Xebec (studio)

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Xebec, Inc.
Native name
Kabushiki-gaisha Jībekku
IndustryAnimation studio
FateSold to Sunrise with some assets acquired by Production I.G
SuccessorSunrise Beyond
FoundedMay 1, 1995; 24 years ago (1995-05-01)[1]
DefunctMay 31, 2019; 2 months ago (2019-05-31)
Headquarters3-22-31 Minami-cho, Kokubunji, Tokyo, Japan 〒 185-0021 Southern Building 5F[1]
Key people
Nobuyoshi Habara (President)
ProductsAnime (Television, Film, OVA)
Total equity¥ 10,000,000[1]
Number of employees
ParentIG Port
DivisionsXEBEC M2 (2003–2010; defunct)
XEBECzwei (2010–2019; given to Production I.G)

Xebec, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社ジーベック, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Jībekku) was a company that specialised in the production of anime. They have worked on many popular series such as Martian Successor Nadesico, Love Hina, Shaman King, and To Love Ru. Their sound effects department uses sound effects similar to those distinctly identified with Sunrise and other Japanese animation studios.

On November 20, 2018, the studio's previous parent company, IG Port, sold Xebec to Sunrise after constant deficits that the subsidiary had in different years.[2][3]

In March 2019, Sunrise announced that they established a new company called Sunrise Beyond at Xebec's current address with Xebec's current operations being transferred to it.[4]

Xebec ceased to exist as a business entity on May 31, 2019. Xebec's post-production teams, which were not part of the sale to Sunrise, were broken up and consolidated into several IG Port companies, but Production I.G inherited the company's assets. Copyright of Xebec's past works reverted to the IG Port group as a whole.[5]

The company logotype is unique in that it includes the International Phonetic Alphabet transcription: [zíːbek].





Game animation[edit]


In 2003 the subsidiary XEBEC M2 was established, which focuses in providing animation assistance for their main studio and other companies (including OLM, as in Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys). It has also produced three full series: Petopeto-san, ZOMBIE LOAN and Hitohira. Its last activity was in 2009/2010.[6]

In 2010, it was followed by XEBECzwei, which handled in-between, key, and 2nd key animation for Xebec's main studio and other anime studios. It later produced the full series Fafner in the Azure: Exodus, which ran throughout 2015.[7]

In late 2018, it was announced the coloring department of XEBEC would be transferred to Signal.MD following the release of the former from IG Port. In addition, XEBECzwei would be transferred to Production I.G as a subsidiary and subsequently be renamed IGzwei.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Xebec Company, Inc" (in Japanese). Xebec. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  2. ^ "Anime Studio Xebec's Production Operations to Be Transfered [sic] to Sunrise". Anime News Network. November 20, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.nikkei.com/nkd/disclosure/tdnr/bepnnh/
  4. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-05/sunrise-establishes-sunrise-beyond-studio-at-xebec-current-address/.144187
  5. ^ http://animationbusiness.info/archives/7512
  6. ^ "XEBEC M2(エムツー)" (in Japanese). Xebec. Archived from the original on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2014-09-22.
  7. ^ "蒼穹のファフナー EXODUS". XEBECzwei (in Japanese). XEBEC. Retrieved 2014-09-22.
  8. ^ Loo, Egan (January 12, 2018). "Fafner Production Stays With IG Port as XEBECzwei Studio Is Renamed". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved January 12, 2018.

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