Let's stick around AnimeNews.biz for a bit longer. Their latest news
today reveals how Gonzo's parent company GDH aims to hack and slash its work force by 20%, echoing this month's earlier announcement
that the anime studio will be cutting its 2009 anime line-up in half. After having fired some of the top executives, and lowering the salaries of those lucky enough to keep their confy jobs at the top, Gonzo and GDH are now turning their corporate eye of Sauron over to the commoners down below.
But before they start calling out names, they are offering their employees a chance to resign willingly, and beneficially. Those who agree to quit working from January 2009 will receive one month's extra salary as a bonus, the report says. Ideally, by the end of this year, around 40 people should "cash in" their resignation - accounting for 20% of the company's 200-or-so employees.
Whether or not Gonzo will survive as an anime studio after this corporate ordeal, it remains to be seen. For now, we'll remind you the likely candidates for Gonzo's halved 2009 anime line-up: The Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk
, Slap Up Party: Arad Senki
and Alive: The Final Evolution
. The first one to start airing in January 2009 is The Tower of Druaga's second season.