Last updated
Native name
Romanized name
Kabushiki-gaisha Mangurōbu
Type Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Japanese animation
Successor Geno Studio
FoundedFebruary 7, 2002;19 years ago (February 7, 2002) [1]
FounderShinichirō Kobayashi
Takashi Kochiyama
DefunctSeptember 29, 2015;5 years ago (September 29, 2015)
Key people
Shinichirō Kobayashi (President & CEO) [1]

Manglobe Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社マングローブ, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Mangurōbu) was a Japanese animation studio based in Suginami, Tokyo and active from 2002 to 2015. The studio was formed on February 7, 2002 by Sunrise producers Shinichirō Kobayashi and Takashi Kochiyama. Manglobe filed for bankruptcy in September 2015 after getting in an estimated debt of 350 million yen.


Studio production

Manglobe made its name producing original shows such as Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy , rather than adaptations of existing works. [2] Since 2010, the studio had been responsible for multiple seasons of the anime adaptation of The World God Only Knows . Writer of The World God Only Knows manga Tamiki Wakaki became good friends with Manglobe's managing director Takashi Kochiyama during this period, and had stated that working closely with Manglobe's staff resulted in "a truly fortunate work." [3]


On September 29, 2015, the studio filed for bankruptcy and removed its website. The Anime! Anime! Biz website reported that the studio had been insolvent for some time, and it had considered options such as debt consolidation before deciding to file for bankruptcy. [4] According to a report by Teikoku Databank, Manglobe had an estimated debt of 350 million yen. [5] Manglobe's bankruptcy resulted in a delay of the theatrical release of the film Genocidal Organ , which had been slated to open on November 13, 2015, [6] and a 16-month long delay of the home video release of Gangsta from Volume 3 onwards in Japan.


TV series

Samurai Champloo Shinichirō Watanabe 26May 20, 2004 –
March 19, 2005
Ergo Proxy Shūkō Murase 23February 25, 2006 –
August 12, 2006
Michiko & Hatchin Sayo Yamamoto 22October 15, 2008 –
March 18, 2009
The Sacred Blacksmith Masamitsu Hidaka12October 3, 2009 –
December 19, 2009
House of Five Leaves Tomomi Mochizuki 12April 15, 2010 –
July 1, 2010
The World God Only Knows Shigehito Takayanagi 12October 6, 2010 –
December 22, 2010
Deadman Wonderland Kōichirō Hatsumi12April 17, 2011 –
July 3, 2011
The World God Only Knows II Shigehito Takayanagi 12April 12, 2011 –
June 28, 2011
Mashiroiro Symphony Eiji Suganuma 12October 5, 2011 –
December 21, 2011
Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You Masashi Kudō 12October 4, 2012 –
December 20, 2012
Unlimited Psychic Squad Shishō Igarashi12January 7, 2013 –
March 25, 2013
Karneval Eiji Suganuma 13April 3, 2013 –
June 26, 2013
Hayate the Combat Butler: Cuties Masashi Kudō 12April 8, 2013 –
July 1, 2013
The World God Only Knows: Goddesses Satoshi Ōsedo12July 8, 2013 –
September 23, 2013
Samurai Flamenco Takahiro Omori 22October 10, 2013 –
March 27, 2014
Gangsta Shūkō Murase
Kōichi Hatsumi
12July 1, 2015 –
September 27, 2015


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