Ajia-do Animation Works
|Industry||Animation studio and production enterprise|
|Founded||October 4, 1978|
|Founder||Tsutomu Shibayama, Osamu Kobayashi, Michishiro Yamada|
|Headquarters||Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan|
|Masahiro Okamura (President)|
|Owner||Dap International, Inc.
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||Dap International, Inc.|
Ajia-do (株式会社亜細亜堂 Kabushiki-gaisha Ajiadō?) is a Japanese animation studio and production enterprise, noted for several anime series, including Spirit of Wonder, Absolute Boy, and several others, including the long-running NHK series Nintama Rantarō. Its name can be translated as "Hall of Asia."
The studio was founded in 1978 by the noted animators Tsutomu Shibayama, Osamu Kobayashi and Michishiro Yamada, former members of the animation studio A Production, under the corporate title Yugen-kaisha Ajiadō (有限会社亜細亜堂?). The name Ajiadō is a penname used by Tsutomu Shibayama and Osamu Kobayashi.
In 1985, it formally became a kabushiki gaisha (business corporation). In 1987, it produced its first series, the OVA Twilight Q (トワイライトQ Towairaito Q?). It established the company Dap International Kabushiki-gaisha (ダップインターナショナル株式会社 Dappu Intānashonaru Kabushiki-gaisha?) in 1990. In 1998, the studio established a digital animation division to produce its digital animation.
In 2005, the studio produced Zettai Shōnen, which was directed by Tomomi Mochizuki and premiered on NHK BS2. In 2007, it produced Emma: A Victorian Romance Second Act, the second season of Emma: A Victorian Romance.
- Twilight Q (OVA series, 1987)
- Maison Ikkoku: Kanketsuhen (feature film, 1988)
- Spirit of Wonder: Chaina-san no Yūutsu (OVA series, 1992)
- Nintama Rantarō (TV series, 1993–ongoing)
- Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō (OVA series, 1998)
- Spirit of Wonder (OVA series, 2001–2004)
- Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō: Quiet Country Cafe (OVA series, 2002–2003)
- Zettai Shōnen (TV series, 2005)
- Kaiketsu Zorori (TV series, 52 episodes co-produced with Sunrise and Anbā Film Works, 2004–2005)
- Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori (TV series, 77 episodes co-produced with Sunrise, 2005-2007)
- Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori: Nazo no Otakara Daisakusen (feature film, co-production with Sunrise, 2006)
- Kujibiki Unbalance (TV series, 12 episodes, 2006)
- Genshiken (OVA, 3 episodes, 2006–2007)
- Emma: A Victorian Romance Second Act (TV series, 2007)
- DD Fist of the North Star (TV series, 2013)
- Manga Nippon Mukashibanashi (Group TAC, TV series, 1975-1994)
- Doraemon (Shin-Ei Animation, TV series)
- Tokimeki Tonight (Group TAC, TV series, 1982-1983)
- Mahō no Tenshi Creamy Mami (Studio Pierrot, TV series, 1983-1984)
- Onegai! Samiadon (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, TV series, 1985)
- Touch (Group TAC, TV series, 1985-1987)
- Hiatari Ryōkō! (Group TAC, TV series, 1987-1988)
- Kiteretsu Daihyakka (Studio Gallop, TV series, 1988-1996)
- Chibi Maruko-chan (Nippon Animation, TV series, 1990)
- Chibi Maruko-chan: Watashi no Suki na Uta (Nippon Animation, feature film, 1992)
- Karaoke Senshi Maikujirō (Studio Kikan, TV series, 1994)
- Wankorobē (Tokyo Movie, TV series, 1996)
- Nyani Ga Nyandā: Nyandā Kamen (Sunrise, TV series, 2000-2001)
- Transformers: Animated (TV Aichi, Cartoon Network, TV Series, Japanese Exclusive Opening Credits and Eyecatches Only, 2007-2009/2010)
- 亜細亜堂とは - はてなダイアリー (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-04-23.
- (Japanese) Official site