Production I.G

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Production I.G, Inc.
Native name
株式会社プロダクション・アイジー
Kabushiki-gaisha Purodakushon Ai Jī
Formerly called
I.G Tatsunoko
Business corporation
Industry Anime, film, television, video games
Founded December 15, 1987; 30 years ago (1987-12-15)
Founder Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
Takayuki Goto
Headquarters Kokubunji, Tokyo, Japan
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (President)
Products Anime, film, television, OVA, video games, manga
Revenue ¥5,440,000,000 (2006)[1]
¥400,000,000 (2006)[1]
Number of employees
120 (as of December 2012)
Parent IG Port[2]
Website www.production-ig.co.jp

Production I.G, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社プロダクション・アイジー, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Purodakushon Ai Jī) is a Japanese anime studio and production enterprise, founded on December 15, 1987, by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and headquartered in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan.[3]

Production I.G has been involved in the creation of numerous anime television series, OVAs, theatrical films, and is further involved in video game design and development, as well as music publishing and management. Among its prominent works are Guilty Crown, Psycho-Pass, Eden of the East, and the Ghost in the Shell series. It is known in the video game industry for developing intros, cut-scenes, and artwork for games such as the Namco Tales Studio's title, Tales of Symphonia.

The letters I and G derive from the names of the company founders, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and popular character designer Takayuki Goto.[4] The company is a member of The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA), an association of over 50 Japanese anime studios.

History[edit]

Initially founded as "IG Tatsunoko Limited" in 1987, it was a break-off branch-studio of Tatsunoko Productions which created Zillion. Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, the producer of Zillion, founded the studio to obstruct the dispersing of the excellent staffs of the Tatsunoko branch.[5][6][7] The members of the Tatsunoko Production annex, "鐘夢" (pronounced "chaimu" after the English "chime"), which led by Takayuki Goto joined the Ishikawa's Tatsunoko Branch that used the same floor of Goto's annex and Goto was also the character designer of Zillion. Kyoto Animation, one of the finishers of Zillion, supported Ishikawa and the "IG Tatsunoko Limited" was founded on December 15, 1987. The "IG" was named after the initials of Ishikawa and Goto. The initial shareholders of the studio were Ishikawa, Goto, Hideaki Hatta (Kyoto Animation), Tatsunoko Production, and etc.

Among Production I.G's earliest most notable works was the feature length cinematic anime adaptation of the Patlabor story, created by the group HEADGEAR. In 1993, during the final stages of the production of Patlabor 2 the company ended capital relation to Tatsunoko Production that had 20% of the stocks of I.G and changed its name to the current "Production I.G" on September 1993. Thus, the movie Patlabor 2, released on August 1993, became the last product bearing the name "IG Tatsunoko".

In early 1997 Koichi Mashimo a fellow Tatsunoko employee presented an idea of his to President Ishikawa. Mashimo had conceived the idea of a small studio that could work on small productions and "nurture" the creative spirit of its staff members. Ishikawa liked the idea and sponsored Mashimo's endeavor and studio Bee Train Animation Inc. was formed as a subsidiary company.[8] Production I.G and Ishikawa helped supervise and produce the early productions such as PoPoLoCrois Monogatari, Wild Arms: Twilight Venom, and Arc the Lad. Along with Xebec it was the second subsidiary company under I.G. In 2006, Bee Train became independent and Ishikawa stepped down as an executive in the company.[9] The two studios would team up again in 2008 to work on Blade of the Immortal, Batman: Gotham Knight, and again in 2010 for Halo Legends.

In 1998, the company incorporated to become "Production I.G, Inc." Following that, Production I.G merged with "ING", another production company founded by the same Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, in 2000. In a Q&A session Ishikawa said:[10]

It [The I.G in Production I.G] stands for two words itsumo (always) and genki (happy); you should ask is that true? In reality it stands for Ishikawa, and my artist collaborator’s name Takayuki Goto, the initials of our last names. But now though I am the sole president, we kept the name. But I am happy to say it means Itsumo Genki.

On July 4, 2007, the company announced a merger with Mag Garden, forming a new holding company called IG Port.[11] IG Port has since become the parent company of Production I.G, Signal.MD, Wit Studio, and XEBEC.

Television series[edit]

Theatrical Films[edit]

OVAs[edit]

ONAs[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • m-flo: Quantum Leap (2000)
  • Linda: Chains & Rings (2003)
  • Mylene Farmer: Peut-etre toi (2006)
  • Universe (2007)
  • Eden of the East: Falling Down (2009)
  • NO DOUBT (2017)
  • Marty Friedman: The Perfect World (2018)

DVD/TV Specials[edit]

Awards[edit]

Tokyo Marble Chocolate was awarded the Grand Prize in the Feature Film Category of the 12th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF 2008), held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from May 21 to 25, 2008.

The jury was composed of Giannalberto Bendazzi (a professor of the history of animation at Milano State University in Italy), Noriko T. Wada (a Japanese producer) and Kyung-jo Min (a South Korean director). The award ceremony took place in Seoul on May 25, 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Production I.G.: Challenging the Status Quo". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Production I.G. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Map." Production I.G. Retrieved on January 30, 2009.
  4. ^ "Production I.G [ABOUT US]". www.productionig.com. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "石川社長が20年を語る 「プロダクション I.G 創立20周年記念展」開催中" (in Japanese). mycom.co.jp. 2007-12-28. Archived from the original on 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  6. ^ "第25回 株式会社プロダクション I.G代表取締役社長 石川光久-その2-悔しさから独立、フリーに" (in Japanese). CodeZine. 2008-02-08. Archived from the original on 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  7. ^ "Studio 2 Part 01: Kazuchika Kise and the birth of Studio 2". Production I.G. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  8. ^ Wong, Amos (March 2005). "Inside Bee Train". Newtype USA: 8–15. 
  9. ^ "Errata: Bee Train No Longer Subsidiary of I.G". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  10. ^ "A night with Mitsuhisa Ishikawa". Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  11. ^ "Production I.G Announces Mag Garden Merger" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  12. ^ "Shion Miura's "Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru" Gets Anime TV Series - Anime Herald". 31 May 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  13. ^ "APPLESEED XIII - アップルシードXIII". www.appleseed13.jp. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  14. ^ "Nanae Chrono's Vampire Anime Vassalord Previewed in Video". Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  15. ^ "Ghost in the Shell: Arise Anime's Details Outlined (Update 2)". Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  16. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds Noblesse: Awakening Anime Adaption to Streaming Lineup". 
  17. ^ "Netflix Reveals Neo Yokio Animated Series Collaboration With Production I.G, Studio Deen". Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  18. ^ "Kodoku no Gourmet Net Anime's Promo Video Streamed". Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  19. ^ "Sword Gai: The Animation Unveils New Visual and Cast - The Tokusatsu Network". 6 January 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  20. ^ "B: The Beginning Anime Streams English-Dubbed Promo Video". Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  21. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (June 3, 2018). "Moshi Moshi, Terumi Desu Anime Premieres on June 8 in Production I.G's Anime Beans App". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 4, 2018. 

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