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GAINAX Co., Ltd. (株式会社ガイナックス, Kabushiki-gaisha Gainakkusu) is a Japanese anime studio famous for productions such as Gunbuster, The Wings of Honneamise, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, FLCL, Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann
and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, which have garnered critical acclaim[1][2] and been commercially successful. Evangelion has reportedly grossed over 150 billion yen, or approximately 1.2 billion USD.[3] In a discussion at the 2006 Tekkoshocon, Matt Greenfield claimed Evangelion had grossed over 2 billion USD;[4] Takeda reiterated in 2002 that "It sold record numbers of laserdiscs in Japan, and the DVD is still selling well today", as well as for their association with award-winning anime director and studio co-founder Hideaki Anno. The company is headquartered in Koganei, Tokyo.[5] Until Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gainax
typically worked on stories created in-house, but the studio has increasingly developed anime adaptations of existing manga like Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou and Mahoromatic. Series produced by Gainax
are often known for their controversial twist endings. The Animage
Grand Prix has been awarded to Gainax
for Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water in 1991, Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion
in 1995 and 1996, and The End of Evangelion
The End of Evangelion
in 1997.


1 History

1.1 Beginnings 1.2 Evangelion 1.3 2000s

2 Filmography

2.1 TV series 2.2 Films 2.3 OVAs and ONAs 2.4 Daicon tokusatsu fan films

3 Other works 4 Relationship to fan community 5 See also 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

History[edit] Beginnings[edit] The studio was formed in the early 1980s as Daicon Film by university students Hideaki Anno, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Hiroyuki Yamaga, Takami Akai, Toshio Okada, Yasuhiro Takeda and Shinji Higuchi. Their first project was an animated short for the 20th Annual Japan
National SF Convention, also known as Daicon III, held in 1981 in Osaka, Japan. The short film is about a girl who fights monsters, robots, and spaceships from early science fiction TV shows and films (including Ultraman, Gundam, Space Runaway Ideon, Space Battleship Yamato, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Godzilla) until she finally reaches a desert plain and pours a glass of water on a dried-out daikon radish, which immediately resurrects itself, grows into a huge spaceship, and beams her aboard. Though the short had an ambitious scope, the animation was rough and low-quality. The group made a much bigger splash with the short they produced for the 22nd Annual Japan
National SF Convention, Daicon IV, in 1983. Starting with a better animated recap of their original 1981 short, the short then moves to the girl as a grown woman, wearing a bunny suit and fighting an even wider range of science fiction creatures (including various Mobile Suits from the Gundam
series, Darth Vader, an Alien, a Macross Valkyrie, a Pern
dragon, Aslan, a Klingon
battle cruiser, Spider-Man, and a pan across a vast array of hundreds of other characters) while surfing through the sky on the sword Stormbringer. The action was all set to the Electric Light Orchestra song "Twilight", though the group's failure to properly license the song would prevent the short's official release on DVD (and make the limited laserdisc release of the Daicon shorts very rare and highly sought after items). The Daicon IV
Daicon IV
short firmly established Daicon Film as a talented new anime studio (albeit small and with only 20 million yen or about US$200,000).[6] The studio changed its name to Gainax
in 1985, basing the term "Gainax" on an obscure Tottori Prefecture[7] term for "giant", with the English suffix -x added because it sounded "good and was international".[8] Gainax's first work as a commercial entity was Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, released in 1987. Honneamise was (and still is) critically acclaimed and a classic anime movie; however, it had a tepid commercial reaction ( Gainax
did attempt to develop a sequel later in March 1992, before abandoning it for lack of funds). The next release, the 1988 OVA
Gunbuster, was a commercial success[9] and put Gainax
on a stabler footing to produce works like Nadia
and Otaku
no Video. During this period, Gainax
also produced a number of items such as garage kit and adult video games (a major earner which kept Gainax
afloat on occasion, though they were sometimes banned).[10] Evangelion[edit]

Gainax's offices in Koganei, Tokyo, circa 2004. The studio since moved to a modest two-story premise, also in Koganei, before moving again to another premise.

In 1995, Gainax
produced perhaps their best known series, the commercially successful and critically lauded Neon Genesis Evangelion. In the wake of Evangelion's success, however, Gainax
was audited by the National Tax Agency at the urging of the Tokyo
Regional Taxation Bureau on suspicion of committing tax evasion on the massive profits accruing from various Evangelion properties. It was later revealed that Gainax
had concealed 1.56 billion yen worth of income (thereby failing to pay 560 million yen due in corporate taxes) which it had earned between the release of Evangelion and July 1997 by paying closely related companies various large fees, ostensibly to pay for animation expenses, but then immediately withdraw 90% of the sums from the other company's accounts as cash and store it in safe deposit boxes (leaving 10% as a reward for the other company's assistance).[6] Gainax
president Takeshi Sawamura and tax accountant Yoshikatsu Iwasaki were arrested on July 13, 1999 and later jailed for accounting fraud.[11][12][13] Yasuhiro Takeda later defended Sawamura's actions as being a reaction to Gainax's perpetually precarious finances and the shaky accounting procedures internally:

"Sawamura understood our financial situation better than anyone, so when Evangelion took off and the money really started rolling in, he saw it as possibly our one and only opportunity to set something aside for the future. I guess he was vulnerable to temptation at that point, because no one knew how long the Evangelion goose would keep laying golden eggs. I don't think he purposely set out with the goal of evading taxes. It was more that our level of accounting knowledge wasn't up to the task of dealing with revenues on such a large scale."[14]


Current Gainax
headquarters in Koganei, Tokyo.

In 2004, Gainax
marked their 20th anniversary with the production of Diebuster, the sequel to Gunbuster. Gainax's most recent successes on television have been the popular anime series Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (2007) and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (2010). In August 2011, Gainax
was sued by A.D. Vision, who claimed Gainax's refusal to accept an option payment for the perpetual live-action rights to Evangelion was a breach of contract and had resulted in losing an opportunity to produce the film with a major studio.[15] A.D. Vision has asked to be awarded the live-action rights to Evangelion and any accruing legal fees. In 2012, Gainax
announced it would be producing its first live-action television series, EA's Rock, with director Nobuhiro Yamashita.[16] At the 2013 Tokyo
Fair, Gainax
announced that they would be making once-dead Blue Uru film with Hiroyuki Yamaga
Hiroyuki Yamaga
as the director and screenwriter and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
as the character designer.[17] In March 2015, a new studio and museum was opened in Miharu, Fukushima. The new studio will accept work from overseas.[18] Filmography[edit] TV series[edit]

Title Year(s) Director(s) Co-production companies

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water 1990–1991 Hideaki Anno Group TAC

Neon Genesis Evangelion 1995–1996 Hideaki Anno Tatsunoko

His and Her Circumstances 1998–1999 Hideaki Anno J.C.Staff

Modern Love's Silliness 1999 Issei Kume Group TAC

Oruchuban Ebichu 1999 Makoto Moriwaki Group TAC

Mahoromatic 2001–2003, 2009 Hiroyuki Yamaga Shaft

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi 2002 Hiroyuki Yamaga Madhouse

Petite Princess Yucie 2002–2003 Masahiko Otsuka AIC

Melody of Oblivion 2004 Hiroshi Nishikiori J.C.Staff

This Ugly yet Beautiful World 2004 Shouji Saeki Shaft

He Is My Master 2005 Shouji Saeki Shaft

Gurren Lagann 2007 Hiroyuki Imaishi

Corpse Princess 2008 Masahiko Murata Feel

Hanamaru Kindergarten 2010 Seiji Mizushima

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt 2010 Hiroyuki Imaishi Funimation

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian 2011 Yutaka Uemura

Medaka Box 2012 Shouji Saeki

Medaka Box
Medaka Box
Abnormal 2012 Shouji Saeki

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C³ 2013 Masayoshi Kawajiri

Magica Wars 2014 Ayano Ohnoki

Wish Upon the Pleiades 2015 Shouji Saeki Subaru

Piano no Mori[19] 2018 Gaku Nakatani

Flying Babies [20] 2018 TBA

Rescue Academia [21] 2018 TBA


Title Year(s) Director(s) Co-production companies Notes

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise 1987 Hiroyuki Yamaga

Nadia: The Movie 1991 Sho Aono Sei Young

Evangelion: Death and Rebirth 1997 Hideaki Anno Masayuki Kazuya Tsurumaki Production I.G

The End of Evangelion 1997 Hideaki Anno Kazuya Tsurumaki Production I.G

Revival of Evangelion 1999 Hideaki Anno Production I.G

Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door 2001 Shinichirō Watanabe Bones, Sunrise Gainax
credited as outside animation team

Cutie Honey 2004 Hideaki Anno

Opening animation

Gunbuster vs. Diebuster 2006 Hideaki Anno Kazuya Tsurumaki

Rebuild of Evangelion (Four-part movie series) 2007–present Hideaki Anno Kazuya Tsurumaki

Produced by Anno's Studio Khara. Gainax
collaborated in the project.

Gekijōban Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Two-part movie series) 2008–2009 Hiroyuki Imaishi

Uru in Blue 2018 Hiroyuki Yamaga

Zero Century (Three-part movie series) 2020-2026 Hiroyuki Yamaga

A film trilogy based on Leiji Matsumoto's works

OVAs and ONAs[edit]

Title Year(s) Director Co-production companies Notes

The Chocolate Panic Picture Show 1985 Kamui Fujiwara Barque/Studio-2B Productions Animation

Appleseed 1988 Kazuyoshi Katayama Bandai Visual

Gunbuster 1988–1989 Hideaki Anno

Beat Shot 1989 Takashi Akimoto

Circuit no Ohkami 2 Modena no Tsurugi 1990 Yoshihide Kuriyama

Honō no Tenkōsei 1991 Katsuhiko Nishijima

Money Wars 1991 Yusaku Saotome

no Video 1991 Takeshi Mori

K.O. Beast 1992-1993 Hiroshi Negishi Project B4, Animate Film

Casshan: Robot Hunter 1993 Hiroyuki Fukushima Tatsunoko
Productions Episode 4 only

Debutante Detective Corps 1996 Akiyuki Shinbo Studio 4°C/FAI

FLCL 2000 Kazuya Tsurumaki Production I.G

Tenchou 2002 Hiroyuki Imaishi Animate Film

Submarine 707R 2003 Shoichi Masuo Hideaki Anno Group TAC, Ashi Productions

Re: Cutie Honey 2004 Hideaki Anno Toei Animation

Diebuster 2004 Kazuya Tsurumaki

Wish Upon the Pleiades 2011 Shouji Saeki

Bridge for Future [22][23] 2015-2016

Toho Bank

Daicon tokusatsu fan films[edit]

Title Year Synopsis

Patriotic Squadron Dai-Nippon (愛国戦隊大日本, Aikoku Sentai Dai-Nippon) 1982 Parody of the popular Super Sentai
Super Sentai
shows (mostly from footages in Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan) and the Russo-Japanese War, with the members of the title team (AiKamikaze, AiHarakiri, AiSukiyaki, AiGeisha, and AiTenpura) fighting the evil plan of the Red Bear Empire (led by "Death Kremlin") to brainwash the children of Japan
by replacing the pages of their textbooks with red paper in this "episode."

Swift Hero Noutenki (快傑のーてんき, Kaiketsu Nōtenki) 1982 Parody of Shotaro Ishinomori's Kaiketsu Zubat

Return of Ultraman
(帰ってきたウルトラマン, Kaettekita Urutoraman) 1983 Parody of a title of the same name, with New Ultraman/ Ultraman
Jack replaced with a giant Hideaki Anno
Hideaki Anno
in a vinyl Ultraman
trick-or-treat outfit and glasses.[24]

Kaiketsu Nōtenki 2 - Pure Love in Minato City (快傑の-てんき2 純愛港町篇, Kaiketsu Nōtenki 2 - Junai Minato-cho Hen) 1984 Parody of Shotaro Ishinomori's Kaiketsu Zubat, in which the titular hero faces off against Mecha Noutenki, a mechanical clone of himself.

Kaiketsu Nōtenki in USA (快傑の-てんき in USA) 1984 Parody of Shotaro Ishinomori's Kaiketsu Zubat, in which the titular hero sightsees in San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
(while in costume)

The Eight-Headed Giant Serpent Strikes Back (八岐之大蛇の逆襲, Yamata no Orochi no Gyakushū) 1985 A 72-minute sendup of daikaiju (giant monster) movies and the most heavily promoted of the Daicon tokusatsu short films.[25]

Roleplaying Nōtenki in Seoul (ロールプレイングの-てんき in ソウル) 1988 Role-playing parody of Shotaro Ishinomori's Kaiketsu Zubat, in which the titular hero sightsees in San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
(while in costume)

Other works[edit] Gainax
has also teamed with other groups to create various works, such as a 1987 promotional video for the song "Marionette" by Boøwy[25] and the 2006 Momoko-based " Gainax
Girls" fashion dolls created in collaboration with a Japanese fashion doll.[26] Gainax
also collaborated with Game Arts in 1992, resulting in the video game Alisia Dragoon. Gainax
has also produced a number of computer games, including a strip mahjong game featuring Evangelion characters[27] and its most famous, the Princess Maker series (later adapted as Puchi Puri Yūshi). Gainax
also collaborated with Saudi Arabian media content company ARiNAT on a three-minute anime trailer titled "Desert Knight" (Sabaku no Kishi), which debuted at the "ANI:ME" Japanese pop culture festival in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.[28] Relationship to fan community[edit] Since Gainax
originated as a group of fans, it has maintained ties to the general otaku community, allowing dōjinshi of its work, fan-made action figures,[29] promoting series like Evangelion at private festivals, and so on. The term "Gainaxing" has been coined by fans to describe exaggerated bouncing of a female character's breasts. Similarly, the term "Gainax ending" has been used in reference to several Gainax
productions to describe an ending to a work which is surreal, or seems to come out of nowhere and resolve little.[citation needed] See also[edit]

portal Companies portal Anime
and Manga

Gonzo - studio created by ex- Gainax
staff Khara - studio created by Gainax's co-founder Trigger - studio created by ex- Gainax


^ "Considered one of the top 10 films of 1987 by Japanese film critics, The Wings of Honneamise
The Wings of Honneamise
is..." "Heads Up, Mickey: Anime
may be Japan's first really big cultural export", Issue 3.04 - Apr 1995, Wired Magazine ^ The studio's works have garnered them Animage's coveted Anime
Grand Prix award over ten times since 1990. ^ "スポニチ Sponichi Annex ニュース 芸能". sponichi.co.jp. Archived from the original on 14 February 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2015.  ^ Greenfield, Matt (April 2, 2006). Evangelion - 10 years of Death and Re:Birth (Speech). Tekkoshocon
2006. Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania.  ^ Gainax
Internet Section. "GAINAX NET|会社案内|会社概要". Gainax.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2015-04-30.  ^ a b Asahi Shimbun/ASAHI EVENING NEWS. November 13, 1998. "JAPAN- Animator hit for tax evasion" Pg. News. ^ Takami Akai
Takami Akai
is from Tottori and suggested it. ^ "Bienvenue sur le site internet de Sekai Project". Gainax.fr. Retrieved 2015-04-30.  ^ " "The first commercial success of the fan-turned-pro studio Gainax, "Gunbuster" ("Aim for the Top!") was the first anime OVA
(original video animation) made by and for the "otaku generation" — a series for those who love anime. Not tied to any pre-existing manga or toy campaign, "Gunbuster" was a declaration that anime could be made for its own sake." Business Wire. October 24, 2006 Tuesday 1:00 PM GMT "Image Entertainment and Bandai Visual
Bandai Visual
USA to Release Classic Anime Series Gunbuster" ^ Electronic Brain Academy Scenario 1 (released November 1990) was banned in July 1992 in Miyazaki Prefecture, the first to be so banned in Japan; Gainax
sued, charging the ban was unconstitutional, but lost. See Japan
Economic Newswire JANUARY 24, 1994, MONDAY. "Court backs ban on sale, lease of porno computer game". By Miyazaki, Jan. 24 Kyodo ^ " Anime
News Service - July 1999 Anime
News: President Of Gainax Arrested". Yomiuri Shimbun. 1999-07-13. Retrieved 2006-10-23.  ^ "Gainax, company president admit tax evasion - News". Animenewsnetwork.com. 1998-11-12. Retrieved 2015-04-30.  ^ "July 1999 Anime
News". Animenewsservice.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30.  ^ pg 170, Takeda 2002 ^ "A.D. Vision, Inc. sues Gainax
Co., Ltd. over live-action Evangelion movie agreement". Crunchyroll. August 12, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011.  ^ "Gainax, Nobuhiro Yamashita Create Live-Action TV Show EA's Rock". Anime
News Network. February 23, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012.  ^ " Gainax
Makes Blue Uru Film with Honneamise Yamaga, Sadamoto". Anime News Network. Retrieved 21 March 2013.  ^ " Gainax
Sets Up Studio, Museum in Fukushima". Anime
News Network. January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2018.  ^ "The Piano Forest TV Anime
Reveals Cast, Staff, Ending Song Artist". Anime
News Network. January 31, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2018.  ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-11-05/fukushima-gainax-makes-flying-babies-anime-project-about-hula-girls/.108482 ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-11-08/fukushima-gainax-makes-rescue-academia-anime-about-minamisoma-city/.108568 ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2015-10-04/gainax-fukushima-studio-makes-anime-commercial-series-for-bank/.93638 ^ http://www.tohobank.co.jp/gainax_cm/index.html ^ Takeda 2002. ^ a b Takeda 2002 ^ "momokoDOLL.com". momokodoll.com. Archived from the original on 20 December 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2015.  ^ "警告:アダルトコンテンツ". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2015-04-30.  ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-11-02/gainax-saudi-arabia-arinat-make-3-minute-desert-knight-trailer/.108401 ^ "The creation of a sexy Rei is in fact legal because anime production studio Gainax
Co. approves fan-made production under certain conditions. Normally, anime copyright owners do not grant individuals approval to use their characters. But Gainax
permits fans to make and sell up to 200 action figures a year per project. Gainax receives some 50 applications every year for fan production. The company believes permitting these products 'helps to prevent undesirable alterations and to maintain the characters' popularity', an official at the company's rights planning department said." The Nikkei Weekly (Japan) December 17, 2007 Monday, "Hostile responses not enough in battles with infringers"

Further reading[edit]

Hernandez, Lea. "The Curse of Urusei Yatsura", interview by PULP magazine, vol. 5, no. 8 (August 2001): 24–29. ISSN 1096-0228. Howell, Shon. "The Fabulous Dog and Pony Show: An Interview with Shon Howell". By Ben Dunn. Mangazine, vol. 2, no. 23 (May 1993): 11–18. Shon Howell was the second vice president of Gainax
in charge of United States operations (General Products) after Lea Hernandez (the first) quit. Howell, Shon. "The Fabulous Dog and Pony Show". Mangazine, vol. 2, nos. 24 (June 1993), 25 (July 1993), 27 (September 1993), 30 (December 1993), 31 (January 1994), 32 (February 1994). A column further detailing Shon Howell's experiences with Gainax. Leonard, Andrew. "Heads Up, Mickey". Wired, issue 3.04, April 1995. An article on anime, focusing on the history of Gainax. Takeda, Yasuhiro (2002). The Notenki Memoirs: Studio Gainax
and the Men Who Created Evangelion. Houston: ADV Manga. ISBN 1-4139-0234-0. 

External links[edit]

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Hideaki Anno Hiroyuki Yamaga Shinji Higuchi Takami Akai Toshio Okada Yasuhiro Takeda Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Television series

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990–1991) Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion
(1995–1996) Kare Kano (1998–1999) Modern Love's Silliness (1999) Oruchuban Ebichu
Oruchuban Ebichu
(1999) Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden (2001–2002) Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
(2002) Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful (2002–2003) Petite Princess Yucie (2002–2003) This Ugly yet Beautiful World (2004) Melody of Oblivion
Melody of Oblivion
(2004) He Is My Master
He Is My Master
(2005) Ani*Kuri15
(animated sequence) (2007–2008) Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann
(2007) Shikabane Hime: Aka (2008) Shikabane Hime: Kuro (2009) Hanamaru Kindergarten
Hanamaru Kindergarten
(2010) Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (2010) The Mystic Archives of Dantalian
The Mystic Archives of Dantalian
(2011) Medaka Box
Medaka Box
(2012) Medaka Box
Medaka Box
Abnormal (2012) Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C³
Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C³
(2013) Magica Wars
Magica Wars
(2014) Wish Upon the Pleiades
Wish Upon the Pleiades
(2015) Piano no Mori
Piano no Mori


Appleseed (1988) Mahjong
Hishō-den: Naki no Ryū (1988–1990) Gunbuster (1988–1989) Beat Shot (1989) Circuit no Ōkami II: Modena no Tsurugi (1990) Honō no Tenkōsei (1991) Money Wars (1991) Otaku no Video
Otaku no Video
(1991) K.O. Beast (1992–1993) Casshan: Robot Hunter (1993–1994) Debutante Detective Corps (1996) FLCL
(2000–2001) Anime
Tenchou (2002) Mahoromatic: Summer, Special
(2003) Re: Cutie Honey (2004) Diebuster (2004–2006) Mahoromatic: I'm Home, Special
(2009) Wish Upon the Pleiades
Wish Upon the Pleiades


Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise (1987) Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1991) Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997) The End of Evangelion
The End of Evangelion
(1997) Revival of Evangelion (1998) Gunbuster vs. Diebuster (2006) Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann
The Movie: Childhood's End (2008) Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann
The Movie: The Lights in the Sky are Stars (2009)

Video Games

Alisia Dragoon Musashi: Samurai Legend Princess Maker


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Neon Genesis Evangelion






Angelic Days Petit Eva: Evangelion@School Campus Apocalypse


Death & Rebirth The End of Evangelion Rebuild of Evangelion

1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0+1.0

Video games

Ayanami Raising Project Shinji Ikari
Shinji Ikari
Raising Project Girlfriend of Steel


Neon Genesis Evangelion


Shinji and Good Friends Battle Orchestra Misato Katsuragi's Reporting Plan City Shrouded in Shadow


"A Cruel Angel's Thesis" "Fly Me to the Moon" "Beautiful World" "Sakura Nagashi"


Gainax Khara Production I.G Tatsunoko


Shinji Ikari Rei Ayanami Asuka Langley Soryu Misato Katsuragi Gendo Ikari Kaworu Nagisa


Hideaki Anno Mahiro Maeda Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Shirō Sagisu Kazuya Tsurumaki


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Production I.G Wit Studio Xebec

Imagin J.C.Staff Khara Kinema Citrus Knack Productions Kyoto Animation Lay-duce Madhouse Magic Bus MAPPA Mook Animation Mushi Production NAZ Nihon Ad Systems Nippon Animation Nomad Oh! Production OLM Passione P.A.Works Pierrot Pine Jam Polygon Pictures Production IMS Production Reed Project No.9 Robot Communications Satelight Sega Sammy Holdings

Marza Animation
Planet TMS Entertainment

Seven Arcs Shaft Shin-Ei Animation Shuka Silver Link Square Enix

Visual Works

Studio 4°C Studio Chizu Studio Comet Studio Deen Studio Ghibli Studio Gokumi Studio Hibari


Studio Nue Studio Ponoc SynergySP Tatsunoko
Production Tezuka Productions TNK Toei Animation Troyca TYO Animations Ufotable Ultra Super Pictures

Liden Films Ordet Sanzigen Studio Trigger

White Fox Zexcs


Artmic Cherry Lips Group TAC Hal Film Maker J2 Communications Jetlag Productions Kitayama Eiga Seisakujo Manglobe Palm Studio Radix Ace Entertainment Spectrum Animation Studio Fantasia Topcraft Triangle Staff Tsuchida Production Walt Disney Animation

Industry associations

The Association of Japanese Animations Japanese Animation
Creators Association


Kobe Awards Animax Anison Grand Prix Anime
Grand Prix Japan
Academy Prize for Animation
of the Year Japan
Media Arts Awards Mainichi Film Award for Best Animation
Film Newtype
Award Ōfuji Noburō Award Seiyu Awards Sugoi Japan
Award Tokyo


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Original net animation
(ONA) Original video animation
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(OVA) Television

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Ecchi Girls with guns Harem Hentai

Tentacle erotica

Lolicon Kaitō Magical girl Mecha Shotacon Yaoi Yuri

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