Toei Animation

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Toei Animation Co., Ltd.
Public kabushiki gaisha
Traded as JASDAQ4816
Industry Animation studio and production enterprise
Founded January 23, 1956; 60 years ago (1956-01-23)
Headquarters 2-10-5 Higashi Ohizumi, Nerima, Tokyo 178-8567, Japan
Coordinates 35°45′08″N 139°35′40″E / 35.752095°N 139.594578°E / 35.752095; 139.594578Coordinates: 35°45′08″N 139°35′40″E / 35.752095°N 139.594578°E / 35.752095; 139.594578
Key people
Kozo Morishita
Katsuhiro Takagi
Owner Toei Company (32%)
TV Asahi (14.29%)
Fuji Television (7.14%)
Subsidiaries Tavac
Toei Animation Music Publishing
Toei Animation Philippines
Toei Animation Europe

Toei Animation Co., Ltd. (東映アニメーション株式会社 Tōei Animēshon Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a Japanese animation studio which is mostly owned by Toei Company, Ltd.


The studio was founded in 1948 as Japan Animated Films (日本動画映画 Nihon Dōga Eiga?, often shortened to 日動映画 (Nichidō Eiga)). In 1956, Toei purchased the studio and it was reincorporated under its current name. Over the years, the studio has created a large number of TV series, movies, and adapted many Japanese comics by renowned authors to animated series, many popular worldwide. Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Leiji Matsumoto and Yoichi Kotabe have all worked with the company in the past. Toei is a shareholder in the Japanese anime satellite television network, Animax, along with other noted anime studios and production enterprises such as Sunrise, TMS Entertainment and Nihon Ad Systems Inc.[2][3][4] The company headquarters are located in the Ohizumi Studio in Nerima, Tokyo.[5]

Until 1998, the company was known as Toei Doga (東映動画株式会社 Tōei Dōga Kabushiki-gaisha?) (although even at that time the company's formal English name was "Toei Animation Co., Ltd."), with "dōga" being the native Japanese word for "animation" which was widely used until the 1970s. Their mascot is the cat Pero, from the company's 1969 film adaptation of Puss in Boots.

Toei Animation produced the anime versions of works by many legendary manga artists, including Go Nagai (Mazinger Z), Eiichiro Oda (One Piece), Shotaro Ishinomori (Cyborg 009), Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro (Toriko), Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk), Mitsuteru Yokoyama (Sally the Witch), Masami Kurumada (Saint Seiya), Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump), Leiji Matsumoto (Galaxy Express 999), and of course Naoko Takeuchi (Sailor Moon). In addition, the studio helped propel the popularity of the Magical Girl and Super Robot genres of anime; among Toei's most legendary and trend-setting TV series include the first magical girl anime series of all time, Mahoutsukai Sally the anime adaptation of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's manga of the same name, and Go Nagai's Mazinger Z, animated adaptation of his manga, which set the standard for Super Robot anime for years to come, Toei Animation was the launching pad for such iconic characters in both Japan and North America, like Golion a.k.a. Lion Voltron, Mantaro Kinnuku a.k.a. Kid Muscle, Usagi Tsukino a.k.a. Serena Tsukino, Monkey D. Ruffy a.k.a. Monkey D. Luffy, The Cybertrons a.k.a. The Autobots, Gash Bell a.k.a. Zatch Bell, and of course Son Goku a.k.a. Goku.

Although Toei Company usually lets Toei Animation handle its official animation works, on occasion they may hire other companies to provide animation on their behalf, such as the Robot Romance Trilogy in which Toei Company handled the overall production, but the animation work went to Sunrise (then known as Nippon Sunrise) instead.

Anime created by Toei Animation that have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award have been Galaxy Express 999 in 1981, Saint Seiya in 1987, and Sailor Moon in 1992.

In addition to producing anime for domestic release in Japan, Toei Animation also provided animation work for several American box office motion pictures and television series for US companies, dating back as far as the 1960s, but they mostly provided outsourced production work during the 1980s.

TV series[edit]







TV movies and specials[edit]

Theatrical films[edit]

CGI films[edit]

Original video animation (OVA) & original net animation (ONA)[edit]

Video game animation work[edit]

Video Game Development Work[edit]

  • Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star Series)
    • Hokuto no Ken (1986)
    • Hokuto No Ken 2: Seikimatsu Kyuuseishu Densetsu (1987)
    • Hokuto no Ken 3: Shinseiki Souzou Seiken Retsuden (1989)
    • Hokuto no Ken: Seizetsu Juuban Shoubu (Fist of the North Star: 10 Big Brawls for the King of Universe) (1989)
    • Hokuto no Ken 4: Shichisei Hakenden: Hokuto Shinken no Kanata e (1991)
    • Hokuto no Ken 5: Tenma Ryuuseiden Ai Zesshou (1992)
    • Hokuto no Ken 6: Gekitou Denshouken - Haou heno Michi (1992)
    • Hokuto no Ken 7: Seiken Retsuden - Denshousha heno Michi (1993)
  • Baltron (1986)
  • Puss In Boots: An Adventure Around the World in 80 Days (Nagagutsu o Haita Neko: Sekai Isshū 80 Nichi Dai Bōken) (1986)
  • SWAT: Special Weapons and Tactics (1987)
  • Kamen no Ninja: Akakage (Game) (1988)
  • Fighting Road (1988)
  • Sukeban Deka III (1988)
  • Mr. Gold Tooyama no Kinsan Space Chou (1988)
  • Shin Satomi Hakkenden: Hikari to Yami no Tatakai (1989)
  • Mottomo Abunai Deka (1990)
  • Volley Fire (1990)
  • Bloody Warriors: Shango no Gyakushuu (1990)
  • Scotland Yard (1990)
  • Final Reverse (1991)
  • Shikinjou (Famicom and Game Boy versions) (1991)
  • Raiden Trad (1991)
  • Koede Asobu: Heart Catch PreCure! (2010)
  • Enka no Pandemica (2014)

Dubbing productions[edit]

Animated productions done by foreign studios, dubbed in Japanese by the studio.

Outsourced and foreign production work[edit]

The following is a list of TV shows, movies and specials that were designed and developed at American companies such as Sunbow, Marvel, Hanna-Barbera, DiC, Rankin/Bass, etc. The in-between animation was commissioned from Toei Animation on the behalf of these companies and thus copyright of these shows never belonged to Toei. One exception, Voltron, which was based on a Toei original series, was commissioned by World Events Productions to own the dub to the existing episodes as well as to retain ownership of the new exclusive American episodes and the Fleet of Doom special. A similar thing occurred in regards to Kinikkuman Nisei when new episodes were produced for its American equivalent; Ultimate Muscle, in which those episodes are owned currently by 4Licensing Corporation. At other times, Toei would also outsource itself to fellow Japanese studios to aid in their productions.


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