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Anime Production Company

An anime production company (アニメ制作会社) is a company that produces animation.


An anime production company (アニメ制作会社) is a company engaged in the actual production of commercial animation (animated TV shows, animated movies, etc.). The Japan Animation Association has been established as a general incorporated association of which many production companies are members. Most of the companies in Japan are based in Tokyo (mainly in Suginami Ward), but some are located in regional areas. (e.g. Kyoto/Kyoto Animation, Toyama/P.A.WORKS, Osaka/GoHands)

Even the largest companies have only a few hundred employees, a very small number. In particular, today's animators need to be highly skilled, and it is so advertised that it is difficult to hire even contract employees, let alone full-time employees.

Now that the digitization of drawing has progressed, it is said that there is almost no difference in visual quality between different studios. There are rumors about high and low quality studios, but in most cases, the difference is merely a matter of budget and production time (Hayao Miyazaki's insistence on hand drawn animation for Ponyo is said to be one of the reasons). However, it is not a mistake that each company is good at battle scenes, long-running series, parodies, and so on, and that the style differs from company to company depending on the staff members belonging to each company.

Although often confused, production and sales companies (companies that release and sell BD/DVD packages, such as Aniplex, Bandai Visual, and Pony Canyon) are completely different.

Anime production companies are only in charge of production work ordered by the production company or production committee, and do not suffer much direct disadvantage even if the anime does not sell well. However, this is an important issue for companies that are also involved in production (e.g., Studio Ghibli).

List of Animation Production Companies

Company NameMajor Works
A-1 PicturesSword Art Online, Black Butler
A.C.G.T.Kino's Journey, Freezing
AICTenchi Muyou!, Ah! My Goddess
Ajia-doAscendance of a Bookworm, Kakushigoto
Animation Studio SevenI Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying
AnproBus Gamer
ArmsElfen Lied
ArtmicMegazone 23
Arvo AnimationIrina: The Vampire Cosmonaut
Asahi ProductionPeach Boy Riverside
Ashi ProductionVampire Hunter D
AXsiZUlysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight
Bandai Namco PicturesGintama
Bee TrainPhantom: Requiem for the Phantom
Bibury Animation StudiosAzur Lane, The Quintessential Quintuplets
BonesFullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, My Hero Academia, Soul Eater
Brain's BaseBaccano!, Durarara!!
C-StationYuru Camp
C2CWandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
Chaos ProjectUsagi-chan de Cue!!
CoMix Wave FilmsYour Name.
Creators in PackLove is Like a Cocktail
CygamesPicturesPrincess Connect! Re:Dive
DaumeShiki, Yuru Yuri
David ProductionFire Force, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)
Digital FrontierGantz:O
DiomedeaThe Squid Girl
DLESkull-face Bookseller Honda-san
Doga KoboPlastic Memories, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
E&G FilmsSlayers
Ekachi EpilkaDemon Lord, Retry!
EMT SquaredLove Tyrant
Encourage FilmsIsekai Cheat Magician
ENGIUzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!, The Detective Is Already Dead
FanworksAggressive Retsuko
Felix FilmAharen-san wa Hakarenai, Nekopara
GainaxNeon Genesis Evangelion, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Gonzo K.K.Hellsing, Welcome to the N.H.K.
Group TACLupin III, Grappler Baki
Hal Film MakerPrincess Tutu
Hoods Entertainment3D Kanojo: Real Girl, Mysterious Girlfriend X
ImaginSpice and Wolf, Rizelmine
J.C.StaffToradora!, Azumanga Daioh
Kamikaze DougaJoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012, OP)
Kaname ProductionLeda: The Fantastic Adventure of Yohko
KharaRebuild of Evangelion
Kinema CitrusMade in Abyss
Knack ProductionsChargeman Ken!
Kyoto AnimationK-On!, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Lapin TrackSarazanmai
Larx EntertainmentKengan Ashura
Lay-duceMagi: Adventure of Sinbad, Maidens of the Savage Season
LercheSchool-Live!, Assassination Classroom
LespritHow clumsy you are, Miss Ueno.
Liden FilmsTokyo Revengers
MadhouseDeath Note, Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Maho FilmI'm Standing on a Million Lives
MAPPAJujutsu Kaisen
Nippon AnimationHunter x Hunter
NomadRozen Maiden
OLMPokémon, Komi Can't Communicate
OrangeLand of the Lustrous, Beastars
P.A. WorksAngel Beats!, Another
Pie in the skySeizei Ganbare! Mahou Shoujo Kurumi
Pine JamDo It Yourself!!
Production I.GGhost in the Shell, Haikyuu!!
RadixHaibane Renmei
SatelightLog Horizon, Fairy Tail
Science SARUThe Tatami Galaxy, Devilman: Crybaby
ShaftPuella Magi Madoka Magica, Bakemonogatari
Silver LinkKokoro Connect, Watamote
Studio 4°CBerserk, The Animatrix
Studio A-CATBattle Game in 5 Seconds
Studio ChizuWolf Children, The Boy and the Beast
Studio DeenKonoSuba, Fruits Basket
Studio GhibliSpirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro
Studio GokumiTsuredure Children
Studio hbTabi Hani
Studio JunioSaber Marionette J
studio MOTHERArifureta: From a Detour to the World's Strongest
Studio PierrotNaruto, Tokyo Ghoul
Studio PonocMary and the Witch's Flower
Studio SunriseCowboy Bebop, Gundam
Studio TriggerKill la Kill, Little Witch Academia
SynergySPHayate the Combat Butler
Tezuka ProductionsAstro Boy
TMS EntertainmentDr. Stone, Sonic X
Toei AnimationDragon Ball Z, One Piece, PreCure
Triangle StaffSerial Experiments Lain, Boogiepop Phantom
UfotableDemon Slayer, Kara no Kyoukai
Wit StudioAttack on Titan, Spy x Family
XebecMartian Successor Nadesico, Love Hina
YaoyorozuKemono Friends
Yostar PicturesArknights, Azur Lane

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