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; 35 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

Kyoto Animation was founded in 1981 by husband and wife Hideaki Hatta and Yoko Hatta.[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 Director Series run Genres Episodes Note(s)
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu Yasuhiro Takemoto August 26, 2003–November 18, 2003 Comedy, Military, Romance 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 Drama, Fantasy, Romance 13
(+2 OVA)
Adaptation of Key's visual novel.
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Yasuhiro Takemoto July 13, 2005–October 19, 2005 Comedy, Mecha, Military, Romance 13
(+1 OVA)
Adaptation of the Full Metal Panic! light novel series by Shoji Gatoh.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Tatsuya Ishihara April 2, 2006–July 2, 2006
April 3, 2009–October 9, 2009
Comedy, Mystery, Science fiction, Supernatural 14
28
Adaptation of the light novel series by Nagaru Tanigawa.
Rebroadcast in 2009 with 14 additional episodes
Kanon Tatsuya Ishihara October 5, 2006–March 15, 2007 Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Romance 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 Comedy, Slice of life 24
(+1 OVA)
Adaptation of the manga by Kagami Yoshimizu.
Clannad Tatsuya Ishihara October 4, 2007–March 27, 2008 Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Romance 23
(+1 OVA)
Another adaptation of a visual novel by Key.
Clannad After Story Tatsuya Ishihara October 3, 2008–March 26, 2009 Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Romance 24
(+1 OVA)
Sequel to Clannad.
Sora o Miageru Shōjo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai Yoshiji Kigami January 14, 2009–March 11, 2009 Adventure, Fantasy 9 A television series remake of Munto.
K-On! Naoko Yamada April 3, 2009–June 26, 2009 Comedy, Slice of life 13
(+1 OVA)
Adaptation of the manga by Kakifly.
K-On!! Naoko Yamada April 7, 2010–September 28, 2010 Comedy, Slice of life 26
(+1 OVA)
Sequel to K-On!
Nichijou Tatsuya Ishihara April 3, 2011–September 25, 2011 Comedy, Slice of life 26
(+1 OVA)
Adaptation of the manga by Keiichi Arawi.
Hyōka Yasuhiro Takemoto April 22, 2012–September 16, 2012 Slice of life, Mystery, Romance 22
(+1 OVA)
Adaptation of novels by Honobu Yonezawa.
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Tatsuya Ishihara October 4, 2012–December 19, 2012 Romantic comedy 12
(+1 OVA)
Adaptation of novel by Torako.
Tamako Market Naoko Yamada January 10, 2013–March 28, 2013 Comedy 12 An original story from the team who worked on K-On!
Free! Hiroko Utsumi July 4, 2013–September 25, 2013 Sports, Drama, Slice of life 12 Adaptation of the novel High Speed! by Kōji Ōji.[10]
Beyond the Boundary Taichi Ishidate October 2, 2013–December 18, 2013 Dark fantasy, Romance 12
(+1 OVA)
Adaptation of light novel series by Nagomu Torii.[11]
Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! -Heart Throb- Tatsuya Ishihara January 8, 2014–March 27, 2014 Romantic comedy 12
(+1 OVA)
Sequel to Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.
Free! Eternal Summer Hiroko Utsumi July 2, 2014–September 24, 2014 Sports, Drama, Slice of life 13
(+1 OVA)
Sequel to Free!
Amagi Brilliant Park Yasuhiro Takemoto October 6, 2014–December 25, 2014 Fantasy, Romantic comedy 13
(+1 OVA)
Adaptation of the light novel series by Shoji Gatoh.
Sound! Euphonium Tatsuya Ishihara April 7, 2015–June 30, 2015 Music, Drama, Slice of life, Romance 13
(+1 OVA)
Adaptation of the novel by Ayano Takeda.
Myriad Colors Phantom World Tatsuya Ishihara January 7, 2016–March 31, 2016 Fantasy 13
(+1 OVA)
Adaptation of the novel by Sōichirō Hatano.
Sound! Euphonium 2 Tatsuya Ishihara October 6, 2016–present Music, Drama, Slice of life, Romance TBA Sequel to Sound! Euphonium.
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Yasuhiro Takemoto January 2017 Comedy, Supernatural, Yuri TBA Adaptation of manga by Coolkyoushinja.[14]
Violet Evergarden Taichi Ishidate TBA Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama TBA Adaptation of the novel by Kana Akatsuki

Films[edit]

Title Director Release date Genres Note(s)
Tenjōbito to Akutobito Saigo no Tatakai Yoshiji Kigami April 18, 2009 Adventure, Fantasy 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 Comedy-drama, Science Fiction, Slice of Life, Supernatural Continuation of the Haruhi Suzumiya series by Nagaru Tanigawa.
K-On! Movie Naoko Yamada December 3, 2011 Comedy, Slice of life 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 Romantic comedy Summary of the first season of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.
Tamako Love Story Naoko Yamada April 26, 2014 Romantic comedy, Slice of Life Continuation of Tamako Market.
Gekijōban Kyōkai no Kanata I'll Be Here: Kako-hen Taichi Ishidate March 14, 2015 Dark fantasy Summary of Beyond the Boundary.
Gekijōban Kyōkai no Kanata I'll Be Here: Mirai-hen Taichi Ishidate April 25, 2015 Dark fantasy Continuation of Beyond the Boundary.
High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- Yasuhiro Takemoto[15] December 5, 2015 Sports, Drama, Slice of life 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 Drama, Slice of life A summary of the first season of Sound! Euphonium.
A Silent Voice Naoko Yamada September 17, 2016 Drama, Romance, Slice of life Adaptation of the manga by Yoshitoki Ōima.

Original video animations[edit]

Title Director Release date Genres Note(s)
Munto Yoshiji Kigami March 18, 2003 Adventure, Fantasy Munto was first distributed online through Kyoto Animation's website in three parts.
Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time Yoshiji Kigami April 23, 2005 Adventure, Fantasy Munto 2 was also first distributed online, but in two parts.

Original net animations[edit]

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