News Saki #15's Animation Credited to Picture Magic, not Gonzo (Updated)
posted on 2009-07-12 22:51 EDT
The 15th episode of the Saki anime series aired late Sunday night and credited the Picture Magic anime company for the episode's animation production — instead of the Gonzo company as previous episodes did. Gonzo's 5th studio is now listed for production assistance or collaboration instead.
Gonzo had revealed last year that it would produce the television anime adaptation of Ritz Kobayashi's Saki mahjong manga before its April premiere. However, Gonzo announced in November that it had to restructure in light of its declining financial performance. In that November announcement, Gonzo acknowledged that it would have to reduce its annual output of anime from eight projects to four, and also lower the amount of production work that is actually done in-house.
Image © Ritz Kobayashi/Square Enix, Kiyosumi High School Mahjong Club
Update: In addition to the change in the ending credits, the episode's new opening credits lists neither Picture Magic nor Gonzo for animation production. The opening animation was updated in episode #15 due to the change in opening theme songs. (Little Non's "bloooomin'" song is replacing Miyuki Hashimoto's "Glossy:MMM.") Thanks, TJR.
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