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Kyoto Animation
Native name
Kabushiki-gaisha Kyōto Animēshon
Kabushiki gaisha
IndustryJapanese animation
Print media publisher (mainly light novels)
Founded1981; 38 years ago (1981)
HeadquartersUji, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan[1]
Key people
Hideaki Hatta, president[2]
Yoko Hatta, vice-president[3]
Number of employees
130 (October 2010)[4]
SubsidiariesAnimation Do (Osaka)[5]

Kyoto Animation Co., Ltd. (Japanese: 株式会社京都アニメーション, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Kyōto Animēshon), abbreviated KyoAni (京アニ), is a Japanese animation studio and a light novel publisher located in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It was established in 1981 by former Mushi Pro staff. Presided by Hideaki Hatta, the company is also affiliated with the studio Animation Do. Since 2009, the company began to hold the Kyoto Animation Award for new stories, with the first work being published in 2011 as a light novel in their KA Esuma Bunko imprint which was created on the same year as well. As of 2015, Kyoto Animation has headed production for 21 anime series and several films. Unlike most animation studios, Kyoto Animation's animators are salaried employees rather than freelance animators paid per frame. Therefore, Kyoto Animation animators are able to focus more on the quality of each frame rather than the quantity of frames they produce.[6]


Kyoto Animation head office
Kyoto Animation Studio in Uji city, Kyoto, Japan

One of the founders, Yoko Hatta, was employed by Mushi Production, and she became independent from the production when she moved to Kyoto after she was married with Hideaki Hatta. Then Kyoto Animation was founded in 1981 by the couple (Hideaki as the president and Yoko as the vice-president).[7] It became a limited company in 1985 and a corporation in 1999.[8] Its logo is based on the kyō kanji (京), the first character of Kyoto.[9] Early in its history, it was involved in the production of Kiddy Grade, InuYasha, Tenchi Universe,[8] Nurse Witch Komugi, and Generator Gawl. Kyoto Animation also produced the vocal opening and ending sequences for four installments of Konami's long-running baseball game series Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū (Power Pro).

Starting in 2009, Kyoto Animation has awarded original novels and manga in its annual Kyoto Animation Award and later published them into the imprint KA Esuma Bunko. Winning submissions have a chance of being adapted into an anime.[10] Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Free!, Beyond the Boundary and Myriad Colors Phantom World were based on novels that received an honorable mention in this competition.[10][11][12] In 2014, the novel Violet Evergarden became the first work and so far the only one to win a grand prize in any of the three categories.[13] According to Dani Cavallaro, Kyoto Animation has become recognized for its high production values and "sensitivity to the wonders and quandaries of ordinary life".[14]

Animation Do[edit]

An associate company, Animation Do Co., Ltd. (株式会社アニメーションドゥウ, Kabushiki-gaisha Animēshon Dū), was established to assist production at Kyoto Animation.[5] Originally established as the Kyoto Animation's Osaka office, it was incorporated as a limited company in 2000, and became a corporation in 2010. Both companies are run by Hideaki Hatta and are run jointly as one. They produce up and coming works under the Animation Do label with Kyoto Animation as their main contractor and works where they work as one company alongside Kyoto Animation. They work on most Kyoto Animation projects and many of them have joint signatures.

Produced series[edit]

In the list below, only the productions that Kyoto Animation were the main producer for are listed.

TV series[edit]

Title Director(s) First run start date First run end date Eps Note(s)
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu Yasuhiro Takemoto August 25, 2003 November 18, 2003 12 Adapted from the Full Metal Panic! light novel series, and sequel to the 2002 version created by Gonzo.
Air Tatsuya Ishihara January 6, 2005 March 31, 2005 13 Adaptation of Key's visual novel.
Air in Summer Tatsuya Ishihara August 28, 2005 September 4, 2005 2 Adaptation of Key's visual novel.
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Yasuhiro Takemoto July 13, 2005 October 19, 2005 13 Adaptation of the light novel series by Shoji Gatoh.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Tatsuya Ishihara April 2, 2006 July 2, 2006 14 Adaptation of the light novel series by Nagaru Tanigawa.
Kanon Tatsuya Ishihara October 5, 2006 March 15, 2007 24 This series is the second anime adaptation of a visual novel of the same name by Key. The first was created by Toei Animation in 2002.
Lucky Star Yutaka Yamamoto (1–4)
Yasuhiro Takemoto (5–24)
April 8, 2007 September 16, 2007 24 Adaptation of the manga by Kagami Yoshimizu.
Clannad Tatsuya Ishihara October 4, 2007 March 27, 2008 23 Adaptation of the visual novel by Key.
Clannad After Story Tatsuya Ishihara October 3, 2008 March 26, 2009 24 Sequel to Clannad.
Sora o Miageru Shōjo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai Yoshiji Kigami January 14, 2009 March 11, 2009 9 A television series remake and sequel of Munto.
K-On! Naoko Yamada April 3, 2009 June 26, 2009 13 Adaptation of the manga by Kakifly.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 2 Tatsuya Ishihara April 3, 2009 October 9, 2009 28 Rebroadcast of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya with new episodes.
K-On!! Naoko Yamada April 7, 2010 September 28, 2010 26 Sequel to K-On!.
Nichijou Tatsuya Ishihara April 3, 2011 September 25, 2011 26 Adaptation of the manga by Keiichi Arawi.
Hyouka Yasuhiro Takemoto April 22, 2012 September 16, 2012 22 Adaptation of the novels by Honobu Yonezawa.
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Tatsuya Ishihara October 4, 2012 December 19, 2012 12 Adaptation of the light novels by Torako.
Tamako Market Naoko Yamada January 10, 2013 March 28, 2013 12 An original story from the team who worked on K-On!.
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club Hiroko Utsumi July 4, 2013 September 26, 2013 12 Sequel to the light novel High Speed! by Kōji Ōji.[11]
Collaboration with Animation Do.
Beyond the Boundary Taichi Ishidate October 2, 2013 December 18, 2013 12 Adaptation of light novel series by Nagomu Torii.[12]
Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! -Heart Throb- Tatsuya Ishihara January 8, 2014 March 26, 2014 12 Sequel to Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.
Free! Eternal Summer Hiroko Utsumi July 2, 2014 September 24, 2014 13 Sequel to Free!.
Collaboration with Animation Do.
Amagi Brilliant Park Yasuhiro Takemoto October 6, 2014 December 25, 2014 13 Adaptation of the light novel series by Shoji Gatoh.
Sound! Euphonium Tatsuya Ishihara April 8, 2015 July 1, 2015 13 Adaptation of the novel by Ayano Takeda.
Myriad Colors Phantom World Tatsuya Ishihara January 7, 2016 March 31, 2016 13 Adaptation of the light novel by Sōichirō Hatano.
Sound! Euphonium 2 Tatsuya Ishihara October 6, 2016 December 28, 2016 13 Sequel to Sound! Euphonium.
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Yasuhiro Takemoto January 11, 2017 April 6, 2017 13 Adaptation of the manga by Coolkyoushinja.[15]
Violet Evergarden Taichi Ishidate January 11, 2018 April 5, 2018 13 Adaptation of the light novel by Kana Akatsuki.
Free! Dive to the Future Eisaku Kawanami July 11, 2018 September 26, 2018 12 Sequel to Free! Eternal Summer.
Collaboration with Animation Do.
Tsurune Takuya Yamamura October 22, 2018 January 21, 2019 13 Adaptation of the light novel by Kotoko Ayano.[16]
20 Seiki Denki Mokuroku TBA TBA TBA TBA Adaptation of the light novel by Hiro Yuki.[17]


Title Director Release date Note(s)
Tenjōbito to Akutobito Saigo no Tatakai Yoshiji Kigami April 18, 2009 Film version of the television series Sora o Miageru Shōjo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Tatsuya Ishihara (chief), Yasuhiro Takemoto February 6, 2010 Continuation of the Haruhi Suzumiya series by Nagaru Tanigawa.
K-On! Movie Naoko Yamada December 3, 2011 Continuation of the animated series based on the manga by Kakifly.
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions: Rikka Version Tatsuya Ishihara September 14, 2013 Summary of the first season of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.
Tamako Love Story Naoko Yamada April 26, 2014 Continuation of Tamako Market.
Beyond the Boundary -I'll Be Here- Past Taichi Ishidate March 14, 2015 Summary of Beyond the Boundary.
Beyond the Boundary -I'll Be Here- Future Taichi Ishidate April 25, 2015 Continuation of Beyond the Boundary.
High Speed! Free! Starting Days Yasuhiro Takemoto[18] December 5, 2015 A prequel film based on the second volume of the original light novel, High Speed.
Sound! Euphonium: The Movie - Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band Tatsuya Ishihara April 23, 2016 A summary of the first season of Sound! Euphonium.
A Silent Voice Naoko Yamada September 17, 2016 Adaptation of the manga by Yoshitoki Ōima.
Free! Timeless Medley: The Bond Eisaku Kawanami April 22, 2017 A summary of the second season of Free! focusing on Haruka.
Free! Timeless Medley: The Promise Eisaku Kawanami July 1, 2017 A summary of the second season of Free! focusing on Rin.
Sound! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody Taichi Ogawa September 30, 2017 A summary of the second season of Sound! Euphonium.
Free! Take Your Marks Eisaku Kawanami October 28, 2017 Continuation of Free!.
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me Tatsuya Ishihara January 6, 2018 Continuation of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.
Liz and the Blue Bird Naoko Yamada April 21, 2018 Continuation of Sound! Euphonium.
Sound! Euphonium: Oath's Finale Tatsuya Ishihara April 19, 2019 Continuation of Sound! Euphonium.
Free! -Road to the World- Dream Eisaku Kawanami July 5, 2019 A summary of the third season of Free!.
Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidō Shuki Ningyō Haruka Fujita September 6, 2019 Spin-off of Violet Evergarden.
Violet Evergarden the Movie Taichi Ishidate January 10, 2020 Continuation of Violet Evergarden.
Untitled Free! film TBA Q3 2020 Continuation of Free!.

Original video animations[edit]

Title Release date(s) Note(s)
Munto March 18, 2003 Original
Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time April 29, 2005 Sequel to Munto
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Episode 000 July 6, 2005 Prequel to Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid: Wari to Hima na Sentaichou no Ichinichi May 26, 2006 Side story of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid
Clannad: Another World, Tomoyo Chapter July 16, 2008 An alternative ending to Clannad
Lucky Star: Original na Visual to Animation September 26, 2008 Side story of Lucky Star
Clannad After Story: Another World, Kyou Chapter July 1, 2009 An alternative ending to Clannad
K-On!: Live House! January 19, 2010 Sequel to K-On!
Nichijou: Nichijou no 0-wa March 12, 2011 Prequel to Nichijou
K-On!!: Keikaku! March 16, 2011 Midquel to K-On!!
Hyōka: Motsubeki Mono wa July 8, 2012 Midquel to Hyōka
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!: Sparkling... Slapstick Noel June 19, 2013 Sequel to Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusion
Beyond the Boundary: Daybreak July 2, 2014 Prequel to Beyond the Boundary
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!: Heart Throb - The Rikka Wars September 17, 2014 Sequel to Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! -Heart Throb-
Free! Eternal Summer Special March 18, 2015 Side story of Free! Eternal Summer
Amagi Brilliant Park: Nonbirishiteiru Hima ga Nai! June 26, 2015 Sequel to Amagi Brilliant Park
Sound! Euphonium – Ready, Set, Monaka December 16, 2015 Side story of Sound! Euphonium
Myriad Colors Phantom World Special October 5, 2016 Sequel to Myriad Colors Phantom World
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Valentine's Day, Followed By Hot Springs! (Please Don't Expect Much) September 20, 2017 Side story of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
Violet Evergarden: Surely, Someday You Will Understand "Love" July 4, 2018 Midquel of Violet Evergarden

Original net animations[edit]

Title Series run Note(s)
The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya February 14, 2009–May 15, 2009 Adaptation of the manga based on the Haruhi Suzumiya series.
Nyorōn Churuya-san February 14, 2009–May 15, 2009 Adaptation of the manga based on the Haruhi Suzumiya series.
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Lite September 27, 2012–November 1, 2012 Based on novel by Torako.
Beyond the Boundary Idol Trial! November 8, 2013–December 16, 2013 Based on light novel series by Nagomu Torii.
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! -Heart Throb- Lite December 26, 2013–March 16, 2014 Sequel to Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Lite.

Game openings and endings[edit]

Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū series
  • Aka: Power Pro/Pawapuro series
  • Games eight through eleven in the main series installment
  • Release dates: 2001–2004
  • Genre: Sports
  • Original Development: Konami/Diamond Head
  • Kyoto Animation animated all the openings in games eight through eleven, as well as the Success Mode ending in eleven.

Light novels published in the KA Esuma Bunko imprint[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ 会社概要 [Company Profile]. (in Japanese). Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "Outline". 2004. Archived from the original on February 22, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  4. ^ 京アニ八田英明社長 山田尚子監督 京都でセミナーに. Anime! Anime! Biz (in Japanese). October 1, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  5. ^ a b 会社情報 [Company Information]. (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  6. ^ "A Silent Voice shows why Kyoto Animation is one of the top animation studios". The Verge. October 20, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Cavallaro 2012, p. 3, 11.
  8. ^ a b Cavallaro 2012, p. 3.
  9. ^ Cavallaro 2012, p. 8.
  10. ^ a b Cavallaro 2012, p. 10.
  11. ^ a b "Kyoto Animation Unveils Swimming Team TV Anime Free! for July". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Kyoto Animation: Kyōkai no Kanata Anime Is in the Works". Anime News Network. April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  13. ^ "KyoAni Award-Winning Novel Violet Evergarden to Ship on December 25". Anime News Network. October 1, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  14. ^ Cavallaro 2012, p. 1, 3.
  15. ^ "Kyoto Animation Makes Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid TV Anime for January Debut". Anime News Network. October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  16. ^ "Kotoko Ayano's Tsurune Novel Gets TV Anime at Kyoto Animation". Anime News Network. October 23, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  17. ^ "KyoAni Reveals Anime Adaptation of 20 Seiki Denki Mokuroku Novel". Anime News Network. July 27, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  18. ^ "High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- Film's Staff Unveiled". Anime News Network. April 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.


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