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|Kabushiki gaisha Mējisu|
|5pb. Inc. (2005–2011)|
April 6, 2005|
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
|Headquarters||Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan|
|Chiyomaru Shikura (Executive director)|
Mages Inc. (株式会社メージス Kabushiki gaisha Mējisu, stylized "MAGES.inc"), formerly 5pb. Inc. (株式会社5pb. Kabushiki gaisha 5pb., short for "The Five powered & basics"), is a Japanese video game manufacturer and record label for video game and anime music. It was formed on April 6, 2005 after Chiyomaru Shikura left Scitron to begin the company as its executive director, a position he still holds. The company is divided into two parts, 5pb. Games for the manufacturing of video games, and 5pb. Records for the record label. It was a wholly owned subsidiary of the TYO Group until Shikura purchased the remaining rights from the TYO Group on April 15, 2009. Shikura co-owns 5pb. with AGOne, an affiliate of Dwango Japan. Staff members include scenario writer Naotaka Hayashi, artist Yukihiro Matsuo, and producer Tatsuya Matsuhara.
In April 2011, a group of companies consisting of Arkray, Seed Project, Dwango Creative School, Animelo Summer Life, 5pb. Records, and 5pb. Games merged under the parent company Mages. Inc. led by executive director Chiyomaru Shikura.
5pb. is a division of Mages, which deals with video game development. The brand was originally named Five Games Kid, or 5gk. for short, but the name was changed in December 2007 to coincide with the name of 5pb.'s record label 5pb. Records. Some of 5pb. Games' developers arrived from KID, Tonkin House and Scitron, such as with Takeshi Abo in December 2006.
Chiyo St. Inc., doing business as Chiyomaru Studio (Japanese: 千代丸スタジオ Hepburn: Chiyomaru Sutajio), is a multimedia concept studio led by Chiyomaru Shikura, the representative director and president of Mages. The company, which was originally named Chrome Edge (クロウムエッジ Kuroumu Ejji), was founded separately from Mages for the purpose of managing the copyrights to the media projects Shikura works on, including the Science Adventure franchise and the Occultic;Nine novel series, and for creating stories for use in various media.
While the concept work is done by Chiyomaru Studio, they work together with Mages to develop video games using the concepts, and with Kadokawa Corporation to print books and produce anime and manga. The studio includes staff members from Mages, who communicate with one another through instant messaging; as of 2015, Shikura was the only on-site staff.
The first new intellectual property developed by Chiyomaru Studio, not based on Shikura's previous works, is the upcoming video game Anonymous;Code, which is developed together with Mages' video games division 5pb. Games, and is together with Occultic;Nine part of a media franchise referred to internally as Science Visual Novel. Chiyomaru Studio is also developing the Science Adventure game Robotics;Notes DaSH. Since 2017, the studio organizes live music events where they also release updates on their media projects, called "Chiyo-ST Live".
- Initial release
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