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New Anime Studio 'Geno Studio' to Complete Genocidal Organ Anime Film

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Main staff return to complete film by end of 2016

The official website for the anime films based on the late author Project Itoh's writing announced on Friday that a new studio called "Geno Studio" will complete the Genocidal Organ film. The announcement noted that director and writer Shukou Murase as well as "other main staff members" will continue to work on the project at Geno Studio.

Fuji TV producer Kōji Yamamoto (Eden of the East, anohana, Guilty Crown producer, Empire of Corpses screenwriter) established the new studio. The studio is a 100% subsidiary company of the anime production company Twin Engine, and Yamamoto will formally complete the company's registration process by mid-November. Yamamoto served as the producer for Fuji TV's late night programming block Noitamina for many years before going independent and establishing Twin Engine in 2014.

The announcement stated that the staff hopes to complete the film by the end of 2016, but added that there is no specific time period to announce yet.

Noitamina also began streaming an announcement video on Friday to confirm that the work is still continuing. The video ends with the message "'Project' won't stop."

The studio Manglobe, which was originally animating the film, filed for bankruptcy in September and formally began its bankruptcy proceedings with the Tokyo District Court on November 4. 237 parties are claiming 544.5 million yen (about US$4.43 million) in debt from the studio.

The official website for the film then announced on October 1 that the film had been delayed, and it began offering refunds for pre-ordered tickets on October 23.

Genocidal Organ was originally slated to open in October, but the release order of the three Project Itoh films was shuffled in July so that The Empire of Corpses would open in October and Genocidal Organ would open in November. The Empire of Corpses opened on October 2 in Japan, and Harmony opened on Friday.

Update: Added more information about Geno Studio. Source: Anime! Anime!

Update 2: The staff noted that it plans to complete the film by the end of 2016. This article previously incorrectly stated that the staff plans to release the film by the end of 2016.

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