Bandai Namco Filmworks announced on Monday that it has invested in CG studio Anima. The companies did not reveal the investment amount. The companies aim to cooperate to create high-quality original works that combine CG animation and hand-drawn animation.
Studio Anima was founded in 1997. The company has worked on 3DCG production for Love Live! School idol project, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Cat Shit One: The Animated Series, and Altered Carbon: Resleeved. Last month, Anima sold its shares of TIA (now TOHO animation Studio) to TOHO.
Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. merged Sunrise Inc., an animation studio, Bandai Namco Arts Inc.'s visual business division, and Bandai Namco Rights Marketing Inc. to establish Bandai Namco Filmworks Inc. on April 1.
The firms under Bandai Namco Holdings' IP Production Unit were being reorganized, the company stated in October 2021.
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