• Gainax Apologizes for Lawsuit with Director Anno's Studio "Khara"
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Gainax Apologizes for Lawsuit with Director Anno's Studio "Khara"

On the 6th, Gainax, the animation studio formerly associated with director Hideaki Anno (56), issued a statement on its official website apologizing for the lawsuit filed by Anno's current studio, Khara. The lawsuit, which was filed with the Tachikawa branch of the Tokyo District Court, demands the payment of approximately 100 million yen in loans and other debts. Gainax expressed deep regret, stating, "We deeply apologize for causing significant concern."

Hideaki Anno (C) ORICON NewS inc.

Hideaki Anno (C) ORICON NewS inc.

The report highlighted that the two companies had an agreement that Khara would receive royalties when Gainax earned income from merchandise related to works Anno produced during his time at Gainax. However, Gainax accrued significant debt and failed to make payments totaling around 100 million yen, prompting Khara to take legal action.

Gainax stated, "We deeply apologize for causing significant concern to all involved parties due to the recent court-related reports." They continued, "We also regret causing anxiety to our branches in Yonago, Fukushima, Kyoto, and Niigata, despite having no capital relationship."

Regarding their future plans, Gainax announced, "We are currently reorganizing our structure, consolidating some operations, and relocating the company. We aim to return to our original form and revive as a company focused on planning and production." They added, "We will continue to strive to create animation works that are loved by everyone, and we ask for your continued support."

Gainax was established in 1984. Director Anno, during his time at the studio, was involved in producing hit anime such as "Neon Genesis Evangelion" (1995), "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water" (1990), and "Gunbuster" (1989).