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Wit Studio, Inc.
Native name
株式会社ウィットスタジオ
Kabushiki-gaisha Witto Sutajio
Company typeKabushiki gaisha
IndustryJapanese animation
FoundedJune 1, 2012; 12 years ago (2012-06-01)[1]
FounderGeorge Wada
Tetsuya Nakatake
HeadquartersMusashino, Tokyo, Japan[1]
Key people
George Wada (president)[1]
Tetsuya Nakatake (director)
Number of employees
200 (as of May 2024)[2]
ParentIG Port
DivisionsIbaraki Studio[a]
Websitewitstudio.co.jp

Wit Studio, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社ウィットスタジオ, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Witto Sutajio), stylized as WIT Studio, is a Japanese animation studio founded on June 1, 2012, by producers at Production I.G as a subsidiary of IG Port. It is headquartered in Musashino, Tokyo, with Production I.G producer George Wada as president and Tetsuya Nakatake, also a producer at Production I.G, as a director of the studio. The studio gained notability for producing the first three seasons of Attack on Titan,[1] and has also produced other notable series such as Ranking of Kings, Spy × Family, and the first seasons of The Ancient Magus' Bride and Vinland Saga.

History

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The studio was founded by George Wada, a former employee of Production I.G, in 2012. After its founding, Tetsuya Nakatake was placed as the representative director of the studio. Several other former Production I.G staff members joined Wit after its founding, including animation directors Kyōji Asano and Satoshi Kadowaki, and director Tetsurō Araki, all of whom worked together on Attack on Titan.

Wit Studio was funded with an initial investment of ¥30,000,000 in capital from IG Port, Wada and Nakatake, who are reported to own 66.6%, 21.6% and 10.0% equity in the studio respectively.[3][4]

In December 2020, Wit Studio established a stop motion studio in partnership with Pui Pui Molcar director Tomoki Misato.[5]

In May 2022, Wit Studio in partnership with Aniplex, CloverWorks and Shueisha formed a new company called JOEN. The company's objective is to facilitate the planning and production of television anime series, anime films, and short clips.[6]

Works

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Television series

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Year Title Network Director(s) Animation producer(s) Source Eps. Refs.
2013–2019 Attack on Titan (seasons 1-3)
Tetsurō Araki[b]
Masashi Koizuka
Tetsuya Nakatake Manga 59 [7]
2014–2015 Hozuki's Coolheadedness
Hiro Kaburaki Tetsuya Nakatake Manga 13
2015 The Rolling Girls MBS Kotomi Deai Tetsuya Nakatake Original work 12
Seraph of the End Tokyo MX Daisuke Tokudo Tetsuya Nakatake Manga 24
2016 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Fuji TV Tetsurō Araki Maiko Okada Original work 12
2017–2018 The Ancient Magus' Bride (season 1) AT-X Norihiro Naganuma Hiroya Hasegawa Manga 24
2018 After the Rain Fuji TV Ayumu Watanabe Maiko Okada Manga 12
2019–2020 Kedama no Gonjirō
(co-animated with OLM and Signal.MD)
TV Tokyo Kenshirō Morii Shou Ootani
Hiroshi Utsumi
Takatoshi Chino
52
2019 Vinland Saga (season 1) NHK G Shuhei Yabuta Hiroya Hasegawa Manga 24
2020–2021 GaruGaku: Saint Girls Square Academy
(co-animated with OLM)
TV Tokyo Hiroaki Akagi[c]
Norihito Takahashi
Hiroyuki Katou Original work 50
2021 Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song Tokyo MX Shinpei Ezaki Shou Ootani Original work 13
2021–2022 Ranking of Kings Fuji TV Yōsuke Hatta
Makoto Fuchigami[d]
Maiko Okada Manga 23
2022–2023 Spy × Family (co-animated with CloverWorks) TV Tokyo Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Takahiro Harada[e]
Kazue Hayashi
Kazuki Yamanaka
Taito Itou
Manga 37 [8]
2022 Onipan! TV Tokyo Masahiko Ohta Shouyou Shishido Original work 12 [9]
2023 Ranking of Kings: The Treasure Chest of Courage Fuji TV Yōsuke Hatta
Makoto Fuchigami[d]
Maiko Okada Manga 10 [10]
Kizuna no Allele (co-animated with Signal.MD) TV Tokyo Kenichiro Komaya Shou Ootani
Takatoshi Chino
Keita Yoshinobu
Virtual YouTuber
Kizuna AI
24 [11]
2024 My Deer Friend Nokotan Tokyo MX Masahiko Ohta Shou Ootani
Daisuke Nishioka
Lu Xingcheng
Manga 12 [12]
Suicide Squad Isekai Tokyo MX (Japan) Eri Osada Shou Ootani DC Comics characters 10 [13]
TBA Ascendance of a Bookworm (season 4) ABC Asahi TBA TBA Light novel TBA [14]
Year Title Director(s) Animation producer(s) Source Refs.
2013 Hal Ryōtarō Makihara Tetsuya Nakatake Original work
2014–2015 Attack on Titan – Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow
Attack on Titan – Part 2: Wings of Freedom
Tetsurō Araki Tetsuya Nakatake Manga
2015 The Empire of Corpses Ryōtarō Makihara Tetsuya Nakatake
Maiko Okada
Novel series
2016–2017 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress - Part 1: Gathering Light
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress - Part 2: Burning Life
Tetsurō Araki Maiko Okada Original work
2017–2018 Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden (3 films) Tetsuya Wakano Shou Ootani
Norio Yoshida
Manga
2018 Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening Tetsurō Araki[c]
Masashi Koizuka
Tetsuya Nakatake Manga
Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (co-animated with OLM) Tetsuo Yajima George Wada
Hiroyuki Katou
Video game
2019 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Unato Decisive Battle Tetsurō Araki Kazue Hayashi Original work
2020 Attack on Titan: Chronicle Tetsurō Araki[c]
Masashi Koizuka
Tetsuya Nakatake Manga
2022 Bubble Tetsurō Araki Kazue Hayashi
Kazuki Yamanaka
Original work
2023 Spy × Family Code: White (co-animated with CloverWorks) Takashi Katagiri Kazue Hayashi
Kazuki Yamanaka
Taito Itō
Manga

OVAs

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Year Title Director(s) Animation producer(s) Source Eps. Refs.
2013 Attack on Titan Tetsurō Araki Tetsuya Nakatake Manga 3
2014–2015 Attack on Titan: No Regrets Tetsurō Araki Tetsuya Nakatake Visual novel/manga 2
2016 Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins Kyoji Asano Tetsuya Nakatake Video game 1
2016–2017 The Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting a Star Norihiro Naganuma Hiroya Hasegawa Manga 3
2017–2018 Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Masashi Koizuka Tetsuya Nakatake Novel 3
2019–2022 The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún Yūtarō Kubo
Satomi Maiya
Line producer:
Kenta Yamada
Manga 2

ONAs

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Year Title Director(s) Animation producer(s) Source Eps. Refs.
2020 Great Pretender Hiro Kaburagi Maiko Okada Original work 23
2021–2022 The Missing 8 Naoki Yoshibe Tetsuya Nakatake
Shou Ootani
Music videos 8
2022 Vampire in the Garden Ryōtarō Makihara Shouyou Shishido Original work 5 [15]
Pokémon: Hisuian Snow Ken Yamamoto Shou Ootani Video game 3 [16]
2023 Colors Tetsurō Araki Kazuki Yamanaka Toho Animation Music
Films Project
1 [17]
Pokémon: Paldean Winds Ryohei Takeshita Kazuki Yamanaka Video games 4 [18]
2024 Great Pretender: Razbliuto Hiro Kaburagi Maiko Okada Original work 4 [19]
The Grimm Variations Yōko Kanamori
Yasuhiro Akamatsu
Jun'ichirō Hashiguchi
Yumi Kamamura
Masato Takeuchi
Shintarou Nakazawa
Tetsuya Nakatake
Genta Ninomiya
Keiko Matsushita
Brothers Grimm
fairy tales
6 [20]
Moonrise Masashi Koizuka Ryouma Kawamura Original work TBA [21]
TBA The One Piece TBA TBA Manga; remake of One Piece TBA [22]

Video games

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Year Title Publisher Format Notes
2017 Tales of the Rays Bandai Namco Mobile game Opening animation and cutscenes[23]
2018 Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri -Ran- Hajimaru Michiato DMM Games Mobile game Opening animation
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Arc System Works Console game Opening animation
Princess Connect! Re:Dive Cygames Mobile game Opening animation and cutscenes[24]
2024 Persona 3 Reload Sega Console game Opening animation and 2D cutscenes

Music videos

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Year Title Artist Director Notes
2019 "We're Still Underground" Eve Nobutaka Yoda [25]
"This World to You" Eve Nobutaka Yoda [26]
2020 "Blue: Line Step Brush" Under Graph Kengo Saitō [27]
"Sakugasaku" Uchikubi Gokumon Dōkōkai Kyōji Asano [28]

Notable staff

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Representative staff

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Animation producers

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  • Shou Ootani (2013–present)
  • Kazuki Yamanaka (2013–present)
  • Shouyou Shishido (2013–present)
  • Kenta Yamada (2015–present; Ibaraki)
  • Maiko Okada [ja] (2015–present)
  • Hiroya Hasegawa (2016–2019)
  • Keita Yoshinobu (2018–present)
  • Ryouma Kawamura (2018-present)
  • Kazue Hayashi (2019–present)
  • Genta Ninomiya (2017–present)
  • Keisuke Satou (2018-present)
  • Daisuke Nishioka (2017–present)
  • Daiya Shiraishi (2019–present)

Animation department

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Notes

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  1. ^ WIT Ibaraki Studio (WIT茨城スタジオ), the studio's Ibaraki branch.
  2. ^ Chief Director (総監督) for episodes 26–59.
  3. ^ a b c Chief Director (総監督)
  4. ^ a b Chief Episode Director (チーフ演出)
  5. ^ Season 2 only.

References

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  1. ^ a b c d "WIT STUDIO Company" (in Japanese). WIT STUDIO. Archived from the original on February 20, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "株式会社ウィットスタジオ".
  3. ^ Ransom, Ko (April 20, 2012). "IG Port Founds New Animation Planning and Production Subsidiary". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "IGポート アニメ企画・制作子会社設立 「戦国BASARA」などのプロデューサー役員に" [IG Port Establishes New Animation Planning and Production Subsidiary Headed By Sengoku Basara Anime Producer]. animeanime.biz (in Japanese). April 20, 2012. Archived from the original on July 20, 2020. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  5. ^ Mateo, Alex (March 24, 2021). "Wit Studio Establishes Stop-Motion Studio With Pui Pui Molcar Director". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 19, 2023.
  6. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (May 30, 2022). "CloverWorks, Wit Studio, Aniplex, Shueisha Jointly Establish New JOEN Anime Company". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 19, 2023.
  7. ^ "進撃!巨人中学校×進撃の巨人"進撃祭"Reading & Live Event イベントレポート" [Attack on Titan Junior High x Attack on Titan "Adventure Festival" Reading & Live Event Report]. shingeki.tv (in Japanese). July 4, 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  8. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (October 31, 2021). "Spy×Family Domestic Spy Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime in 2022". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 24, 2023.
  9. ^ Loo, Egan (February 3, 2022). "Yuruyuri's Masahiko Ohta Directs WIT Studio's Original TV Anime Onipan! for April 2022". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 24, 2023.
  10. ^ 「王様ランキング 勇気の宝箱」2023年4月に放送決定、キービジュ&ティザーPV公開. Comic Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. December 4, 2022. Retrieved December 24, 2023.
  11. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 2, 2022). "Kizuna Ai's Kizuna no Allele Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Visuals, 1st Promo Video". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 24, 2023.
  12. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (March 13, 2024). "Wit Studio Unveils TV Anime of My Deer Friend Nokotan Manga for July". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 13, 2024.
  13. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 1, 2023). "Suicide Squad Isekai Anime Reveals Main Cast in New Trailer". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 1, 2023.
  14. ^ Loo, Egan (December 6, 2023). "Ascendance of a Bookworm Light Novels Get More Anime by WIT Studio". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 24, 2023.
  15. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (March 26, 2022). "Netflix's Vampire in the Garden Anime Unveils New Trailer, May 16 Debut". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 9, 2023.
  16. ^ Mateo, Alex (April 26, 2022). "Wit Studio's Pokémon: Hisuian Snow Web Animated Series Premieres on May 18". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 9, 2023.
  17. ^ Cayanan, Joanna (March 9, 2023). "TOHO animation Music Films Project's Trailer Reveals March 20 Debut". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 11, 2023.
  18. ^ 『ポケットモンスター スカーレット・バイオレット』を題材としたオリジナルWEBアニメ『放課後のブレス』発表。2023年9月6日にYoutubeにて配信. DenFaminicoGamer (in Japanese). August 8, 2023. Retrieved August 8, 2023.
  19. ^ 「GREAT PRETENDER」続編が2024に全世界展開、ドロシー登場のビジュアルとPVも ["GREAT PRETENDER" sequel will be released worldwide in 2024, visuals and PV featuring Dorothy have also been released]. Natalie (in Japanese). November 17, 2023. Retrieved November 18, 2023.
  20. ^ Mateo, Alex (March 20, 2024). "Netflix Streams The Grimm Variations Anime on April 17". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 20, 2024.
  21. ^ Peters, Megan (June 8, 2022). "Netflix's Moonrise Releases First Poster". ComicBook.com. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  22. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 17, 2023). "Wit Studio Produces The One Piece Anime Series Remake for Netflix". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on December 17, 2023. Retrieved December 17, 2023.
  23. ^ "テイルズオブザレイズ -Tales of the Rays- Official Website" (in Japanese). Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  24. ^ Pier (February 22, 2018). "Friendship is Magic in Princess Connect! Re:Dive for iOS and Android". Play-Asia. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  25. ^ E ve (January 24, 2019). "We're Still Underground - Eve MV". YouTube. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  26. ^ E ve (April 20, 2019). "This World to You - Eve MV". YouTube. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  27. ^ amgchannel (February 13, 2020). "【MV full】『BLUE - l i n e・s t e p・b r u s h -』 / AMGオリジナルアニメーション" [[MV Full] "Blue: Line Step Brush" / AMG Original Animation]. YouTube. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  28. ^ 打首獄門同好会 (September 11, 2020). "打首獄門同好会「サクガサク」" [Uchikubi Gokumon Dōkōkai "Sakugasaku"]. YouTube. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
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