The anime industry is a mess and I compare it to the
- Piracy is sky high
- Budgets are low
- Independent studios struggle
- The average
animecosts $1M dollars to produce
- Some companies have issues with paying employees + staying afloat
And the list goes on.
Some of this comes down to laziness (Japan refusing to innovate and reluctant to change).
Other factors are some businesses don’t understand “business” as well as the art form.
Either way – in the last 5+ years
Pre-production process for
Only around half the budget is often given to the
This is bound to play a role in the amount of
That’s a topic for another day though.
Let’s get into this post.
Anime Companies That Got Shutdown:
1. Tear Studios
Tear Studios is known for:
- The Royal Tutor Movie.
- Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!?
- Lord of Vermilion: Guren no Ou
- Why the hell are you here, Teacher!?
Back in late 2019 they disappeared with freelancers
Then back in December 2019 they came back (along with their website) and announced they’re shutting down.
The obvious culprit is
This makes Tear Studios one of the most recent
2. 4Kids Entertainment
4 Kids entertainment is known for:
- Shaman King
And we all know how badly this company managed these
You could say 4Kids Entertainment shutdown BECAUSE of their mismanagement of
Their reputation isn’t and wasn’t a good one.
This on top of their business in general put them in trouble, and so they shut down.
3. Artland Studios
Artland studios was known for:
- Gunslinger Girl Season 2
- Katekyō Hitman Reborn!
The studio went out of business in 2017 after a long run.
4. Studio Lagurus
Studio Lagurus went out of business as of today (Feb 28th 2020) when it was announced.
The official date was probably earlier.
They’re unique in the sense that they give
But they’ve officially gone bankrupt and have decided to shut down operations.
They were founded in 2013.
5. Manglobe Studios
Manglobe is a studio known for:
- Samurai Champloo
- The World God Only Knows
- Ergo Proxy
- Deadman Wonderland
Some of their
But that by itself didn’t matter as the company eventually shut down in 2015.
6. Radix Ace Entertainment
With this anime studio that ran for 11 years – only one
Besides this show – the studio struggled hard to make a name for itself.
7. Hai Film Maker
Hai Film Maker is known for:
- Princes Tutu
- Aria The Animation
- Skip Beat!
- The Good Witch of The West
In Hai Film Maker’s case – they didn’t go bankrupt. They merged with a different company.
Hai Film Maker was originally founded by Toei Animation’s staff.
Topcraft was founded by Toei Animation yet again.
In its short lifespan, it produced the
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
- Macross: Do You Remember Love?
Both of which are Studio Ghibli affiliated.
Not long after in the 1980’s they went bankrupt.
9. Group TAC
Group Tac started out in 1968.
They’re known for
- Those Who Hunt Elves
- Black Blood Brothers
Shows none of us will remember (the younger audience).
The main reason this company went bankrupt (2010) is because the founder: Tashiro passed away.
This makes the reasoning for this companies demise unique compared to most.
10. Production IMS
Production IMS is a studio known for:
- Date A Live 2,
- High School Fleet.
And a few other
They started out in 2013 but went bankrupt by 2018 (5 years).
Studio drop started out in 2004.
- Zoids Wild
- Tetsuko no Tabi
They went bankrupt in 2018 after a lot of struggles. This is despite being part of 100’s of
- Amo (Studio).
- Daisuki (
- S’more Entertainment (distributor).
- Urban Vision (Distributor).
- Geneon Entertainment (Distributor).
The point of this post is to educate, and shed light on a topic that doesn’t get much coverage.