And yet another one bites the dust. Office AO, one of Japan's least prolific studios has also gone bankrupt, as it turns out today. The news
comes hot on the heels of Group TAC's bankruptcy
, which was also exposed just a few days ago. Although it seems that the original story about Office AO's collapse dates back to August 11, when the Japanese government's Kanpou paper first announced that the company had filed for bankruptcy.
Office AO was founded in 1991 by Ken Aoki, who continued heading the company until the very end. In the likely event that this is the first time you've even heard about it - don't worry, you didn't miss much. The studio barely has anything to show for in the last few years. Apart from creating a silly series of anime shorts called Hula Kapper
/ Furakappa in 2006, Office AO mostly did assistance work for larger studios.
Some of the anime titles they contributed to include NieA Under 7
, Koi Kaze
and Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror, plus in-between animation work on various episodes of various other series, such as xxxHOLiC
, Zero no Tsukaima
, Maria-sama ga Miteru 3rd
or Seirei no Moribito
. Could've been worse, I guess.