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Kadokawa, Sammy Establish New Anime Studio 'Engi'

posted on by Karen Ressler
Ultra Super Pictures also invests

Kadokawa established a new animation studio named "ENGI" on April 4, and it began operations on Friday.

ENGI has a capital stock of 100 million yen (about US$913,000), of which Kadokawa invested 53%. Pachinko and pachislot game machine maker Sammy invested 40%, and anime holding company Ultra Super Pictures (USP) invested 5%. The company is located at Integral Tower in Tokyo, like USP group companies (which include SANZIGEN, Ordet, Studio Trigger, LIDEN FILMS, and Galaxy Graphics).

ENGI will work with all three companies to create animation for television and theatrical anime, pachinko or pachislot machines, and game promotional videos.

Former Qtec representative director Tohru Kajio is serving as representative director for the new company. Board members include Kadokawa's Hiroshi Horiuchi and Takeshi Kikuchi, Kadokawa subsidiary Glovision's Shun'ichi Okabe, and Sammy's Ken'ichi Tokumura.

Sources: ENGI Official Website, Animation Business Journal (Tadashi Sudo)

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