Art studio Atelier BWCA announced that they will be closing their doors after spending 31 years in the anime industry. The studio is not closing due to finances, but instead due to health issues of company director Hidetoshi Kaneko.

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Kaneko worked as a painter and an art director for series like Terror in ResonanceLegend of the Galactic Heroes, and Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. The studio released a statement saying that his health has be deteriorating, and they made the decision to close.

Atelier BWCA was one of anime’s most well respected background art studios, and often led entire projects on art direction, which is what gives a series its look. The studio was founded in 1986, and has worked on some of the most well known anime. Their background and art direction work can be found on:

  • Black Lagoon
  • Blue Gender
  • The Boy and the Beast
  • Code Geass: Akito the Exiled
  • Fate/stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  • Hajime no Ippo Rising
  • Hunter x Hunter (2011)
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes
  • Little Busters!
  • Love Live! The School Idol Movie
  • Mind Game
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Noragami Aragoto
  • Record of Lodoss War
  • Rolling Girls
  • Texhnolyze
  • Trigun
  • Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files

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Despite the workload and success, Atelier BWCA was a small studio. The staff did not feel that they could go on without Kaneko leading the company due to his health. Hopefully Kaneko makes a speedy recovery and the former members of Aterlier BWCA can find homes at other anime studios.

Source: Atelier BWCA website

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