Shaft (company)

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Shaft, Inc.
Type Animation studio
Industry Japanese animation
Founded September 1, 1975
Headquarters 1-29-15 Kami-Igusa, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Key people Mitsutoshi Kubota
Website Shaft official site

Shaft, Inc. (有限会社シャフト Yūgengaisha Shafuto?) is a Japanese animation studio founded on September 1, 1975 by Hiroshi Wakao. They are best known for their unique use of gags, references, and avant garde cinematography notably in Pani Poni Dash!, Maria Holic, Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei, Hidamari Sketch, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Bakemonogatari series.

History[edit]

Shaft was founded on September 1, 1975 by Hiroshi Wakao, former Mushi Production's animator. The company was originally founded to paint the animation but later worked on animation production as a subcontractor. They were able to produce their own first original series, Yume kara, Samenai (夢から、さめない Yume kara, Samenai?) in 1987.

In 2000, after Shaft cooperated with Gainax to produce a DVD special of remastered Gunbuster, they were in joint production with Gainax to produce Mahoromatic, This Ugly and Beautiful World, and He is My Master. After Hiroshi Wakao's retirement in 2004, Kubota Mitsutoshi has become Shaft's representative director. Their painting group has also been downsized in order to strengthen their digital group. Since the joint works with Gainax, Shaft focused their efforts on adaptations of acclaimed manga and light novels until 2011 when they released their first original anime series in a decade, Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Shaft has some popularity for its "head tilt"; meaning that in some productions, characters often tilt their head to look at someone or turn around for no reason at all.

Characteristics[edit]

Since 2004, Akiyuki Shinbō, Tatsuya Oishi and Shin Ōnuma have participated in most of Shaft's productions, starting with Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase. The studio is unique due to their use of gags and references to other anime through writing on a classroom chalkboard or any available empty space in the background. The studio is also known for the use of various animation styles in a single series, changes in art style, a characteristic head tilt, abstract background designs, and use of unusual music for the opening sequences of their shows.

Produced series[edit]

Anime TV series[edit]

  • Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger (TV, April 1995)
  • Dotto Koni-chan (TV, November 2000)
  • Mahoromatic series (joint production with Gainax)
    • Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden (TV, September 2001)
    • Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful (TV, September 2002)
    • Mahoromatic: Summer Special (OVA, August 2003)
  • G-On Riders (TV, July 2002, joint production with TNK)
  • Popotan (TV, July 2003)
  • This Ugly Yet Beautiful World (TV, April 2004, joint production with Gainax)
  • Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase (TV, October 2004)
  • He is My Master (TV, April 2005, joint production with Gainax)
  • Pani Poni Dash! (TV, July 2005)
  • Rec (TV, February 2006)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi series
    • Negima!? (TV, October 2006)
    • Mahō Sensei Negima! Haru (OVA, October 2006)
    • Mahō Sensei Negima! Natsu (OVA, November 2006)
    • Mahō Sensei Negima!: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba (OVA, August 2008)
    • Mahō Sensei Negima!: Mou Hitotsu No Sekai (OVA, September 2009)
    • Mahō Sensei Negima! Anime Final (Movie, August 2011)
  • Hidamari Sketch series
    • Hidamari Sketch (TV, January 2007)
    • Hidamari Sketch Special (TV, October 2007)
    • Hidamari Sketch ×365 (TV, July 2008)
    • Hidamari Sketch ×365 Special (TV, October 2009)
    • Hidamari Sketch ×Hoshimittsu (TV, January 2010)
    • Hidamari Sketch ×Hoshimittsu Special (TV, October 2010)
    • Hidamari Sketch x SP (TV, October 2011)
    • Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb (TV, October 2012)
    • Hidamari Sketch: Sae & Hiro's Graduation Arc (OVA, November 2013)
  • Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei series
    • Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei (TV, July 2007)
    • Zoku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei (TV, January 2008)
    • Goku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei (OVA, October 2008)
    • Zan Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei (TV, July 2009)
    • Zan Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei Bangaichi (OVA, November 2009)
  • Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two. series
    • Ef: A Tale of Memories. (TV, October 2007)
    • Ef: A Tale of Melodies. (TV, October 2008)
  • Maria Holic series
    • Maria Holic (TV, January 2009)
    • Maria Holic: Alive (TV, April 2011)
  • Natsu no Arashi! series
    • Natsu no Arashi! (TV, April 2009)
    • Natsu no Arashi! Akinai chū (TV, October 2009)
  • Monogatari series
    • Bakemonogatari (TV, July 2009)
    • Nisemonogatari (TV, January 2012)
    • Nekomonogatari (Black) (TV, December 2012)
    • Monogatari Series Second Season (TV, July 2013)
    • Hanamonogatari (TV, August 2014)
    • Tsukimonogatari (TV, December 2014)
    • Kizumonogatari (Movie)
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund (TV, January 2010)
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge series
    • Arakawa Under the Bridge (TV, April 2010)
    • Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge (TV, October 2010)
  • Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru (TV, October 2010)
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica series
    • Puella Magi Madoka Magica (TV, January 2011)
    • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part I: The Beginning Story (Movie, October 2012)
    • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part II: The Eternal Story (Movie, October 2012)
    • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion (Movie, October 2013)
  • Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko (TV, April 2011)
  • Sasami-san@Ganbaranai (TV, January 2013[1])
  • Nisekoi series
    • Nisekoi (TV, January 2014)
    • Nisekoi Season 2 (TV, TBA)
  • Mekakucity Actors (TV, April 2014[2])
  • Koufuku Graffiti (TV, January 2015)

Other works[edit]

North American Productions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-08-10/madoka-magica-shinbo-shaft-animate-sasami-san@ganbaranai
  2. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-08-15/madoka-magica-shinbo-shaft-animate-vocaloid-producer-jin-kagero-project
  3. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-08-01/shaft-studio-launches-prism-nana-project-anime
  4. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2013-03-24/magical-suite-prism-nana-slot-machine-shown-in-video
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rS5CJMAQ-TM
  • "Negima!?". (November 2006) Newtype USA. p. 10.

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