Tear Studio was established in March 2013 under the name Next Batters Circle Inc. They’re famous for their works in the anime series Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King and Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!?. They recently launched an OVA for the anime Fragtime.
According to recent reports, the studio house has vanished off the face of the Earth. The production committee posted an official notice on the website for Fragtime addressing the disappearance of the animation studio responsible for the OVA, Tear Studio.
They’ve tried contacting the representative of the studio, however, there has been no response.
“Since last week, there has been a lot of talk on the Internet and social media about Tear Studio, the studio that produced the theatrical OVA anime Fragtime.
We need to understand the situation, and for some time we have been attempting to secure a statement from Next Batters Circle’s representatives, but we remain unable to make contact with them.
To achieve an accurate grasp of the situation, we will be continuing to attempt to contact Next Batters Circle’s representatives to request a statement.”
An animator, Gen Sato, tweeted out his concerns about him and his friends not being paid by Tear Studio on a project they worked on.
まさか、劇場アニメ制作会社が未払いの上、Twitter垢も削除して、トンズラするとは思わなかったわ（泣）— 佐藤元 月南ヨ21a 冬コミ・コミッション受付中！ おジャ魔女どれみ20周年おめでとう！ (@GENP37) December 9, 2019
No, the theater animation production company did not pay, and I did not expect to remove the Twitter plaque, and I wouldn’t expect it to be tangled (cry) I was involved in a huge trouble with this teacher (cry)English Translation
Apparently, due to his hectic schedule in this year-end cycle, Gen Sato is unable to take action against the studio house at the moment, however, he may be filing a class-action lawsuit against the Studio sometime soon. The animation is hard work and not being paid for it is something that would infuriate anyone.
The studio has erased their presence off of twitter and there were reports of their website being taken down for a short while. After the website started working again, people noticed that the “Contact” button at the top of the website lead to the infuriating 404 Not Found error code. The media content that the house has created is technically owned by a production committee which includes the investors of the content, therefore the recently released Fragtime OVA will still run on theatres.