This is a truly sad day in the anime world.

Earlier today, Studio Wanpack announced that founder and studio head Kōji Yamada passed away on January 2. Due to his passing, the Toyonaka, Osaka based studio will officially close its doors on February 28.

Studio Wanpack was founded in 1993 and, as of last month, maintained a workforce of 90 employees. Though the studio was never a force in the front lines of anime production, they were a vital source for outsourced labor. The studio handled key animation and in-between work for nearly one thousand titles, including Attack on Titan, Case Closed, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, and the Monogatari series.

The company has two main animation production roles to its name:

  • School-Live!
  • The Eden of Grisaia

We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to Yamada-sensei’s family and friends, and we hope the studio’s employees can land on their feet.

Source: Yaraon!