2008 in anime

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Events in 2008 in anime.

Events[edit]

In this year, 288 anime television programs were produced and home video sales of anime DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs in Japan were worth 77.9 billion yen.[1] Animation studio 8-Bit was founded in September.

Accolades[edit]

At the Mainichi Film Awards, The Sky Crawlers won the Animation Film Award and Ponyo won the Ōfuji Noburō Award. Ponyo also won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year; the other nominees were Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant Legend 2008, The Sky Crawlers, Detective Conan: Full Score of Fear and One Piece - The Movie: Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Sakura. Internationally, La Maison en Petits Cubes won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and Le Cristal d'Annecy at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Sword of the Stranger was nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Ponyo and The Sky Crawlers were in competition for the Golden Lion at the 65th Venice International Film Festival.

Releases[edit]

Films[edit]

A list of anime that debuted in theaters between January 1 and December 31, 2008.

Release date Title Studio Director Running time (minutes) Notes Ref
April 8 Kite Liberator Arms
Fever Dreams
Yasuomi Umetsu 60
July 19 Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior OLM Kunihiko Yuyama 96

Television series[edit]

A list of anime television series that debuted between January 1 and December 31, 2008.

First run start and end dates Title Episodes Studio Director Alternate title Ref
January 1March 25 Sisters of Wellber Zwei 13 Trans Arts Takayuki Hamana
January 3March 27 Rosario + Vampire 13 Gonzo Takayuki Inagaki
January 4March 21 H2O: Footprints in the Sand 12 Zexcs Hideki Tachibana
January 4March 29 Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de 13 A.C.G.T Susumu Kudo They Are My Noble Masters
January 5March 8 Hatenkō Yūgi 10 Studio Deen Nobuhiro Takamoto
January 5June 28 Major S4 26 SynergySP Toshinori Fukushima
January 5June 28 Persona: Trinity Soul 26 A-1 Pictures Atsushi Matsumoto
January 5March 29 (Zoku) Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei 13 Shaft Akiyuki Shinbo
January 6March 30 Minami-ke: Okawari 13 Asread Naoto Hosoda
January 6December 28 Porphy no Nagai Tabi 52 Nippon Animation Tomomi Mochizuki
January 6March 22 Shigofumi: Letters from the Departed 12 J.C.Staff Tatsuo Satō
January 6March 30 True Tears 13 P.A.Works Junji Nishimura
January 8March 31 Aria the Origination 13 Hal Film Maker Junichi Sato
January 8April 1 Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino 13 Artland Hiroshi Ishidori
January 9March 26 Spice and Wolf 13 Imagin Takeo Takahashi Ōkami to Kōshinryō
January 10March 20 Kitarō of the Graveyard 11 Toei Animation Kimitoshi Chioki Hakaba Kitarō
January 14September 27, 2009 Yatterman 60 Tatsunoko Production Hiroshi Sasagawa
February 3July 6 Mnemosyne 6 Xebec
Genco
Shigeru Ueda
February 3January 25, 2009 Yes PreCure 5 GoGo! 48 Toei Animation Toshiaki Komura
March 31September 26 Chi's Sweet Home 104 Madhouse Mitsuyuki Masuhara
April 1September 23 Sugarbunnies: Chocolat! 27 Asahi Production Hiroshi Kugimiya
April 1June 20 The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk 12 Gonzo Koichi Chigira
April 2March 30, 2011 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's 154 Gallop Katsumi Ono
April 3October 2 Allison & Lillia 26 Madhouse Masayoshi Nishida Allison to Lillia
April 3June 19 Kure-nai 12 Brain's Base Kō Matsuo
April 3February 19, 2009 Kyo Kara Maoh! (season 3) 39 Studio Deen Junji Nishimura
April 3June 26 xxxHolic: Kei 13 Production I.G Tsutomu Mizushima
April 4June 28 Amatsuki 13 Studio Deen Kazuhiro Furuhashi
April 4September 25 Itazura na Kiss 25 TMS Entertainment Osamu Yamazaki
April 4September 26 Macross Frontier 25 Satelight Yasuhito Kikuchi
Shōji Kawamori
April 4September 26 To Love-Ru 26 Xebec Takao Kato
April 5September 27 Blassreiter 24 Gonzo Ichirō Itano
April 5March 28, 2009 Blue Dragon: Trials of the Seven Shadows 51 Studio Pierrot Yukihiro Matsushita Blue Dragon: Tenkai no Shichi Ryū
April 5June 28 Da Capo II: Second Season 13 Feel Hideki Okamoto
April 5June 21 Kamen no Maid Guy 12 Madhouse Masayuki Sakoi
April 5June 21 Kanokon 12 Xebec Atsushi Ōtsuki
April 5March 27, 2010 Penguin no Mondai 100 Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment Jun Kamiya
April 6September 28 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 25 Sunrise Gorō Taniguchi
April 6September 28 Nabari no Ou 26 J.C.Staff Kunihisa Sugishima
April 6June 29 Neo Angelique Abyss 13 Yumeta Company Shin Katagai
April 6March 29, 2009 Net Ghost PiPoPa 51 Studio Hibari Shinichiro Kimura
April 6March 29, 2009 Onegai My Melody Kirara☆ 52 Studio Comet Makoto Moriwaki
April 6September 14 Our Home's Fox Deity. 24 Zexcs Yoshiaki Iwasaki Wagaya no Oinari-sama.
April 6September 14 Special A 24 AIC
Gonzo
Miyao Yoshikazu
April 6March 29, 2009 Zettai Karen Children 51 SynergySP Keiichiro Kawaguchi Psychic Squad
April 7March 29, 2010 Hakken Taiken Daisuki! Shimajirō 101 Pierrot+ Akira Shigino
Masahiro Nakata
April 7September 29 Monochrome Factor 24 A.C.G.T Yuu Kou
April 7March 30, 2009 Soul Eater 51 Bones Takuya Igarashi
April 7June 30 Vampire Knight 13 Studio Deen Kiyoko Sayama
April 8June 24 Glass Maiden 12 Studio Fantasia Mitsuko Kase Crystal Blaze
April 8September 30 Top Secret: The Revelation 26 Madhouse Hiroshi Aoyama
April 10June 26 Junjo Romantica 12 Studio Deen Chiaki Kon
April 10July 24 Kaiba 12 Madhouse Masaaki Yuasa
April 10June 26 Library War 12 Production I.G Takayuki Hamana Toshokan Sensō
April 11March 27, 2009 Golgo 13 50 The Answer Studio Shunji Oga
April 12October 4 Kyōran Kazoku Nikki 26 Nomad Yasuhiro Kuroda
April 12September 27 Nijū Mensō no Musume 22 Bones
Telecom Animation Film
Nobuo Tomizawa
June 2November 24 RoboDz Kazagumo Hen 26 Toei Animation
The Walt Disney Company
Daisuke Nishio
June 11August 27 Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians 12 Arms Koichi Ohata
June 21December 20 Telepathy Shōjo Ran 26 TMS Entertainment
July 1September 16 Ultraviolet: Code 044 12 Madhouse Osamu Dezaki
July 2September 17 Sekirei 12 Seven Arcs Keizō Kusakawa
July 2September 24 Slayers Revolution 13 J.C.Staff Takashi Watanabe
July 2September 24 Someday's Dreamers: Summer Skies 12 Hal Film Maker Osamu Kobayashi Mahōtsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Natsu no Sora
July 3September 18 Antique Bakery 11 Nippon Animation
Shirogumi
Yoshiaki Okumura
July 3September 25 Hidamari Sketch × 365 13 Shaft Akiyuki Shinbo
July 3September 25 Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu 12 Studio Barcelona Munenori Nawa
July 3September 18 Strike Witches 12 Gonzo Kazuhiro Takamura
July 4September 26 Birdy the Mighty: Decode 13 A-1 Pictures Kazuki Akane Tetsuwan Birdy Decode
July 5September 27 Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo 13 Doga Kobo Tarō Iwasaki
July 7September 22 Mission-E 12 Studio Deen Toshiyuki Katō
July 7September 29 Natsume's Book of Friends 13 NAS Takahiro Omori Natsume Yūjin-chō
July 7September 30 World Destruction 13 Production I.G Shunsuke Tada
July 8September 21 The Familiar of Zero: Rondo of Princesses 12 J.C.Staff Yū Kō Zero no Tsukaima: Princesses no Rondo
July 8September 23 Koihime Musō 12 Doga Kobo Nobuaki Nakanishi
July 8September 14 Neo Angelique Abyss: Second Age 13 Yumeta Company Shin Katagai
July 14December 29 Blade of the Immortal 13 Bee Train
Production I.G
Kōichi Mashimo Mugen no Jūnin
September 7September 6, 2009 Battle Spirits: Shounen Toppa Bashin 50 Sunrise Mitsuru Hongo
September 28December 23 The Earl and the Fairy 12 Artland Kōichirō Sōtome Hakushaku to Yōsei
October 1March 15, 2009 Casshern Sins 24 Madhouse
Tatsunoko Production
Shigeyasu Yamauchi
October 1December 24 Hyakko 13 Nippon Animation Michio Fukuda
October 2December 18 Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka 12 TNK Keitaro Motonaga
October 2December 24 Rosario + Vampire Capu2 13 Gonzo Takayuki Inagaki Rosario to Vampire Capu2
October 2December 25 Shikabane Hime: Aka 13 Feel
Gainax
Masahiko Murata
October 2March 26, 2009 Toradora! 25 J.C.Staff Tatsuyuki Nagai
October 2December 18 Yozakura Quartet 12 Nomad Kou Matsuo
October 3March 27, 2009 Astro Fighter Sunred 26 AIC A.S.T.A. Seiji Kishi Tentai Senshi Sunred
October 3March 27, 2009 Black Butler 24 A-1 Pictures Toshiya Shinohara Kuroshitsuji
October 3March 26, 2009 Clannad After Story 24 Kyoto Animation Tatsuya Ishihara
October 3March 20, 2009 Linebarrels of Iron 24 Gonzo Masamitsu Hidaka Kurogane no Linebarrels
October 4March 19, 2009 A Certain Magical Index 24 J.C.Staff Hiroshi Nishikiori Toaru Majutsu no Index
October 4April 4, 2009 Hell Girl: Three Vessels 26 Studio Deen Hiroshi Watanabe Jigoku Shōjo: Mitsuganae
October 4December 27 Kannagi 13 A-1 Pictures Yutaka Yamamoto
October 4December 20 Kemeko Deluxe! 12 Hal Film Maker Tsutomu Mizushima
October 4September 26, 2009 Shugo Chara!! Doki— 51 Satelight Kenji Yasuda
October 4March 28, 2009 Tales of the Abyss 26 Sunrise Kenji Kodama
October 5December 21 Ga-Rei: Zero 12 AIC Spirits
Asread
Hiroshi Nishikiori
October 5April 27, 2011 Inazuma Eleven 127 OLM Katsuhito Akiyama
Yoshikazu Miyao
October 5December 28 Kyō no Go no Ni 13 Xebec Tsuyoshi Nagasawa
October 5December 21 Macademi Wasshoi! 12 Hal Film Maker
Zexcs
Takaomi Kanzaki
October 6March 29, 2008 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (season 2) 25 Sunrise Seiji Mizushima
October 6December 29 Vampire Knight Guilty 13 Studio Deen Kiyoko Sayama
October 7December 23 Ef: A Tale of Melodies 12 Shaft Shin Ōnuma
October 7December 30 Mōryō no Hako 13 Madhouse Ryosuke Nakamura
October 7December 23 Kurozuka 12 Madhouse Tetsurō Araki
October 7March 31, 2009 One Outs 25 Madhouse Yuzo Sato
October 8March 25, 2009 Stitch! 25 Madhouse Masami Hata
October 9December 18 Nodame Cantabile: Paris-Hen 11 J.C.Staff Chiaki Kon
October 9March 26, 2009 Tytania 26 Artland Noboru Ishiguro
October 10December 25 Legends of the Dark King 13 Satelight Masashi Abe Ten no Haō Hokuto no Ken Raō Gaiden
October 12December 27 Junjo Romantica (season 2) 12 Studio Deen Chiaki Kon
October 15December 31 Chaos;Head 12 Madhouse Takaaki Ishiyama
October 15March 18, 2009 Michiko & Hatchin 22 Manglobe Sayo Yamamoto Michiko to Hatchin

Original net animations[edit]

A list of original net animations that debuted between January 1 and December 31, 2008.

First run start and end dates Title Episodes Studio Director Alternate title Ref
May 2May 8, 2009 Candy Boy 7 AIC Takafumi Hoshikawa
July 16February 3, 2009 Xam'd: Lost Memories 26 Bones Masayuki Miyaji Bōnen no Xam'd
August 1September 18, 2009 Time of Eve 6 Studio Rikka Yasuhiro Yoshiura Eve no Jikan

Original video animations[edit]

A list of original video animations that debuted between January 1 and December 31, 2008.

First run start and end dates Title Episodes Studio Director Alternate title Ref
August 8 Detroit Metal City 12 Studio 4°C Hiroshi Nagahama
February 22November 21 My-Otome 0: S.ifr 3 Sunrise Hirokazu Hisayuki
February 29March 28 Yotsunoha 2 Hal Film Maker Hiroshi Nishikiori
March 14March 28 Bus Gamer 3 Studio Izena Naoyuki Kazuya
April 2 Green vs. Red 1 TMS Entertainment Shigeyuki Miya
April 19November 25 Penguin Musume Heart 22 Picture Magic Hitoyuki Matsui
May 23 Amuri in Star Ocean 3 Studio Hibari CG Team Yoshitomo Yonetani Hoshi no Umi no Amuri
August 29June 26, 2009 Cobra the Animation 6 Magic Bus Buichi Terasawa
Kenichi Maejima
September 18October 2 Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel 2 Nomad Tatsuyuki Nagai
October 24April 24, 2009 MS IGLOO 2: Gravity Front 3 Sunrise Takashi Imanishi
October 24February 25, 2009 Switch 2 Actas Naoki Oohira
November 24 Tegami Bachi: Hikari to Ao no Gensō Yawa 1 Studio Pierrot Mamoru Kanbe
December 22April 6, 2015 Kissxsis 12 Feel Munenori Nawa

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