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animation
company. The studio's name has a double meaning in Japanese: "Tatsu's child" (Tatsu is a nickname for Tatsuo) and "
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", the inspiration for its
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logo. Tatsunoko's headquarters are in
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History

The studio was founded in October 1962 by
anime is hand-drawn and computer animation " technique Computer animation is the process used for digitally generating animated images. The more general term computer-generated imagery Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the application of ...

anime
pioneer
Tatsuo Yoshida was a Japanese Japanese may refer to: * Something from or related to Japan , image_flag = Flag of Japan.svg , alt_flag = Centered deep red circle on a white rectangle , image_coat ...

Tatsuo Yoshida
and his brothers Kenji and Toyoharu (better known by his
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"Ippei Kuri"). The studio's first production was the 1965 TV series ''
Space Ace ''Space Ace'' is a LaserDisc video game produced by Bluth Group, Cinematronics and Advanced Microcomputer Systems (later renamed RDI Video Systems). It was unveiled in October 1983, just four months after the ''Dragon's Lair (1983 video game), Drag ...
''. Since then many figures in the anime industry have worked with Tatsunoko, including Mizuho Nishikubo,
Hiroshi Sasagawa is a creator of several anime and manga series. His name is romanized in some sources as ''Hiroshi Sasakawa''. Career Born in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, he is well known as one of creators of ''Time Bok ...
, Koichi Mashimo, Katsuhisa Yamada,
Hideaki Anno is a Japanese animator, filmmaker and actor. He is best known for creating the anime is hand-drawn and computer animation " technique Computer animation is the process used for digitally generating animated images. The more general ...

Hideaki Anno
(Tatsunoko provided animation work on the ''
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a Japanese Mecha anime and manga, mecha anime television series produced by Gainax and animated by Tatsunoko Production, Tatsunoko, directed by Hideaki Anno and broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996. The cast included ...
'' TV series), and Kazuo Yamazaki. Sasagawa is notable for bringing his fondness for comedy animation to the forefront in Tatsunoko series such as the ''
Time Bokan is a Japanese anime is hand-drawn and computer animation " technique Computer animation is the process used for digitally generating animated images. The more general term computer-generated imagery Computer-generated imagery ( ...
'' (1975) franchise. The company later licensed ''Macross'' to Harmony Gold, who then produced ''Robotech''. Takara acquired Tatsunoko on June 3, 2005 after purchasing an 88 percent stake and made the company a subsidiary. was established in 1987 as I.G. Tatsunoko, a branch for the production of ''
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'' led by
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa is a Japanese anime is hand-drawn and computer animation " technique Computer animation is the process used for digitally generating animated images. The more general term computer-generated imagery Computer-generated imagery (CGI) ...

Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
. In 2009, Tatsunoko announced that it would collaborate with
Marvel Comics Marvel Comics is the brand name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc., formerly Marvel Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Comics Group, a publisher of American comic books and related media. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company The Walt D ...
on a joint television project and other ventures.
IG Port is a Japanese holding company that was established on December 1, 2007 as a result from a Mergers and acquisitions, merger between the holding companies of Japanese anime studio Production I.G and manga publisher Mag Garden. History The announ ...
announced on June 2, 2010 that its subsidiary, Production I.G, had purchased an 11.2 percent stake in Tatsunoko. Production I.G president Mitsuhisa Ishikawa became a part-time director of the studio. Talent agency
Horipro is a large Japanese talent agent, talent agency. History It was founded in 1960 as Hori Productions (ホリプロダクション ''Hori Purodakushon'') and changed to its present name in 1990. Horipro has two locations in the United States: ...

Horipro
announced on February 23, 2013 that it had acquired a 13.5 percent stake in Tatsunoko. At
Anime Expo is hand-drawn and computer animation " technique Computer animation is the process used for digitally generating animated images. The more general term computer-generated imagery Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the application of ...
2013,
Sentai Filmworks Sentai Filmworks, LLC, or just Sentai, is an American anime is Traditional animation, hand-drawn and computer animation originating from Japan. In Japan and in Japanese, (a term derived from the English language, English word ''animatio ...
announced a deal to license and release some of Tatsunoko's titles, including ''
Gatchaman is a animated franchise about a five-member team created by and produced by . The original series, which debuted in 1972, was eponymously entitled ''Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman'' and is best known in the English-speaking world as the adapt ...
'' and ''
Casshan ''Casshan'', also known in Japan Japan ( ja, 日本, or , and formally ) is an in . It is situated in the northwest , and is bordered on the west by the , while extending from the in the north toward the and in the south. Japan ...
''.
Nippon TV JOAX-DTV, virtual channel In most telecommunications Telecommunication is the transmission of information by various types of technologies over , radio, , or other systems. It has its origin in the desire of humans for communicati ...
announced on January 29, 2014 that it had purchased a 54.3 percent stake in Tatsunoko and adopted the company as its subsidiary. In 2017, two short films titled ''Pandora to Akubi'' were released. These were the first works produced under Tatsunoko's "Bakken Record" label, which was officially established in April 2019.


Main Production/Japanese TV Program


1960s

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1970s

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1980s


1990s


2000s


2010s

* '' Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars'' (Nintendo Wii) (January 26, 2010) * '' Hutch the Honeybee: Yuki no Melody'' (2010; co-production with
Group TAC was a Japanese animation and computer graphics studio located in Shibuya, Tokyo Shibuya (wikt:渋谷, 渋谷wikt:区, 区 ''Shibuya-ku'') is a Special wards of Tokyo, special ward in Tokyo, Japan. A major commercial and finance center, it ho ...

Group TAC
) * ''
Yozakura Quartet is a Japanese manga series created by Suzuhito Yasuda that began publishing by Kodansha in 2006, and was then published in the US by Del Rey in 2008. The anime adaptation aired from October 2 to December 18, 2008 in Japan and comprised 12 ...
: Hoshi no Umi'' (2010; co-production with KMMJ Studios) * ''
Princess Resurrection is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasunori Mitsunaga. The manga was serialized in ''Monthly Shōnen Sirius'' magazine and published by Kodansha. A 26-episode anime series by Madhouse (company), Madhouse aired on Tokyo Br ...
'' (2010; remake of original TV series) * '' The Money of Soul and Possibility Control'' (Fuji TV) (2011) * ''
Sket Dance ''Sket Dance'' (stylized as ''SKET DANCE'') is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kenta Shinohara. The manga follows the adventures of the ''Sket-dan'', a high school club whose goal it is to help the students and teachers ...
'' (TV Tokyo) (2011–2012) * '' Pretty Rhythm: Aurora Dream'' (TV Tokyo) (2011) * '' Pretty Rhythm: Dear My Future'' (TV Tokyo) (2012–2013; co-production with DongWoo A&E) * '' Ippatsu-Hicchuu! Devander'' (2012;
OVA , abbreviated as OVA and sometimes as OAV (original animation video), are Japanese animated films and series made specially for release in home video Home video is prerecorded media sold or Video rental shop, rented for home viewing. The ter ...

OVA
in celebration of Tatsunoko Productions' 50th Anniversary) * ''
Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Keiji Najima. It was adapted into an anime television series. Plot Takurō Mukōjima is a boy angler. He lands a ningyo (Japanese mermaid) by the name of Muromi-Japanese honorifics#San, s ...
'' (MBS) (2013) * '' Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live'' (TV Tokyo) (2013–2014; co-production with DongWoo A&E) * ''
Gatchaman Crowds is a 2013 anime television series produced by Tatsunoko Production and directed by Kenji Nakamura. It is a part of the ''Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Gatchaman'' franchise. The first season aired between July 12, 2013, and September 27, 2013, ...
'' ( NTV) (2013) * '' Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta''/'' Yozakura Quartet: Tsuki ni Naku'' (2013) * ''Triple Combination:
Transformers Go! is a ''Transformers'' anime series and toyline exclusive to Japan. It features several Autobots teaming up to battle the evil Predacons seeking to conquer Earth. It is the first animated series in the franchise to be produced in Japan, followin ...
'' (2013) * '' Robotech: Love Live Alive'' (2013) (Robotech version of the MOSPEADA OVA: Love Live Alive) * ''
Wake Up, Girls! ''Wake Up, Girls!'' is an anime series produced by Ordet (studio), Ordet and Tatsunoko Production and directed by Yutaka Yamamoto. A film titled opened in Japan on January 11, 2014, and a television series aired in Japan between January and ...
'' (2014; co-production with
Ordet ''Ordet'' (, meaning " The Word" and originally released as ''The Word'' in English), is a 1955 Danish Danish may refer to: * Something of, from, or related to the country of Denmark * A national or citizen of Denmark, also called a "Dane", see D ...
) * ''
Ping Pong Table tennis, also known as ping-pong and whiff-whaff, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball, also known as the ping-pong ball, back and forth across a table using small rackets. The game takes place on a hard table div ...
'' (Fuji TV) (2014) * ''
PriPara , short for ''Prism Paradise'', is a Japanese arcade game An arcade game or coin-op game is a coin-operated entertainment machine typically installed in public businesses such as restaurants, bars and amusement arcades. Most arcade ...
'' (TV Tokyo) (2014–2017; co-production with DongWoo A&E) * ''
Psycho-Pass 2 ''Psycho-Pass 2'' is a 2014 anime series by Tatsunoko Production that serves as a direct sequel to the 2012–2013 series ''Psycho-Pass''. It was directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and Kiyotaka Suzuki, and supervised by Katsuyuki Motohiro and Gen Uro ...
'' (Fuji TV) (2014) * ''
Yatterman Night is a 2015 anime television series by Tatsunoko Production. The series celebrates the 40th anniversary of the ''Time Bokan'' franchise and is inspired by Tatsunoko's 1970s anime series ''Yatterman''. The series aired in Japan between January 1 ...
'' (MBS) (2015) * '' Gatchaman Crowds insight'' (NTV) (2015) * '' PriPara Mi~nna no Akogare Let's Go PriPari'' (TV Tokyo) (2016) * '' Transformers: Combiner Wars'' (2016; co-production with
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and Machinima Inc.) * ''
Time Bokan 24 is a Japanese anime series that is a re-imagining of the original ''Time Bokan'' series that debuted on October 1, 2016, featuring a team of time travelers in search for the "True History" that is not written in the textbooks. It is a co-produc ...
'' (
YTVYTV or ytv may refer to: * YTV (Canadian TV channel), a Canadian youth television station owned by Corus Entertainment * Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council, a co-operation agency operating in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area * Yale TV, the broadcast ...
/NTV) (2016–2017; co-production with Level-5) * ''
Infini-T Force is a Japanese computer generated imagery, 3DCG anime series featuring a crossover between characters from ''Science Ninja Team Gatchaman'', ''Casshan'', ''Hurricane Polymar'' and ''Tekkaman: The Space Knight'', all series produced by Tatsuno ...
'' (NTV) (2017, co-production with
Digital Frontier , also called as is a motion picture production company in Japan with a distinguished large scale CG production department. The company is equipped with motion capture studio called "OPAKIS" in Odaiba, Tokyo. The company started producing CG wor ...
) * ''
Idol Time PriPara is a Japanese anime by Dong Woo Animation, DongWoo A&E. It is the second animation adaption of the ''PriPara'' arcade game, as well as the sequel series to the ''PriPara'' TV series. It began airing from April 4, 2017 to March 27, 2018. It w ...
'' (TV Tokyo) (2017–2018; co-production with DongWoo A&E) * '' Transformers: Titans Return'' (2017–2018; co-production with Hasbro Studios and Machinima Inc.) * '' Transformers: Power of the Primes'' (2018; co-production with Hasbro Studios and Machinima Inc.) * '' Kiratto Pri Chan'' (TV Tokyo) (2018–2021; co-production with DongWoo A&E) * ''
The Price of Smiles is a Japanese anime series produced by Tatsunoko Production. The series was created as part of the studio's 55th anniversary celebration. Synopsis A kingdom full of smiles on a star far away from the earth. Princess Yūki Soleil is twelve yea ...
'' (2019) * '' King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars'' (2019) * ''Ninja Box'' (2019–2020; co-production with )


2020s

* ''
Hakushon Daimaō 2020'' (YTV) (2020, co-production with
Nippon Animation is a Japanese animation studio. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, with chief offices in the Ginza Ginza ( ; ja, 銀座 ) is a district of Chūō, Tokyo, Chūō, Tokyo, located south of Yaesu and Kyōbashi, Tokyo, Kyōbashi, west of Tsu ...
) * ''Idol Land PriPara'' (2021) * '' Muteking the Dancing Hero'' (2021, co-production with
Tezuka Productions is a Japanese animation studio founded by Osamu Tezuka in 1968. It is known for animating notable works such as ''Marvelous Melmo'', the Astro Boy (1980 TV series), 1980 and Astro Boy (2003 TV series), 2003 ''Astro Boy'' series, and ''Black Jack ...
) * ''
Waccha PriMagi! is a Japanese arcade game An arcade game or coin-op game is a coin-operated entertainment machine typically installed in public businesses such as restaurants, bars and amusement arcades. Most arcade games are presented as primarily ...
'' (2021–present, co-production with DongWoo A&E)


Co-productions

* '' Once Upon a Time...Man'' (1978–1981; produced by
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) * ''
Superbook ''Superbook'', also known as , is an anime television series from the early 1980s, initially produced at Tatsunoko Productions in Japan in conjunction with the Christian Broadcasting Network in the United States and more recently solely prod ...
'' (1981–1982; co-production with
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) * '' The Flying House'' (1982–1983; co-production with Christian Broadcasting Network) * ''
Super Dimension Fortress Macross is an anime television series from 1982. According to story creator Shoji Kawamori, it depicts "a love triangle against the backdrop of great battles" during the first Human-alien war. It is the first part of two franchises: The Super Dime ...
'' (MBS) (1982–1983; produced by
Studio Nue Studio Nue, Inc. ( ja, スタジオぬえ) is a Japanese design studio formed in 1972 (as Crystal Art Studio) by Naoyuki Kato, Kenichi Matsuzaki, Kazutaka Miyatake is a visual artist and anime designer known for the mechanical design of the ''M ...
and
Artland Artland is a ''Samtgemeinde'' ("collective municipality") in the Osnabrück (district), district of Osnabrück, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated along the river Hase, approx. 45 km north of Osnabrück, and 25 km west of Vechta. It ...
) * '' Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?'' (1984; produced by Studio Nue and Artland) * '' Genesis Climber MOSPEADA: Love Live Alive'' (1985; co-production with Artmic) * ''
Robotech ''Robotech'' is a science fiction Science fiction (sometimes shortened to sci-fi or SF) is a genre of speculative fiction which typically deals with imagination, imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, ...
'' (1985; co-production with
Harmony Gold USA Harmony Gold USA, Inc. is an American film and television production company. It was founded in 1983 by Egyptian-born Frank Agrama and is managed by his daughter, Jehan F. Agrama. In 1976, Agrama sold broadcast rights from Paramount Pictures to ...
and
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) * '' Robotech II: The Sentinels'' (1986; co-production with Harmony Gold USA) * ''
Anmitsu Hime is a manga series by Shosuke Kurakane. The original manga was serialized between 1949 and 1955. In 1986, Izumi Takemoto retold the original manga series, releasing it under the same title and simultaneously with the anime adaptati ...
'' (Fuji TV) (a.k.a. ''Anmitsu Hime: From Amakara Castle'') (1986–1987; produced by
Studio Pierrot is a Japanese animation studio An animation studio is a company producing animated media. The broadest such companies conceive of products to produce, own the physical equipment for production, employ operators for that equipment, and hold a maj ...
) * '' Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012'' (1987; co-production with Studio Nue and Artland) * ''
Time Travel Tondekeman is an anime series directed by Kunihiko Yuyama is a Japanese director best known for his work on the ''Pokémon (anime), Pokémon'' anime franchise. He also directed ''Magical Princess Minky Momo'', ''Leda: The Fantastic Adventure of Yohko' ...
'' (Fuji TV) (a.k.a. ''Time Quest Tondekeman!'') (1989–1990; produced by
Ashi Productions is a Japan Japan ( ja, 日本, or , and formally ) is an island country An island country or an island nation is a country A country is a distinct territory, territorial body or political entity. It is often referred to as t ...
) * ''
Samurai Pizza Cats ''Samurai Pizza Cats'' is an American animated series, animated television adaptation of the anime series ''Kyatto Ninden Teyandee'' (''Cat Ninja Legend Teyandee''), produced by Tatsunoko Productions and Sotsu Agency. The series originally ai ...
'' (1990–1991; co-production with
Discotek Media Discotek Media is an American entertainment company based in Altamonte Springs, Florida Altamonte Springs is a suburban city in Seminole County, Florida, United States, which had a population of 41,496 at the 2010 United States Census, 2010 cens ...
) * ''
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'' (1990–1992; co-production with
Mondo TV Mondo TV is an Italian production and television distribution company. Founded by Orlando Corradi in 1985 and based in Rome, Mondo TV is a public company, quoted on the STAR segment of the Italian main stock exchange, Borsa Italiana, a part of th ...
) * ''
The Legend of Snow White ''The'' () is a grammatical Article (grammar), article in English language, English, denoting persons or things already mentioned, under discussion, implied or otherwise presumed familiar to listeners, readers, or speakers. It is the definite a ...
'' (1994–1995; co-production with Mondo TV) * ''
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a Japanese Mecha anime and manga, mecha anime television series produced by Gainax and animated by Tatsunoko Production, Tatsunoko, directed by Hideaki Anno and broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996. The cast included ...
'' (TV Tokyo) (1995–1996; co-production with
Gainax is a Japanese anime is hand-drawn and computer animation " technique Computer animation is the process used for digitally generating animated images. The more general term computer-generated imagery Computer-generated imagery (CG ...
) * ''
The Story of Cinderella is an Italian-Japanese 1996 anime television series based on the Cinderella, fairytale of the same name by Charles Perrault and The Brothers Grimm. It was produced by Tatsunoko Productions and Mondo TV. The series originally aired from April 4 ...
'' (1996; co-production with Mondo TV)


Anime studios founded by former animators

* Ashi Productions/Production Reed (since 1975) *
Artmic was a Japanese animation design studio formed in 1978. It went bankrupt and was liquidated in 1997. Anime International Company (AIC) now holds the intellectual property of most of Artmic's titles. The studio was founded by Toshimitsu Suzuki aft ...
(1978-1997) (defunct) *
Pierrot Pierrot ( , , ) is a stock character A stock character is a stereotypical Police officers buying doughnuts and coffee, an example of perceived stereotypical behavior in North America. Social psychology Social psychology is the ...
(since 1979) *
J.C.Staff , is a Japanese animation studio founded in January 1986 by Tomoyuki Miyata, who previously worked at Tatsunoko Production. The studio's first release was ''Yōtōden'' in 1987. They have produced several well-known anime series, such as ''Golden ...
(since 1986) * (since 1987) *
Xebec A xebec ( or ), also spelled zebec, was a Mediterranean The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by the Mediterranean Basin and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Western Europe, Western and ...
(1995-2019) (defunct) *
Radix Ace Entertainment was a Japanese animation studio founded on December 6, 1995, and closed on October 1, 2006. The studio went by the name of Radix until it changed its name in 2005 to Radix Ace Entertainment. Much of the staff from Radix joined Seven (animation st ...
(1995-2006) (defunct) *
Bee Train Production , commonly referred to simply as Bee Train, is a Japanese animation studio founded by Kōichi Mashimo in 1997. Since their involvement with ''Noir (anime), Noir'', ''.hack//Sign'', and ''Madlax'' (among other series) they have a strong following i ...
(since 1997) *
Actas is a Japanese animation studio An animation studio is a company producing animated media. The broadest such companies conceive of products to produce, own the physical equipment for production, employ operators for that equipment, and hold a maj ...

Actas
(since 1998) * TNK (since 1999)


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