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|Kabushiki-gaisha Purodakushon Ai Jī|
|Industry||Anime, film, television, video games|
|Founded||December 15, 1987|
|Headquarters||Kokubunji, Tokyo, Japan|
|Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (President)|
|Products||Anime, film, television, OVA, video games, manga|
Number of employees
|120 (as of December 2012)|
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.
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. The company is a member of The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA), an association of over 50 Japanese anime studios.
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. 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. 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. 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:
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. IG Port has since become the parent company of Production I.G, Signal.MD, Wit Studio, and XEBEC.
- Zillion (1987, with Tatsunoko Production)
- Blue Seed (1994–1995, with Ashi Productions)
- Popolocrois Monogatari (1998–1999, with Bee Train)
- Medabots Damashii (2000–2001, with Trans Arts and NAS)
- Vampiyan Kids (2001–2002)
- PaRappa the Rapper (2001–2002, with J.C. Staff)
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002–2005)
- Cromartie High School (2003–2004)
- Windy Tales (2004–2005)
- Otogi Zoshi (2004–2005)
- Immortal Grand Prix (2005–2006, with Bee Train)
- Blood+ (2005–2006)
- Idaten Jump (2005, co-production for Trans Arts)
- Le Chevalier D'Eon (2006–2007, with Shochiku)
- xxxHolic (2006–2008)
- Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (2007)
- Reideen (2007)
- Ghost Hound (2007–2008)
- Library War (2008)
- Blade of the Immortal (2008, with Bee Train)
- Real Drive (2008)
- Sands of Destruction (2008)
- Kemono no Sōja (2009, with Trans Arts)
- Eden of the East (2009)
- Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings (2009)
- Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings II (2010)
- Kimi no Todoke (2009–2011)
- Moshidora (2011)
- Bunny Drop (2011)
- Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san (2011–2013)
- Blood-C (2011)
- Guilty Crown (2011–2012)
- Kuroko's Basketball (2012–2015)
- The New Prince of Tennis (2012, with M.S.C.)
- Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan (2012)
- Robotics;Notes (2012–2013)
- Psycho-Pass (2012–2013)
- Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (2012–2013)
- Attack on Titan (2013, production co-operation with Wit Studio)
- Genshiken Nidaime (2013)
- Ace of Diamond (2013–2016, with MADHOUSE)
- Haikyu!! (2014–2016)
- Blue Spring Ride (2014)
- Broken Blade (2014, with XEBEC)
- Maria the Virgin Witch (2015)
- Ghost in the Shell: Arise (2015)
- Attack on Titan: Junior High (2015)
- Pikaia! (2015)
- Ghost in the Shell Arise – Alternative Architecture (2015)
- Joker Game (2016)
- Atom: The Beginning (2017, with OLM and Signal.MD)
- Welcome to the Ballroom (2017)
- Mahōjin Guruguru (2017)
- Pikaia!! (2017)
- Magical Circle Guru Guru (2017)
- The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Kaikō (2018)
- FLCL: Progressive (2018)
- FLCL: Alternative (2018, with Revoroot and NUT)
- Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (2018)
- Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) (Anime scene only)
- Zillion: Burning Night (1988, as Tatsunoko IG)
- The Enemy's the Pirates! (1989, episodes 3-4)
- Yagami-kun no Katei no Jijō (1990, as Tatsunoko I.G, with Kitty Film Mitaka Studio)
- Video Girl Ai (1992)
- Please Save My Earth (1993–1994)
- Dragon Half (1993)
- Ryuseiki Gakusaver(1993-1994)
- Girl From Phantasia (1993)
- Please Save My Earth Sōshūhen Kanzenban: Alice kara, Rin Kun e (1994)
- Combustible Campus Guardress (1994)
- B.B. Fish (1994)
- Bronze: Zetsuai Since 1989 (1994)f
- Please Save My Earth Music Image Video: Kin'iro no Toki Nagarete (1995)
- The Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman (1996)
- Panzer Dragoon (1996)
- Blue Seed Beyond (1996, with XEBEC)
- One Piece: Defeat Him! Pirate Ganzack! (1998)
- FLCL (2000–2001, with GAINAX)
- Time Stranger Kyoko: Leave it to Chocola (2001, with Trans Arts)
- Kai Doh Maru (2001, with SME Visual Works)
- The Prince of Tennis: A Day on Survival Mountain (2003)
- Eyeshield 21: The Phantom Golden Bowl (2003)
- Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations (2007–2008)
- Tokyo Marble Chocolate (2007)
- Blame! Prologue (2007)
- Batman: Gotham Knight (2008, episode 2 "Crossfire", in co-operation with Warner Bros and DC Comics)
- Halo Legends (2008–2010, production with Warner Bros and 343 Industries; episode 2 "The Duel", and episode 5 "Homecoming" with Bee Train)
- xxxHolic Shunmuki (2009)
- Tsuabsa Shunraiki (2009)
- Bungaku Shōjo: Kyō no Oyatsu ~Hatsukoi~ (2009)
- Abunai Sisters: Koko & Mika (2009)
- Book Girl Today's Snack: First Love (2009)
- xxxHolic Rō (2010)
- Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san (2010–2014)
- Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010, see page for list of production companies)
- Book Girl Memoir (2010)
- Appleseed XIII (2011–2012)
- Kuroko's Basketball (2013)
- Attack on Titan: Ilse's Notebook (2013–2014, with Wit Studio)
- Vassalord (2013)
- Ghost in the Shell: Arise (2013–2015)
- Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet: Meguru Kōro, Haruka (2014–2015)
- Ace of the Diamond (2014–2015, with MADHOUSE)
- Kuroko's Basketball: Oshaberi Demo Shimasen ka (2014)
- Noblesse: Awakening (2016)
- Ace of the Diamond Second Season (2016, with MADHOUSE)
- Haikyū!!: Tokushū! Harukō Volley ni Kaketa Seishun (2017)
- Kuroko's Basketball: Oshaberi Shiyō ka (2017)
- The King of Fighters: Another Day (2005–2006, with SNK)
- Chocolate Underground (2008)
- Next A-Class (2012)
- Mō Hitotsu no Mirai o. (2013-2014)
- Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins (2016, with Wit Studio)
- Neo Yokio (2017, with Studio DEEN and MOI Animation)
- Kodoku no Gourmet (2017–)
- Sword Gai: The Animation (2018, with DLE and LandQ Studios)
- B: The Beginning (2018)
- Moshi Moshi, Terumi Desu (2018–)
- 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)
- Blue Seed (1995–1996, with Ashi Productions)
- Prince of Tennis: New Year's Special (2003, with Trans Arts)
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man - Tachikoma Days (2005)
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Individual Eleven - Tachikoma Days (2006)
- Ani*Kuri15 (2007, see page for full list of animation companies involved)
- Library War: Situation love Handicap (2008)
- Shoka (2010)
- Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings - Clash in the Inland Sea of Seto! Fugaku, the Great Fire-Belching Fortress of the Sea! (2010)
- Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2 - Dragon and Tiger -- Oath of Victory! Souls Racing Towards a Blazing Future!! (2011)
- Computer Kakumei: Saikyō x Saisoku no Zunō Tanjō (2012)
- Kuroko's Basketball: Tip Off (2013)
- Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Specials (2013)
- Pokémon Origins (2013, episode 1)
- Kuroko's Basketball: Let's Do That Again (2014)
- Broken Blade TV: Virgins War (2014)
- Kuroko's Basketball: The Greatest Present (2015)
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.
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