() is a Japanese animation studio
primarily controlled by its namesake Toei Company
. It has produced numerous series, including ''Sally the Witch
,'' ''Gegege no Kitaro
,'' ''Mazinger Z
'', ''Galaxy Express 999
'', ''Dr. Slump
'', ''Dragon Ball
'', ''Saint Seiya
'', ''Sailor Moon
'', ''Slam Dunk
'', ''One Piece
'', ''The Transformers
'' (1984–1990, including several Japanese exclusive productions) and the ''Precure
The studio was founded by animators Kenzō Masaoka and Zenjirō Yamamoto in 1948 as . In 1956, Toei purchased the studio and it was renamed , doing business as Toei Animation Co., Ltd. outside Japan. In 1998, the Japanese name was renamed to Toei Animation. It has created a number of TV series and movies and adapted Japanese comics as animated series, many popular worldwide. Hayao Miyazaki
, Isao Takahata
, Yasuji Mori
, Leiji Matsumoto
and Yoichi Kotabe
have worked with the company.
Toei is a shareholder in the Japanese anime satellite television
with other anime studios and production companies, such as Sunrise
, TMS Entertainment
and Nihon Ad Systems Inc
The company is headquartered in the Ohizumi Studio in Nerima, Tokyo
Their mascot is the cat Pero, from the company's 1969 film adaptation
of ''Puss in Boots
Toei Animation produced anime versions of works from manga series by manga artists, including Go Nagai
''), Eiichiro Oda
''), Shotaro Ishinomori
''), Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
''), Takehiko Inoue
''), Mitsuteru Yokoyama
(''Sally the Witch
''), Masami Kurumada
''), Akira Toriyama
'' and ''Dr. Slump
''), Leiji Matsumoto
(''Galaxy Express 999
''), and Naoko Takeuchi
''). The studio helped propel the popularity of the Magical Girl
and ''Super Robot
'' genres of anime; Toei's TV series include the first magical-girl anime series, ''Mahoutsukai Sally
'' (an adaptation of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's manga of the same name), and Go Nagai's ''Mazinger Z
'', an adaptation of his manga which set the standard for Super Robot anime. Although the Toei Company usually allows Toei Animation to handle its animation, they occasionally hire other companies to provide animation; although the Toei Company produced the ''Robot Romance Trilogy
(then known as Nippon Sunrise) provided the animation. Toei Company would also enlist the help of other studios such as hiring Academy Productions to produce the animation for ''Space Emperor God Sigma
'', rather than use their own studio.
Toei Animation's anime which have won the Animage
Anime Grand Prix award are ''Galaxy Express 999
'' in 1981, ''Saint Seiya
'' in 1987 and ''Sailor Moon
'' in 1992. In addition to producing anime for release in Japan, Toei Animation began providing animation for American films and television series during the 1960s and particularly during the 1980s.
Currently in production
TV movies and specials
Original video animation (OVA) and original net animation (ONA)
Video game animation
Video game development
Animated productions by foreign studios dubbed in Japanese by Toei are ''The Mystery of the Third Planet
'' (1981 Russian film, dubbed in 2008); ''Les Maîtres du temps
'' (1982 French-Hungarian film, dubbed in 2014), and ''Alice's Birthday
'' (2009 Russian film, dubbed in 2013).
Toei has been commissioned to provide animation by Japanese and American studios such as Disney, Sunbow, Marvel, Hanna-Barbera, DiC, Rankin/Bass and World Event Productions (DreamWorks Animation).
Fair use dispute with TeamFourStar
Between 2008 and 2018, Toei Animation had copyrighted claimed TeamFourStar's parody series, ''DragonBall Z Abridged
'' even though TFS stated that they are made under fair use
Treatment of employees
On January 20, 2021, two employees have accused Toei Animation of overworking their employees and discrimination towards sexual minorities. The company had misgendered and deadnamed an employee who identifies as X-gender
(a non-binary identity in Japan).
, Studio Junio and Hal Film Maker
, animation studios founded by former Toei animators.
, an animation studio founded by former Toei Animation producer Toru Hara.
* Studio Ghibli
, an animation studio founded by former Toei animators Hayao Miyazaki
and Isao Takahata
* Mushi Production
, an animation studio founded by Osamu Tezuka
and former Toei animators.
* Shin-Ei Animation
, formally A Production, an animation studio founded by former Toei animator Daikichirō Kusube.
* Yamamura Animation, an animation studio founded by former Toei animator Kōji Yamamura
* Doga Kobo
, an animation studio formed by former Toei animator Hideo Furusawa.
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