Spy x Family Studio Posts Losses Despite Anime's Global Success


Spy x Family emerged as one of the most highly anticipated anime releases of 2022. However, despite the success of the Forger Family, Studio CloverWorks encountered some unexpected financial losses during the fiscal year 2022-2023. These losses came as a surprise, considering CloverWorks also produced the beloved series Bocchi The Rock. With Spy x Family poised for a promising 2023, it remains to be seen if CloverWorks can rebound and secure newfound profits.

As dedicated fans of the Forgers are aware, CloverWorks was not the sole studio involved in bringing Spy x Family to life. The popular anime adaptation was a collaborative effort between CloverWorks and Wit Studio, known for their work on acclaimed series such as Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings. During this year's Anime Expo, Wit Studio made an exciting announcement, revealing their current work on a "Suicide Squad Isekai" series. This project involves taking characters like Harley Quinn and the Joker and placing them in a magical world. With this endeavor, DC Comics is venturing into the anime realm, and it will be intriguing to observe if CloverWorks or other production studios follow suit in the future.

CloverWorks' Losses

According to the most recent annual financial report for CloverWorks, the studio experienced a loss of approximately 29 million yen, which translates to a studio deficit of $200,000 for the fiscal year. During this year's Anime Expo, the studio made an exciting announcement that they will be undertaking the production of a new season of Black Butler.

Spy x Family will make a significant comeback this year through two major avenues. The upcoming fall season will witness the release of the second season of the anime series, while the franchise will also expand with the introduction of the first movie, Spy x Family Code: White, scheduled to hit theaters this winter. It will be intriguing to observe whether these two projects alone can assist CloverWorks in achieving profitability.

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