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Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd.
Native name
株式会社タツノコプロ
Kabushiki-gaisha Tatsunoko Puro
FormerlyTatsunoko Productions Co, Ltd. (1962–2013)
TypeKabushiki gaisha
FoundedOctober 19, 1962; 60 years ago (1962-10-19)[1]
FounderTatsuo Yoshida
Kenji Yoshida
Ippei Kuri
HeadquartersMusashino, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Yuzo Kuwahara
(President and CEO)
ProductsAnime
OwnerNippon TV (54.3%)
Tomy (20.0%)
Horipro (13.5%)
Production I.G (11.2%)
Number of employees
70[2] (2022)
DivisionsI.G Tatsunoko (1987–1993)
Websitetatsunoko.co.jp/english

Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. (株式会社タツノコプロ, Kabushiki gaisha Tatsunoko Puro)[a] and often shortened to Tatsunoko Pro (タツノコプロ, Tatsunoko Puro), 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.[3][4] Tatsunoko's headquarters are in Musashino, Tokyo.[1]

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Animation

Animation

Animation is a method by which still figures are manipulated to appear as moving images. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand on transparent celluloid sheets to be photographed and exhibited on film. Today, most animations are made with computer-generated imagery (CGI). Computer animation can be very detailed 3D animation, while 2D computer animation can be used for stylistic reasons, low bandwidth, or faster real-time renderings. Other common animation methods apply a stop motion technique to two- and three-dimensional objects like paper cutouts, puppets, or clay figures.

Chinese dragon

Chinese dragon

The Chinese dragon, also known as loong, long or lung, is a legendary creature in Chinese mythology, Chinese folklore, and Chinese culture at large. Chinese dragons have many animal-like forms such as turtles and fish, but are most commonly depicted as snake-like with four legs. Academicians have identified four reliable theories on the origin of the Chinese dragon: snakes, Chinese alligators, thunder and nature worship. They traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it in East Asian culture. During the days of Imperial China, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial strength and power. In Chinese culture, excellent and outstanding people are compared to a dragon, while incapable people with no achievements are compared to other, disesteemed creatures, such as a worm.

Seahorse

Seahorse

A seahorse is any of 46 species of small marine fish in the genus Hippocampus. "Hippocampus" comes from the Ancient Greek hippókampos (ἱππόκαμπος), itself from híppos (ἵππος) meaning "horse" and kámpos (κάμπος) meaning "sea monster" or "sea animal". Having a head and neck suggestive of a horse, seahorses also feature segmented bony armour, an upright posture and a curled prehensile tail. Along with the pipefishes and seadragons they form the family Syngnathidae.

Musashino, Tokyo

Musashino, Tokyo

Musashino is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 March 2021, the city had an estimated population of 147,492 in 77,779 households, and a population density of 13,000 persons per km². The total area of the city is 10.98 square kilometres (4.24 sq mi). Based on the 2015 Kanto Ranking, Musashino was the fifth most desirable place to live in Central Japan.

History

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").[3]

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.[5] 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.[6] Production I.G was established in 1987 as I.G. Tatsunoko, a branch for the production of Zillion led by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa.[7][8][9]

In 2009, Tatsunoko announced that it would collaborate with Marvel Comics on a joint television project and other ventures.[10] 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.[11]

Talent agency Horipro announced on February 23, 2013 that it had acquired a 13.5 percent stake in Tatsunoko.[12] At Anime Expo 2013, Sentai Filmworks announced a deal to license and release some of Tatsunoko's titles, including Gatchaman and Casshan.[13] 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.[14][15][16]

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.[17]

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Anime

Anime

Anime is hand-drawn and computer-generated animation originating from Japan. Outside of Japan and in English, anime refers specifically to animation produced in Japan. However, in Japan and in Japanese, anime describes all animated works, regardless of style or origin. Animation produced outside of Japan with similar style to Japanese animation is commonly referred to as anime-influenced animation.

Kenji Yoshida

Kenji Yoshida

Kenji Yoshida is a Japanese anime producer, manga artist and illustrator best known as the co-founder of Tatsunoko Production. Yoshida is the younger brother of Tatsuo Yoshida and the older brother of Ippei Kuri. He replaced Tatsuo as president after the latter's death in 1977 and continued to run the company until 1987, when Kuri replaced him. On July 1, 2005, he and Kuri resigned from Tatsunoko Production when Takara merged with Tomy.

Pen name

Pen name

A pen name, also called a nom de plume or a literary double, is a pseudonym adopted by an author and printed on the title page or by-line of their works in place of their real name.

Hiroshi Sasagawa

Hiroshi Sasagawa

Hiroshi Sasagawa is a Japanese creator of several anime and manga series. His name is romanized in some sources as Hiroshi Sasakawa.

Hideaki Anno

Hideaki Anno

Hideaki Anno is a Japanese animator, filmmaker and actor. He is best known for creating the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995). His style is defined by his postmodernist approach and the extensive portrayal of characters' thoughts and emotions, often through unconventional scenes presenting the mental deconstruction of those characters. The Evangelion franchise has had a significant influence on the anime television industry and Japanese popular culture, with many deeming Anno as one of the medium's first auteurs.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion , also known simply as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese mecha anime television series produced by Gainax and animated by Tatsunoko, directed by Hideaki Anno and broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996. Evangelion is set fifteen years after a worldwide cataclysm, particularly in the futuristic fortified city of Tokyo-3. The protagonist is Shinji Ikari, a teenage boy who is recruited by his father Gendo to the shadowy organization Nerv to pilot a giant bio-machine mecha named "Evangelion" into combat against beings known as "Angels".

Harmony Gold USA

Harmony Gold USA

Harmony Gold USA, Inc. was 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.

Mitsuhisa Ishikawa

Mitsuhisa Ishikawa

Mitsuhisa Ishikawa is a Japanese anime entrepreneur, the co-founder and current president and CEO of Production I.G, as well as a producer for the studio.

Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics is an American comic book publisher and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc., part of Marvel Entertainment. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired the parent company.

IG Port

IG Port

IG Port is a Japanese holding company that was established on December 1, 2007, as a result of a merger between the Japanese anime studio Production I.G and manga publisher Mag Garden.

Horipro

Horipro

Horipro is a large Japanese talent agency.

Anime Expo

Anime Expo

Anime Expo, abbreviated AX, is an American anime convention held in Los Angeles, California and organized by the non-profit Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA). The convention is traditionally held annually on the first weekend of July, spanning the course of four days. Anime Expo is regularly hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center but has also been held in other cities such as Anaheim, San Jose, New York, and Tokyo. Anime Expo is currently the largest North American anime convention as of 2017.

Main productions

1960s

Title Series director Broadcast network(s) Year(s) Notes
Space Ace (Uchuu Ace) Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV May 8, 1965 – April 28, 1966 Tatsunoko's first ever animated TV serial; adapted from the original manga by Tatsuo Yoshida that was serialized in Shueisha's Shonen Book magazine
Mach GoGoGo (Speed Racer) (original) Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV April 2, 1967 – March 31, 1968 Tatsunoko's first animated TV serial to be produced in color; adapted from the original manga by Tatsuo Yoshida that was serialized in Shueisha's Shonen Book magazine
Oraa Guzura Dado (original) Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV October 7, 1967 – September 25, 1968
Dokachin the Primitive Boy (or simply, "Dokachin") Seitarō Hara, Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV October 2, 1968 – March 26, 1969
Kurenai Sanshiro Ippei Kuri Fuji TV April 2-September 24, 1969 Adapted from two manga serials by Tatsuo Yoshida that were serialized in Shueisha's Shonen Book from 1961 to 1962, and Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday and Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump from 1968 to 1969
Hakushon Daimaō Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV October 5, 1969 – September 27, 1970 Adapted into Bob in a Bottle by Saban Entertainment in 1992

1970s

Title Series director Broadcast network(s) Year(s) Notes
Honeybee Hutch (Mitsubachi Monogatari Minashigo Hacchiand La Abeja Hutch) Ippei Kuri Fuji TV April 7, 1970 – September 8, 1971
Inakappe Taishō Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV October 4, 1970 – September 24, 1972 Adapted from the manga by Noboru Kawasaki, which was serialized in Shogakukan's Gakkushu Zasshi educational magazines for Japanese schoolchildren
Kabatotto Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV January 1, 1971 – September 30, 1972
Animentari Ketsudan Ippei Kuri Nippon TV April 3-September 25, 1971 Dramatic adaptation of the Japanese Empire's role in the Second World War
Mokku of the Oak Tree Seitaro Hara Fuji TV January 4, 1972 – January 1, 1973 Adaptation of Italian novelist Carlo Collodi's 1881 novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman Hisayuki Toriumi Fuji TV October 1, 1972 – September 29, 1974 Adapted for western audiences by Sandy Frank Entertainment into Battle of the Planets in 1978, by Sandy Frank and Turner Entertainment into G-Force: Guardians of Space in 1986, and by Saban Entertainment into Eagle Riders in 1996
Tamagon the Counselor Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV 1972–1973
Kerokko Demetan Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV January 2-September 25, 1973 Adapted for western audiences by Harmony Gold USA as an animated film The Brave Frog in 1985
Neo Human Casshan Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV October 2, 1973 – June 25, 1974 A notable source of inspiration for Keiji Inafune who went on to be the artistic director for the Mega Man franchise for Capcom
New Honeybee Hutch Seitaro Hara NET April 4-September 27, 1974 Sequel to 1970's Honeybee Hutch
Hurricane Polymar Hisayuki Toriumi NET October 4, 1974 – March 28, 1975
Tentomushi no Uta Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV October 6, 1974 – September 26, 1976 Adapted from Noboru Kawasaki's manga of the same name that was serialized in Shogakukan's Gakkushu Zasshi educational magazines from 1973 to 1975
Space Knight Tekkaman Hiroshi Sasagawa, Hisayuki Toriumi NET July 2-December 24, 1975
Time Bokan Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV October 4, 1975 – December 25, 1976 First entry in Tatsunoko's Time Bokan Series
Gowappa 5 Gōdam Hisayuki Toriumi ABC April 4-December 29, 1976
Paul's Miraculous Adventure Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV October 3, 1976 – September 11, 1977
The Time Bokan Series: Yatterman Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV January 1, 1977 – January 27, 1979 Second installment of the Time Bokan Series
Ippatsu Kanta-kun Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV September 18, 1977 – September 24, 1978 First of Tatsuo Yoshida's original works to be produced posthumously; he died of liver cancer on September 5, 1977, 13 days before the first episode aired
Temple the Balloonist Seitaro Hara Fuji TV October 1, 1977 – March 25, 1978 Second and last of Tatsuo Yoshida's original works to be produced posthumously
Tobidase! Machine Hiryuu ??? Tokyo Channel 12 October 5, 1977 – March 29, 1978 First and only one of Tatsunoko's original works to be co-produced with Toei Animation, one of their rivals within the anime industry
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman II Hisayuki Toriumi, Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV October 1, 1978 – September 23, 1979 Sequel to 1972's Science Ninja Team Gatchaman; adapted into Eagle Riders by Saban Entertainment in 1996; First of Tatsunoko's works to be produced by Kenji Yoshida
The Time Bokan Series: Zenderman Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV February 3, 1979 – January 26, 1980 Third installment of the Time Bokan Series
Lupin the Thief: Enigma of the 813 Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV May 5, 1979 Made-for-TV anime film; loosely adapted from Maurice Leblanc's 813
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman Fighter Hisayuki Toriumi Fuji TV October 7, 1979 – August 31, 1980 Direct sequel to 1978's Science Ninja Team Gatchaman II; final installment in the Gatchaman franchise until 1994 OVA
Gordian the Warrior Masamune Ochiai, Kunihiko Okazaki Tokyo Channel 12 October 7, 1979 – February 27, 1981
Ashinaga Ojisan ??? Fuji TV October 10, 1979 TV Special; adapted from Jean Webster's 1912 novel, Daddy-Long-Legs

1980s

Title Series director Broadcast network(s) Year(s) Notes
Cheerful Dwarves of the Forest: Belfy and Lillibit Masayuki Hayashi Tokyo 12 Broadcasting January 7-July 7, 1980 Adapted by Saban Entertainment into The Littl' Bits, which ran on Nick Jr. from 1991 to 1995
The Time Bokan Series: Time Patrol Team Otasukeman Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV February 2, 1980 – January 31, 1981 Fourth installment of the Time Bokan Series
Dashing Warrior Muteking Seitaro Hara Fuji TV September 7, 1980 – September 27, 1981
The Great Navy War: 20,000 Miles of Love Ippei Kuri Nippon TV January 3, 1981 Made-for-TV anime film; loosely adapted from Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Adapted into English by Harmony Gold as simply Undersea Encounter
The Time Bokan Series: Yattodetaman Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV February 7, 1981 – February 6, 1982 Fifth installment of the Time Bokan Series
Golden Warrior Gold Lightan Kōichi Mashimo Tokyo 12 Broadcasting March 1, 1981 – February 18, 1982
Dash Kappei Masayuki Hayashi, Seitaro Hara Fuji TV October 4, 1981 – December 26, 1982 Adapted from the manga by Noboru Rokuda, which was serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday manga magazine from November 1979 to November 1982
The Time Bokan Series: Gyakuten! Ippatsuman Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV February 13, 1982 – March 26, 1983 Sixth installment of the Time Bokan Series
Mirai Keisatsu Urashiman Kōichi Mashimo Fuji TV January 9-December 24, 1983 Adapted from the manga by Hirohisa Soda and Noboru Akashi, which was serialized in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion manga magazines
The Time Bokan Series: Itadakiman Hiroshi Sasagawa Fuji TV April 9-September 24, 1983 Seventh and final installment of the Time Bokan Series; returned briefly in 1993 as an OVA titled Royal Revival; resumed in 2000 with Kaito Kiramekiman
Genesis Climber MOSPEADA Katsuhisa Yamada Fuji TV October 2, 1983 – March 23, 1984 Adapted by Harmony Gold USA as Robotech: The New Generation in 1985, co-production with Artmic
Starzan S Hidehito Ueda Fuji TV January 7-August 25, 1984 Adapted from an original concept by Hiroshi Sasagawa
Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross Yasuo Hasegawa MBS April 15-September 30, 1984 Adapted by Harmony Gold USA into Robotech: The Masters in 1985
Yoroshiku Mechadoc Hidehito Ueda Fuji TV September 1, 1984 – March 30, 1985 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Ryuji Tsugihara, which was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine from November 1982 to March 1985
Fire of Alpen Rose: Judy and Randy Hidehito Ueda Fuji TV April 6-October 5, 1985 Adapted from the manga, Alpen Rose, by Michiyo Akaishi, which was serialized in Shogakukan's Ciao manga magazine for female readers from April 1983 to May 1986
Showa Era Idiot Story Book: Most Refined Hidehito Ueda TV Asahi October 7, 1985 – March 24, 1986 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Yuu Azuki, which was serialized in Shueisha's Margaret manga magazine for female readers from 1985 to 1987
Shonen Jump Special: Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo Hiroshi Sasagawa Anime Film; Shown at 1985 Shonen Jump Film Festival November 23, 1985 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Osamu Akimoto, which was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine from October 1976 to September 2016; presented as a double feature with Shonen Jump Special: Kimagure Orange Road, which was animated by Studio Pierrot
The Legend of Hikari Tomomi Mochizuki ABC May 3-September 20, 1986 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Izumi Aso, which was serialized in Shueisha's Ribon manga magazine for female readers from 1985 to December 1988
Doteraman Shinya Sadamitsu NTV October 14, 1986 – February 24, 1987 Tatsunoko's first TV anime to be broadcast on NTV in 15 years since Animentary Ketsudan
Red Photon Zillion Mizuho Nishikubo NTV April 12-December 13, 1987 After the production of the anime, Tatsunoko Production and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, the producer of Zillion, established IG Tatsunoko (which later became Production I.G) to obstruct the dispersing of the excellent staffs of Tatsunoko branch which had done actual production. Therefore, Zillion is considered to be Production I.G's first work. Also co-produced by Sega, which had a fine relationship with Tatsunoko until they purchased rival studio TMS in 1992.
Oraa Guzura Dado Hiroshi Sasagawa TV Tokyo October 12, 1987 – September 20, 1988 Color remake of the 1967 series
Legend of Heavenly Sphere Shurato Mizuho Nishikubo TV Tokyo April 6, 1989 – January 18, 1990 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Hiroshi Kawamoto, which was serialized in Shonen Gahosha's Shonen King manga magazine from February to September 1988
Konchū Monogatari: Minashigo Hutch Iku Suzuki NTV July 21, 1989 – August 31, 1990 Modern remake of the 1970 anime Honeybee Hutch

1990s

Title Series director Broadcast network(s) Year(s) Notes
Kyatto Ninden Teyandee Kunitoshi Okajima TV Tokyo February 1, 1990 – February 12, 1991 Adapted into English by Saban Entertainment as Samurai Pizza Cats in 1991; a Sequel series known as Kyatto Keisatsu Beranmee (or Crime Stoppin' Cats) was planned, but was mysteriously cancelled for unknown reasons
The Great Adventure of Robin Hood Kōichi Mashimo NHK July 29, 1990 – October 28, 1992 Adapted from the English folktale Robin Hood; also Tatsunoko's first anime to be broadcast on the government-owned NHK network
Shurato: Dark Genesis Yoshihisa Matsumoto OVA August 1991 – March 1992 Sequel to Legend of Heavenly Sphere Shurato
Space Knight Tekkaman Blade Hiroshi Negishi TV Tokyo February 18, 1992 – February 2, 1993 1992 reboot of 1975's Space Knight Tekkaman, adapted by Saban Entertainment and Media Blasters into English as Teknoman
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor Kōichi Mashimo TV Tokyo January 25-July 19, 1993 Adapted from the light novel series of the same name by Hitoshi Yoshioka, which was serialized in Fujimi Shobo's Fujimi Fantasia Bunko magazines from January 1989 to January 1996
Casshan: Robot Hunter Hiroyuki Fukushima, Masashi Abe, Takashi Watanabe OVA August 21, 1993 - February 21, 1994 1993 remake of 1973's Neo-Human Casshan; co-produced by Artmic and Gainax
Time Bokan: Royal Revival (1993–1994) Hiroshi Sasagawa, Akiyuki Shinbo OVA November 26, 1993 – January 1, 1994 Direct-to-video installment of Time Bokan Series
The Legend of Snow White (NHK) (1994–1995) Tsuneo Ninomiya NHK April 6, 1994 – March 29, 1995 Adaptation of the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm; adapted into several languages by Mondo Media
Tekkaman Blade II Hideki Tonokatsu OVA July 21, 1994 – April 21, 1995 Sequel to 1992's Tekkaman Blade
Gatchaman Akihiko Nishiyama OVA October 1, 1994 – April 1, 1995 1994 reboot of 1972's Science Ninja Team Gatchaman; co-produced by Artmic
Dokkan! Robotendon Hiroshi Sasagawa TV Tokyo October 5, 1995 – March 28, 1996
Cinderella Monogatari Hiroshi Sasagawa NHK April 4-October 3, 1996 Adapted from the fairy tale by Charles Perrault
Hurricane Polymar: Holy Blood Akiyuki Shinbo OVA September 21, 1996 – February 21, 1997 1996 reboot of 1974's Hurricane Polymar; co-produced by J.C. Staff
Mach GoGoGo Hiroshi Sasagawa TV Tokyo January 9-September 25, 1997 1997 reboot of 1967's Mach GoGoGo; adapted into English by DiC Entertainment as Speed Racer X in 2002
Generator Gawl Seiji Mizushima TV Tokyo October 6-December 22, 1998
Seikimatsu Densetsu: Wonderful Tatsunoko Land Hiroshi Sasagawa TBS December 31, 1999 TV special

2000s

Title Series director Broadcast network(s) Year(s) Notes
Tatsunoko Fight Electronics Application (Eleca) PSX October 5, 2000 Video game featuring an exclusive character, Denkou Senka Volter
Time Bokan 2000: Kaitou Kiramekiman Hidehito Ueda TV Tokyo April 5, 2000 – September 27, 2000
The SoulTaker Akiyuki Shinbo WOWOW April 4, 2001 – July 4, 2001
Yobarete Tobidete Akubi-chan Hiroshi Sagasawa TV Tokyo 2001-12-11 to 2002-03-26 Spin-off of The Genie Family
Nurse Witch Komugi Yasuhiro Takemoto & Yoshitomo Yonetani OVA 2002-08-23 to 2004-04-02 Co-production with Kyoto Animation; spin-off of The SoulTaker
Karas Keiichi Sato OVA March 25, 2005 – August 3, 2007 Tatsunoko's 40th anniversary work; combined into a two-part film in the west by Manga Entertainment
Akubi Girl Hiroshi Sagasawa TV Tokyo 2006 Remake to Yobarete Tobidete Akubi-chan
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Tommy Yune, Dong-Wook Lee & Yeun-Sook Seo Movie January 5, 2007 co-production with Harmony Gold USA
Yatterman Hiroshi Sagasawa YTV January 14, 2008 – September 27, 2009 Remake of 1977 Series
Casshern Sins Shigeyasu Yamauchi MBS October 1, 2008 – March 15, 2009 Re-imaging of the 1973 series; Animation production by Madhouse
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes Fighting Wii December 11, 2008 Video game; Tatsunoko also animated Cross Generation's opening and anime cutscenes.

2010s

2020s

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Robotech II: The Sentinels was an attempt by Harmony Gold USA to continue the original 1985 Robotech television series. Only three episodes were ultimately animated before the project was canceled in 1986, and a feature-length film was released from footage taken from the completed episodes. The aborted 65-episode Sentinels series would have followed the ongoing adventures of Rick Hunter and Lisa Hayes and the rest of the Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF) during the events of The Robotech Masters and The New Generation series.

Anmitsu Hime

Anmitsu Hime

Anmitsu Hime known outside Japan as Sugar Princess 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 adaptation.

Ashi Productions

Ashi Productions

Ashi Productions Co., Ltd is a Japanese anime studio, located in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan, known for its four magical-girl anime, especially Magical Princess Minky Momo. It was established by Toshihiko Sato and other artists on December 20, 1975, as Ashi Productions. It changed its name from Ashi Productions to Production Reed Co., Ltd. ' on November 1, 2007. On February 12, 2019, the company changed its name back to Ashi Productions.

Robin Hood (1990 TV series)

Robin Hood (1990 TV series)

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Mondo TV

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.

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Ashi Productions

Ashi Productions

Ashi Productions Co., Ltd is a Japanese anime studio, located in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan, known for its four magical-girl anime, especially Magical Princess Minky Momo. It was established by Toshihiko Sato and other artists on December 20, 1975, as Ashi Productions. It changed its name from Ashi Productions to Production Reed Co., Ltd. ' on November 1, 2007. On February 12, 2019, the company changed its name back to Ashi Productions.

Artmic

Artmic

Artmic Co., Ltd., was a Japanese animation design studio formed in 1978. It went bankrupt and was liquidated in 1997. AIC RIGHTS now holds the intellectual property of most of Artmic's titles. The studio was founded by Toshimichi Suzuki after he left Tatsunoko Productions in 1978. The company's name is short for "Art and Modern Ideology for Creation".

Pierrot (company)

Pierrot (company)

Pierrot Co., Ltd. is a Japanese animation studio established in May 1979 by former employees of both Tatsunoko Production and Mushi Production. Its headquarters are located in Mitaka, Tokyo. Pierrot is renowned for several worldwide popular anime series, such as Naruto, Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho, Black Clover, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Tokyo Ghoul, and Great Teacher Onizuka.

J.C.Staff

J.C.Staff

J.C.Staff Co., Ltd. , 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 Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, the A Certain Magical Index franchise, Date A Live III, Toradora!, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., Maid Sama!, The Familiar of Zero, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Bakuman, Shakugan no Shana, Azumanga Daioh, and One-Punch Man season 2.

Production I.G

Production I.G

Production I.G, Inc. is a Japanese animation studio and production enterprise, founded on December 15, 1987, by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and headquartered in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan. The letters I and G derive from the names of the company founders: producer Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and character designer Takayuki Goto.

Hiroshi Sasagawa

Hiroshi Sasagawa

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Xebec (studio)

Xebec (studio)

Xebec, Inc. was a Japanese animation studio based in Kokubunji, Tokyo, founded by former Tatsunoko Production animators on May 1, 1995. They have worked on many popular series such as Fafner, Martian Successor Nadesico, Love Hina, Shaman King, To Love Ru, Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, and Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202.

Radix Ace Entertainment

Radix Ace Entertainment

Radix Ace Entertainment Co., Ltd was a Japanese animation studio closed on October 1, 2006. The studio was formed on September 3, 2001 from a merger between Radix and Zero-G Room. Much of the staff from Radix Ace joined Seven or merged with Mobanimation to become Radix Mobanimation in 2007.

Bee Train Production

Bee Train Production

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, .hack//Sign, and Madlax they have a strong following in the yuri fandom for being involved in series portraying strong female leads with speculatively ambiguous relationships.

Actas

Actas

Actas Inc. is a Japanese animation studio founded in 1998. It is currently a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Filmworks, which in turn is a subsidiary to Bandai Namco Holdings.

TNK (company)

TNK (company)

TNK Co., Ltd. is a Japanese animation studio located in Nerima, Tokyo Prefecture. It was established on January 29, 1999 by Nagateru Kato, a former animator from Tatsunoko Production. They have produced a number of series to date, most notably their adaptations of School Days and High School DxD, among others such as Hand Maid May, I My Me! Strawberry Eggs, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, and Kannazuki no Miko.

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Notes
  1. ^ Formerly written Kabushiki gaisha Tatsunoko Purodakushon (株式会社竜の子プロダクション), 1962–2013
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