The anime industry is a large industry within Japan and currently booming in the US. As anime begins to become more popular and mainstream in the US and other nations, we are seeing an influx of anime watchers. With new anime watchers, we are seeing some anime studios become popular and highlighted in regards to shows they are creating. In this blog, I would like to acknowledge some of my favorite anime studios and the phenomenal work they do.
Kyoto Animation was established in 1985 by a married couple named Yoko and Hideaki Hatta. Under the management of this couple, they have provided a positive atmosphere for their employees, especially women. However, Kyoto Animation has not been without its troubles. In 2019, an arson fire was set to the studio. After this devasting incident Kyoto Animation was temporally shut down for those lost in the fire, injured and for recuperation. Now in 2022, Kyoto Animation is up and running creating some of the most beautiful animation.
Kyoto Animation is most known for the following animes: Clannad, K-ON, Violet Evergarden, Free, and A Silent Voice. With such a strong roster of animes I am excited to see what other animes they animate.
TMS Entertainment is one of the oldest anime studios alongside Toei Animation and Sunrise Studio. TMS Entertainment has been creating anime for 75 years. Having a rich history in the anime world, they have shaped the anime industry with there animation. One of the early pioneers in the anime industry. We have had the honor of watching them grow with technological advances.
TMS Entertainment’s most notable works are Detective Conan, Kamisama Kiss, Lupin III, Dr. Stone and D-Grayman.
Brain's Base is a Japanese animation studio founded in 1996 by former Tokyo Movie Shinsha staff. Having been in the anime industry for 26 years, Brain’s Base has a fantastic line up for animating of some fan favorite animes, such as Spice and Wolf, Natsume Yuujinchou, Kiss Him Not Me, Blood Lad and To Your Eternity.
Production I.G. was founded in 1987 by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and Takayuki Goto. Having a long-standing history in anime franchise, Production I.G. has created some fan favorite animes and is the producer (overseer) for Wit Studio who animated Attack on Titians (AOT).
Production I.G.’s most notable works are Haikyu, Kuroko no Basket, Guilty Crown, XXXholoic, and FLCL. They have their hand in many more animes.
Bones was founded in 1998 by former Sunrise employees, Masahiko Minami, Hiroshi Ōsaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto. Bones animation studio rose to fame with their support on the Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. However, tragedy struck the studio when founding member Hiroshi Osaka passed away in 2007 at the age of 44. After this, Makoto Watanabe and Takahiro Komori were brought on to the board of directors. Studio Bones has a reputation as a reliable studio capable of producing exceptional animes.
Bones most notable works are Fullmetal Alchemist/ Brotherhood, Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater, My Hero Academia and Bungou Stray Dogs.
This Japanese animation studio was founded in 1979, and like many other studios it was started by former employees of other animation studios. Having been in the industry for 43 years, Pierrot has a well-respected name in the industry and among the anime community. Having animated two of the big three anime has proven the animation studios reputation. Although, some might not be aware of how prominent this studio has been with in anime community.
Some of the most notable works are Naruto, Bleach, Yu Yu Hakshuo, Great Teacher Onizuka and Urusei Yatsura.