Kyoto Animation

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Kyoto Animation Co., Ltd.
株式会社京都アニメーション
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Japanese animation
Founded 1981; 36 years ago (1981)
Headquarters Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan[1]
Key people
Hideaki Hatta, president[2]
Yoko Hatta, vice-president[3]
Number of employees
130 (October 2010)[4]
Subsidiaries Animation Do (Osaka)[5]
Website www.kyotoanimation.co.jp

Kyoto Animation Co., Ltd. (株式会社京都アニメーション, Kabushiki-gaisha Kyōto Animēshon), abbreviated KyoAni (京アニ), is a Japanese animation studio 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. As of 2015, Kyoto Animation has headed production for 21 anime series and several films.

History[edit]

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).[6] It became a limited company in 1985 and a corporation in 1999.[7] Its logo is based on the kyō kanji (京), the first character of Kyoto.[8] Early in its history, it was involved in the production of Kiddy Grade, InuYasha, Tenchi Universe,[7] 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. Winning submissions have a chance of being adapted into an anime.[9] Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Free!, and Beyond the Boundary were based on novels that received an honorable mention in this competition.[9][10][11] In 2014, the novel Violet Evergarden became the first work to win a grand prize in any of the three categories.[12] According to Dani Cavallaro, Kyoto Animation has become recognized for its high production values and "sensitivity to the wonders and quandaries of ordinary life".[13]

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 First run start date First run end date Episodes Note(s)
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu August 26, 2003 November 18, 2003 12 Adapted from the Full Metal Panic! light novel series, and sequel to the 2002 version created by Gonzo.
Air January 6, 2005 March 31, 2005 13 Adaptation of Key's visual novel.
Air in Summer August 28, 2005 September 4, 2005 2 Adaptation of Key's visual novel.
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid July 13, 2005 October 19, 2005 13 Adaptation of the light novel series by Shoji Gatoh.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya April 2, 2006 July 3, 2006 14 Adaptation of the light novel series by Nagaru Tanigawa.
Kanon October 6, 2006 March 16, 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 April 8, 2007 September 17, 2007 24 Adaptation of the manga by Kagami Yoshimizu.
Clannad October 5, 2007 March 28, 2008 23 Adaptation of the visual novel by Key.
Clannad After Story October 3, 2008 March 27, 2009 24 Sequel to Clannad.
Sora o Miageru Shōjo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai January 14, 2009 March 11, 2009 9 A television series remake of Munto.
K-On! April 3, 2009 June 26, 2009 13 Adaptation of the manga by Kakifly.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya April 3, 2009 October 9, 2009 28 Rebroadcast of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya with new episodes.
K-On!! April 7, 2010 September 29, 2010 26 Sequel to K-On!.
Nichijou - My Ordinary Life April 3, 2011 September 25, 2011 26 Adaptation of the manga by Keiichi Arawi.
Hyōka April 23, 2012 September 17, 2012 22 Adaptation of the novels by Honobu Yonezawa.
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions October 4, 2012 December 20, 2012 12 Adaptation of the novels by Torako.
Tamako Market January 10, 2013 March 28, 2013 12 An original story from the team who worked on K-On!.
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club July 4, 2013 September 26, 2013 12 Adaptation of the novel High Speed! by Kōji Ōji.[10]
Beyond the Boundary October 3, 2013 December 19, 2013 12 Adaptation of light novel series by Nagomu Torii.[11]
Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! -Heart Throb- January 9, 2014 March 27, 2014 12 Sequel to Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.
Free! Eternal Summer July 3, 2014 September 25, 2014 13 Sequel to Free!.
Amagi Brilliant Park October 7, 2014 December 26, 2014 13 Adaptation of the light novel series by Shoji Gatoh.
Sound! Euphonium April 8, 2015 July 1, 2015 13 Adaptation of the novel by Ayano Takeda.
Myriad Colors Phantom World January 7, 2016 March 31, 2016 13 Adaptation of the novel by Sōichirō Hatano.
Sound! Euphonium 2 October 6, 2016 December 29, 2016 13 Sequel to Sound! Euphonium.
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid January 12, 2017 April 6, 2017 13 Adaptation of manga by Coolkyoushinja.[14]
Violet Evergarden January 2018 TBA TBA Adaptation of the novel by Kana Akatsuki.

Films[edit]

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.
Takanashi Rikka Kai: Gekijō-ban Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! 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.
Gekijōban Kyōkai no Kanata I'll Be Here: Kako-hen Taichi Ishidate March 14, 2015 Summary of Beyond the Boundary.
Gekijōban Kyōkai no Kanata I'll Be Here: Mirai-hen Taichi Ishidate April 25, 2015 Continuation of Beyond the Boundary.
High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- Yasuhiro Takemoto[15] December 5, 2015 A prequel film based on the second volume of the original light novel, High Speed.
Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Kitauji Kōkō Suisōraku-bu e Yōkoso 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- Kizuna Eisaku Kawanami April 22, 2017 A summary of the first season of Free!.
Free! -Timeless Medley- Yakusoku Eisaku Kawanami July 1, 2017 A summary of the second season of Free!.
Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody Taichi Ogawa September 30, 2017 A summary of the second season of Sound! Euphonium.
Free! -Take Your Marks- TBA October 28, 2017 Continuation of the Free! -Timeless Medley- compilation films.
Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me Tatsuya Ishihara January 6, 2018 Continuation of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.
Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Mizore to Nozomi no Monogatari Naoko Yamada 2018 Continuation of Sound! Euphonium.
Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: 2-nensei ni Natta Kumiko-tachi Tatsuya Ishihara 2018 Continuation of Sound! Euphonium.

Original video animations[edit]

Title Release date(s) Note(s)
Munto March 18, 2003
Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time April 29, 2005
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
Lucky Star: Original na Visual to Animation September 26, 2008 An OVA of Lucky Star
Clannad After Story: Another World, Kyou Chapter July 1, 2009
K-On!: Live House! January 19, 2010 An OVA of K-On!
Nichijou: Nichijou no 0-wa March 12, 2011 Prequel to Nichijou
K-On!!: Keikaku! March 16, 2011 An OVA of K-On!!
Hyōka: Motsubeki Mono wa July 8, 2012 An OVA of 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 An OVA of Free! Eternal Summer
Amagi Brilliant Park: Nonbirishiteiru Hima ga Nai! June 26, 2015 Sequel to Amagi Brilliant Park
Sound! Euphonium Episode 14 – Ready, Set, Monaka December 16, 2015 Sequel to Sound! Euphonium
Myriad Colors Phantom World Special October 5, 2016 Sequel to Myriad Colors Phantom World

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 Adaptation of novel by Torako.
Beyond the Boundary Idol Trial! November 8, 2013–December 16, 2013 Adaptation of 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 featured all the openings in eight through eleven, as well as the Success Mode ending in eleven.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 拠点案内 [Office Locations]. KyotoAnimation.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  2. ^ 会社概要 [Company Profile]. KyotoAnimation.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Outline". KyotoAnimation.co.jp. 2004. Archived from the original on February 22, 2011. Retrieved 27 April 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). 1 October 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b 会社情報 [Company Information]. AnimationDo.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Cavallaro 2012, p. 3, 11.
  7. ^ a b Cavallaro 2012, p. 3.
  8. ^ Cavallaro 2012, p. 8.
  9. ^ a b Cavallaro 2012, p. 10.
  10. ^ a b "Kyoto Animation Unveils Swimming Team TV Anime Free! for July". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Kyoto Animation: Kyōkai no Kanata Anime Is in the Works". Anime News Network. April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ "KyoAni Award-Winning Novel Violet Evergarden to Ship on December 25". Anime News Network. October 1, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  13. ^ Cavallaro 2012, p. 1, 3.
  14. ^ "Kyoto Animation Makes Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid TV Anime for January Debut". Anime News Network. October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  15. ^ "High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- Film's Staff Unveiled". Anime News Network. April 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 

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