Gainax Loses Lawsuit, Must Pay Hideaki Anno's Studio $900,000

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[Image via Guille]

Last year, Hideaki Anno’s Studio Khara sued Gainax of Evangelion fame for unpaid royalities. A Tokyo District court has ruled in Anno’s favor, with a judge ordering Gainax to pay the full 100 million yen (around US$900,000).

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Anno co-founded Gainax in 1984 with fellow students he met at Osaka University of Arts, including current Gainax president Hiroyuki Yamaga. The studio hit it big with Neon Genesis Evangelion during the mid-1990s. Anno left Gainax in 2007 to set up Studio Khara, but both studios continued to collaborate.

As previously reported, Gainax is contractually bound to pay royalties to Khara for projects Anno worked on, but Gainax owed a large amount in back payments. Moreover, Khara made a special loan to Gainax for 100 million yen ($898,796) in August 2014 and is now suing to get the unpaid amount back.

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Sankei News adds that Gainax will not appeal the decision. Khara would not issue a comment about the ruling.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

Does this effect Evangelion 4.44 in any way? According to Wikipedia, it seems like Khara is the production company behind it, but I figured that Gainax was probably collaborating in some way (unless Anno got the rights when he left?).