Animators Seeking New Work as Manglobe's Site Goes Down
posted on by Egan Loo
Animator Toshio Kobayashi ("SNIPES," Mobile Suit Gundam UC effect animation director) posted on Twitter on Wednesday that due to the anime studio Manglobe's "insolvency," his expected income for this month and next month is now gone. He has since deleted the Twitter post, but his urgent request for work and unemployment notice are still online.
Another animator, Hideto Komori (Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven Is a Place on Earth director), wondered if he will get paid and expressed his shock when he received a confirmation email. He noted that he cannot connect to an unspecified site and said that he needs to look for different work. (As of Wednesday, Manglobe's official website is down.) He reported looking into how employees can recover unpaid wages from a bankrupt company, and added he will confirm by phone first thing on Thursday. Writer Shigeru Morita said that an unspecified company apparently did go bankrupt.
The anime projects manglobe produced include Samurai Champloo, The World God Only Knows franchise, Hayate the Combat Butler franchise, Samurai Flamenco, Gangsta., and this November's Genocidal Organ film.