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NEWS: TOHO to Acquire Anime Studio Science SARU as Its Subsidiary




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L'Imperatore



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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2024 9:41 am Reply with quote
Honest question: Is this a good thing, especially for the staff, in the long term?
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WANNFH



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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2024 10:06 am Reply with quote
L'Imperatore wrote:
Honest question: Is this a good thing, especially for the staff, in the long term?
TOHO is definitely not even closest in the worst companies list in terms of well-being and production, though it's more of the matter how it affect the creative freedom of the studio - because Science SARU have quite unique style and originality even after Masaaki Yuasa left, and it's sure will be a miss to lose it.
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Beatdigga



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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2024 10:21 am Reply with quote
This feels like a cost consolidation move. Demand is up for anime, why not cut out the proverbial middleman?
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I_Am_Vain_Vision



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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2024 5:50 am Reply with quote
I wonder if Naoko Yamada will stay or move to other shores.
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honkydoodle



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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2024 2:59 pm Reply with quote
(it was confirmed that Science Saru made a ton of profit last year) so this buyout isn't happening because of any financial issues on their part

I_Am_Vain_Vision wrote:
I wonder if Naoko Yamada will stay or move to other shores.

yeah i also wonder that, Saru is not an independent studio anymore
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Chiyosuke



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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2024 2:35 pm Reply with quote
WANNFH wrote:
L'Imperatore wrote:
Honest question: Is this a good thing, especially for the staff, in the long term?
TOHO is definitely not even closest in the worst companies list in terms of well-being and production, though it's more of the matter how it affect the creative freedom of the studio - because Science SARU have quite unique style and originality even after Masaaki Yuasa left, and it's sure will be a miss to lose it.


Yuasa didn't leave, he just wanted to focus on creation/direction over the corporate side of the business
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enurtsol



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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2024 5:00 pm Reply with quote
honkydoodle wrote:

(it was confirmed that Science Saru made a ton of profit last year) so this buyout isn't happening because of any financial issues on their part




Is Bing/ChatGPT correct?

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Heading: Performance and Financial Status of the Company Over the Last Three Years

Columns: Fiscal Year Ending January 2022, January 2023, January 2024

Rows:

Assets: 50 million yen (2022), 59 million yen (2023), 410 million yen (2024)

Capital Assets: 837 million yen (2022), 1,056 million yen (2023), 1,476 million yen (2024)

Gross Profit: 850 million yen (2022), 847 million yen (2023), 1,403 million yen (2024)

Operating Income: 27 million yen (2022), 66 million yen (2023), 428 million yen (2024)

Ordinary Income: 30 million yen (2022), 10 million yen (2023), 526 million yen (2024)

Net Income: 25 million yen (2022), 8 million yen (2023), 350 million yen (2024)
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anime_layer



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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2024 5:03 pm Reply with quote
Chiyosuke wrote:
Yuasa didn't leave, he just wanted to focus on creation/direction over the corporate side of the business

He did leave. After retiring as CEO, he specifically remarked that Wikipedia, that still listed him as being employed at Science Saru, was wrong and that he now is a freelance director. And the last things he worked on are the openings for Gunma-chan S2 and Spy x Family S2, both unrelated to Science Saru.
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