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Creator: Gonzo

"And then you unpause the image, the animation starts up and THIS HAPPENS. Why? Studio Gonzo, that's why. It's like their calling card, I don't know."

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

Established in 1992 when producer Shouji Murahama left Gainax to found his own company. The name likely refers to 'Gonzo Journalism' (as opposed to 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, uneven animation and 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 sack 75% of their staff. Already in such dire financial straits, 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 Cash Cow Franchise Strike Witches. This made many of their members to leave the company and fund Studio Gokumi.

However, since then, they have recovered to a state where they can make new anime and produced the short anime called Nyanpire The Animation for the (Summer 2011) season, and the Sequel Series Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing debuted in the Fall 2011 season.

Compare with DR Movie, Toon City, Rough Draft Studios, Production I.G and Digital eMation for their CGI blending. Don't confuse with Gonzo the Great. Or with Raoul Duke's Samoan attorney.

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Tropes associated with GONZO:

Studio GhibliProducersKyoto Animation
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alternative title(s): GONZO
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