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NEWS: Gonzo to Restructure, Reduce Staff Count from 130 to 30


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9hoenix_



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:28 pm Reply with quote
Just 30,that sucks

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darcerin



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:31 pm Reply with quote
130 to 30?! Holy crap! 0.0 That's a lot of reduction out of one company. I haven't kept up with the rest of the world's economies - I know Japan wasn't doing fantastically, but are they doing much worse than we're led to believe?
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GeneralArrow



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:33 pm Reply with quote
So 100 people lost there jobs, dam the worsening economy sucks.
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Wellness



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:40 pm Reply with quote
That is really bad. I have actually enjoyed a lot of Gonzo's stuff over the years. A devastating reduction of workers.
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Unit 03.5-ish



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:43 pm Reply with quote
Sigh. This is why the industry needs such a turnaround. One of my favorite animation studios reduced to almost nothing. At this rate, they'll be lucky to put out at least one more show.
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Reibooi



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:45 pm Reply with quote
That's ridiculous. God This economy is destroying everyone and everything. So sad to Gonzo makes great stuff.
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Dargonxtc



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:48 pm Reply with quote
So we can expect what? Maybe one series a year now.

You know this might be a good thing, because if these guys are only making one or two shows a year, you can bet they will be pretty good. Assuming they didn't get rid of their best talent of course.
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Kit-Tsukasa



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:50 pm Reply with quote
Reibooi wrote:
That's ridiculous. God This economy is destroying everyone and everything. So sad to Gonzo makes great stuff.


lol what? Definitely not in my book *cough*strike witches, dragonaut*cough*. The only decent piece of work they've done lately is Druaga, but even that is on shaky ground. However, one anime industry down or falling apart is never a good thing
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Zipper



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:59 pm Reply with quote
A majority of Gonzo anime is throwaway garbage. So I bet this staff reduction will put an end to that. They can't afford to waste money on bargain bin anime anymore. They need to stick with one or two shows per year and put all their effort into them. Kinda like how Studio Bones works.

I feel bad for all the people that will get laid off though. This economy is ass.
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Unit 03.5-ish



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:03 pm Reply with quote
"Bargain bin" anime? Their shows aren't usually meant to be high art, they're supposed to be fun, and that's what most Gonzo stuff is.
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relentlessflame



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:04 pm Reply with quote
Well, what this really means, it seeems to me, is more outsourcing. There are a number of really tiny anime production studios (30 staff members or less) because they do very little animating in-house. The creative team they do have is maybe a few producers/directors, managerial staff, and a few key artists and animators to serve as lead/supervisors on products they're producing or supervising (or to take the odd piecemeal work). But even a studio with a staff of 30 or less could produce one or two anime series a season, they just won't do much actual animating. Thanks to our connected world, you could probably produce an entire anime series yourself from your basement with little more than a computer, internet access, good industry connections, and piles of cash (oh wait, is that all?). :p
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Zipper



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:10 pm Reply with quote
What I mean is that most of their anime is a dime a dozen. Nothing special about it. The only reason you'd even know it was a Gonzo anime was because of the LOL GONZO drop in animation quality, bad 3D and unsatisfying endings. The only exceptions are stuff like Gankutsuou, SaiKano, FMP, NHK, maybe Basilisk and Last Exile. But for every good anime they put out, they have like 3 other bad ones that only get recognition because fans like to make fun of them.
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Jarmel



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:25 pm Reply with quote
Truth be told, I'm not exactly crying tears over this. If any studio had to go, this would be the right one.
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bci110



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:32 pm Reply with quote
Dargonxtc wrote:
So we can expect what? Maybe one series a year now.

You know this might be a good thing, because if these guys are only making one or two shows a year, you can bet they will be pretty good. Assuming they didn't get rid of their best talent of course.


Yeah, I think that's the key point there - did Gonzo retained their best talent, or did they just picked and choose who stays and who gets laid off? I guess that'll depend on what the quality of their future projects will be. If it's good, then they might pull it off. If it suffers, then I really doubt that they will reach their goal of being profitable within 5 years because they might not be around much longer if the quality of their shows continue to nosedive.

Still, it's never good for anyone to lose their job, no matter what the circumstances.
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DarkHunter6523



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:33 pm Reply with quote
Not sure when this was said, but I remember hearing that Strike Witches was the first anime with individual DVD sales over 10K units since Vandread. This should tell you a little something about how "amazing" Gonzo's productions are received.

Personally, I'm not a fan of Gonzo. Great ideas and concepts, but horrible execution (ex: Romeo X Juliet).
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