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Not to be confused with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).
OLM, Inc.
Native name
株式会社オー・エル・エム
Kabushikigaisha Ō Eru Emu
Formerly called
Oriental Light and Magic, Inc.
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Japanese TV, movie, and animation
Founded October 3, 1990; 26 years ago (1990-10-03)
Founder Toshiaki Okuno
Shūkichi Kanda
Shōji Ōta
Kunihiko Yuyama
Naohito Takahashi
Yuriko Chiba
Tsukasa Koitabashi
Nobuyuki Wasaki
Takaya Mizutani
Headquarters Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Toshiaki Okuno (CEO)
Mitsuru Ōshima (Vice-President)
Owner Imagica Robot Holdings Inc.
Number of employees
OLM, Inc.: 181
OLM Digital, Inc.: 167
Website olm.co.jp

OLM, Inc. (株式会社オー・エル・エム Kabushikigaisha Ō Eru Emu?), formerly Oriental Light and Magic, is a Japanese animation and film studio headquartered in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan.[1] Founded on October 3, 1990 by Toshiaki Okuno, Shūkichi Kanda, Shōji Ōta, Kunihiko Yuyama, Naohito Takahashi, Yuriko Chiba, Nobuyuki Wasaki, Tsukasa Koitabashi, and Takaya Mizutani, OLM have worked on several anime series, with Pokémon as their most prominent work. As of 2017, the animation studio is composed of eight teams, which are led by Tsukasa Koitabashi, Nobuyuki Wasaki, Yasuteru Kamei, Hiroyuki Katō, Takashi Inoue, Isamu Abe, Daisuke Yoshioka, and Keisuke Miyagawa.

In recent years, OLM has expanded its business into the field of TV drama and live action feature films, producing titles like Shield of Straw.

Works[edit]

TV series[edit]

Title First run start date First run end date Genres Episodes Note(s)
Wedding Peach April 5, 1995 March 27, 1996 Magical girl, Romance, Comedy-drama 51 Adaptation of the manga series by Nao Yazawa and Sukehiro Tomita. Co-produced with KSS. OLM TEAM OTA
Mojacko October 3, 1995 March 31, 1997 Comedy, Fantasy, Science fiction 74 Adaptation of the manga series created by author duo Fujiko F. Fujio. OLM TEAM IGUCHI
Pokémon April 1, 1997 ongoing Action, Adventure, Comedy-drama, Supernatural, Science fantasy, School 955+
A long running Japanese children's anime TV series. OLM TEAM OTA (1997–2006), OLM TEAM IGUCHI (2006-2009), OLM TEAM KATO (2010–present)
Berserk October 7, 1997 March 31, 1998 Action, Dark fantasy, Tragedy 25 Adaptation of the manga series by Kentaro Miura. OLM TEAM IGUCHI
Adventures of Mini-Goddess April 6, 1998 March 29, 1999 Romance, Comedy, Fantasy 48 Based on the Oh My Goddess! manga series by Kōsuke Fujishima. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
To Heart April 1, 1999 June 24, 1999 Drama, Harem, Romance 13 Adaptation of adult visual novel developed by Leaf. OLM TEAM WASAKI
Steel Angel Kurumi October 5, 1999 April 4, 2000 Adventure, Romantic comedy, Science fiction, Magical girl 24 Based on a manga series by Kaishaku. OLM TEAM WASAKI
Comic Party April 2, 2001 June 25, 2001 Comedy, Drama, Harem 13
+4 specials
Based on the romantic adventure and dating sim video game by Leaf. OLM TEAM IGUCHI
Steel Angel Kurumi 2 April 12, 2001 June 28, 2001 Adventure, Romantic comedy, Science fiction, Magical girl 12 An alternate story of the Steel Angel Kurumi anime series. OLM TEAM WASAKI
Figure 17 May 27, 2001 June 26, 2002 Drama, Science fiction, Slice of life 13 An anime television series created by Genco and OLM, Inc. OLM TEAM WASAKI
Kasumin October 13, 2001 October 1, 2003 Fantasy, Kids 78 OLM TEAM IWASA
Piano: The Melody of a Young Girl's Heart November 11, 2002 January 13, 2003 Drama, Romance 10 An anime television series directed by Norihiko Sudo. OLM TEAM IGUCHI
Croket! April 7, 2003 March 27, 2005 Adventure 78 Adaptation of the manga by Manavu Kashimoto. OLM TEAM IGUCHI
Godannar October 1, 2003 June 29, 2004 Mecha, Comedy, Romance 26 An anime series by Yasuchika Nagaoka. Co-produced with AIC A.S.T.A.
Full-Blast Science Adventure – So That's How It Is October 5, 2003 March 28, 2004 Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science fiction, Comedy-drama 26 An anime television series directed by Norihiko Sudo. OLM TEAM IWASA
Monkey Turn January 10, 2004 June 26, 2004 Sports 25 Adaptation of the manga by Katsutoshi Kawai.
Monkey Turn V July 3, 2004 December 18, 2004 Sports 25 Sequel to Monkey Turn.
Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple July 4, 2004 May 15, 2005 Detective Fiction 39 Adaptation of several Agatha Christie stories about Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. OLM TEAM IWASA
To Heart: Remember My Memories October 2, 2004 December 25, 2004 Drama, Harem, Romance 13 Sequel to To Heart.
To Heart 2 October 3, 2005 January 2, 2006 Romance 13 Based on Japanese romance visual novel developed by Leaf and published by Aquaplus. Stylized as ToHeart2. OLM TEAM IGUCHI
Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor August 6, 2005 February 18, 2006 Adventure, Mystery, Science fiction, Action 26 Based on the long-running manga series, Bio Booster Armor Guyver, by Yoshiki Takaya. OLM TEAM WASAKI
Utawarerumono April 3, 2006 September 25, 2006 Adventure, Fantasy 26 Based on the adult tactical role-playing visual novel by Leaf. OLM TEAM IWASA
Makai Senki Disgaea April 4, 2006 June 20, 2006 Fantasy, Comedy 12 Based on the video game Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. OLM TEAM IGUCHI
Ray the Animation April 6, 2006 June 29, 2006 Science fiction, Medical, Comedy, Romance 13 Based on a manga series by Akihito Yoshitomi. OLM TEAM IGUCHI
Pokémon Chronicles June 3, 2006 November 25, 2006 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy 22 The side story of Pokémon anime television series.
Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars October 4, 2006 March 29, 2007 Mecha 25
+DVD only
Retells the events from the Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation game. OLM TEAM IWASA
Gift: Eternal Rainbow October 6, 2006 December 22, 2006 Drama, Harem, Fantasy, Romance 12
+OVA
Based on the adult visual novel developed by Moonstone. OLM TEAM IWASA
Deltora Quest January 6, 2007 March 29, 2008 Adventure, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Sword and sorcery 65
Japanese
52
English
Based on the Deltora Quest children's books series by Australian author Emily Rodda. OLM TEAM WASAKI
Inazuma Eleven October 5, 2008 April 27, 2011 Sports (association football), Comedy, Fantasy 127 Adaptation of the manga series by Tenya Yabuno based on the video game series created by Level-5. OLM TEAM WASAKI
Usaru-san October 3, 2009 October 10, 2009 Kids 4 OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Tamagotchi! October 12, 2009 September 3, 2012 Comedy, Slice of life, Fashion, Fantasy, Music 143 Based on the Tamagotchi digital pet jointly created by Bandai and WiZ. OLM TEAM KAMEI
Hana Kappa March 29, 2010 Comedy, Kids Unknown
Little Battlers Experience March 2, 2011 January 11, 2012 Action, Science fiction, Mecha 44 Based on a manga series by Hideaki Fujii. OLM TEAM INOUE
Inazuma Eleven GO May 4, 2011 April 11, 2012 Sports (association football) 47 Adaptation of the manga series by Tenya Yabuno based on the video game series created by Level-5. OLM TEAM WASAKI
Little Battlers Experience W January 18, 2012 March 20, 2013 Action, Science fiction, Mecha 58 Sequel to Little Battlers Experience. OLM TEAM INOUE
Inazuma Eleven GO: Chrono Stone April 18, 2012 May 1, 2013 Sports (association football) 51 Sequel to Inazuma Eleven GO. OLM TEAM WASAKI
Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream September 10, 2012 August 29, 2013 Comedy, Slice of life, Fashion, Fantasy, Music 49 Sequel to Tamagotchi!. OLM TEAM KAMEI
Little Battlers Experience Wars April 3, 2013 December 25, 2013 Action, Science fiction, Mecha 37 Sequel to Little Battlers Experience W. OLM TEAM INOUE
Inazuma Eleven GO: Galaxy May 8, 2013 March 19, 2014 Sports (association football) 43 Sequel to Inazuma Eleven GO: Chrono Stone. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures June 15, 2013 April 25, 2015 Action-adventure, Science fantasy, Comedy-drama 52 Co-produced with Sprite Animation Studios.
Tamagotchi! Miracle Friends September 5, 2013 March 27, 2014 Comedy, Slice of life, Fashion, Fantasy, Music 29 Sequel to Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream. OLM TEAM WASAKI
Future Card Buddyfight January 4, 2014 April 4, 2015 Action, Adventure, Science fantasy 64 Based on the collectible card game created by Bushiroad. Co-produced with Xebec.
Yo-kai Watch January 8, 2014 Science fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy-drama, Horror, Suspense, Action, Adventure, Superhero ongoing
(List of episodes)
Based on the role-playing video games by Level-5. OLM TEAM INOUE
GO-GO Tamagotchi! April 3, 2014 March 26, 2015 Comedy, Slice of life, Fashion, Fantasy, Music 50 Sequel to Tamagotchi! Miracle Friends. OLM TEAM WASAKI
Dragon Collection April 7, 2014 March 23, 2015 Fantasy, Shōnen 51 Adaptation of the manga series by Muneyuki Kaneshiro.
Monster Retsuden Oreca Battle April 7, 2014 March 30, 2015 Game 51 Adaptation of the manga by Satoshi Yamaura based on the trading card arcade game by Konami. Co-produced with Xebec.
Omakase! Miracle Cat-dan March 31, 2015 February 23, 2016 Comedy, Kids, Super power 32
Future Card Buddyfight 100 April 11, 2015 March 26, 2016 Action, Adventure, Science fantasy 50
(List of episodes)
Sequel to Future Card Buddyfight.
Pikaia! April 29, 2015 August 30, 2015 Drama, Kids, Slice of Life 13 Co-produced with Production I.G.
Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama October 1, 2015 Fantasy, Slice of Life ongoing Based on the Cocotama House Series toys Created by Bandai. OLM TEAM WASAKI (season 1) OLM TEAM YOSHIOKA (season 2)
Future Card Buddyfight Triple D April 1, 2016 March 24, 2017 Action, Adventure, Science fantasy 51 Sequel to Future Card Buddyfight 100.
Age 12: A Little Heart-Pounding April 4, 2016 December 19, 2016 Romance, Slice of Life, School 24 Adaptation of the manga series by Nao Maita.
Beyblade Burst April 4, 2016 March 27, 2017 Action, Adventure 51 Adaptation of the manga by Hiro Morita.
Cardfight!! Vanguard G NEXT October 2, 2016 Game, Action, Supernatural fiction, Science fantasy ongoing Based on the trading card game created by Bushiroad. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
BanG Dream! January 21, 2017 April 22, 2017 Music 13 Adaptation of the Japanese media franchise created by Bushiroad. OLM Issen Co-produced with Xebec.
Pikaia!! February 26, 2017 Drama, Science Fiction ongoing Sequel to Pikaia! Co-produced with Production I.G
Future Card Buddyfight X April 1, 2017 Action, Adventure, Science fantasy ongoing Sequel to Future Card Buddyfight Triple D.
Idol x Warrior Miracle Tunes! April 2, 2017 Idol, Tokusatsu ongoing Live-action
Beyblade Burst God April 3, 2017 Action, Adventure ongoing Adaptation of the manga by Hiro Morita and sequel to Beyblade Burst.
The Snack World April 13, 2017 Action, Adventure, Fantasy ongoing
100% Pascal-sensei April 15, 2017 Comedy ongoing Adaptation of the manga by Yūji Nagai
PriPri Chii-chan!! April 15, 2017 Fantasy, Comedy ongoing Adaptation of the manga by Hiromu Shinozuka.
Atom: The Beginning April 15, 2017 Science Fiction 12
ongoing
Adaptation of the manga by Tetsuro Kasahara along with Makoto Tezuka and Masami Yuki. Co-produced with Production I.G and Signal.MD
Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin 2017 TBA Sport (association football)
Megaton Musashi 2017 TBA Action, Science Fiction, Mecha

Films[edit]

Title Release date Genres Note(s)
Pokémon: The First Movie July 18, 1998 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy An anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, the chief director of the Pokémon TV series. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Pokémon: The Movie 2000 July 17, 1999 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 2nd film of Pokémon franchise. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Pokémon 3: The Movie July 8, 2000 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 3rd film of Pokémon franchise. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Pokémon 4Ever July 7, 2001 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 4th film of Pokémon franchise. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Pokémon Heroes July 13, 2002 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 5th film of Pokémon franchise and last arc of the original series. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker July 19, 2003 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 6th film of Pokémon franchise, and the first arc of Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation series. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys July 17, 2004 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 7th film of Pokémon franchise. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Blade of the Phantom Master December 4, 2004 Adventure, Fantasy, Science fiction Adaptation of the manga-manhwa series by Youn In-wan and Yang Kyung-il. Co-produced with Character Plan.
Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew July 17, 2005 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 8th film of Pokémon franchise.
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea July 15, 2006 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 9th film of Pokémon franchise, and the final arc of Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation series.
Dōbutsu no Mori December 16, 2006 Kids, Slice of life Based on the Animal Crossing video game series. OLM TEAM KAMEI
Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai July 14, 2007 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 10th film of Pokémon franchise, and the first arc of Diamond & Pearl series. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Tamagotchi: The Movie December 15, 2007 Comedy, Slice of life, Fashion, Fantasy, Music The first Tamagotchi feature film. OLM TEAM KAMEI
Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior July 19, 2008 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 11th film of Pokémon franchise. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Tamagotchi: Happiest Story in the Universe! December 20, 2008 Comedy, Slice of life, Fashion, Fantasy, Music The second Tamagotchi feature film. OLM TEAM KAMEI
Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life July 18, 2009 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 12th film of Pokémon franchise. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva December 19, 2009 Mystery Based on the Professor Layton video game series by Level-5. Co-produced with P.A.Works. OLM TEAM KAMEI
Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions July 10, 2010 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 13th film of Pokémon franchise, and the final arc of Diamond & Pearl series. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Inazuma Eleven: Saikyō Gundan Ōga Shūrai December 23, 2010 Sports (association football), Comedy, Fantasy Based on a manga and anime series Inazuma Eleven. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom July 16, 2011 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 14th film of Pokémon franchise, and the first arc of the Best Wishes series. Co-produced with Production I.G and Xebec. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Inazuma Eleven GO: Kyūkyoku no Kizuna Gurifon December 23, 2010 Sports (association football), Comedy, Fantasy Based on a manga and anime series Inazuma Eleven GO. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice July 14, 2012 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 15th film of Pokémon franchise. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Inazuma Eleven GO vs. Danbōru Senki W December 1, 2012 Action, Kids, Mecha, Sports The crossover anime film of Inazuma Eleven GO and Little Battlers Experience W. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI & INOUE
Eiga Hana Kappa Hana-sake! Pakkaan Chō no Kuni no Daibōken April 12, 2013 Comedy, Kids Co-produced with Xebec.
Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened July 13, 2013 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 16th film of Pokémon franchise and the final arc of the Best Wishes series. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Pokémon Origins October 2, 2013 Action, Advanture The side story of Pokémon anime television series. (TV Film)
Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction July 19, 2014 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 17th film of Pokémon franchise and the first arc of the XY series. OLM TEAM KAMEI
Yo-Kai Watch the Movie: The Secret is Created, Nyan! December 20, 2014 Fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy The first film of Yo-Kai Watch franchise. OLM TEAM INOUE
Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages July 18, 2015 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 18th film of Pokémon franchise. OLM TEAM KAMEI
Yo-Kai Watch the Movie 2: King Enma and the 5 Stories, Nyan! December 19, 2015 Fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy The 2nd film of Yo-kai Watch franchise.
Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel July 16, 2016 Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy The 19th film of Pokémon franchise.
Rudolf the Black Cat August 6, 2016 Comedy-drama, Adventure Based on the children's novel. Co-produced with Sprite Animation Studios
Cyborg 009: Call of Justice November 25, 2016 Action,Adventure,Sci-fi,Mecha Co-produced with Signal.MD
Yo-kai Watch: Soratobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan! December 17, 2016 Fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy Third film of the Yo-kai Watch franchise. Live action/animated.
Eiga Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama: Kiseki o Okose ♪ Tepuru to Doki Doki Cocotama Kai April 28, 2017 Fantasy, Comedy First anime film of Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama.
Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! July 15, 2017 Adventure, Fantasy The 20th film of Pokémon franchise.

Original video animations[edit]

Title Release start date Release end date Genres Episodes Note(s)
Gunsmith Cats November 1, 1995 September 1, 1996 Action, Crime fiction 3 Adaptation of seinen manga series by Kenichi Sonoda. OLM TEAM KOITABASHI
Power Dolls March 1, 1996 March 1, 1998 Action, Adventure, Mecha, Science fiction 2
Wedding Peach DX December 24, 1996 July 25, 1997 Magical girl 4 Co-produced with KSS. OLM TEAM OTA
Queen Emeraldas June 5, 1998 December 18, 1999 Space opera 4 An anime OVA that continues the Harlock franchise created by Leiji Matsumoto. (First two OVAs only)
High School Aurabuster February 5, 1999 September 22, 1999 Drama, Fantasy, Superpower 3
Steel Angel Kurumi Encore January 7, 2000 March 1, 2000 Adventure, Romantic comedy, Science fiction, Magical girl 4 Four additional short stories of the Steel Angels.
Steel Angel Kurumi Zero April 18, 2001 June 20, 2001 Drama, Romance, Science fiction 3 The side story of the Steel Angel Kurumi anime series.
Early Reins February 14, 2003 February 14, 2003 Action, Adventure, Seinen 1
Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon April 29, 2006 April 29, 2006 Action, Adventure 1
Gift: Eternal Rainbow April 29, 2007 April 29, 2007 Drama, Harem, Fantasy, Romance 1

Specials[edit]

  • Pac's Scary Halloween (2015)
  • Santa Pac's Merry Berry Day (2015)

Game[edit]

Web series[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Outlines." OLM, Inc. Retrieved on November 28, 2009.

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