Ufotable

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Ufotable, Inc.
Native name
ユーフォーテーブル有限会社
Yūfōtēburu yūgen-gaisha
TypeYūgen-gaisha
IndustryJapanese animation
FoundedOctober 2000
HeadquartersSuginami, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Hikaru Kondo, President
Number of employees
219 (as of April 2022)
SubsidiariesUfotable Tokushima (2009–present)[1]
Websitewww.ufotable.com

Ufotable, Inc. (Japanese: ユーフォーテーブル有限会社, Hepburn: Yūfōtēburu yūgen-gaisha) is a Japanese animation studio founded in October 2000 by former staff of the TMS Entertainment subsidiary Telecom Animation Film and located in Suginami, Tokyo. A unique hallmark seen in many of their works (Ninja Nonsense, Futakoi Alternative, Coyote Ragtime Show, Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!, Tales of Symphonia, The Garden of Sinners) is a claymation sequence. Other notable works from the studio include Fate/Zero, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

Productions[edit]

Anime television series[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Eps. Note(s) Refs.
2002–2003 Weiß Kreuz Glühen Hitoyuki Matsui 13 Sequel to Weiß Kreuz, produced by Magic Bus. [2]
2003 Dokkoida?! Hitoyuki Matsui
Takuya Nonaka
12 Adaptation of the light novel series by Taro Achi. [2]
2004 Ninja Nonsense Hitoyuki Matsui 12 Adaptation of the manga series by Ryoichi Koga. [2]
2005 Futakoi Alternative Takayuki Hirao 13 Original work.
Co-production with Feel. and Studio Flag.
[2]
2006 Coyote Ragtime Show Takuya Nonaka 12 Original work. [2]
2007 Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Team Manabibeya 12 Original work. [2]
2011–2012 Fate/Zero Ei Aoki 25 Adaptation of the light novel series by Gen Urobuchi. Prequel to Fate/Stay Night. [2]
2013 The Garden of Sinners Various 13 TV adaptation of the first four and seventh The Garden of Sinners films. [3]
2014–2015 Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Takahiro Miura 25 Based on a visual novel by Type-Moon. [2]
2015–2016 God Eater Takayuki Hirao 13 Based on a video game by Bandai Namco. [2]
2016–2017 Tales of Zestiria the X Haruo Sotozaki 26 Based on a video game by Bandai Namco. [4]
2017 Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu Toshiyuki Shirai 13 Based on a browser video game by Nitroplus. [5]
2019 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Haruo Sotozaki 26 Adaptation of the manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge. [6]
2021 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Mugen Train Arc 7 TV adaptation of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train. [7]
2021–2022 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Entertainment District Arc 11 Sequel to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train. [8]
TBA Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Swordsmith Village Arc TBA Sequel to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Entertainment District Arc. [9]
Girls' Work TBA TBA Original work.
Co-production with Type-Moon.
[10]

OVAs/ONAs[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Eps. Note(s) Refs.
2004 Tristia of the Deep-Blue Sea Hitoyuki Matsui 2 Based on a visual novel by Kogado Studio. [2]
2007 Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sylvarant Episode Haruo Sotozaki 4 Based on a video game by Bandai Namco. [2]
Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Team Manabibeya 1 A special episode of Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!. [2]
2009 God Eater Prologue Takayuki Hirao 1 Serves as prequel to God Eater. [11]
Toriko Mitsuru Obunai 1 Based on a manga series by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro. [2]
2009–2010 Yawarakame 26 Original work. [12]
2010–2011 Tales of Symphonia: The Animation Tethe'alla Episode Haruo Sotozaki 4 Sequel to Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sylvarant Episode. [2]
2010–2012 Yuri Seijin Naoko-san Tetsuya Takeuchi 2 Based on a manga by Kashmir. [2]
2011 The Garden of Sinners: Epilogue Hikaru Kondo 1 Serves as an epilogue to The Garden of Sinners film series. [2]
2011–2012 Tales of Symphonia: The Animation The United World Episode Haruo Sotozaki 3 Sequel to Tales of Symphonia: The Animation Tethe'alla Episode. [2]
2012 Minori Scramble! Takuya Nonaka 1 Adaptation of the manga series by Mikage Chihaya. [2]
Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack Takayuki Hirao 1 Based on a manga by Junji Ito. [13]
2015 Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works - sunny day Takahiro Miura 1 An alternate ending to Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. [2]
2017 Fate/Grand Order x Himuro no Tenchi: 7-nin no Saikyō Ijin-hen 1 Based on a manga series by Eiichirō Mashin. [14]
2018–2019 Today's Menu for the Emiya Family Takahiro Miura
Tetsuto Satou
13 Adaptation of the manga series by TAa. [15]

Anime films[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Note(s) Refs.
2007 The Garden of Sinners: Overlooking View Ei Aoki Adaptation of the light novel series by Kinoko Nasu, the 1st film in The Garden of Sinners film series. [16]
The Garden of Sinners: A Study in Murder – Part 1 Takuya Nonaka The 2nd film in The Garden of Sinners film series. [16]
2008 The Garden of Sinners: Remaining Sense of Pain Mitsuru Obunai The 3rd film in The Garden of Sinners film series. [16]
The Garden of Sinners: The Hollow Shrine Teiichi Takiguchi The 4th film in The Garden of Sinners film series. [16]
The Garden of Sinners: Paradox Spiral Takayuki Hirao The 5th film in The Garden of Sinners film series. [16]
The Garden of Sinners: Oblivion Recording Takahiro Miura The 6th film in The Garden of Sinners film series. [16]
2009 The Garden of Sinners: A Study in Murder – Part 2 Shinsuke Takizawa The 7th film in The Garden of Sinners film series. [16]
2011 Sakura no Ondo Takayuki Hirao Original work. [2]
2013 The Garden of Sinners: Future Gospel Tomonori Sudō The 8th and final film in The Garden of Sinners film series. [16]
Majocco Shimai no Yoyo to Nene Takayuki Hirao Based on a manga by Hirarin. [2]
2014 Tales of Zestiria: Dawn of the Shepherd Haruo Sotozaki Based on a video game by Bandai Namco. [17]
2017 Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower Tomonori Sudō Based on a visual novel by Type-Moon, the 1st film in Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film series. [18]
2019 Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly The 2nd film in Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film series. [18]
Kimetsu no Yaiba: Kyōdai no Kizuna Haruo Sotozaki Compilation of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba first five episodes. [19]
2020 Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song Tomonori Sudō The 3rd and final film in Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film series. [20]
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train Haruo Sotozaki Sequel to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. [21]
2023 Witch on the Holy Night TBA Based on a visual novel by Type-Moon. [22]
TBA Untitled Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu film Related to Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu. [23]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Publisher Note(s) Refs.
2004 Symphonic Rain Kogado Studio Background arts. [24]
2010 God Eater Bandai Namco Opening animation/Cutscenes. [2]
2011 Black Rock Shooter: The Game Imageepoch Opening animation. [2]
Tales of Xillia Bandai Namco Opening animation/Cutscenes. [2]
2012 Tales of Xillia 2 Opening animation/Cutscenes. [2]
Fate/stay night [Réalta Nua] Kadokawa Games Opening animations. [2]
2013 Summon Night 5 Bandai Namco Opening animation/Cutscenes. [2]
God Eater 2 Opening animation/Cutscenes. [2]
2014 Natural Doctrine Kadokawa Games Character designs. [25]
Fate/hollow ataraxia Type-Moon Opening animation. [26]
2015 Tales of Zestiria Bandai Namco Opening animation/Cutscenes. [2]
God Eater 2: Rage Burst Opening animation/Cutscenes. [27]
2016 Tales of Berseria Opening animation/Cutscenes. [28]
2017 God Eater Online Opening animation. [29]
2018 God Eater Resonant Ops Opening animation. [30]
God Eater 3 Opening animation/Cutscenes. [31]
2019 Code Vein Opening animation. [32]
2021 Tsukihime - A piece of blue glass moon Aniplex Opening animation. [33]
Tales of Arise Bandai Namco Opening animation/Cutscenes. [34]
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles Aniplex Key Illustration. [35]

Tax evasion scandal[edit]

In March 2019, it was reported that a search was performed on Ufotable's offices due to alleged tax evasion.[36] The next month, it was reported that Ufotable owed ¥400 million in taxes. In June 2020, both the studio and company founder and president Hikaru Kondo were charged with violating the Corporation Tax Act and Consumption Tax Act by failing to pay ¥139 million (about US$1.28 million) in taxes.[37][38] The studio published a public statement apologizing for their actions.[39] In July 2021, Hikaru Kondo was formally indicted with evading ¥137 million (about US$1.24 million) in taxes by the special investigation department of the Tokyo Public Prosecutor's Office. Ufotable acknowledged the indictment and gave assurance that the company had already filed a corrected tax return and paid the appropriate amount.[40] In September 2021, Hikaru Kondo admitted to evading ¥138 million in taxes at a preliminary hearing by the Tokyo District Court. The prosecution said Ufotable and Kondo hid part of the income from the company's cafes and merchandise from 2015 to 2018 in order to buffer against future downturns in business. The company allegedly hid about ¥441 million (about US$4 million) in income.[41] In November 2021, it was reported prosecutors were seeking a 20-month prison sentence for Kondo. The court delivered a verdict on December 10, 2021.[42] Kondo was sentenced to 20 months in prison, but the sentence was suspended for three years.[43]

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