Chen
    21:33 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Try Sunabouzu.

    "Two little kids all alone in the desert? Let's sell them on the slave market!" Sunabouzu is epic! (epic win, that is)

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:11 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats like everyone lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WHATS GONNA HAPPEN TO DRUAGA?!?! I hope the quality won't be diminished (further)... ;_; (please.. god.. nooooouuu)

    Comment by Lost
    15:03 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it wasnt that good in the first place

    Comment by soloista
    13:31 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just a matter of time until Strike Witches gets handed over to a better studio. I still can't fathom why Fumikane didn't stick with J.C. Staff.

    Comment by Firetribe
    13:39 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe they'll make better anime once they pull out the weeds in there mess of a garden

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    Comment by Miroku74
    17:38 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sadly, most of the higher up dead wood will still be there, so don't count on it.

    Comment by Brizzle
    13:38 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    When I first read the title, I thought it said "Gonzo sets fire to 75% of Employees." It turns out to be far less interesting this way.

    Avatar of Kip
    Comment by Kip
    01:06 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's how I'm going to say it from now on... because I read it that way too, and like it phrased like that!

    Comment by BuggyBY
    19:53 23/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm glad I'm not the only one.

    Comment by Coeurl
    17:18 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's exactly what I read as well at first... Made me laugh... Then I read it again, and it wasn't quite as entertaining.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:48 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's exactly what happened to me too. Must be all this stuff about fires in Oz recently.

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    Comment by Jarmel
    13:00 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm kinda meh towards this. Gonzo pretty much sucks so I pretty much could care less.

    Comment by Francox3
    Comment by WondrousWizard
    19:07 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, but more like poor people who got fired because of that. Still, I can't wait to see what will happen next with their production plans. If you look back at their past project, you can see FMP, Chrno Crusade, Last Exile, Sunabouzu and more...

    Comment by Epsilon_013
    21:38 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    indeed. I love ghost in the shell series

    Comment by WondrousWizard
    02:47 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol True!

    Comment by ManaYagami
    23:22 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which was done by Production I.G

    Comment by Iluna
    12:42 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good picture expression for that.

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    Comment by muteKi
    12:47 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It always brightens my day.

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    Comment by Jin Stevens
    14:19 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. Very fitting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Avatar of Exia
    Comment by exia
    12:47 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, best pic to explain the situation. Luchini your still my fav witch.

    Comment by kenjiharima
    12:49 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's what you get from too much mascot censors!

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    Comment by MaidNiac
    00:24 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell yea! Must kill those annoying fukken bats..

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    Comment by iapfah
    12:51 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey i have an idea

    Have all the fired employees start working for KyoAni, then they might have enough additional workers to start Haruhi season 2!

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    Comment by Jarmel
    12:53 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    God no. From what I've seen from Gonzo, they would just bring down KyoAni's quality.

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    Comment by Palmtop Tiger
    12:57 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But who could resist a pantsless Yuki?

    Comment by HELL
    14:04 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't want any unnecessary fanservice on my KyoAni series.

    Avatar of Solarknight
    Comment by Jarmel
    12:59 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good point, as long as Yuki was drawn well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:38 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wait wait... are you saying that Haruhi became popular because of something else?

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    Comment by iapfah
    18:24 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'd, then I cried when I realized how true it was.

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