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Animation Studio Production IMS Files for Bankruptcy

Production IMS, the anime studio behind series like Date A Live II and Active Raid has filed for bankruptcy, it was learned June 9.

Twitter user @saikickmouseao posted a bankruptcy letter from the studio, writing “it’s been sent to many people in the anime industry, including me, who must all feel disappointed.”

Anime Studio Production IMS Files for BankruptcyAnother user, @0007Kok, wrote, “I got a text message from a law office today. It said: ‘the studio has gone bankrupt, and will not be able to pay what it owes you.’ That’s it? Where’s my money? You’ve gotta be kidding, IMS!”

The most recent series from IMS was Takunomi., which aired from January to March of this year.

There were signs of trouble for the studio back in December 2017, when animator Teru Miyazaki tweeted to say that IMS was not paying its animators.

IMS was founded in 2013. Their first series was Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, which aired the following year.

Sources: Otakomu, Twitter

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.