and often shortened to , is a Japanese animation company. The studio's name has a double meaning in Japanese: "Tatsu's child" (Tatsu is a nickname for Tatsuo) and "sea dragon", the inspiration for its seahorse logo. Tatsunoko's headquarters are in Musashino, Tokyo.


The studio was founded in October 1962 by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida and his brothers Kenji and Toyoharu (better known by his pen name "Ippei Kuri"). The studio's first production was the 1965 TV series ''Space Ace''. Since then many figures in the anime industry have worked with Tatsunoko, including Mizuho Nishikubo, Hiroshi Sasagawa, Koichi Mashimo, Katsuhisa Yamada, Hideaki Anno (Tatsunoko provided animation work on the ''Neon Genesis Evangelion'' 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'' (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. Production I.G was established in 1987 as I.G. Tatsunoko, a branch for the production of ''Zillion'' led by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa. In 2009, Tatsunoko announced that it would collaborate with Marvel Comics on a joint television project and other ventures. IG Port 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 announced on February 23, 2013 that it had acquired a 13.5 percent stake in Tatsunoko. At Anime Expo 2013, Sentai Filmworks announced a deal to license and release some of Tatsunoko's titles, including ''Gatchaman'' and ''Casshan''. Nippon TV announced on January 29, 2014 that it had purchased a 54.3 percent stake in Tatsunoko and adopted the company as its subsidiary.

Main Production/Japanese TV Program


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* ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars'' (Nintendo Wii) (January 26, 2010) * ''Hutch the Honeybee: Yuki no Melody'' (2010; co-production with Group TAC) * ''Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi'' (2010; co-production with KMMJ Studios) * ''Princess Resurrection'' (2010; remake of original TV series) * '' The Money of Soul and Possibility Control'' (Fuji TV) (2011) * ''Sket Dance'' (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 in celebration of Tatsunoko Productions' 50th Anniversary) * ''Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san'' (MBS) (2013) * ''Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live'' (TV Tokyo) (2013–2014; co-production with DongWoo A&E) * ''Gatchaman Crowds'' (NTV) (2013) * ''Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta''/''Yozakura Quartet: Tsuki ni Naku'' (2013) * ''Triple Combination: Transformers Go!'' (2013) * ''Robotech: Love Live Alive'' (2013) (Robotech version of the MOSPEADA OVA: Love Live Alive) * ''Wake Up, Girls!'' (2014; co-production with Ordet) * ''Ping Pong'' (Fuji TV) (2014) * ''PriPara'' (TV Tokyo) (2014–2017; co-production with DongWoo A&E) * ''Psycho-Pass 2'' (Fuji TV) (2014) * ''Yatterman Night'' (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 Hasbro Studios and Machinima Inc.) * ''Time Bokan 24'' (YTV /NTV) (2016–2017; co-production with Level-5) * ''Infini-T Force'' (NTV) (2017, co-production with Digital Frontier) * ''Idol Time PriPara'' (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–present; co-production with DongWoo A&E) * ''The Price of Smiles'' (2019) * ''King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars'' (2019) * ''Ninja Box'' (2019–2020; co-production with C2C)


* ''Hakushon Daimaō 2020'' (YTV) (2020, co-production with Nippon Animation) * ''Idol Land PriPara'' (2021) * ''Muteking the Dancing Hero'' (2021, co-production with Tezuka Productions)


* ''Once Upon a Time...Man'' (1978–1981; produced by Procidis) * ''Super Dimension Fortress Macross'' (MBS) (1982–1983; produced by Studio Nue and Artland) * ''Super Dimension Fortless Macross: Do You Remember Love?'' (1984; produced by Studio Nue and Artland) * ''Genesis Climber MOSPEADA: Love Live Alive'' (1985; co-production with Artmic) * ''Robotech'' (1985; co-production with Harmony Gold USA and Big West) * ''Robotech II: The Sentinels'' (1986; co-production with Harmony Gold USA) * ''Anmitsu Hime'' (Fuji TV) (a.k.a. ''Anmitsu Hime: From Amakara Castle'') (1986–1987; produced by Studio Pierrot) * ''Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012'' (1987; co-production with Studio Nue and Artland) * ''Time Travel Tondekeman'' (Fuji TV) (a.k.a. ''Time Quest Tondekeman!'') (1989–1990; produced by Ashi Productions) * ''Samurai Pizza Cats'' (1990–1991; co-production with Discotek Media) * ''Robin Hood'' (1990–1992; co-production with Mondo TV) * ''The Legend of Snow White'' (1994–1995; co-production with Mondo TV) * ''Neon Genesis Evangelion'' (TV Tokyo) (1995–1996; co-production with Gainax) * ''The Story of Cinderella'' (1996; co-production with Mondo TV)

Anime studios founded by former animators

* Ashi Productions/Production Reed (since 1975) * Artmic (1978-1997) (defunct) * Pierrot (since 1979) * J.C.Staff (since 1986) * Production I.G (since 1987) * Xebec (1995-2019) (defunct) * Radix Ace Entertainment (1995-2006) (defunct) * Bee Train Production (since 1997) * Actas (since 1998) * TNK (since 1999)



External links

* * {{Authority control Category:1962 establishments in Japan Category:Animation studios in Tokyo Category:Mass media companies established in 1962 Category:Japanese animation studios Category:Musashino, Tokyo Category:Video game companies of Japan Category:Video game development companies Category:Video game publishers