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Industry Animated films, Animated television shows
Successor Studio Ghibli
Founded 1972
Founder Toru Hara
Defunct June 15, 1985
Headquarters Japan
Products Anime, animated feature films, Television animated series

Topcraft (トップクラフト, also written "Top Craft") was a Japanese anime studio established in 1972 by former Toei Animation producer Toru Hara. It was famous for doing animation for hand-drawn animation titles by Rankin/Bass and for the production of the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind film. The studio went bankrupt and dissolved in June 15, 1985, allowing Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata to buy the studio and change its name to Studio Ghibli. Many Topcraft animators later joined Ghibli or went to work for other anime studios, thus making this studio the birth studio and start of Studio Ghibli.



Co-production and cooperative works[edit]

  • Mazinger Z (1972-1974) (Production Studio: Toei Animation) Top Craft was the main animation studio for episodes 55, 60, 64, 70, 76, 82, 84, 87 and 89.
  • Boken Korobokkuru (1973-1974) (Production Studio: Eiken and Tatsunoko) Co-Production.
  • Time Bokan (1975-1976) (Production Studio: Tatsunoko) Top Craft was the main animation studio for episodes 3, 8, 22, 24, 28, 31, 34, 37 and 42, also co-product the series.
  • Paul no Miracle Daisakusen (1976-1977) (Production Studio: Tatsunoko) Animation Cooperation
  • Lupin III: Part II (1977-1980) (Production Studio: TMS Entertainment) Top Craft was the main animation studio for episodes 24, 29, 109, 114, 119, 122, 124 and 128.
  • The Wizard of Oz (1982) (Production Studio: Toho) Animation Cooperation
  • Lensman (1984) (Production Studio: Madhouse Studios and MK Company) was one of the Animation Cooperations and Photography Studios.
  • Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984) (Production Studio: Artland, Studio Nue and Tatsunoko) Production Cooperation and also did the In-Between Animation, the Finishing/Cleaning-up and the Photography.
  • Galactic Patrol Lensman (1984-1985) (Production Studio: Madhouse Studios and Office Academy) was one of the Animation Cooperations.
  • Yume no Button Nose (1985-1986) (Production Studio: Sanrio) (final anime title, before merging into Studio Ghibli) Top Craft was the main animation studio for episodes 3, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17 and 19.

Contributive Animation works[edit]




(with Rankin/Bass)

(with other Studios)

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