Shaft (company)

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Shaft, Inc.
Native name
株式会社シャフト
Kabushiki-gaisha Shafuto
Animation studio
IndustryJapanese animation
GenreVarious
FoundedSeptember 1, 1975; 43 years ago (1975-09-01)
FounderHiroshi Wakao
Headquarters1-29-15 Kami-Igusa, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Area served
Japan
Key people
Mitsutoshi Kubota (President)
Akiyuki Shinbo (Executive director)
SubsidiariesDigital@Shaft (2004–present)
Websitewww.shaft-web.co.jp

Shaft, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社シャフト, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Shafuto) is a Japanese animation studio founded on September 1, 1975 by Hiroshi Wakao. In 2005 they began working exclusively with the director Akiyuki Shinbo, who is best known for his unique use of gags, references, and avant garde cinematography notably in Pani Poni Dash!, Maria Holic, Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Hidamari Sketch, Bakemonogatari, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

History[edit]

Shaft was founded on September 1, 1975 by Hiroshi Wakao, who previously worked at Mushi Pro. The company was founded to paint the animation but later worked on animation production as a subcontractor.[1] They were able to produce their own first original series, Yume kara, Samenai (夢から、さめない, Yume kara, Samenai) in 1987.

In 2000, after Shaft cooperated with Gainax to produce a DVD special of remastered Gunbuster, they were in joint production with Gainax to produce Mahoromatic, This Ugly yet Beautiful World, and He is My Master. After Hiroshi Wakao's retirement in 2004, Kubota Mitsutoshi has become Shaft's representative director. Their painting group has also been downsized in order to strengthen their digital group. Since then, Shaft's productions have been mostly solo productions without major involvements of other studios.

In 2018, a notable portion of the studio's production management and creative team left the studio citing inefficient systems and bad working conditions. The team, including former-Shaft director of 10 years Yūki Yase, joined David Production on its work with Fire Force.

Characteristics[edit]

Since 2004, Akiyuki Shinbō, Tatsuya Oishi and Shin Ōnuma have participated in most of Shaft's productions, starting with Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase. The studio is unique due to their use of gags and references to other anime through writing on a classroom chalkboard or any available empty space in the background. The studio is also known for the use of various animation styles in a single series, changes in art style, a characteristic head tilt, abstract background designs, and use of unusual music for the opening sequences of their shows. These characteristics have been created because of the studio's desire to produce unique, identifiable works. Ōnuma left the studio after working on the first season of Natsu no Arashi and has become a prominent director at Silver Link.

Works[edit]

Anime television series[edit]

Title Year(s) Director(s) Based on Note(s)
Elves of the Forest 1984–1985 Masakazu Higuchi Original Production co-operation for Nippon Animation
Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger 1995–1996 Kunitoshi Okajima Original
Dotto! Koni-chan 2000–2001 Shinichi Watanabe Original
Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden 2001–2002 Hiroyuki Yamaga Manga Joint production with Gainax
Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful 2002–2003 Hiroyuki Yamaga Manga
G-On Riders 2002 Shinichiro Kimura Original Joint production with TNK
Popotan 2003 Shinichiro Kimura Visual novel
This Ugly yet Beautiful World 2004 Shouji Saeki Original Joint production with Gainax
Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase[2] 2004–2005 Akiyuki Shinbo Manga
He Is My Master 2005 Shouji Saeki Manga Joint production with Gainax
Pani Poni 2005 Shin Ōnuma
Akiyuki Shinbo
Manga Joint production with Gansis
Rec 2006 Ryūtarō Nakamura Manga
Negima!?[3] 2006–2007 Akiyuki Shinbo
Shin Ōnuma
Manga Joint production with Gansis
Hidamari Sketch[4] 2007 Akiyuki Shinbo
Ryōki Kamitsubo
Manga
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei[5] 2007 Akiyuki Shinbo Manga
Ef: A Tale of Memories 2007 Shin Ōnuma Visual novel
(Zoku) Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei[6] 2008 Akiyuki Shinbo
Yukihiro Miyamoto
Manga
Hidamari Sketch × 365[7] 2008 Akiyuki Shinbo
Ef: A Tale of Melodies 2008 Shin Ōnuma Visual novel
Maria Holic[8] 2009 Yukihiro Miyamoto
Akiyuki Shinbo
Manga
Natsu no Arashi![9] 2009 Shin Ōnuma
Akiyuki Shinbo
Manga
Monogatari Series First Season[10][11][12] 2009–2012 Tatsuya Oishi
Tomoyuki Itamura
Akiyuki Shinbo
Light novel Composed of the Bake, Nise, and Neko (Kuro)
cours.
(Zan) Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei[13] 2009 Akiyuki Shinbo
Yukihiro Miyamoto
Manga
Natsu no Arashi! Akinai-chū 2009 Ken'ichi Ishikura
Akiyuki Shinbo
Hidamari Sketch × Hoshimittsu[14] 2010 Ken'ichi Ishikura
Akiyuki Shinbo
Dance in the Vampire Bund 2010 Akiyuki Shinbo
Masahiro Sonoda
Arakawa Under the Bridge[15] 2010 Yukihiro Miyamoto
Akiyuki Shinbo
Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge 2010 Yukihiro Miyamoto
Akiyuki Shinbo
And Yet the Town Moves[16] 2010 Akiyuki Shinbo
Puella Magi Madoka Magica[17] 2011 Akiyuki Shinbo
Yukihiro Miyamoto
Original
Maria†Holic: Alive[18] 2011 Tomokazu Tokoro
Akiyuki Shinbou
Manga
Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl[16] 2011 Yukihiro Miyamoto
Akiyuki Shinbo
Light novel
Hidamari Sketch × Honeycomb[19] 2012 Yūki Yase
Akiyuki Shinbo
Manga
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai[20] 2013 Akiyuki Shinbo Light novel
Monogatari Series Second Season[21][22] 2013 Akiyuki Shinbo
Tomoyuki Itamura
Light novel Composed of the Neko (Shiro), Kabuki, Otori,
Oni, Koi, and Hana cours.
Nisekoi[23] 2014 Naoyuki Tatsuwa
Akiyuki Shinbo
Manga
Mekakucity Actors[24] 2014 Yūki Yase
Akiyuki Shinbo
Vocaloid series
Monogatari Series Third Season
[25][26][27][28][29][30]
2014–2018 Akiyuki Shinbo
Tomoyuki Itamura
Light Novel Composed of Tsuki, Owari, and Owari II cours.
Koyomi and Zokuowari are also part of the third series.
Gourmet Girl Graffiti[31] 2015 Naoyuki Tatsuwa
Akiyuki Shinbo
Manga
Nisekoi:[32] 2015 Manga
March Comes in like a Lion[33] 2016–2018 Kenjirō Okada
Akiyuki Shinbo
Manga
Fate/Extra Last Encore[34] 2018 Yukihiro Miyamoto
Akiyuki Shinbo
Game
Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story[35] 2019 TBA Game

Theatrical films[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Genre Note(s)
2007 Kino's Journey: Country of Illness -For You- Ryūtarō Nakamura Adventure, Fantasy, SF
2011 Mahō Sensei Negima! Anime Final[36] Akiyuki Shinbo Joint production with Studio Pastoral
2012 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Beginnings Akiyuki Shinbo
Yukihiro Miyamoto
Magical girl, Dark fantasy
2012 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Eternal Akiyuki Shinbo
Yukihiro Miyamoto
Magical girl, Dark fantasy
2013 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion[37] Yukihiro Miyamoto
Akiyuki Shinbo
Magical girl, Dark fantasy
2016 Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu[38] Tatsuya Oishi
Akiyuki Shinbo
Vampire, Horror
2016 Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu[39] Tatsuya Oishi
Akiyuki Shinbo
Vampire, Horror
2017 Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu[40] Tatsuya Oishi
Akiyuki Shinbo
Vampire, Horror
2017 Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?[41] Nobuyuki Takeuchi
Akiyuki Shinbo
Drama
2018 Zoku Owarimonogatari[42] Akiyuki Shinbo Part of Monogatari Series Third Season

OVA[edit]

Year(s) Title Director(s) Notes
1987 Yume kara, Samenai Osamu Inoue
2002 Arcade Gamer Fubuki Yuji Mutoh
2006 Mahō Sensei Negima!: Spring (Haru) Akiyuki Shinbo
Shin Onuma
Joint production with Gansis
2006 Mahō Sensei Negima!: Summer (Natsu) Akiyuki Shinbo
Shin Onuma
Joint production with Gansis
2008–2009 Mahō Sensei Negima!: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba[43] Akiyuki Shinbo
Hiroaki Tomita (Ep 1)
Yukihiro Miyamoto (Ep 2)
Tomoyuki Itamura (Ep 3)
Joint production with Studio Pastoral
2008–2009 (Goku) Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei[6] Akiyuki Shinbo
Yukihiro Miyamoto
2009–2010 Mahō Sensei Negima!: Mō Hitotsu no Sekai Akiyuki Shinbo
Kōbun Shizuno (Ep 1–2)
Tomokazu Tokoro (Ep 3–4)
Tatsufumi Itou (Ep 5)
Joint production with Studio Pastoral
2009–2010 (Zan) Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Bangaichi Akiyuki Shinbo
Yukihiro Miyamoto
2011 Katte ni Kaizō[44] Akiyuki Shinbo
Naoyuki Tatsuwa
2013 Hidamari Sketch: Sae & Hiro's Graduation Arc Akiyuki Shinbo
Yuki Yase
2016 Magical Pâtissier Kosaki-chan[45] Akiyuki Shinbo
Yukihiro Miyamoto
2016–2017 Kubikiri Cycle[46] Yuki Yase
Akiyuki Shinbo

ONAs[edit]

Year(s) Title Director(s) Notes
2016 Koyomimonogatari[47] Akiyuki Shinbo Part of Monogatari Series Third Season
2018 Akuma no Memumemu-chan Seiya Numata Promotional short for the Akuma no Memumemu-chan manga by Keitarou Yotsuya.
2019 Ikebukuro

Other works[edit]

North American productions[edit]

References[edit]

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Sources[edit]

  • "Negima!?". (November 2006) Newtype USA. p. 10.

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