Or ''"How to run a successful company into the ground."''

[[http://www.gonzo.co.jp/ Gonzo]] was established in 1992 when producer Shouji Murahama left Creator/StudioGainax to found his own company. The name likely refers to 'GonzoJournalism' (as opposed to [[Series/TheMuppetShow the Muppet]]), in which a subjective point of view is used to convey a message.

GONZO is known for its progressive style, using detailed backgrounds, [[OffModel uneven animation]] and [[ConspicuousCG large amounts of CG]], as well as a preference for adventure stories. Although their plots and pacing can suffer due to an emphasis on {{Rule of Cool}}, their characters often compensate for this. They often have difficulty ending a series, and their adaptations of existing manga are somewhat infamous.

Their unrestrained flamboyancy eventually took its toll, as a string of unpopular/unsuccessful adaptations forced them to [[http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2009/02/13/gonzo-set-to-fire-75-of-employees/ sack 75% of their staff]]. Already in such dire financial straits, [[http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2009/11/27/gonzo-stripped-of-strike-witches-season-2/ their death as a company seemed all but assured by late 2009, having lost the rights to produce the second season]] of their last hope, the CashCowFranchise ''StrikeWitches''. This made many of their members to leave the company and fund Creator/StudioGokumi. At the same time, they sold off their CGI division (Digimation) to editing company Q-Tec, who renamed it {{Creator/Graphinica}}.

However, since then, they have recovered to a state where they can make new anime, and is wisely not producing more than one series per season (which may have contributed to their financial troubles). Among the series that were created after the restructuring: ''Anime/NyanpireTheAnimation'', the SequelSeries ''Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing'', ''Anime/BladeAndSoul'', ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}: Bloody Fate'', ''[[LightNovel/InuToHasamiWaTsukaiyo Dog and Scissors]]'', and ''[[Manga/KimiNoIruMachi A Town Where You Live]]''. Their most recent series is ''Sore ga Seiyū!'', airing in July 2015.

Compare with Creator/DRMovie, Creator/ToonCity, Creator/RoughDraftStudios, Creator/ProductionIG and [[Creator/DigitalEMation Digital eMation]] for their CGI blending. Don't confuse with [[Franchise/TheMuppets Gonzo the Great]]. Or with [[Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas Raoul Duke's Samoan attorney]].

!!Works include:
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* ''Anime/AfroSamurai''
* ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'': ''Bloody Fate''
* ''Manga/BlackCat''
* ''Anime/BladeAndSoul''
* ''Anime/{{Blassreiter}}''
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' (Cutscenes only)
* ''Manga/BlueDrop'' (CGI, series with Creator/AsahiProduction and [=BeSTACK=])
* ''Anime/BlueSubmarineNo6''
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''
* ''Literature/BraveStory'' (Movie)
* The music video for Music/LinkinPark's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ezSGqbuo0g Breaking The Habit]]''
* ''Anime/BurstAngel''
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''
* ''Manga/DesertPunk''
* ''Manga/DogsAndScissors''
* ''Anime/DragonautTheResonance''
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited''
* The music video for Music/DreamTheater's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRBP1rpE5y8 Forsaken]]''
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' (First anime only; ''Fumoffu'' and ''The Second Raid'' were done by KyotoAnimation)
* ''Anime/GadGuard''
* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}''
* ''VideoGame/GateKeepers''
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6'' (Animation only; with Creator/MookDLE)
* ''Anime/GlassFleet''
* ''Anime/{{Gravion}}''
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' (TV series)
* ''Anime/KaleidoStar''
* ''Anime/KiddyGrade''
* ''Manga/KuroganeNoLinebarrel'' aka ''Linebarrels of Iron'' (Anime only)
* ''Anime/LastExile''
** ''Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing''
* ''[[Anime/ZettaiBoueiLeviathan Leviathan: The Last Defense]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Story]]'' (Certain cutscenes)
* ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' (Oening[=/=]Ending; ''Dynamite'' [=OVAs=])
* ''Manga/{{Magikano}}'' (with Creator/TokyoKids)
* ''Anime/MeltyLancer''
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' (with AIC)
* ''Anime/NyanpireTheAnimation''
* ''Anime/OriginSpiritsOfThePast''
* ''Anime/{{Ozuma}}'' (with [=LandQ=] Studios)
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarZero'' (Cutscenes Only)
* ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' (with {{AIC}})
* ''RadiantSilvergun'' (Cutscenes Only)
* ''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool''
* ''Anime/RedGarden''
* ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet''
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''
* ''Manga/{{Saikano}}''
* ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' (episodes 1-14 only; episodes 15-25 by Picture Magic)
* ''Anime/SamuraiSeven''
* ''LightNovel/ShangriLa''
* ''VideoGame/SilhouetteMirage'' (cutscenes)
* ''VideoGame/SkyGunner'' (cutscenes)
* ''Anime/SoltyRei'' (with AIC)
* ''Sore ga Seiyū!''
* ''Manga/SpecialA''
* ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' (with Creator/ToeiAnimation's Philippines unit)
* ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' (season 1 only; replaced by Creator/{{AIC}})
* ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Super Street Fighter IV]]'' (cutscenes)
* ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga''
* ''[[Manga/KimiNoIruMachi Town Where You Live, A]]''
* ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' (Co-production with Creator/SunwooEntertainment)
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''
* ''Anime/{{Vandread}}''
* ''Anime/{{Welcome To The NHK}}''
* ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}''
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders: The 2nd Runner'' (cutscenes)

* ''VideoGame/{{Aikatsu}}'' (Production Assistance, four episodes)
* ''Literature/{{Another}}'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight'' (Finish & In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (In-Between Animation; 2nd Key Animation for ''R2'' season)
* ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'' (3D Graphics; 3D Photography)
* ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' (Production Cooperation on episodes 2, 7, and 12; as Digimation)
* ''Anime/FirstSquad'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/GaReiZero'' (Animation Cooperation)
* ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss Orguss 02]]'' (Story Setting)
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/TheSkyCrawlers'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''VideoGame/SonicRiders: Zero Gravity'' (Cooperation)
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' (In-Between Animation; Animation Assistance)
!!Tropes associated with GONZO:
* AnimationBump: Despite the studio's reputation for OffModel moments, it has just as many higher quality moments. ''Afro Samurai'' is just one example.
* ConspicuousCG: Many of their shows use it.
* FanService: ''Anime/BurstAngel'', ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' and others.
* LimitedAnimation: The intros for ''Super Street Fighter IV''; the characters barely move, making it more like a motion comic than animation. The endings aren't much better.
* OffModel: More than you would believe. It's one of many, many reasons GONZO had such a bad time in the late TurnOfTheMillennium years.