A-1 Pictures

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A-1 Pictures Inc.
Native name
株式会社A-1 Pictures
Kabushiki gaisha Ē-wan Pikuchāzu
TypeKabushiki gaisha
Subsidiary
IndustryAnimation studio
FoundedMay 9, 2005; 16 years ago (2005-05-09)
FounderMikihiro Iwata
Headquarters4-38-18 Naritahigashi, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Shinichiro Kashiwada (President)
Masuo Ueda (Vice-President)
OwnerSony
ParentAniplex
Divisions
  • A-1 Pictures Bijutsubu Dōgabu
  • A-1 Pictures Satsueibu
  • A-1 Pictures Shiagebu
Websitea1p.jp
Footnotes / references
[1][2]

A-1 Pictures Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社A-1 Pictures, Hepburn: Kabushiki gaisha Ē-wan Pikuchāzu) is a Japanese animation studio founded by ex-Sunrise producer Mikihiro Iwata and it is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan's anime production firm Aniplex.[3][4]

History[edit]

The studio was established by SMEJ's animation production division, Aniplex, on May 9, 2005, to animate its anime series and productions.[3][4] In 2006, it co-produced the original production Zenmai Zamurai, and in October of the same year, established a studio in Asagaya. In the following year, 2007, the studio produced its first series, Ōkiku Furikabutte.

Originally established to oversee the production of only a few of Aniplex's family-oriented series, the studio has since grown and expanded as a full-fledged studio involved in the production of a wide range of media and anime productions and other activities, which it has overseen. The studio has also expanded its international presence, participating in the noted international convention, Anime Expo 2007 (AX 2007), held in Long Beach, California, and having its own panel there.[5]

In 2010, A-1 Pictures worked in collaboration with a joint project of TV Tokyo's anime department and Aniplex called Anime no Chikara for the creation of original anime series.[6] Three anime series were produced that year for the project: Sound of the Sky, Night Raid 1931 and Occult Academy.

In April 2018, A-1 Pictures rebranded its Kōenji Studio as CloverWorks, giving it a unique brand identity, which made it distinguishable from its main Asagaya Studio.[7][8] On October 1, 2018, CloverWorks separated from A-1 Pictures, although it still remains as a subsidiary under Aniplex.[9]

Productions[edit]

Television series[edit]

Title Broadcast Channel First run start date First run end date Eps Notes
Zenmai Zamurai NHK E April 3, 2006 February 6, 2009 215 Original work.
Co-production with No Side.
Robby & Kerobby TV Tokyo April 1, 2007 March 30, 2008 52 Original work.
Big Windup! TBS, MBS April 13, 2007 September 28, 2007 25 Based on a manga by Asa Higuchi.
Persona: Trinity Soul Tokyo MX, BS11 January 5, 2008 June 28, 2008 26 Based on a video game by Atlus.
Birdy the Mighty: Decode TV Saitama July 5, 2008 March 28, 2009 25 Based on a manga by Masami Yuki.
Black Butler MBS October 3, 2008 March 27, 2009 24 Based on a manga by Yana Toboso.
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens Tokyo MX October 4, 2008 December 27, 2008 13 Based on a manga by Eri Takenashi.
Production co-operation by Ordet.
Valkyria Chronicles MBS April 5, 2009 September 27, 2009 26 Based on a video game by Sega.
Fairy Tail TXN (TV Tokyo) October 12, 2009 September 29, 2019 328 Based on a manga by Hiro Mashima.
Co-production with Satelight. (first series)
Co-production with Bridge. (second and third series)
Co-production with CloverWorks. (third series)
Sound of the Sky TV Tokyo January 5, 2010 March 23, 2010 12 Original work.
Big Windup! 2 TBS, MBS April 2, 2010 June 25, 2010 13 Sequel to Big Windup!.
Working!! Tokyo MX April 4, 2010 June 27, 2010 13 Based on a manga by Karino Takatsu.
Night Raid 1931 TV Tokyo April 6, 2010 June 29, 2010 13 Original work.
Black Butler II MBS July 2, 2010 September 17, 2010 12 Sequel to Black Butler.
Occult Academy TV Tokyo July 6, 2010 September 28, 2010 13 Original work.
Togainu no Chi TBS, MBS October 8, 2010 December 23, 2010 12 Based on a video game by Nitro+chiral.
Fractale Fuji TV (Noitamina) January 14, 2011 March 31, 2011 11 Original work.
Production co-operation by Ordet.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Fuji TV (Noitamina) April 15, 2011 June 24, 2011 11 Original work.
Blue Exorcist JNN (MBS) April 17, 2011 October 2, 2011 25 Based on a manga by Kazue Kato.
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% Tokyo MX July 3, 2011 September 25, 2011 13 Based on a video game by Broccoli.
The Idolmaster TBS July 8, 2011 December 23, 2011 25 Based on a video game by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Working'!! Tokyo MX October 1, 2011 December 24, 2011 13 Sequel to Working!!.
Space Brothers NNS (ytv) April 1, 2012 March 22, 2014 99 Based on a manga by Chūya Koyama.
Tsuritama Fuji TV (Noitamina) April 13, 2012 June 29, 2012 12 Original work.
Sword Art Online Tokyo MX July 8, 2012 December 23, 2012 25 Based on a light novel by Reki Kawahara.
From the New World TV Asahi September 29, 2012 March 23, 2013 25 Based on a novel by Yūsuke Kishi.
Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter TXN (TV Tokyo) October 2, 2012 September 24, 2013 51 Based on a video game by Square Enix.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic JNN (MBS) October 7, 2012 March 31, 2013 25 Based on a manga by Shinobu Ohtaka
Oreshura Tokyo MX January 6, 2013 March 31, 2013 13 Based on a light novel by Yūji Yūji.
Vividred Operation MBS January 11, 2013 March 29, 2013 12 Original work.
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 2000% TV Aichi April 4, 2013 June 27, 2013 13 Sequel to Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%.
Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai. Tokyo MX April 7, 2013 June 30, 2013 13 Sequel to Oreimo.
Servant x Service ABC July 5, 2013 September 27, 2013 13 Based on a manga by Karino Takatsu.
Silver Spoon Fuji TV (Noitamina) July 12, 2013 March 28, 2014 22 Based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa.
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic JNN (MBS) October 6, 2013 March 30, 2014 25 Sequel to Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic.
Galilei Donna Fuji TV (Noitamina) October 11, 2013 December 20, 2013 11 Original work.
World Conquest Zvezda Plot Tokyo MX January 12, 2014 March 30, 2014 12 Original work.
Nanana's Buried Treasure Fuji TV (Noitamina) April 11, 2014 June 20, 2014 11 Based on a light novel by Kazuma Ōtorino.
Sword Art Online II Tokyo MX July 5, 2014 December 20, 2014 24 Sequel to Sword Art Online.
Aldnoah.Zero Tokyo MX July 6, 2014 March 29, 2015 24 Original work.
Co-production with Troyca.
Black Butler: Book of Circus MBS July 11, 2014 September 12, 2014 10 Related to Black Butler.
Persona 4: The Golden Animation MBS July 11, 2014 September 26, 2014 12 Based on a video game by Atlus.
Magic Kaito 1412 NNS (ytv) October 4, 2014 March 28, 2015 24 Based on a manga by Gosho Aoyama.
The Seven Deadly Sins JNN (MBS) October 5, 2014 March 29, 2015 24 Based on a manga by Nakaba Suzuki.
Your Lie in April Fuji TV (Noitamina) October 10, 2014 March 20, 2015 22 Based on a manga by Naoshi Arakawa.
The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Tokyo MX January 10, 2015 October 17, 2015 25 Based on a social network game by Bandai Namco Entertainment in The Idolmaster series.
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fuji TV (Noitamina) January 16, 2015 March 27, 2015 12 Based on a light novel by Fumiaki Maruto.
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid Tokyo MX April 3, 2015 June 19, 2015 12 Based on a manga by Masaki Tsuzuki.
Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation Tokyo MX April 4, 2015 June 20, 2015 12 Based on a video game by Square Enix in Gunslinger Stratos.
Ultimate Otaku Teacher NNS (ytv) April 4, 2015 September 26, 2015 24 Based on a manga by Takeshi Azuma.
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Revolutions Tokyo MX April 5, 2015 June 28, 2015 13 Related to Uta no Prince-sama.
Gate Tokyo MX July 4, 2015 March 26, 2016 24 Based on a novel by Takumi Yanai.
Working!!! Tokyo MX July 5, 2015 September 27, 2015 13 Second sequel to Working!!.
The Asterisk War Tokyo MX October 3, 2015 June 18, 2016 24 Based on a light novel by Yuu Miyazaki.
The Perfect Insider Fuji TV (Noitamina) October 9, 2015 December 18, 2015 11 Based on a novel by Hiroshi Mori.
Erased Fuji TV (Noitamina) January 8, 2016 March 25, 2016 12 Based on a manga by Kei Sanbe.
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Tokyo MX January 11, 2016 March 28, 2016 12 Based on a light novel by Ao Jūmonji.
Ace Attorney NNS (ytv) April 2, 2016 September 24, 2016 24 Based on a video game by Capcom.
B-PROJECT: Kodō*Ambitious Tokyo MX July 3, 2016 September 25, 2016 12 Original work.[10]
Qualidea Code Tokyo MX July 10, 2016 September 25, 2016 12 Based on a light novel by Speakeasy and Square Enix. (Sō Sagara and Wataru Watari)
The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War JNN (MBS, TBS) August 28, 2016 September 18, 2016 4 Related to The Seven Deadly Sins.
WWW.Working!! Tokyo MX October 1, 2016 December 24, 2016 13 Spin-off to Working!!.[11]
Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Legend Star Tokyo MX October 2, 2016 December 25, 2016 13 Related to Uta no Prince-sama.
Occultic;Nine Tokyo MX October 9, 2016 December 25, 2016 12 Based on a light novel by Chiyomaru Shikura.
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga JNN (MBS) January 7, 2017 March 25, 2017 12 Sequel to Blue Exorcist.
Interviews with Monster Girls Tokyo MX January 8, 2017 March 26, 2017 12 Based on a manga by Petos.
Granblue Fantasy The Animation Tokyo MX April 2, 2017 June 25, 2017 13 Based on a video game by Cygames.[12]
Eromanga Sensei Tokyo MX April 9, 2017 June 25, 2017 12 Based on a light novel by Tsukasa Fushimi.[13]
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat Fuji TV (Noitamina) April 14, 2017 June 23, 2017 11 Sequel to Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend.
Fate/Apocrypha Tokyo MX July 2, 2017 December 31, 2017 25 Based on a light novel by Yūichirō Higashide.
The Idolm@ster SideM Tokyo MX October 7, 2017 December 30, 2017 13 Based on a social network game by Bandai Namco Entertainment in The Idolmaster series.
Blend S Tokyo MX October 8, 2017 December 24, 2017 12 Based on a 4-panel manga by Miyuki Nakayama.[14]
Record of Grancrest War Tokyo MX January 6, 2018 June 23, 2018 24 Based on a light novel by Ryo Mizuno.[15]
The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments JNN (MBS, TBS) January 13, 2018 June 30, 2018 24 Sequel to The Seven Deadly Sins.
Darling in the Franxx Tokyo MX January 13, 2018 July 7, 2018 24 Original work.
Co-production with CloverWorks and Studio Trigger.
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku Fuji TV (Noitamina) April 13, 2018 June 22, 2018 11 Based on a manga by Fujita.[16]
Sword Art Online: Alicization Tokyo MX October 7, 2018 September 20, 2020 47 Sequel to Sword Art Online II.
After episode 24, the anime is titled as Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld.
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Tokyo MX January 12, 2019 March 30, 2019 12 Based on a manga by Aka Akasaka.[17]
22/7 Tokyo MX January 11, 2020 March 28, 2020 12 Part of the multimedia project idol girl group 22/7 by Yasushi Akimoto, Aniplex, and Sony Music Records.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War? Tokyo MX April 11, 2020 June 27, 2020 12 Sequel to Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.
Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Rhyme Anima Tokyo MX October 3, 2020 December 26, 2020 13 Part of the multimedia project Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle by King Records.
Warlords of Sigrdrifa Tokyo MX October 3, 2020 December 26, 2020 12 Original work.
86 Tokyo MX April 11, 2021 TBA TBA Based on a light novel by Asato Asato.
Visual Prison Tokyo MX October 8, 2021 TBA TBA Original work by Noriyasu Agematsu.[18]

Films[edit]

Title Release Date Director(s)
Welcome to the Space Show June 26, 2010 Koji Masunari
Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess August 18, 2012 Masaya Fujimori
Blue Exorcist: The Movie December 28, 2012 Atsushi Takahashi
Saint Young Men May 10, 2013 Noriko Takao
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day August 31, 2013 Tatsuyuki Nagai
The Idolmaster Movie: Beyond the Brilliant Future! January 25, 2014 Atsushi Nishigori
Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream June 7, 2014 Tomohisa Taguchi
Space Brothers #0 August 9, 2014 Ayumu Watanabe
Persona 3 The Movie: #3 Falling Down April 4, 2015 Keitaro Motonaga
The Anthem of the Heart September 19, 2015 Tatsuyuki Nagai
Garakowa: Restore the World January 9, 2016 Masashi Ishihama
Persona 3 The Movie: #4 Winter of Rebirth January 23, 2016 Tomohisa Taguchi
Doukyusei: Classmates February 20, 2016 Shōko Nakamura
Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic January 21, 2017 Noriyuki Abe
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale February 18, 2017 Tomohiko Itō
Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry May 6, 2017 Tatsuma Minamikawa
The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky August 18, 2018 Noriyuki Abe (Chief)
Yasuto Nishikata
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji LOVE Kingdom June 14, 2019 Takeshi Furuta (Chief)
Tomoka Nagaoka
High School Fleet the Movie January 18, 2020 Yuu Nobuta (Chief)
Jun Nakagawa
Love Me, Love Me Not September 18, 2020 Toshimasa Kuroyanagi
Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night October 30, 2021 Ayako Kōno
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love ST☆RISH Tours 2022 TBA

OVAs[edit]

Title Release Date Episodes
Birdy the Mighty: Decode - Cipher July 22, 2009 1
The Idolmaster Shiny Festa October 25, 2012 3
Saint Young Men December 3, 2012 – August 23, 2013 2
Black Butler: Book of Murder January 28, 2015 – February 25, 2015 2
Your Lie in April: Moments May 15, 2015 1
The Seven Deadly Sins June 17, 2015 – August 12, 2015 2
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga April 4, 2017 – October 4, 2017 2
Eromanga Sensei January 16, 2019 2
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku March 29, 2019 – October 14, 2021 3
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War May 19, 2021 1

Specials[edit]

Title Release Date Episodes Notes
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens May 27, 2009 1 Production co-operation by Ordet.
Fairy Tail April 15, 2011 – December 18, 2016 9 Episodes 1–6 co-produced with Satelight.
Valkyria of the Battlefield 3: The Wound Taken for Someone's Sake June 29, 2011 – August 31, 2011 2
Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai. August 18, 2013 1
Sword Art Online: Extra Edition December 31, 2013 1
Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV March 30, 2016 – September 30, 2016 5 Based in the world and continuity of the 2016 video game, Final Fantasy XV.
Co-production with Square Enix.
Persona 5: The Animation - The Day Breakers September 3, 2016 1
Shelter October 18, 2016 1 Music video for American EDM musician Porter Robinson and French DJ Madeon.
22/7: 8 + 3 = ? September 16, 2020 1
86 June 27, 2021 1

Others[edit]

Title Year Notes
Namisuke 2007
Ōkiku Furikabutte: Honto no Ace ni Nareru Kamo 2007 Nintendo DS game; Produced the animation and CG segments
Takane no Jitensha (a.k.a. Takane's Bike) 2008 winner of Animax's Animax Taishō award
Persona 4 2008 PlayStation 2 game; Produced the 2D animation with Studio Hibari
Valkyria Chronicles II 2010 PlayStation Portable game
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Spirit of Justice 2016 Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android game
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology 2017 Nintendo 3DS game; Produced the opening animation
Layton's Mystery Journey 2017 Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ABOUT". A-1 Pictures. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "ABOUT". A-1 Pictures. Archived from the original on August 30, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "A-1 Pictures". Archived from the original on January 20, 2008. Retrieved March 17, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "A-1 Pictures". Archived from the original on May 20, 2007. Retrieved March 17, 2007.
  5. ^ "A-1 Pictures Panel Report". June 30, 2007. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  6. ^ "Aniplex, TV Tokyo Work on Anime no Chikara Project". Anime News Network. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  7. ^ "A-1 Pictures' Kōenji Studio Rebrands as CloverWorks". Anime News Network. April 2, 2018. Archived from the original on April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Chapman, Paul (April 4, 2018). "A-1 Pictures Rebrands Their Kōenji Studio as CloverWorks". Crunchyroll. Archived from the original on April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "CloverWorks Anime Studio Separates From A-1 Pictures, Remains Subsidiary of Aniplex". AnimeNewsNetwork. October 1, 2018. Archived from the original on October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "MAGES' 'B-Project' Fictional Male Idol Project Gets TV Anime in July". Anime News Network. March 27, 2016. Archived from the original on April 30, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "Working/Wagnaria's Web Comic Edition Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. April 1, 2016. Archived from the original on April 2, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  12. ^ "Granblue Fantasy Smartphone Game Gets Anime, Manga Adaptations". Anime News Network. September 17, 2015. Archived from the original on March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  13. ^ "Eromanga Sensei Anime Casts Akane Fujita as Sagiri Izumi". Anime News Network. March 13, 2016. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  14. ^ "A-1 Pictures Animates Blend S Manga for Fall Broadcast". Anime News Network. May 25, 2017. Archived from the original on May 25, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  15. ^ "Lodoss Creator's Record of Grancrest War Anime Announces Cast, Staff, January Debut". Anime News Network. May 30, 2017. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  16. ^ "Otaku ni wa Koi wa Muzukashii Manga Gets TV Anime on Noitamina (Updated)". Anime News Network. July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  17. ^ "Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Reveals Staff, January Debut, Visual". Anime News Network. September 18, 2018. Archived from the original on September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "Aniplex Reveals Visual Prison Visual Kei TV Anime With Symphogear's Noriyasu Agematsu". Anime News Network. March 26, 2021. Retrieved March 26, 2021.

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