Bones (studio)

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bones inc.
Native name
株式会社 ボンズ
Kabushiki-gaisha Bonzu
TypePrivate (Kabushiki gaisha)
IndustryJapanese animation
FoundedOctober 1998; 23 years ago (1998-10)
Headquarters3-8-3 Igusa, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Masahiko Minami
Hiroshi Ōsaka
Toshihiro Kawamoto
Number of employees
80 (as of April 2021)[1]
Divisions
  • Animation Department[a]
  • Photography Department[b]
Websitebones.co.jp

Bones Inc. (stylized in lowercase as bones inc.) (Japanese: 株式会社 ボンズ, Hepburn: Kabushiki gaisha Bonzu) 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]

History[edit]

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]

Studios[edit]

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

  • Studio E: The newest studio, led by Makoto Watanabe and working on the new Eureka Seven movies since 2017.[5][6][7]

Productions[edit]

Anime television series[edit]

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

Anime films[edit]

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

Original net animation[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Eps. Note(s)
2008–2009 Xam'd: Lost Memories Masayuki Miyaji 26 PlayStation Network; animated by Bones Studio B.
2018 A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Kazuya Murata 12 Netflix; animated by Bones Studio A.
2021 Super Crooks Motonobu Hori 13 Netflix, Based on the comic by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu; animated by Bones Studio B.

Original video animation[edit]

Video games[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Notes[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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "(株)ボンズ【Bones Inc.】のインターンシップ・会社概要 | マイナビ2022".
  2. ^ "Company info". Bones. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  3. ^ "Bones Co-Founder Hiroshi Ōsaka Passes Away". Anime News Network. 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  4. ^ "Bones Company Info". Bones. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  5. ^ liborek (2018-10-27). "BONES' 20th Anniversary – What Lies in the Future?". Sakugablog. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  6. ^ "アニメ会社紹介(作オタ視点) - 作画@wiki".
  7. ^ "BONES".

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