Pierrot (company)

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Pierrot Company, Ltd.
Native name
株式会社ぴえろ
Kabushiki-gaisha Piero
TypeKabushiki gaisha
IndustryMedia and Entertainment
FoundedMay 1979; 42 years ago (1979-05)
HeadquartersMitaka, Tokyo, Japan
ProductsAnime, film, television, OVA, video games
SubsidiariesStudio Signpost
Websiteen.pierrot.jp

Pierrot Co., Ltd. (株式会社ぴえろ, Kabushiki-gaisha Piero) is a Japanese animation studio established in May 1979 by former employees of both Tatsunoko Production and Mushi Production. Its headquarters are located in Mitaka, Tokyo.[1] Pierrot is renowned for several worldwide popular anime series, such as Naruto, Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho, Black Clover, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Tokyo Ghoul, and Great Teacher Onizuka.

The company has a logo of the face of a clown. "Piero" is a Japanese loanword for clown, adopted from the classical character of Pierrot.

Yu Yu Hakusho and Saiyuki, two of the company's anime series, won the Animage Anime Grand Prix Award in 1994 and 1995, and 2000, respectively.

Productions[edit]

Note: This may not be a complete list.[2]

TV series[edit]

1980s[edit]

Title Years Network Co-Productions Notes
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (Nirusu no Fushigi na Tabi) 1980-1981 NHK Based on the 1906 novel The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by the Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf.[3]
Miss Machiko 1981-1983 TV Tokyo Based on the manga series by Takeshi Ebihara.
Urusei Yatsura 1981-1986 Fuji TV Kitty Films Based on the manga series by Rumiko Takahashi.
Episodes 1-106 only, animation provider. Studio Deen overtook animating beginning with episode 107.
The Mysterious Cities of Gold (Japanese Taiyō no Ko Esteban, French Les Mystérieuses Cités d'Or) 1982-1983 NHK
Antenne 2
DIC Audiovisuel Very loosely based on the 1966 novel The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell.[4]
Mrs. Pepper Pot (Spoon Obaasan) 1983-1984 NHK Gakken
Studio Gallop
Based on the book series Mrs. Pepperpot by Norwegian author Alf Prøysen.
Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel (Mahō no Tenshi Creamy Mami) 1983-1984 Nippon TV
Chikkun Takkun 1984 Fuji TV Based on the manga series by Shotaro Ishinomori.
Persia, the Magic Fairy 1984-1985 Nippon TV Based on the manga series Persia ga Suki! by Takako Aonuma
Bismark (Sei Jūshi Bismark) 1984-1985 Nippon TV Dubbed and rewritten in the United States by World Events Productions under the name Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs.[5]
Magical Emi, the Magic Star 1985-1986 Nippon TV
Ninja Senshi Tobikage 1985-1986 Nippon TV Known in the United States as Ninja Robots.
Pastel Yumi, the Magic Idol 1986 Nippon TV
Anmitsu Hime 1986-1987 Fuji TV
RAB
YBS
Tatsunoko Productions Based on the manga series by Shosuke Kurakane, originally serialized from May 1949 to April 1955. The series was later retold by Izumi Takemoto, serialized from September 1986 to October 1987.

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

2020s[edit]

Outsourced for Western Animation[edit]

Films/OVAs/ONAs[edit]

Note: This may not be a complete list

Video games[edit]

Note: This may not be a complete list

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company Profile". Pierrot Co., Ltd. Retrieved on 29 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Animation Production PIERROT". Archived from the original on February 2, 2012. Retrieved 2009-02-11.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) Retrieved on 29 April 2013.
  3. ^ Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy. The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917. Revised and Expanded Edition. — Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press, 2006. — P. 450. — ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5
  4. ^ "Buried Treasure - Mysterious Cities of Gold". Anime News Network.
  5. ^ "Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs". Otaku USA. Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2010-08-04.

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