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GONZO was established in 1992 when producer Shouji Murahama left Studio 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 flamboyance 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 caused many of GONZO's Studio No. 5 staff members, led by Tomonori Shibata, to leave the company and form their own production company Studio Gokumi. At the same time, they sold off their CGI division (Digimation) to editing company Q-Tec, who renamed it Graphinica.

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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: Nyanpire: The Animation, the Sequel Series Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing, Blade & Soul, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, Dog & Scissors, A Town Where You Live, Seiyu's Life!, and Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue, among others.

Gonzo owns GK Entertainment, a South Korean animation studio which has worked on most of Gonzo's shows.

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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