Top Anime Studio (JAPANESE)
Are you looking for a Top Anime Studio that provides these wonderful anime? Then you are right place. In this blog, I have listed the name of 20 Animation Studio that provides us with the best of best animation.
You might wanna ask what can you expect in this Blog before moving further in the Blog:-
- Firstly,I have provided the names of the studio that are famous and I am sure that you have seen one of their work.
- Secondly, I have provided more information about the studio for example: How it started, when it started, and by whom it was founded by.
- Thirdly, you might look forward to the animation that these studio has provided.
- In the later section of this Blog, I have talked about the Revenue of the animation studio.
Hope you will learn something new from this blog. And if you did make sure to leave a valuable comment of yours. So, now let us jump into the list.
Former employees of Mushi Production formed Madhouse in 1972. These high-skill animators consist of Masao Maruyama, Rintaro, Osamu Dezaki, and Yoshiaki Kawajiri. And since then they never looked back they have been providing hit anime one after another.
As Madhouse started growing they even recruited world-class directors like Satoshi Kon and also worked with famous Manga writers like Naoki Urasawa and CLAMP.
On February 8, 2011, Nippo TV became the largest shareholder in Madhouse. They bought about 128,667 new shares.
Let’s take a look at the animes that Madhouse has provided us:-
- No Game No Life
- Hunter x Hunter
- One-Punch Man
- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
- Sunday Without God
- Death Note
You might see this studio more often than anyone in these few years as this studio is churning hits after hits. Even though it is a comparatively new studio, it’s been providing hit anime one after another due to the anime it picks. The studio makes anime that no other studio wants to work on or won’t do and this is what makes them different.
Here are the animes that they have provided us:-
- Yuri!! on Ice
- Kakegurui ××
- God of Highschool
- Jujutsu Kaisen
Personally, I have watched all of them except Kakegurui ×× and I definitely loved their animation. But recently MAPPA was in the headlines due to the fact that it was animating the final season of Attack on Titan. Apart from that, it is also animating the upcoming anime Chainsaw Man and Vinland Saga 2
Kyoto is one of the oldest and most respectable anime studios. They have provided much famous anime of all time. The studio was formed in the year 1981 married couple Yoko and Hideaki Hatta. And further became a corporation in the year in 1985 and 1999.
Why they are respected to this extent is the fact that they provide its proclivity for painterly backdrops, fluid action sequences, and beautiful character designs, and also they don’t rely on freelancers for their animation and work rather they have salary employees. Kyoto Animation Co., Ltd is a Japanese animation studio and light novel publisher which is located in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture.
Though their art and work have improved significantly over the years, the work and the character made by Kyoto animation are easily recognizable. They have maintained their work o high-quality style which separates them from others.
A few of the famous work includes:-
- Lucky Star
- Full Metal Panic
- A Silent Voice
- Amagi Brilliant Park
Though the studio is respected by its fans it has done some work that is not so respectable which we will discuss later. Ufotable was founded in the year 2000 by a former employee of Telecom Animation Film which is a subsidiary of TMS Entertainment.
Though it was founded in 2000 and its first animation project was launched in the year 2002. Ufotable didn’t get a breakthrough till 2007. And after the release of The Garden of Sinners, its course fully changed. It started producing amazing anime thereafter. Ufotable is famously known for its Fate Series.
It has also provided us with anime like God Eater and Tales of Zestiria the X. And finally with the success of Demon Slayer it was totally on another level.
With I think you know why God Eater and Tales of Zestiria the CrossUfotable I loved by its fans. But let me tell you about its bad deeds too:-
In March 2019 it was reported that a raid has been carried out on Ufotable on the charges of Tax Evasion. And it was reported that Ufotable owed 400 million yen in taxes.
Further, the studio’s founder and president, Hikaru Kondo, were charged with violating various Corporation Tax Law and the Consumption Tax Law. The studio failed to pay 139 million yen (approximately 1.28 million US dollars) in taxes. Thereafter company released a public statement apologizing for its actions.
Now let us take a look at its projects:-
- The Garden of Sinners
- God Eater
- Futakoi Alternative
- Tales of Zestiria the X
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Studio Ghibli was founded on June 15, 1985, and is located in Koganei, Tokyo. Studio Ghibli is one of the most respectable animation studios out there. Even if you ask a normal person about an animation studio they will definitely you about Studio Ghibli.
Studio Ghibli has not only worked in anime but in other fields too such as short films, television commercials, and television movies. Though their reputation comes from their quality of work and the message they provided in them.
Studio Ghibli is led by some of the most famous and influential people such as directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki.
A few of their famous works are:-
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Spirited Away
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Princess Mononoke
6. White Fox
White Fox animation studio was established in the year 2007 by Gaku Iwasa. And since then it is responsible much famous anime that we loved watching.
White Fox is produced one of the best science fiction, time-travel thriller anime Steins; Gate, a hilarious full of comedy, reverse isekai anime The Devil is a Part-Timer!
Apart from these White Fox has also animated:-
- Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
- Goblin Slayer
- Akame ga Kill!
- Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World
- Steins;Gate 0
The story behind the establishment of Production I.G is quite good and it is rarely seen in the corporate world. originally Production I.G studio was a subsidiary of Tatsunoko Production, and to stop their best animator from leaving the company and to let them work on the project they are more passionate about and thus Production I.G was established.
Production I.G was founded on December 15, 1987, by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and is located in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan. The letter I and G in the studio name depict the name of the founder of the company – producer Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and character designer Takayuki Goto.
Here is the list of anime that Production IG has provided us-
- Guilty Crown
- Eden of the East
- Ghost In The Shell
As you all already know many new and renowned studios owner once were part of this group, and you might be thinking is this studio itself a big one? Then the answer to this question is YES it is a big one and let me tell you how big it is.
Sunrise was formed by the ex-employees of Osamu Tezuka’s Mushi Production in 1972. But they don’t want to build just another studio instead they want to make something big. Their goal was to not prioritize the vision of any particular director but instead envisioned a group effort driven by the leadership of multiple producers.
And today this studio is one of the biggest and most renowned studios out there. You can just imagine how big this studio might be when it has 10 separate studios and each of the studios works on different projects and ideas. This studio is responsible for hundreds of anime out there and that to be in all countless different genres.
Here are some projects they have done:
- City Hunter
- Outlaw Star
- Cowboy Bebop
- Space Runaway Ideon
- Armored Trooper Votoms
- Yoroiden Samurai Troopers
Gainax was founded on December 24, 1984, by university students Hideaki Anno, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Toshio Okada, Yasuhiro Takeda, Shinji Higuchi, Hiroyuki Yamaga, and Takami Akai.
Their first project was an animated short that they prepared for the 20th Annual Japan National SF Convention, also known as Daicon III, which was held in the year 1981 in Osaka, Japan.
Some Famous Anime Of Gainax-
- Gurren Lagann
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
Well, Colverworks was rebranded in 2018 from Koenji Studio which is a subsidiary of A-1 Pictures. And since then it was separated from A-1 Pictures but it still remains a subsidiary of Aniplex which is an anime studio of Sony.
Here are some of the works of Cloverworks-
- Fairy Tail
- Wonder Egg Priority
- The Promised Neverland
- Slow Start
Among these, my favorite ones are Fairy Tail I just love that anime. Is there any of your favorite anime by this studio let me know in the comment section.
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11. Wit Studio
Unlike other studios, it had a grand opening as its first project was Attack On Titan which was an instant hit. And since then it is producing amazing anime such as Vinland Saga and others.
Project By Wit Studio-
- The Ancient Magus’ Bride
- After the Rain
- Seraph of the End
- Attack On Titan
- Great Pretender
- Vinland Saga
12. A-1 Pictures
A-1 Pictures was founded on May 9, 2005, by former Sunrise producer Mikihiro Iwata. A-1 is a subsidiary of Aniplex with the aim to provide title under Aniplex which is a company of Sony Music Entertainment. And since 2005 they are providing amazing anime.
They have produced Big Windup! which is based on baseball, sword art online, and Fairy Tail. They even made some genre changes by making tragic romantic anime like Your Lie In April and I totally hate them for this because of the ending of the anime.
They even make down-to-earth anime such as Silver Spoon.
Project By A-1 Pictures:-
- Blue Exorcist.
- Magi: Labyrinth Of Magic.
- Magi: Kingdom of Magic.
- Fairy Tail
- Sword Art Online
13. Studio Pierrot
Studio Pierrot was founded in the year 1979. Just like other famous studios this studio was formed by former employees of Tatsunoko Production and Mushi Production. The headquarters of Studio Pierrot is located in Mitaka, Tokyo.
This studio is responsible for many famous anime which we grew up looking at:- such as Naruto, Bleach, etc
Anime from Studio Pierrot:-
- Black Clover
- Yu Yu Hakusho
- Tokyo Ghoul
P.A.Works was founded on November 10, 2000, and is located in Nanto, Toyama. The founder and president of the studio Kenji Horikawa has worked at Bee Train production, Production IG, and Tatsunoko Production.
The first breakthrough of the company came with the anime romance anime called True Tears and after that, they started working on many different genres such as supernatural, thriller, and slice-of-life.
P.A Works even worked in the Video Game industry. They even started an ebook company that produces novelizations of their shows under the name of P.A Books. Their main headquarters at Toyama deals with digital photography, drawings, office production, and direction.
Their Projects Are:-
- Angel Beats
- Hanasaku Iroha
- The Eccentric Family
15. Toei Animation
If you can say Toei is one of the oldest animation studios then it may not be wrong to say. As it was founded by Kenzō Masaoka and Zenjirō Yamamoto in 1948. initially, it was named Japan Animated Films. Later it was bought by Toei and eventually it was named Toei Animation.
Toei Animation has produced much famous anime which is famous all over the world such as Dragon Ball and One Piece. They also produced many animation movies such as movies of Dragon Ball and One Piece
Some Of Their Famous Works Are:-
- Dragon Ball
- One Piece
- Sailor Moon
- Dr. Slump
- Butt Detective
The trigger was formed by a former Gainax employee Hiroyuki Imaishi, after the success of the anime Gurren Lagaan. They are famous among fans for their unique art, bold colors, and fluid animation style. The studio trigger was founded on 2011.
Studio Trigger is ranked 15 of 41 in The 30+ Best Animation Companies in the World. Now let’s take a look at some of their projects-
- Little Witch Academia
- DARLING in the FRANXX
J.C.Staff was formed former employee of Tatsunoko Production. J.C.Staff was founded in January 1986 by Tomoyuki Miyata. The first release of the studio was Yōtōden in 1987.
The studio is known for its many famous anime which were produced in the past such as-
- Food Wars
- Prison School
- Flying Witch
- Ghost Hunt
- Alice To Zouroku
- Golden Time
- A Certain Scientific Railgun
- Maid Sama
Studio Shaft was founded on 1975 by Hiroshi Wakao and is located in Suginami, Tokyo. Though they were formed in 1975 it didn’t have any major project till 2004.
In the year 2004 after the change of directors, the studio was heavily influenced by director Akiyuki Shinbo who is famous for his visual and cinematographic style avant-garde works. The studio started giving amazing anime such as-
- Katteni Kaizō
- Madoka Magica
- Denpa Onna
19. Brain’s Base
Brain’s Base was founded on 1996 by a former employee of Tokyo Movie Shinsha. And since then Brain’s Base is giving out amazing projects.
be it heartwarming anime like School Babysitters or be it abstract thinkpiece like Mawaru Penguindrum or be it psychological exploration such as My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU. It has everything that anime fans want.
Now let’s take a look at their work:-
- My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
- Blood Lad
- Kiss Him, Not Me
Studio bones were formed by a former employee of a sunrise studio in 1988. Since then they have been providing us with amazing animes. Bones was formed by Masahiko Minami, Toshihiro Kawamoto and Hiroshi Osaka. But later in the year 2007 on September 24 one of the studio’s co-founders, Hiroshi Osaka died at the age of 44.
Studio Bones is famously for its character designs. And among them, Angelic Layer, Scrapped Princess, and Darker than Black are the ones that were provided by Hiroshi Osaka. Bones one of the early work were a collaboration with studio sunrise on the project Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. This was a feature film based on the anime Cowboy Bebop.
Now let’s take a look at Studio Bones’ work:-
- Mob Psycho 100.
- Eureka Seven.
- Darker Than Black.
- My Hero Academia
- Snow White With The Red Hair
- Bungou Stray Dogs.
- Full Metal Alchemist
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So, that is with this blog on Top Anime Studios. But before you guys go I would like to share additional information with you guys.
- Anime Production Ranking According to Ranker.Com
- Anime Revenue Source
- Anime Market(Location)
- And Lastly, the Total Revenue Generated By Anime Industry
Anime STUDIO Ranking According to Ranker.Com
For those who are not familiar with ranker.com, it is a website where millions of people can cast votes on things. One such eg is this one right here.
Here I have listed the Top four companies that have height votes On ranker.com. These rankings might change in the future.
- STUDIO BONES
- WIT STUDIO
These are the top 4 studios that had the highest votes. Let me know in the comment below which studio in your regard is the best among these. Also, let me know which anime from that studio is your favorite.
Anime Revenue Source
Now let’s talk about the sources from which the anime industry earns its revenue- Live Show, Music, Other, Videography, Amusement Parks, Right Distribution, Anime Movies, Anime Merchandise, TV Broadcast(usually in japan), And the largest chunk of money comes from Overseas.
YOu can look at the image below to get a clear idea of how much each section provides.
Now let us talk about how each section contributes- Income from overseas contribute the most with 27.7% of the total, thereafter TV Broadcast provides about 23.9% of the total income, then the merchandise sales of anime products make up 19.5% of the total, Moveis make 9.8%, Right Distribution gives 7%, Amusement Parks 5.6%, other and live show make the remaining. For more clear view check out the image below.
To understand more deeply which section is a major contribution look at the image down below.
in section, we have looked at the revenue source of the anime industry. Now we will take a look at the location which are the major contributor to the anime industry . The area which is the largest market for anime is the Asia Pacific after that the largest growing market where anime is growing in popularity in the Middle East.
More and more gulf country people are getting into anime. Apart from that North America and Europe region are gradually growing. Tell me about your country and what do you think of the anime future in your country. I would love to know about it. For more clear pictures check out the image down below.
Total Revenue Generated By Anime Industry
Lastly, I would like to talk about the future of the anime industry. And personally, I think it is a booming industry as well as the graph and numbers also support this view of mine. In 2019 the revenue is about $24.08 Billion, in 2020 it decreased to $22.6Billion, and in 2021 it grew back rapidly to $24.80 .
The expected CAGR percent by which the anime industry is expected to grow is 7.9% and taking this into consideration you can assume that by 2030 the expected revenue that the anime industry will generate is $48.3%. To get more clear image check out the image below.
With this, I would like to end this Blog, so if you have any queries feel free to ask, and if you want a blog on any specific topic then let me know in the comment section down below.
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