Orange (animation studio)

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Native name
Yūgen-gaisha Orenji
IndustryJapanese animation
FoundedMay 1, 2004; 16 years ago (May 1, 2004)
FounderEiji Inomoto
HeadquartersMusashino, Tokyo, Japan
Number of employees
90 (as of June 2018)

Orange Co., Ltd. (Japanese: 有限会社オレンジ, Hepburn: Yūgen-gaisha Orenji) is a Japanese animation studio based in Musashino, Tokyo that specializes in the production of 3DCG animation.[1] The studio is known for its exaggerated 3D and directing style, which differs from the traditional movement often found in CG works.[2]


Orange was founded by famed CG animator Eiji Inomoto. After working on Zoids: Chaotic Century and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex as one of the main Tachikoma 3D Unit members, Eiji gained fame within the animation industry for his usage of CG animation.[3] In 2004, he founded Orange, and using his small team, Eiji worked on the CG animation for various other companies works. For example Xebec's Heroic Age in 2007 and the anime adaptation of Rail Wars! in 2014. Although Orange was well-known throughout the industry for providing many series with CG animation, especially with works that involved mechas, they would not produce an anime as a lead animation studio until 2013, 9 years after its founding. For the next 4 years, Orange continued to do the CG animation for other companies, but they started to co-produce series like Black Bullet and Dimension W. In 2017, the studio produced its first anime that was not under a co-production. This anime was an adaptation of Land of the Lustrous, which was met with positive critical reception, with praise being given for its usage of CG animation.[4][5] Orange has been a common collaborator of Kinema Citrus.[6]


The list below is a list of Orange's works as a lead animation studio.

Anime television series[edit]

Title Director(s) First run start date First run end date Eps Note(s) Ref(s)
Majestic Prince Keitaro Motonaga April 4, 2013 September 19, 2013 24 Adaptation of a manga by Rando Ayamine.
Co-animated with Doga Kobo.
Black Bullet Masayuki Kojima April 8, 2014 July 1, 2014 13 Adaptation of a light novel series by Shiden Kanzaki and Saki Ukai.
Co-animated with Kinema Citrus.
Active Raid Gorō Taniguchi
Noriaki Akitaya
January 7, 2016 September 27, 2016 26 Original anime series
Animation production by Production IMS.
Norn9 Takao Abo January 7, 2016 March 31, 2016 12 Adaptation of an otome game by Otomate.
Co-animated with Kinema Citrus.
Dimension W Kanta Kamei January 10, 2016 March 27, 2016 12 Adaptation of a manga by Yūji Iwahara.
Co-animated with 3Hz.
Land of the Lustrous Takahiko Kyōgoku October 7, 2017 December 23, 2017 12 Adaptation of a manga by Haruko Ichikawa. [12]
Beastars Shin'ichi Matsumi October 10, 2019 December 26, 2019 12 Adaptation of a manga by Paru Itagaki. [13]
Beastars: Season 2 January 7, 2021 TBA TBA Sequel to Beastars. [14]
Godzilla Singular Point Atsushi Takahashi April 2021 TBA TBA Co-animated with Bones. [15]

OVAs and television specials[edit]

Title Director Release date Note(s) Ref(s)
Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins Kyoji Asano April 20, 2016 CG animation production for Wit Studio. [16]
Under the Dog Masahiro Andō August 1, 2016 Co-animated with Kinema Citrus. [6]
Dimension W Kanta Kamei August 26, 2016 Unaired episode bundled with the anime 6th Blu-ray release.
Co-animated with 3Hz.
Majestic Prince: Wings to the Future Keitaro Motonaga September 29, 2016 Television movie lead-in to a feature film Majestic Prince: Genetic Awakening series' ending.
Co-animated with Seven Arcs Pictures.


Title Director Release date Note(s) Ref(s)
Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road Masayuki Sakoi December 31, 2013 Based on a media franchise created by Sunao Yoshida.
Co-animated with Kinema Citrus.
Majestic Prince: Genetic Awakening Keitaro Motonoga November 4, 2016 Film sequel to Majestic Prince: Wings to the Future.
Co-animated with Seven Arcs Pictures.
Monster Strike the Movie: Sora no Kanata Hiroshi Nishikiori October 5, 2018 Part of the Monster Strike media franchise. [20]
The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Spin-off! Naoki Yoshibe November 10, 2019 Part of the The Idolmaster media franchise. [21]


  1. ^ "スペシャルインタビュー" (in Japanese). Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Why 3DCG" (in Japanese). AREAJAPAN. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  3. ^ May, Callum a.k.a. The Canipa Effect (January 9, 2018). "Breaking Down Houseki no Kuni's Incredible Animation - Anime Studio Spotlight". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Gallant, Tristan a.k.a. Glass Reflection (May 26, 2018). "Land of the Lustrous: CG Anime Done Right - GR Anime Review". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Anigami (December 6, 2017). "Land of the Lustrous Review - The Anime That (Literally) Left me in Pieces". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Chapman, Paul (April 8, 2018). ""Under the Dog" Gets Limited Theatrical Release in Japan". Crunch Roll. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Majestic Prince Space Robot Manga Has Anime in the Works". Anime News Network. September 25, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "STAFF&CAST". Black Bullet (Official Site) (in Japanese). Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  9. ^ "Code Geass Director Taniguchi's Active Raid Anime Posts Visual". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Staff/Cast". Norn9 (Official Anime Site) (in Japanese). Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  11. ^ "Dimension W Anime Announcement Video Reveals Staff, TV Format". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Land of the Lustrous Anime Promo Video Reveals Cast, October 7 Debut". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "BEASTARS Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed". Anime News Network. February 6, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  14. ^ "Beastars Anime Season 2 Premieres in January 2021". Anime News Network. August 5, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  15. ^ Loo, Eric (October 6, 2020). "Godzilla Anime Series Heads to Netflix From Bones, Orange". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  16. ^ "Star Fox Zero – The Battle Begins". YouTube. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  17. ^ "Dimension W Anime's 6th Blu-ray to Include Unaired OVA Episode". Anime News Network. March 28, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "Staff". Bushiroad Anime (Official Site) (in Japanese). Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  19. ^ "STAFF•CAST/MOVIE". Majestic Prince Anime (Official Site) (in Japanese). Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  20. ^ "Anime Movie - Monster Strike" (in Japanese). Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  21. ^ Egan Loo (November 10, 2019). "The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Gets 'Spin-off!' Anime Promo Short". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 6, 2021.

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