Earlier today, Gainax president Hiroyuki Yamaga posted a message to the company’s website. The notice is a formal apology regarding the news of Khara’s lawsuit against Gainax, which broke on December 2.
Yamaga’s apology in full (Please note, all translations are rough!):
In regards to the recent news coverage of this trial, I sincerely apologize to everybody concerned. I would like to express genuine regret for causing unease to companies operating in Yonago, Fukushima, Kyoto, Niigata, and GAINAX WEST, even though we share no capital relations.
Currently, we are restructuring our organization and business arrangements, managing operations, relocating the company, etc. We are working to return to the form that Gainax should be. We’re rebuilding as a company focused primarily on planning and production.
We will continue to move forward, one step at a time, to make animated works beloved by all. I thank you dearly for your cooperation.
Representative Director Hiroyuki Yamaga
Last week, Studio Khara filed a lawsuit against Gaianx. According to the article, Khara is suing Gainax for 100 million yen ($879,002.65 USD), which stems from a debt that Gainax allegedly owes the studio.
According to the filing documents, Khara and Gainax entered into an agreement, which would have Gainax pay Khara royalties from income received on works and properties that Gainax co-founder and Khara founder Hideaki Anno contributed to. Khara alleges that Gainax delayed paying said royalties.