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Bandai Namco Pictures Inc.
Native name
株式会社バンダイナムコピクチャーズ
Kabushiki gaisha Bandai Namuko Pikuchāzu
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryAnime
FoundedApril 2015; 5 years ago (2015-04)
HeadquartersNerima, Tokyo
Key people
  • Masayuki Ozaki
  • (president)
  • Hiroyuki Sato
  • (director)
ProductsAnime, films, DVDs
Revenue¥10 million
OwnerBandai Namco Holdings
Number of employees
70 (2016)
ParentSunrise
Websitewww.bn-pictures.co.jp
Footnotes / references
"Corporate Profile". www.bn-pictures.co.jp (in Japanese). Bandai Namco Pictures. Archived from the original on April 28, 2020. Retrieved July 2, 2020.

Bandai Namco Pictures Inc.[a] is a Japanese animation studio and production company. It is a spinoff of Sunrise, a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings. The company is formed as a part of the medium-term management plan of Bandai Namco Holdings on restructuring Bandai Namco Group. All the anime intellectual property and production divisions of Sunrise that aims at children and family was transferred to BN Pictures. The company began its operations in April 2015.

History[edit]

On February 12, 2015, Bandai Namco Holdings announced plans to restructure itself through the usage of a three-year medium-management plan.[1] The company sought to focus its resources on creating new intellectual properties (IPs) and marketable characters, and required faster planning and development time to satisfy these demands.[1][2] Bandai Namco executives also believed it was necessary for its IP Creation content area to strengthen ties with its Toy and Hobby area, as it would lead to both strong relationships between the two divisions and allow for future product collaborations.[2]

As part of its efforts to fulfill these obligations, Bandai Namco Pictures was established in April 2015 in Nerima, Tokyo.[2][3] Headed by Masayuki Ozaki, the representative director of animation studio Sunrise, the company was to lead its parent's "Strengthen IP Creation Output" project and focus on the creation of new characters and franchises, specifically those targeted towards children and families.[1][3] Bandai Namco Pictures would also work together with the Toy and Hobby division of Bandai Namco Holdings to strengthen the linkage between the two areas of the latter company.[1][2][3] Pictures absorbed Sunrise's production departments relating to children-oriented IPs, becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Sunrise and part of Bandai Namco's IP Creation department.[4][5]

The company's first project was Aikatsu!, an anime based on the Bandai trading card arcade game of the same name which had been produced by Sunrise until that point.[3] In addition to working on pre-established franchises, Bandai Namco Pictures would produce several original projects, such as the stop-motion animation series Milpom!.[6] Pictures focused primarily on series and characters targeted towards children and families, though some, such as Tiger & Bunny and the Gintama series, were aimed at older audiences. The company regularly collaborates with other subsidiaries within Bandai Namco Holdings; in 2016, it partnered with Bandai Namco Entertainment to produce Dream Festival!, a multimedia franchise centered around video games and original net animations.

In August 2018, Bandai Namco Pictures opened a division in Osaka, the Bandai Namco Pictures Osaka Studio, for the purpose of digitally transferring animation to decrease production times.[7] The company hoped the success and productivity from the Osaka Studio could allow for additional offices to be opened in Japan and eventually overseas.[7] A year later in October, Pictures absorbed Studio Dub, an animation subcontractor established by former Sunrise animators. The acquisition renamed the company Bandai Namco Pictures Iwaki, though it continues using the Studio Dub name for its projects.

Works[edit]

Television series[edit]

Title First run
start date
First run
end date
Eps. Ref.
Aikatsu! October 8, 2012 March 31, 2016 178 [3]
Tribe Cool Crew September 28, 2014 October 4, 2015 50 [8]
Battle Spirits: Burning Soul April 1, 2015 March 30, 2016 51 [9]
Gintama° April 8, 2015 March 30, 2016 51 [10]
Battle Spirits: Double Drive April 6, 2016 March 29, 2017 51 [9]
Aikatsu Stars! April 7, 2016 March 29, 2018 100 [11]
Heybot! September 18, 2016 September 24, 2017 50 [9]
Gintama. January 8, 2017 March 26, 2017 13 [9]
Gintama. Porori-hen October 1, 2017 December 24, 2017 13 [9]
Gintama. Shirogane no Tamashii-hen January 7, 2018 October 7, 2018 26 [10]
Aikatsu Friends! April 5, 2018 September 26, 2019 76 [12]
B-PROJECT~Zecchō*Emotion~ January 11, 2019 March 29, 2019 12 [10]
Aikatsu on Parade! October 5, 2019 March 28, 2020 25 [13]
Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun October 5, 2019 March 7, 2020 23 [14]
Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori April 5, 2020 TBA TBA [15]
Saikyō Kamizmode October 9, 2020 TBA TBA [16]
Aikatsu Planet! January 10, 2021 TBA TBA [17]
Cestvs: The Roman Fighter April 2021 TBA TBA [18]
Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun Season 2 April 2021 TBA TBA [19]
Tiger & Bunny 2 2022 TBA TBA [20]

OVA/ONAs[edit]

Films[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: 株式会社バンダイナムコピクチャーズ, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Bandai Namuko Pikuchāzu

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "ム › ニュース › トレンド › 記事 バンダイナムコピクチャーズ2015年4月設立 サンライズがキッズ・ファミリー向けを分社化". Anime Anime (in Japanese). IID. February 12, 2015. Archived from the original on March 29, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "サンライズの一部を分社化「バンダイナムコピクチャーズ」設立 「アイカツ!」などキッズ向け担当". ITMedia. February 12, 2015. Archived from the original on September 8, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Sunrise's Kids & Family IP to Spin Off Into New Bandai Namco Group Company". Anime News Network. February 12, 2015. Archived from the original on August 29, 2020. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  4. ^ "Corporate Profile". www.bn-pictures.co.jp (in Japanese). Bandai Namco Pictures. Archived from the original on April 28, 2020. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  5. ^ "Bandai Namco Group Integrated Report 2019". Bandai Namco Holdings. September 13, 2019. Archived from the original on May 18, 2020. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  6. ^ Ressler, Karen (March 30, 2015). "Bandai Namco Pictures Unveils Milpom Stop-Motion Anime Project for Girls". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on January 30, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  7. ^ a b "BNP、大阪スタジオを設立。アニメーション現場の環境整備にも着手。". OtakuIndustry.biz (in Japanese). September 7, 2018. Archived from the original on January 11, 2021. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  8. ^ Loo, Egan (September 9, 2015). "Tribe Cool Crew Team Makes Dance Anime Brave Beats". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on November 6, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Antonio Pineda, Rafael (January 10, 2017). "Bandai Namco Pictures Studio Plans Original Projects". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  10. ^ a b c "Works". www.bn-pictures.co.jp (in Japanese). Bandai Namco Pictures. Archived from the original on July 2, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  11. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (April 12, 2016). "Your Complete Spring 2016 Anime Guide". Kotaku. G/O Media. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  12. ^ Antonio Pineda, Rafael (February 4, 2018). "Aikatsu Friends! Anime's Cast, Staff Revealed". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on April 17, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  13. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (October 5, 2019). "Your Spring 2019 Anime Guide". Kotaku Australia. G/O Media. Archived from the original on August 4, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  14. ^ "「魔入りました!入間くん」第2シリーズ放送決定!!". NHK News (in Japanese). NHK. March 9, 2020. Archived from the original on December 9, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  15. ^ Mateo, Alex (February 13, 2020). "New Kaiketsu Zorori Anime Reveals Cast, Theme Songs, April 5 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  16. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (August 10, 2020). "Bandai Namco Pictures Announces Saikyō Kamizmode Anime". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on December 18, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  17. ^ "『アイカツプラネット!』実写×アニメ×CGでアイドル活動しちゃおう♪". Dengeki Online (in Japanese). Dengeki. August 12, 2020. Archived from the original on September 29, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  18. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (November 5, 2020). "Kentō Ankoku Den Cestvs, Kentō Shitō Den Cestvs Manga Get TV Anime in April 2021". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  19. ^ Antonio Pineda, Rafael (September 2, 2020). "'Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun' Anime Season 2 Premieres Next April". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on December 20, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  20. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (May 1, 2020). "Tiger & Bunny 2 Anime Reveals Character Visual, More Returning Cast". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on May 25, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  21. ^ "Fight League Anime's Trailer Reveals Cast, More Staff, February 14 Debut". AnimeNewsNetwork. December 10, 2018. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  22. ^ "Kaiketsu Zorori: Uchū no Yūsha-tachi Film Trailer Teases Original Story". Anime News Network. April 18, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  23. ^ "Aniplex Reveals Hula Fulla Dance Original Anime for Summer 2021". AnimeNewsNetwork. November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.

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