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TMS Entertainment Ltd.
Native name
株式会社トムス・エンタテインメント
Kabushiki-gaisha Tomusu Entateinmento
Formerly
  • Tokyo Movie (1964–1976)
  • Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd. (1976–1991)
  • TMS-Kyokuichi Corporation (1991–1999)
Kabushiki gaisha
IndustryAnimation studio
FoundedOctober 22, 1946; 73 years ago (1946-10-22)
FounderYutaka Fujioka
Headquarters,
Key people
Hideki Okamura
(Chairman)
OwnerSega Sammy Holdings
Number of employees
225
ParentSega Group Corporation
Subsidiaries
  • Telecom Animation Film
  • TMS Photo
  • TMS Music
  • TMS Jinni's
  • TOCSIS
  • TMS-Kyokuichi Corporation
  • Marza Animation Planet
  • 3xCube
  • 8PAN
  • Double Eagle
  • V1 Studio
  • Studio Sakimakura
  • Trois Studio
  • Seoul Movie
Websitewww.tms-e.co.jp/english/
tmsanime.com

TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. (株式会社トムス・エンタテインメント Kabushiki-gaisha Tomusu Entateinmento), formerly known as Tokyo Movie Shinsha (東京ムービー新社 Tōkyō Mūbī Shinsha), also known as Tokyo Movie (東京ムービー Tōkyō Mūbī) or TMS-Kyokuichi, is a Japanese animation studio founded in 1946.

TMS is one of the oldest and most famous anime studios in Japan, best known for numerous anime franchises such as Lupin the 3rd, The Rose of Versailles, Detective Conan, D.Gray-man, Anpanman, Monster Rancher, Hamtaro, Bakugan, and Sonic X and feature-length films Golgo 13: The Professional, Akira and Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, alongside animation works for western animation such as Inspector Gadget, The Real Ghostbusters, Rainbow Brite, DuckTales, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Animaniacs, and Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

In 2010, TMS Entertainment became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sega Sammy Holdings.[1]

History[edit]

Foray into animation[edit]

Former Tokyo Movie Shinsha logo.

The company was originally established on October 22, 1946 by Yutaka Fujioka.[2] However, the company really started operations in 1964, when it ventured into the animation industry as Tokyo Movie (東京ムービー, Tōkyō Mūbī) after the failure of Fujioka's previous studio, Tokyo Ningyo Cinema (東京人形シネマ, Tōkyō Ningyō Shinema).[3][4] The studio's first production was an animated adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Big X. Tokyo Movie collaborated with another animation company, A Production (predecessor of Shin-Ei Animation),[citation needed] which employed notable figures like Daikichirō Kusube, Osamu Kobayashi and Tsutomu Shibayama. Most of Tokyo Movie's animation productions would be made with A Production.[citation needed]

Hayao Miyazaki was also associated with Tokyo Movie before founding Studio Ghibli.[5] He co-directed Lupin III with Isao Takahata, provided the screenplay and key animation for Panda! Go Panda!, provided key animation for the first episode of Tokyo Giants, provided the original concept for Jungle Kurobe, provided the director role for Lupin III: Tales of the Wolf, provided key animation for the 1980 Ulysses 31 pilot in conjunction with Diffusion Information Communication, provided the director role for The New Adventures of Zorro, provided key animation for the Inspector Gadget pilot, and provided the chief director role for season 1 of Sherlock Hound.[original research?] His most notable work at TMS was his role as the director of The Castle of Cagliostro, which is notable for being his first feature-length debut.[6] Miyazaki eventually left to form Studio Ghibli.

In 1972, Madhouse was established with funding from Fujioka, and co-produced its earliest series with Tokyo Movie.[citation needed] In 1977, Fujioka reformatted Tokyo Movie into Tokyo Movie Shinsha. Its first production was Lupin the Third Part II, which aired from 1977 to 1980. The film adaptation, The Mystery of Mamo, was the studio's first feature-length movie in history. A subsidiary, Telecom Animation Film, was founded in 1975, but didn't start production until after Tokyo Movie was restructured.[citation needed]

in 1980, TMS established a partnership with the French (later American) company DiC, as one of its overseas animation subcontractors, where the former would help animate many of the latter's programs, starting with the pilot of Ulysses 31. The two would also produce the 1982 unaired pilot Lupin VIII. This partnership would last until 1985, when DiC opened its own Japan-based animation facility for animation production on its shows in order to bypass overseas animation subcontractors.

In 1989, TMS released Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland in Japan and the United States. The movie was infamous for being in development hell with figures such as George Lucas, Chuck Jones, Hayao Miyazaki, and Gary Kurtz being involved with the movie before dropping out. The film, despite receiving mixed to positive reviews from publications including The Washington Post, Variety, the New York Post, the Boston Globe, and The New York Times, became a box-office bomb. In response to this, founder Fujioka decided to retire from the animation business. TMS, having to recoup Little Nemo's losses, increased production on locally based anime programs and became highly involved in animation for Western-based productions, including Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, and Batman: The Animated Series.[7]

Throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, TMS and its subsidiaries, Telecom Animation Film and South Korea-based Seoul Movie, animated for various companies, including DiC, Walt Disney Television Animation, Warner Bros. Animation, Marvel Films Animation, Studio Ghibli, Madhouse, Production I.G, Sunrise, Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment,[8] and outsourced to smaller studios such as Telecom (its own division), Ajia-do, Magic Bus, Gonzo, Studio Jungle Gym, Nakamura Production, Tokyo Kids, DR Movie, and Orange.[citation needed] Since the early 2000s, TMS itself has no longer supplied animation services to western studios due to increasingly demanding costs.[8][9] The studio has never again since attempted a project like Akira or Nemo.[original research?] While it still produces feature films, these films are primarily spinoffs from existing anime properties, which include the likes of Anpanman and Detective Conan.

Aside from Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, both of whom went on to found Studio Ghibli, animators would leave TMS to form their own studios. One of those studios was Spectrum Animation,[citation needed] who helped produce various episodes of Batman: The Animated Series. According to the commentary track for the episode "Heart of Ice" on the Volume One DVD, producer Bruce Timm stated that Spectrum was responsible for airbrushing Mr. Freeze's helmet in every frame that featured him.[citation needed] Unfortunately, such attention to detail ultimately drove the studio to bankruptcy; most Spectrum staff members are now working for Production I.G.[citation needed] Another one of these studios was Brain's Base. Similarly, animators at its subsidary, Telecom Animation Film, would leave to form Ufotable in 2000.

Partnership with Sega[edit]

On July 1, 1991, Tokyo Movie Shinsha's holding company changed their name to Tokyo Movie Kyokuichi.[10] On August 4, 1992, Tokyo Movie Kyokuichi formed a capital and business alliance with Sega Enterprises.[citation needed] Notable collaborations between the two included Astal, Sonic Jam and Burning Rangers.[citation needed] In 1995, Tokyo Movie Kyokuichi merged with Tokyo Movie Shinsha.[10] In 1996, the Los Angeles studio division was established for overseas TMS animation and in 2000, the company was re-branded as TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd.[10]

In 2001, the Paris studio division was established.[2] In 2003, American brokerage group Merrill Lynch became the second-largest shareholder in TMS Entertainment after acquiring a 7.54 percent stake in the studio. Merrill Lynch purchased the stake purely for investment purposes and had no intention of acquiring control of the firm's management.[11]

On October 17, 2005, Sega Sammy Holdings announced that they had acquired a 50.2% majority stake in TMS and subsidized the studio under it.[12] In 2006, the Los Angeles studio was renamed to TMS Entertainment, USA, Inc.[citation needed] In 2007, the subsidiaries TMS Music (UK) Ltd. and TMS Music (HK) Ld. ere established.[citation needed]

On December 22, 2010, Sega Sammy Holdings acquired the remaining outstanding shares of the studio, thus making it a wholly owned subsidiary .[citation needed] In 2012, the head office was relocated to Nakano, Tokyo,[2] In 2015, Sega Sammy placed TMS as a subsidiary of Sega Holdings.[13] In April 2017, Sega's CG production division, Marza Animation Planet, became a subsidiary of TMS.[14]

Subsidiaries[edit]

The company has numerous animation subsidiaries collaborating in conjunction with the company. Those include:

Productions[edit]

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Television series[edit]

1960s[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s) Episodes Genre Note(s)
Big X TBS August 3, 1964 – September 27, 1965 59 Scifi, Action Adapted from Osamu Tezuka's original manga, which was serialized in Shueisha's Shonen Book from 1963 to 1966.
Obake no Q-tarō TBS August 29, 1965 – June 28, 1967 96 Comedy
Perman TBS April 2, 1967 – April 14, 1968 54 Adapted from the manga by Fujiko Fujio, which was serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1967 to 1968.
Kyojin no Hoshi Yomiuri TV March 30, 1968 – September 18, 1971 182 Sports Adapted from the manga by Ikki Kajiwara and Noboru Kawasaki, which was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1966 to 1971.
Kaibutsu-kun TBS 1968–1969 49
Umeboshi Denka TBS 1969 26
Roppō Yabure-kun Nagoya Broadcasting Network 1969 110
Moomin Fuji TV 1969–1970 65 Fantasy
Attack No. 1 Fuji TV 1969–1971 104 Sports, Drama Adapted from the manga of the same name by Chikako Urano, which was serialized in Shueisha's Margaret manga magazine for female readers from 1968 to 1970.

1970s[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s) Episodes Genre Note(s)
Chingō Muchabe TBS February 15, 1971 – March 22, 1971 49
Shin Obake no Q-Tarō Yomiuri TV, Nippon TV September 1, 1971 – December 27, 1972 70
Tensai Bakabon Yomiuri TV, Nippon TV September 25, 1971 – June 24, 1972 40 Adaptation of the manga of the same name by Fujio Akatsuka, which was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine and Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday manga magazines for boys from 1967 to 1976 respectively.
Lupin The Third Part I[24] Yomiuri TV, Nippon TV October 24, 1971 – March 26, 1972 23 Adapted from the original manga by Monkey Punch, which was serialized in Futabasha's Weekly Manga Action manga magazine for adult male readers from 1967 to 1969.
Akadō Suzunosuke Fuji TV 1972–1973 52
Dokonjō Gaeru ABC October 7, 1972 – September 28, 1974 103 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Yasumi Yoshizawa, which was serialized from 1970 to 1976 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine.
Kōya no Shōnen Isamu Fuji TV April 4, 1973 – March 27, 1974 52 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Soji Yamakawa and Noboru Kawasaki, which was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump from 1971 to 1974.
Karate Baka Ichidai NET October 3, 1973 – September 25, 1974 47 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Ikki Kajiwara, which was serialized from 1971 to 1977 in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine.
Aim for the Ace! (Co-Produced with Madhouse) Mainichi Broadcasting System October 5, 1973 – March 29, 1974 26 Adapted from the original manga by Sumika Yamamoto in Shueisha's Margaret manga magazine for female readers from 1973 to 1980. Co-Produced with Madhouse.
Samurai Giants Yomiuri TV October 7, 1973 – September 15, 1974 47 Adapted from the manga by Ikki Kajiwara and Kou Inoue in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump from 1971 to 1974.
Judo Sanka Nippon TV April 1-September 30, 1974 27 Adapted from the manga by Ikki Kajiwara and Hiroshi Kaizuka in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1972 to 1975.
First Human Giatrus ABC October 5, 1974 – March 27, 1976 77 Adapted from the manga by Shunji Sonoyama which was serialized from 1965 to 1975 in Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha's Weekly Manga Sunday, in 1966 alone in Gakken's Gakushuu Magazine, and Shogakukan's Gakunen Magazine in 1974.
Ganba no Bōken[24] Nippon TV April 7-September 29, 1975 26 Co-production with Madhouse
Ganso Tensai Bakabon Nippon TV 1975–1977 206 Second adaptation of Tensai Bakabon.
Hana no Kakarichō TV Asahi 1976–1977 25
Shin Kyōjin no Hoshi Yomiuri TV, Nippon TV 1977–1978 52
Hyouga Senshi Guyslugger TV Asahi 1977 20
Nobody's Boy: Remi (Co-Produced with Madhouse) Nippon TV 1977–1978 51 Adapted from the novel Sans Famille (1878) by Hector Malot. Co-Produced with Madhouse.
Lupin III Part II [24] Nippon TV 1977–1980 155 Second installment of Lupin III, and the most prolific in the franchise's history.
Treasure Island (with Madhouse) Nippon TV 1978–1979 26 Adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
New Aim For the Ace Nippon TV 1978–1979 25 Continuation of Aim for the Ace!
Shin Kyōjin no Hoshi 2 Yomiuri TV, Nippon TV 1979 23
The Rose of Versailles Nippon TV 1979–1980 41 Adapted from the manga by Riyoko Ikeda in Shueisha's Margaret from 1972 to 1973.

1980s[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s) Episodes Genre Note(s)
Mū no Hakugei YTV April 4-September 26, 1980 26 Original work
New Tetsujin-28[24] NTV October 4, 1980 – September 25, 1981 51 Second adaptation of the manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, which was serialized in Kobunsha's Shonen manga magazine from 1956 to 1966. Adapted into English as The New Adventures of Gigantor.
Ashita no Joe 2 NTV October 13, 1980 – August 31, 1981 47 Continuation of the second half of the events of the original manga by Tetsuya Chiba, which was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1968 to 1973.
Ohayo! Spank TV Tokyo March 7, 1981 – May 29, 1982 65 Adapted from the original manga by Shun'ichi Yukimuro and Shizue Takanashi, which was serialized in Kodansha's Nakayoshi manga magazine for girls from 1979 to 1982.
Shin Dokonjō Gaeru NTV September 7, 1981 – March 27, 1982 30 Second adaptation of Dokonjō Gaeru.
Ulysses 31[25] 1981–1982 26
Six God Combination Godmars NTV 1981–1982 64
Jarinko Chie MBS 1981–1983 65
Acrobunch (with Movie International Co., Ltd.) NTV 1982 24
Tonde Monpe ABC 1982–1983 42
Ninjaman Ippei NTV 1982 13
Space Cobra[24] Fuji TV 1982–1983 31 Adapted from the manga, Space Adventure Cobra, by Buichi Terasawa, which was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump from 1978 to 1984.
Lupin VIII 1982 (unaired)
Lady Georgie TV Asahi 1983–1984 45
The Super Dimension Century Orguss[25] MBS 1983–1984 35 Second installment of Big West's Super Dimension trilogy, the other two of which, Macross and The Southern Cross are produced by Studio Nue, in association with Tatsunoko Production.
Cat's Eye[24] NTV 1983–1984 36 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Tsukasa Hojo, which was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump from 1981 to 1985.
Lupin III Part III[24] YTV 1984–1985 50
God Mazinger NTV 1984 23
Mighty Orbots 1984 13
Sherlock Hound ABC 1984–1985 26
Onegai! Samia Don NHK 1985–1986 78 Adapted from the novel Five Children and It (1902) by E. Nesbit.
Robotan YTV 1986 33
Honey Bee in Toycomland (Bug-tte Honey) NTV 1986–1987 51
Anpanman[26] NTV 1988–
Spank's New Adventures TV Asahi 1989–1991 130 First sequel of Ohayo! Spank.

1990s[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s) Episodes Genre Note(s)
Mischievous Twins: The Tales of St. Clare's NTV January 5-November 2, 1991
Kinkyū Hasshin Saver Kids TV Tokyo 1991–1992
Ozanari Dungeon OVA 1991
Jarinko Chie: Chie-chan Funsenki MBS 1991–1992
I and Myself: The Two Lottes NTV 1991–1992 Adapted from the novel, Lottie and Lisa by Erich Kästner
Tetsujin 28 FX[24] NTV 1992–1993
Boku no Patrasche NTV 1992–1993 Adapted from the novel A Dog of Flanders (1872) by Ouida.
Red Baron[25] NTV 1994–1995
Magic Knight Rayearth[24] YTV/NTV October 17, 1994 – March 13, 1995 Adapted from the manga by Clamp, which was serialized in Kodansha's Nakayoshi manga magazine for female readers from 1993 to 1996.
Virtua Fighter[24] (anime television series) TV Tokyo October 9, 1995 – June 27, 1996 Adapted from Sega's fighting video game series of the same name.
Spank and Torakichi Super Partners TV Asahi 1995–1996 124 Second sequel of Ohayo! Spank.
Kaitō Saint Tail ABC 1995–1996
Case Closed/Detective Conan[24] YTV/NTV January 8, 1996– Adapted from the manga by Gosho Aoyama, which, since 1994, has been serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday.
B't X[24] TBS 1996
Wankorobe TV Tokyo 1996–1997
Devil Lady[24] MBS 1998–1999
Monster Farm: Enban Ishi no Himitsu TBS 1999–2000
Shūkan Storyland NTV 1999–2001
Gozonji! Gekko Kamen-kun TV Tokyo Oct. 17, 1999–Mar. 26, 2000
Karakurizōshi Ayatsuri Sakon WOWOW Nov. 1999–Apr. 2000

2000s[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s) Episodes Genre Note(s)
Magic Ball Mondo the 2000 Feb.–Jul. 2000
Monster Rancher CBC, Apr.–Sept. 2000
Tottoko Hamtaro (Hamtaro) Jul. 2000–2006
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children (first series) Oct. 2000–Nov. 2001
Project ARMS Apr. 2001–Mar. 2002
Secret of Cerulean Sand (with Telecom Animation Film, a division of TMS) Jan.–Jun. 2002
Cheeky Angel TV Tokyo June 4, 2002 – March 29, 2003 Adapted from the manga by Hiroyuki Nishimori, which was serialized from 1999 to 2003 in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday.
Star of the Giants [Tokubetsu Hen]: Mōko Hanagata Mitsuru Oct. 2002; all episodes
Sonic X TV Tokyo Apr. 6, 2003–Mar. 28, 2004 (An additional 26 episodes aired in France for the first time then worldwide) Adapted from Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise, particularly, the events of Sonic Adventure 1 and 2, with additional characters not seen in the games.
Rumic Theater Jul.–Sept. 2003
Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari Oct. 3, 2003–Dec. 26, 2003
Mermaid Forest Oct. 4–Dec. 20, 2003
PoPoLoCrois (2nd Series) Oct. 5, 2003–Mar. 28, 2004
Aishiteruze Baby Apr.–Oct. 2004
Extra Boy Apr.–Dec. 2004
Monkey Punch Manga Katsudō Daishashin (Mankatsu) Jul. 2004–Jun. 2005
Gallery Fake Jan.–Sept. 2005
Buzzer Beater Feb.–Apr. 2005
Glass Mask Apr. 2005–2006
The Snow Queen May. 2005–Feb. 2006 Adapted from the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
Fighting Beauty Wulong[24] 2005–2006
Mushiking: King of the Beetles 2005–2006
Angel Heart[24] Oct. 2005–Sept. 2006
D.Gray-man TV Tokyo October 3, 2006 – September 30, 2008 Adapted from the manga by Katsura Hoshino, which has been serialized across Shueisha's Jump line of manga magazines for young boys, beginning with Weekly Shonen Jump from 2004 to 2009, and Jump SQ as of 2019.
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple TV Tokyo October 7, 2006 – September 29, 2007 Adapted from the manga by Syun Matsuena, which was serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday manga magazine from May 2002 through September 2014.
Pururun! Shizuku-Chan Oct. 2006–Sept. 2007; Oct. 7, 2007–Sept. 2008
Bakugan Battle Brawlers (with Japan Vistec) Apr. 2007–Mar. 2008
Kaze no Shōjo Emily Apr.–Sept. 2007
Noramimi 2008
Itazura na Kiss[26] Apr. 4–Sept. 25, 2008
Telepathy Shōjo Ran Jun. 21, 2008
Live On CardLiver Kakeru 2008
Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia (with Japan Vistec) Apr. 2009 – May 2010
Mamegoma 2009
Genji Monogatari Sennenki 2009

2010s[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s) Episodes Genre Note(s)
Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders (with Maxpire Entertainment) May 2010–Jan. 2011
Lilpri 2010
Cardfight!! Vanguard series (with Studio Sakimakura second half of season 1) Jan. 2011–Sept. 2016
Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge (with Maxpire Entertainment) Feb. 2011–Jan. 2012
Battle Girls: Time Paradox 2011
Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine[24] 2012
Brave 10 (with Studio Sakimakura) 2012
Zetman 2012
Kamisama Kiss 2012
Suraj: The Rising Star Colors TV (India) Dec. 2012–Jun. 2013
Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman 2013
Yowamushi Pedal (with 8PAN) 2013–2014
The Pilot's Love Song (with 3xCube) 2014
Hero Bank (with 8PAN) Apr. 2014–Mar. 2015
Gugure! Kokkuri-san 2014
Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road (with 8PAN) 2014–2015
Sega Hard Girls 2014
Cardfight!! Vanguard G series (with Double Eagle) Oct. 2014–Sep. 2016
Kamisama Kiss◎ (with V1 Studio) 2015
My Monster Secret (with 3xCube) 2015
Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation (by Telecom Animation Film) 2016
Bakuon!! (with 8PAN) 2016
Kamiwaza Wanda 2016–2017
D.Gray-man Hallow (with 8PAN) 2016
Orange (by Telecom Animation Film) 2016
ReLIFE[26] (with Double Eagle) 2016
Sweetness and Lightning (with Shin-Ei Animation) 2016
All Out!! (with Madhouse) 2016
Trickster (with Shin-Ei Animation) 2016
Nobunaga no Shinobi series (with V1 Studio) 2016–2018
Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation (with 8PAN) 2017
Nana Maru San Batsu (with Double Eagle) 2017
Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line (with 8PAN) 2018
Megalo Box (with 3xCube) 2018
The Thousand Musketeers (with Double Eagle) 2018
Space Bug/The Journey Home 2018
Tsukumogami Kashimasu (by Telecom Animation Film) 2018
Between the Sky and Sea (with Double Eagle) 2018
Meiji Tokyo Renka (with V1 Studio) 2019
Fruits Basket (with 8PAN) 2019–present
Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine 2019
Dr. Stone (with 8PAN) 2019–present Adapted from the manga by Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi, which, since 2017, is currently being serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump.

2020s[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s) Episodes Genre Note(s)
Bakugan: Armored Alliance 2020
Tower of God (by Telecom Animation Film) 2020
Rent-A-Girlfriend 2020
Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro (by Telecom Animation Film) TBA

Feature films[edit]

Title Director(s) Distributor Year(s) Note(s)
Panda! Go, Panda! (featurette) Isao Takahata December 17, 1972
Panda! Go, Panda!: The Rainy Day Circus (featurette) Isao Takahata March 17, 1973
Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo Sōji Yoshikawa Toho Company December 16, 1978 First animated feature film in Monkey Punch's Lupin III' franchise. Later subtitled Lupin VS Clone in Japanese — subtitled The Mystery of Mamo in English.
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro Hayao Miyazaki Toho Company December 15, 1979 Second animated feature film in Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise, as well as Hayao Miyazaki's theatrical directorial debut.
Makoto-chan Tsutomu Shibayama Toho Company July 26, 1980 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Kazuo Umezu, which was serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1976 to 1981.
Chie the Brat Isao Takahata Toho Company April 11, 1981 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Etsumi Haruki, which was serialized in Futabasha's Weekly Manga Action from 1978 to 1997.
Ashita no Joe 2 Osamu Dezaki Toho Company July 4, 1981 Feature film compilation of the events of Ashita no Joe 2.
Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie Osamu Dezaki Toho-Towa July 3, 1982 One-time feature film adaptation of Space Adventure Cobra; covers the events of the manga's first major story arc.
Golgo 13: The Professional Osamu Dezaki Toho-Towa May 28, 1983 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Takao Saito, which, since 1968, has been serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic manga magazine for adult male readers.
Lupin III: Legend of the Gold of Babylon Seijun Suzuki, Shigetsugu Yoshida Toho Company July 13, 1985 Third animated feature film in Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise.
Bouken-tachi Gamba to Nanbiki no Nakama 1985××
Akira Katsuhiro Otomo Toho Company July 16, 1988 Adapted from the manga of the same name by Katsuhiro Otomo, who also serves as the film's director, which was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine from 1982 to 1990.
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Masami Hata, William Hurtz Toho-Towa (Japan), Hemdale Film Corporation (USA, Canada) July 15, 1989 (Japan), August 21, 1992 (USA, Canada) Japanese-American co-production. Adapted from the comic strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland by Windsor McCay which was serialized in The New York Herald from 1905 to 1913.
The Adventures of Gamba and Otters 1991
Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus 1995
Lupin III: Dead or Alive 1996
Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie 2013
Lupin the 3rd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone 2014
Orange: Future (co-production with Telecom Animation Film) 2016××
Lupin the 3rd: Goemon Ishikawa's Spray of Blood 2017
Lupin the 3rd: Fujiko Mine's Lie 2019

Television films and specials[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s)
Bōchan June 1980
Nijū-yon [24] no Hitomi October 1980
Sugata Sanshirō 1981
Son Goku: Silk Road o Tobu!! 1982
Annual Lupin III TV movies Nippon TV 1989–present
Soreike! Anpanman
Minami no Umi o Sukae 1990
Kieta Jam Oji-san 1993
Keito no Shiro no Christmas 1995
Magic Knight Rayearth: Zokan go 1995
Magic Kaito 2010–2012

Original video animations[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s)
2001 Nights 1987
Ace o Nerae! 2: Stage 1–6 March 1988
The Untold Legend June 1988
The Fuma Conspiracy December 1987
Return of the Magician 2002
Ace o Nerae!: Final Stage 1989
Tengai makyo: Jiraiya Oboro Hen July 1990
(Office Lady) Kaizō Kōza November 1990
Katsugeki Shōjo Tanteidan December 1990
Wizardry February 1991
Shizuka Narudon April 1991
Ozanari Dungeon September 1991
Christmas Da! Minna Atsumare! (annual Christmas releases) 1992–present
Maps 1994
Otanjōbi Series 1995
Magic Knight Rayearth July 1997
B't X NEO August 1997
Glass Mask: Sen no Kamen o Motsu Shōjo 1998
Aoyama Gōshō Tanhenshū 1999
Karakuri no Kimi 2000
Azusa, Otetsudai Shimasu! 2004
Hamtaro Premium (4 OVAs) 2002–2004
Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas 2009–2011

Original net animations[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s)
Baki: Most Evil Death Row Convicts (with Double Eagle) 2018–present
Rick and Morty vs. Genocider (by Telecom Animation Film) 2020

Video games[edit]

Title Developer Contribution Year
Don Quixote: A Dream in Seven Crystals Premier International Corp. Animation 1994
The Adventures of Batman & Robin Clockwork Tortoise Lost episode cutscenes 1995
Astal Sega Cutscenes 1995
Last Bronx Sega AM3 Cutscenes 1996
Sakura Wars Red Company
Sega CS2 R&D
Cutscenes 1996
Sonic Jam Sonic Team Man of the Year short 1997
Grandia Game Arts CG animation (as Telecom Animation Film Company) 1997
Burning Rangers Sonic Team Cutscenes 1998
Lupin the 3rd: Sage of the Pyramid Asmik Ace Entertainment Cutscenes 1998
Kingdom Hearts Square outside contractor: animation supervisor (as Telecom Animation Film Company) 2002
PopoloCrois G-artists, Sony Computer Entertainment Animation 2005
Return to PopoloCrois epics, Marvelous AQL Animation 2015
Tokyo Afterschool Summoners LifeWonders Opening Animation 2019

Subsidiary production[edit]

Telecom Animation Film[edit]

Title Network(s) Year(s) Note Ref(s)
Lupin the Third Part 4 Nippon TV 2015–2016
Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation TBS, CBC, MBS, BS-TBS 2016 [27]
Orange Tokyo MX, AT-X, BS11, TVA, ABC, TSB 2016 [28]
Orange: Future 2016 Film
Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas ABC, Tokyo MX, AT-X, TVA, BS11, TVQ 2017 [29]
Lupin the Third Part 5 Nippon TV 2018
Tsukumogami Kashimasu NHK 2018
Tower of God Tokyo MX, BS11, GYT, GTV, Crunchyroll 2020 [30]
Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro TBA TBA [31]

Foreign production history[edit]

TMS Entertainment/Telecom Animation Film[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s)
The Blinkins 1984
Mighty Orbots ABC September 8, 1984 – December 15, 1984
Sherlock Hound TV Asahi, Rai 1 1984–1985
Sweet Sea 1985
Galaxy High[32][unreliable source] CBS September 13 – December 6, 1986
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland July 15, 1989
Reporter Blues Rai 1, NHK 1991–1996
Soccer Fever Rai 1 / NHK April 4, 1994 – April 3, 1995
Cybersix (Japanese/Canadian co-production with NOA) Teletoon, Kids Station, Telefe September 6 – November 29, 1999

DiC Entertainment[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s)
Ulysses 31 FR3 / Nagoya Broadcasting Network October 10, 1981 – April 3, 1982
Lupin VIII unaired 1982 (unaired)
Inspector Gadget (Season 1) Syndication September 12, 1983 – February 1, 1986
The Littles ABC September 10, 1983 – November 2, 1985
Rainbow Brite Syndication June 27, 1984 – July 24, 1986
Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats Syndication September 5, 1984 – 1988
Here Come the Littles May 24, 1985
The Real Ghostbusters ABC September 13, 1986 – September 5, 1992
Dennis the Menace Syndication September 22, 1986 – March 26, 1988
Kissyfur NBC September 13, 1986 – August 25, 1990
Sylvanian Families Syndication September 18 – December 11, 1987
ALF: The Animated Series NBC September 26, 1987 – January 7, 1989
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Syndication September 6, 1993 – November 24, 1996

Disney Television Animation[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s)
The Wuzzles CBS September 14 – December 7, 1985
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears (Season 1 to 4) NBC
ABC
September 14, 1985 – February 22, 1991
Fluppy Dogs ABC November 27, 1986
DuckTales (Season 1) Syndication September 18, 1987 – November 28, 1990
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Season 1 and half of Season 2) The Disney Channel
ABC
January 17, 1988 – October 26, 1991
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers (Season 1) The Disney Channel
Syndication
August 27, 1988 – November 19, 1990
Gargoyles (Assistance for Walt Disney Animation Japan, "Hunter's Moon, Part 2") Syndication
ABC
October 24, 1994 – February 15, 1997
Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (Assistance for Walt Disney Animation Australia) Direct to Video November 9, 1999
The Tigger Movie (Assistance for Walt Disney Animation Japan) February 11, 2000

Warner Bros. Animation[edit]

Title Broadcast network(s) Year(s)
Tiny Toon Adventures Syndication / Fox Kids September 14, 1990 – May 28, 1995
How I Spent My Vacation March 11, 1992
Batman: The Animated Series Fox Kids September 5, 1992 – September 15, 1995
Animaniacs Fox Kids / The WB September 13, 1993 – November 14, 1998
Pinky and the Brain ("A Pinky and the Brain Christmas") The WB September 9, 1995 – November 14, 1998
The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries The WB September 9, 1995 – December 13, 2002
Superman: The Animated Series The WB September 6, 1996 – February 12, 2000
Waynehead (Opening) October 19, 1996 – May 17, 1997
The New Batman Adventures The WB September 13, 1997 – January 16, 1999
The Batman/Superman Movie: World's Finest October 4, 1997
Wakko's Wish December 21, 1999
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker December 12, 2000
Green Lantern: First Flight July 28, 2009
Justice League: Doom February 28, 2012
Superman vs. The Elite June 12, 2012

Other productions[edit]

Title Production company(s) Year(s)
The New Adventures of Zorro Filmation September 12 – December 5, 1981
Transformers ("Call of The Primitives") (uncredited)[33] Sunbow Productions + Marvel Productions September 17, 1984 – November 11, 1987
The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers Gaylord Entertainment Company September 14 – December 11, 1986
Bionic Six MCA Television April 6 − November 12, 1987
Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light Sunbow Productions September 21 – December 14, 1987
Peter Pan and the Pirates Fox Children's Productions + Southern Star Productions September 8, 1990 – September 10, 1991
Spider-Man: The Animated Series Marvel Films Animation November 19, 1994 – January 31, 1998
An American Tail 3: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Universal Cartoon Studios November 16, 1998
Bakugan: Battle Planet Nelvana, Spin Master Entertainment December 31, 2018 – present

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