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Kadokawa Acquires Studio Doga Kobo

Studio Doga Kobo is now officially a Kadokawa subsidiary, as announced earlier today. The two companies have been collaborating on anime production since titles such as Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, and the press release highlights the impact the recent Oshi no Ko adaptation had, not just in Japan but also overseas.

The Doga Kobo studio was established on July 11, 1973 – exactly 51 years ago. It was founded by Toei Animation members Hideo Furusawa and Megumu Ishiguro. The current president is Ryu Ishiguro. In addition to the currently ongoing Oshi no Ko Season 2, the studio is also adapting Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian this season. It is known for titles such as New Game!, Yuru Yuri ♪♪, Himouto! Umaru-chan, How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?, and many more.

KADOKAWA now has six studio subsidiaries: besides Doga Kobo there are ENGI, Studio Kadan (specializes in 3DCG), Raging Bull, the recently-established Bellnox Films, and affiliated Kinema Citrus (Kadokawa is part-owner with Bushiroad and Muneki Ogasawara). In its medium-term plan, Kadokawa announced that as “a strategy for the animation business, which is the core of the media mix, [they] aim to maximize the value of IP with anime at its core by expanding the production line and strengthening [their] production capabilities, thereby building a system that will enable [them] to continuously create attractive anime works.

Kadokawa is currently recovering from a cyber attack that brought down Niconico services and greatly affected the functioning of certain parts of the company.

Source: Kadokawa Press Release

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