Bones (studio)

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Bones Inc.
Native name
Kabushiki gaisha Bonzu
TypePrivate (Kabushiki gaisha)
IndustryJapanese animation
FoundedOctober 1998; 25 years ago (1998-10)
Headquarters3-8-3 Igusa, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Masahiko Minami
Hiroshi Ōsaka
Toshihiro Kawamoto
Number of employees
91 (as of February 2023)[1]
  • Animation Department[a]
  • Photography Department[b]

Bones Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社ボンズ, Hepburn: Kabushiki gaisha Bonzu, stylized bones inc.) is a Japanese animation studio. It has produced numerous series, including RahXephon, No. 6, Wolf's Rain, Scrapped Princess, Eureka Seven, Angelic Layer, Darker than Black, Soul Eater, Ouran High School Host Club, both the 2003 and 2009 adaptations of Fullmetal Alchemist, Star Driver, Gosick, Mob Psycho 100, Space Dandy, Noragami, Bungo Stray Dogs, and My Hero Academia. Its headquarters are located in Igusa, Suginami, Tokyo.[2]


Bones was founded by Sunrise staff members Masahiko Minami, Hiroshi Ōsaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto in October 1998. One of their first projects was collaborating with Sunrise on Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, a feature film based on the Cowboy Bebop anime series.

In 2007, the studio suffered the loss of co-founder Hiroshi Ōsaka, well known for his works as character designer on series such as Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, Mobile Fighter G Gundam and The Mars Daybreak. Ōsaka had been battling with cancer, and died from the disease on September 24, 2007. He was 44 years old.[3]

Since the death of Ōsaka, two new additions have been made to the studio's board of directors: Makoto Watanabe and Takahiro Komori. Komori is well known as a character designer and animator who has been with the studio since its inception. His previous works as designer consist of Angelic Layer, Scrapped Princess, and Darker than Black.[4]


Like studio Sunrise, where some of its founders previously worked, Bones is divided into smaller studios which are focused on their own anime projects.


Anime television series[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Eps. Studio Note(s)
2000–2001 Hiwou War Chronicles Tetsurō Amino 26 A Original work.
2001 Angelic Layer: Battle Doll Hiroshi Nishikiori 26 A Based on a manga by CLAMP.
2002 RahXephon Yutaka Izubuchi 26 B Original work.
2003 Wolf's Rain Tensai Okamura 30 A Original work.
Scrapped Princess Sōichi Masui 24 B Based on a light novel by Ichirō Sakaki.
2003–2004 Fullmetal Alchemist Seiji Mizushima 51 C Based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa.
Features a partially anime original storyline.
2004 Mars Daybreak Kunihiro Mori 26 B Original work.
Kurau Phantom Memory Yasuhiro Irie 24 A Original work.
2005–2006 Eureka Seven Tomoki Kyoda 51 B Original work.
2006 Ouran High School Host Club Takuya Igarashi 26 C Based on a manga by Bisco Hatori.
Jyu-Oh-Sei Hiroshi Nishikiori 11 A Based on a manga by Natsumi Itsuki.
2006–2007 Ghost Slayers Ayashi Hiroshi Nishikiori
Yoshikazu Miyao (assistant)
25 A Original work.
2007 Darker than Black: The Black Contractor Tensai Okamura 25 C Original work.
Skull Man Takeshi Mori 13 B Based on a manga by Shotaro Ishinomori.
2008–2009 Soul Eater Takuya Igarashi 51 C Based on a manga by Atsushi Ōkubo.
2008 Chiko, Heiress of the Phantom Thief Nobuo Tomisawa 22 N/A Based on a manga by Shinji Ohara (co-production with Telecom Animation Film).
2009–2010 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Yasuhiro Irie 64 D Second adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga.
2009 Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Masaki Tachibana 11 N/A Original work (co-production with Kinema Citrus).
Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor Tensai Okamura 12 C Sequel to Darker Than Black.
2010 Heroman Hitoshi Nanba 26 A Original work in collaboration with Stan Lee.
2010–2011 Star Driver Takuya Igarashi 25 C Original work.
2011 Gosick Hitoshi Nanba 24 A Based on a light novel by Kazuki Sakuraba.
No. 6 Kenji Nagasaki 11 D Based on the novels by Atsuko Asano.
Un-Go Seiji Mizushima 12 C Based on the works of Ango Sakaguchi.
2012 Eureka Seven: AO Tomoki Kyoda 24 A/B Sequel to Eureka Seven.
2012–2013 Blast of Tempest Masahiro Andō 24 D Based on a manga by Kyō Shirodaira.
2013 Otona Joshi no Anime Time: Life's Best 10 Miura You 1 B Episode 3 of Otona Joshi no Anime Time television specials.
2013–2014 Tenkai Knights Mitsuru Hongo 52 C Original work.
First run in United States, on Cartoon Network.
2014 Space Dandy Shinichirō Watanabe (chief)
Shingo Natsume
13 B Original work.
First run in United States, on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block.
Noragami Kotaro Tamura 12 A Based on the manga by Adachitoka.
Captain Earth Takuya Igarashi 24 C Original work.
Soul Eater Not! Masakazu Hashimoto 12 A Based on a manga by Atsushi Ōkubo
Spin-off to Soul Eater.
Chaika - The Coffin Princess Soichi Masui 12 D Based on a light novel by Ichirō Sakaki.
Space Dandy 2 Shinichirō Watanabe (chief)
Shingo Natsume
13 B First run in United States, on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block.
Chaika - The Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle Soichi Masui 10 D
2015 Blood Blockade Battlefront Rie Matsumoto 12 A/C Based on the manga by Yasuhiro Nightow
Show by Rock!! Takahiro Ikezoe 12 D Based on a video game by Geechs and Sanrio.
Snow White with the Red Hair Masahiro Andō 13 B Based on the manga by Sorata Akizuki.
Noragami Aragoto Kotaro Tamura 13 A
Concrete Revolutio Seiji Mizushima 13 C Original work.
2016 Snow White with the Red Hair 2 Masahiro Andō 13 B
Concrete Revolutio: The Last Song Seiji Mizushima 11 C
My Hero Academia Kenji Nagasaki 13 A Based on the manga by Kōhei Horikoshi.
Bungo Stray Dogs Takuya Igarashi 12 D Based on the manga by Kafka Asagiri.
Show by Rock!! Short!! Takahiro Ikezoe 12 D Short anime based on Show by Rock!!.
Mob Psycho 100 Yuzuru Tachikawa 12 B Based on the manga by One.
Show by Rock 2!! Takahiro Ikezoe 12 D
Bungo Stray Dogs 2 Takuya Igarashi 12 D
2017 My Hero Academia 2 Kenji Nagasaki 25 C
Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond Shigehito Takayanagi 12 B
2018 My Hero Academia 3 Kenji Nagasaki 25 C
Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan Shinji Higuchi (chief)
Hiroshi Kobayashi
12 A Original work.
2019 Mob Psycho 100 II Yuzuru Tachikawa 13 B
Carole & Tuesday Shinichirō Watanabe (chief)
Motonobu Hori
24 A Original work.
Bungo Stray Dogs 3 Takuya Igarashi 12 D
2019–2020 My Hero Academia 4 Kenji Nagasaki (Chief)
Masahiro Mukai
25 C
2021 SK8 the Infinity Hiroko Utsumi 12 D Original work.
Bungo Stray Dogs Wan! Satonobu Kikuchi 12 N/A Based on the spin-off manga of Bungo Stray Dogs by Kafka Asagiri. (co-production with Nomad)
My Hero Academia 5 Kenji Nagasaki (Chief)
Masahiro Mukai
25 C
Godzilla Singular Point Atsushi Takahashi 13 A Original work in the Godzilla franchise (co-production with Orange).
2021–2022 The Case Study of Vanitas Tomoyuki Itamura 24 A Based on the manga by Jun Mochizuki.
2022–2023 My Hero Academia 6 Kenji Nagasaki (Chief)
Masahiro Mukai
25 C
2022 Mob Psycho 100 III Yuzuru Tachikawa (Chief)
Takahiro Hasui
12 B
2023 Bungo Stray Dogs 4 Takuya Igarashi 13 D
Bungo Stray Dogs 5 Takuya Igarashi 11 D
2024 Metallic Rouge Motonobu Hori TBA E Original work.
TBA Katsute Mahō Shōjo to Aku wa Tekitai Shiteita Akiyo Ohashi TBA TBA Based on the manga by Cocoa Fujiwara.[8]
My Hero Academia 7 Kenji Nagasaki (Chief)
Masahiro Mukai
SK8 the Infinity 2 Hiroko Utsumi TBA D

Anime films[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Dur. Studio Note(s)
2000 Escaflowne Kazuki Akane 98m A
2001 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Shinichirō Watanabe 115m A
2003 RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio Tomoki Kyoda 115m B
2005 Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa Seiji Mizushima 105m C
2007 Sword of the Stranger Masahiro Andō 102m B
2009 Eureka Seven Pocket Full Of Rainbows Tomoki Kyoda 115m N/A Co-production with Kinema Citrus.
2011 Towa no Quon: The Ephemeral Petals Umanosuke Iida 48m B
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Kazuya Murata 111m D
Towa no Quon: Dancing Orchid in Chaos Umanosuke Iida 48m B
Towa no Quon: The Complicity of Dreams Umanosuke Iida 48m B
Towa no Quon: The Roaring Anxiety Umanosuke Iida 48m B
Towa no Quon: The Return of the Invincible Umanosuke Iida 48m B
Un-Go: Chapter of Inga Seiji Mizushima 48m C
Towa no Quon: Eternal Quon Umanosuke Iida 48m B
2013 Star Driver: The Movie Takuya Igarashi 150m C
2017 Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution 1 Tomoki Kyoda 93m E
2018 Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple Takuya Igarashi 90m D
My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Kenji Nagasaki 96m C
Anemone - Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution Tomoki Kyoda 94m E
2019 My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Kenji Nagasaki 104m C
2020 Josee, the Tiger and the Fish Kotaro Tamura 98m C
2021 My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission Kenji Nagasaki 104m C
Eureka - Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution Tomoki Kyoda 116m E

Original net animation[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Eps. Studio Note(s)
2008–2009 Xam'd: Lost Memories Masayuki Miyaji 26 B PlayStation Network; Original work
2018 A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Kazuya Murata 12 A Netflix; Original work
2021 Super Crooks Motonobu Hori 13 B Netflix; Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar
2024 Time Patrol Bon Masahiro Andō TBA TBA Netflix; Based on the manga series by Fujiko F. Fujio

Original video animation[edit]

Video games[edit]

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ Bones Animation Department (ボンズ作画部), occasionally credited as BONES作画部, the studio's animation department.
  2. ^ Bones Photography Department (ボンズ撮影部), the studio's compositing and visual effects department.


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