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|Kabushiki-gaisha Purodakushon Ai Jī|
|Industry||Anime, film, television, video games|
|Founded||December 15, 1987|
|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 "I.G. 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, "
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 that 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 and Wit Studio. XEBEC was formerly a part of IG Port until November 20, 2018, when it was sold to studio Sunrise.
One January 12, it was announced that XEBEC's subsidiary, XEBECzwei, was announced to have been given to I.G as a subsidiary studio, and that work on Fafner in the Azure: The Beyond would proceed as planned. The studio is planned to be renamed to IGzwei following the transfer.
- Zillion (1987, as I.G. Tatsunoko, 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)
- Ani*Kuri15 (2007, see page for full list of animation companies involved)
- Library War (2008)
- Real Drive (2008)
- Sands of Destruction (2008)
- The Beast Player Erin (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)
- Shoka (2010)
- 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 for 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)
- 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)
- Run with the Wind (2018–2019)
- Kabukichō Sherlock (2019)
- Psycho-Pass 3 (2019)
- Zillion: Burning Night (1988, as I.G. Tatsunoko)
- The Enemy's the Pirates! (1989, as I.G. Tatsunoko, with Madhouse and Watanabe Productions)
- Yagami-kun no Katei no Jijō (1990, as I.G. Tatsunoko)
- Video Girl Ai (1992, as I.G. Tatsunoko)
- 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)
- 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)
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex– The Laughing Man (2005)
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex– Individual Eleven (2006)
- 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)
- Library War: Situation love Handicap (2008)
- xxxHolic Shunmuki (2009)
- Tsubasa 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)
- Je t'aime (2010)
- Appleseed XIII (2011–2012)
- Computer Kakumei: Saikyō x Saisoku no Zunō Tanjō (2012)
- Kuroko's Basketball (2013)
- Vassalord (2013)
- Ghost in the Shell: Arise (2013–2015)
- Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Specials (2013)
- Pokémon Origins (2013, episode 1)
- Attack on Titan: Ilse's Notebook (2013–2014, production co-operation for Wit Studio)
- 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)
- Attack on Titan: Lost Girls (2017–2018, production co-operation for Wit Studio)
- 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 Friends Night)
- Kodoku no Gourmet (2017–)
- B: The Beginning (2018)
- Moshi Moshi, Terumi Desu (2018–)
- Holiday Love (2018–)
- Ultraman (2019, with Sola Digital Arts)
- Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 (2020, with Sola Digital Arts)
- Patlabor: The Movie (1989, as I.G. Tatsunoko, with Studio Deen)
- The Weathering Continent (1992, as I.G. Tatsunoko)
- Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)
- Ghost in the Shell (1995)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997, with GAINAX)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997, with GAINAX)
- Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (2000)
- Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)
- Sakura Wars: The Movie (2001)
- Kill Bill Vol. 1: Chapter 3 - The Origin of O-Ren (2003, animated sequence)
- Dead Leaves (2004)
- Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004, 3DCG by Polygon Pictures)
- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle the Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom (2005)
- Tennis no Ōjisama: Atobe Kara no Okurimono (2005)
- Tennis no Ōjisama – Futari no Samurai (2005)
- xxxHolic: A Midsummer Night's Dream (2005)
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society (2006)
- The Sky Crawlers (2008, 3DCG by Polygon Pictures)
- Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (2009)
- Eden of the East: The King of Eden (2009)
- Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (2009, 3DCG by Polygon Pictures)
- Eden of the East: Paradise Lost (2010)
- Broken Blade (2010–2011, with XEBEC, film hexalogy)
- Book Girl (2010)
- Hiyokoi (2010)
- Loups=Garous (2010)
- Sengoku Basara: The Last Party (2011)
- Tansu Warashi. (2011)
- A Letter to Momo (2011)
- Xi Avant (2011, short film)
- The Prince of Tennis – The Battle of the British City (2011, with M.S.C)
- Appleseed XIII: Tartaros (2011)
- Appleseed XIII: Ouranos (2011)
- Blood-C: The Last Dark (2012)
- Library War: The Wings of Revolution (2012)
- 009 Re:Cyborg (2012, with SANZIGEN)
- Wasurenagumo (2012)
- Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (2012)
- Giovanni's Island (2014)
- Psycho-Pass: The Movie (2015)
- Miss Hokusai (2015)
- Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015)
- Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Owari to Hajimari (2015)
- Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Shōsha to Haisha (2015)
- Pigtails (2015)
- Kuroko's Basketball: Winter Cup Compilation (2016, compilation trilogy)
- Haikyu!! Sainō to Sense (2017)
- Haikyu!! Concept no Tatakai (2017)
- Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game (2017)
- Tokimeki Restaurant (2018)
- Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System (2019, film trilogy)
- The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Seiran (2019, film trilogy)
- Fate/Grand Order: Camelot - The Shining Airgetlám (2020, prouction co-operation for Signal.MD (first film); animation production for second film)
- Shika no Ō (TBA)
- 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)
- Yarudora Series Vol. 1: Double Cast (1998, animated cutscenes)
- Yarudora Series Vol. 2: Kisetsu o Dakishimete (1998, animated cutscenes)
- Yarudora Series Vol. 3: Sampaguita (1998, animated cutscenes)
- Yarudora Series Vol. 4: Yukiwari no Hana (1998, animated cutscnes)
- Popolocrois Monogatari II (2000, opening and animated cutscenes)
- Xenogears (1998, traditionally animated cutscenes and pre-rendered CGI cutscenes)
- Sonic Riders (2006, opening animation)
- Fire Emblum: Path of Radiance (2005, animated cutscnes)
- Fire Emblum Radiant Dawn (2007, animated cutscnes)
- Wario Land: Shake It! (2008, cutscenes and gameplay)
- Kid Icarus Uprising (2012, Thanatos rising shorts)
- Persona 5 (2016, animated cutscenes)
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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