A-1 Pictures

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A-1 Pictures Inc.
Native name
株式会社A-1 Pictures
Romanized name
Kabushiki gaisha Ē-wan Pikuchāzu
Type Kabushiki gaisha
Subsidiary
Industry Animation studio
FoundedMay 9, 2005;16 years ago (2005-05-09)
FounderMikihiro Iwata
Headquarters4-38-18 Naritahigashi, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Shinichiro Kashiwada (President)
Masuo Ueda (Vice-President)
Owner Sony
Parent Aniplex
Divisions
  • A-1 Pictures Bijutsubu Dōgabu
  • A-1 Pictures Satsueibu
  • A-1 Pictures Shiagebu
Website a1p.jp
Footnotes /references
[1] [2]

A-1 Pictures Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社A-1 Pictures, Hepburn: Kabushiki gaisha Ē-wan Pikuchāzu) is a Japanese animation studio founded by ex-Sunrise producer Mikihiro Iwata and it is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan's anime production firm Aniplex. [3] [4]

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History

The studio was established by SMEJ's animation production division, Aniplex, on May 9, 2005, to animate its anime series and productions. [3] [4] In 2006, it co-produced the original production Zenmai Zamurai , and in October of the same year, established a studio in Asagaya. In the following year, 2007, the studio produced its first series, Ōkiku Furikabutte .

Originally established to oversee the production of only a few of Aniplex's family-oriented series, the studio has since grown and expanded as a full-fledged studio involved in the production of a wide range of media and anime productions and other activities, which it has overseen. The studio has also expanded its international presence, participating in the noted international convention, Anime Expo 2007 (AX 2007), held in Long Beach, California, and having its own panel there. [5]

In 2010, A-1 Pictures worked in collaboration with a joint project of TV Tokyo's anime department and Aniplex called Anime no Chikara for the creation of original anime series. [6] Three anime series were produced that year for the project: Sound of the Sky , Night Raid 1931 and Occult Academy .

In April 2018, A-1 Pictures rebranded its Kōenji Studio as CloverWorks, giving it a unique brand identity, which made it distinguishable from its main Asagaya Studio. [7] [8] On October 1, 2018, CloverWorks separated from A-1 Pictures, although it still remains as a subsidiary under Aniplex. [9]

Productions

Television series

TitleBroadcast ChannelFirst run start dateFirst run end dateEpsNotes
Zenmai Zamurai NHK E April 3, 2006February 6, 2009215Original work.
Co-production with No Side.
Robby & Kerobby TV Tokyo April 1, 2007March 30, 200852Original work.
Big Windup! TBS, MBS April 13, 2007September 28, 200725Based on a manga by Asa Higuchi.
Persona: Trinity Soul Tokyo MX, BS11 January 5, 2008June 28, 200826Based on a video game by Atlus.
Birdy the Mighty: Decode TV Saitama July 5, 2008March 28, 200925Based on a manga by Masami Yuki.
Black Butler MBSOctober 3, 2008March 27, 200924Based on a manga by Yana Toboso.
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens Tokyo MXOctober 4, 2008December 27, 200813Based on a manga by Eri Takenashi.
Production co-operation by Ordet.
Valkyria Chronicles MBSApril 5, 2009September 27, 200926Based on a video game by Sega.
Fairy Tail TXN (TV Tokyo)October 12, 2009September 29, 2019328Based on a manga by Hiro Mashima.
Co-production with Satelight. (first series)
Co-production with Bridge. (second and third series)
Co-production with CloverWorks. (third series)
Sound of the Sky TV TokyoJanuary 5, 2010March 23, 201012Original work.
Big Windup! 2 TBS, MBSApril 2, 2010June 25, 201013Sequel to Big Windup!.
Working!! Tokyo MXApril 4, 2010June 27, 201013Based on a manga by Karino Takatsu.
Night Raid 1931 TV TokyoApril 6, 2010June 29, 201013Original work.
Black Butler II MBSJuly 2, 2010September 17, 201012Sequel to Black Butler.
Occult Academy TV TokyoJuly 6, 2010September 28, 201013Original work.
Togainu no Chi TBS, MBSOctober 8, 2010December 23, 201012Based on a video game by Nitro+chiral.
Fractale Fuji TV (Noitamina)January 14, 2011March 31, 201111Original work.
Production co-operation by Ordet.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Fuji TV (Noitamina)April 15, 2011June 24, 201111Original work.
Blue Exorcist JNN (MBS)April 17, 2011October 2, 201125Based on a manga by Kazue Kato.
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% Tokyo MXJuly 3, 2011September 25, 201113Based on a video game by Broccoli.
The Idolmaster TBSJuly 8, 2011December 23, 201125Based on a video game by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Working'!! Tokyo MXOctober 1, 2011December 24, 201113Sequel to Working!!.
Space Brothers NNS (ytv)April 1, 2012March 22, 201499Based on a manga by Chūya Koyama.
Tsuritama Fuji TV (Noitamina)April 13, 2012June 29, 201212Original work.
Sword Art Online Tokyo MXJuly 8, 2012December 23, 201225Based on a light novel by Reki Kawahara.
From the New World TV Asahi September 29, 2012March 23, 201325Based on a novel by Yūsuke Kishi.
Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter TXN (TV Tokyo)October 2, 2012September 24, 201351Based on a video game by Square Enix.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic JNN (MBS)October 7, 2012March 31, 201325Based on a manga by Shinobu Ohtaka
Oreshura Tokyo MXJanuary 6, 2013March 31, 201313Based on a light novel by Yūji Yūji.
Vividred Operation MBSJanuary 11, 2013March 29, 201312Original work.
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 2000% TV Aichi April 4, 2013June 27, 201313Sequel to Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%.
Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai. Tokyo MXApril 7, 2013June 30, 201313Sequel to Oreimo.
Servant x Service ABC July 5, 2013September 27, 201313Based on a manga by Karino Takatsu.
Silver Spoon Fuji TV (Noitamina)July 12, 2013March 28, 201422Based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa.
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic JNN (MBS)October 6, 2013March 30, 201425Sequel to Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic.
Galilei Donna Fuji TV (Noitamina)October 11, 2013December 20, 201311Original work.
World Conquest Zvezda Plot Tokyo MXJanuary 12, 2014March 30, 201412Original work.
Nanana's Buried Treasure Fuji TV (Noitamina)April 11, 2014June 20, 201411Based on a light novel by Kazuma Ōtorino.
Sword Art Online II Tokyo MXJuly 5, 2014December 20, 201424Sequel to Sword Art Online.
Aldnoah.Zero Tokyo MXJuly 6, 2014March 29, 201524Original work.
Co-production with Troyca.
Black Butler: Book of Circus MBSJuly 11, 2014September 12, 201410Related to Black Butler.
Persona 4: The Golden Animation MBSJuly 11, 2014September 26, 201412Based on a video game by Atlus.
Magic Kaito 1412 NNS (ytv)October 4, 2014March 28, 201524Based on a manga by Gosho Aoyama.
The Seven Deadly Sins JNN (MBS)October 5, 2014March 29, 201524Based on a manga by Nakaba Suzuki.
Your Lie in April Fuji TV (Noitamina)October 10, 2014March 20, 201522Based on a manga by Naoshi Arakawa.
The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Tokyo MXJanuary 10, 2015October 17, 201525Based on a social network game by Bandai Namco Entertainment in The Idolmaster series.
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fuji TV (Noitamina)January 16, 2015March 27, 201512Based on a light novel by Fumiaki Maruto.
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid Tokyo MXApril 3, 2015June 19, 201512Based on a manga by Masaki Tsuzuki.
Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation Tokyo MXApril 4, 2015June 20, 201512Based on a video game by Square Enix in Gunslinger Stratos .
Ultimate Otaku Teacher NNS (ytv)April 4, 2015September 26, 201524Based on a manga by Takeshi Azuma.
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Revolutions Tokyo MXApril 5, 2015June 28, 201513Related to Uta no Prince-sama.
Gate Tokyo MXJuly 4, 2015March 26, 201624Based on a novel by Takumi Yanai.
Working!!! Tokyo MXJuly 5, 2015September 27, 201513Second sequel to Working!!.
The Asterisk War Tokyo MXOctober 3, 2015June 18, 201624Based on a light novel by Yuu Miyazaki.
The Perfect Insider Fuji TV (Noitamina)October 9, 2015December 18, 201511Based on a novel by Hiroshi Mori.
Erased Fuji TV (Noitamina)January 8, 2016March 25, 201612Based on a manga by Kei Sanbe.
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Tokyo MXJanuary 11, 2016March 28, 201612Based on a light novel by Ao Jūmonji.
Ace Attorney NNS (ytv)April 2, 2016September 24, 201624Based on a video game by Capcom.
B-PROJECT: Kodō*Ambitious Tokyo MXJuly 3, 2016September 25, 201612Original work. [10]
Qualidea Code Tokyo MXJuly 10, 2016September 25, 201612Based on a light novel by Speakeasy and Square Enix. (Sō Sagara and Wataru Watari)
The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War JNN (MBS, TBS)August 28, 2016September 18, 20164Related to The Seven Deadly Sins.
WWW.Working!! Tokyo MXOctober 1, 2016December 24, 201613Spin-off to Working!!. [11]
Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Legend Star Tokyo MXOctober 2, 2016December 25, 201613Related to Uta no Prince-sama.
Occultic;Nine Tokyo MXOctober 9, 2016December 25, 201612Based on a light novel by Chiyomaru Shikura.
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga JNN (MBS)January 7, 2017March 25, 201712Sequel to Blue Exorcist.
Interviews with Monster Girls Tokyo MXJanuary 8, 2017March 26, 201712Based on a manga by Petos.
Granblue Fantasy The Animation Tokyo MXApril 2, 2017June 25, 201713Based on a video game by Cygames. [12]
Eromanga Sensei Tokyo MXApril 9, 2017June 25, 201712Based on a light novel by Tsukasa Fushimi. [13]
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat Fuji TV (Noitamina)April 14, 2017June 23, 201711Sequel to Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend.
Fate/Apocrypha Tokyo MXJuly 2, 2017December 31, 201725Based on a light novel by Yūichirō Higashide.
The Idolm@ster SideM Tokyo MXOctober 7, 2017December 30, 201713Based on a social network game by Bandai Namco Entertainment in The Idolmaster series.
Blend S Tokyo MXOctober 8, 2017December 24, 201712Based on a 4-panel manga by Miyuki Nakayama. [14]
Record of Grancrest War Tokyo MXJanuary 6, 2018June 23, 201824Based on a light novel by Ryo Mizuno. [15]
The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments JNN (MBS, TBS)January 13, 2018June 30, 201824Sequel to The Seven Deadly Sins.
Darling in the Franxx Tokyo MXJanuary 13, 2018July 7, 201824Original work.
Co-production with CloverWorks and Studio Trigger.
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku Fuji TV (Noitamina)April 13, 2018June 22, 201811Based on a manga by Fujita. [16]
Sword Art Online: Alicization Tokyo MXOctober 7, 2018September 20, 202047Sequel to Sword Art Online II.
After episode 24, the anime is titled as Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld.
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Tokyo MXJanuary 12, 2019March 30, 201912Based on a manga by Aka Akasaka. [17]
22/7 Tokyo MXJanuary 11, 2020March 28, 202012Part of the multimedia project idol girl group 22/7 by Yasushi Akimoto, Aniplex, and Sony Music Records.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War? Tokyo MXApril 11, 2020June 27, 202012Sequel to Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.
Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Rhyme Anima Tokyo MXOctober 3, 2020December 26, 202013Part of the multimedia project Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle by King Records.
Warlords of Sigrdrifa Tokyo MXOctober 3, 2020December 26, 202012Original work.
86 Tokyo MXApril 11, 2021TBATBABased on a light novel by Asato Asato.
Visual Prison Tokyo MXOctober 8, 2021TBATBAOriginal work by Noriyasu Agematsu. [18]

Films

TitleRelease DateDirector(s)
Welcome to the Space Show June 26, 2010 Koji Masunari
Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess August 18, 2012Masaya Fujimori
Blue Exorcist: The Movie December 28, 2012Atsushi Takahashi
Saint Young Men May 10, 2013Noriko Takao
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day August 31, 2013 Tatsuyuki Nagai
The Idolmaster Movie: Beyond the Brilliant Future! January 25, 2014Atsushi Nishigori
Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream June 7, 2014Tomohisa Taguchi
Space Brothers #0 August 9, 2014Ayumu Watanabe
Persona 3 The Movie: #3 Falling Down April 4, 2015Keitaro Motonaga
The Anthem of the Heart September 19, 2015Tatsuyuki Nagai
Garakowa: Restore the World January 9, 2016Masashi Ishihama
Persona 3 The Movie: #4 Winter of Rebirth January 23, 2016Tomohisa Taguchi
Doukyusei: Classmates February 20, 2016Shōko Nakamura
Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic January 21, 2017 Noriyuki Abe
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale February 18, 2017 Tomohiko Itō
Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry May 6, 2017Tatsuma Minamikawa
The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky August 18, 2018Noriyuki Abe (Chief)
Yasuto Nishikata
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji LOVE Kingdom June 14, 2019Takeshi Furuta (Chief)
Tomoka Nagaoka
High School Fleet the Movie January 18, 2020Yuu Nobuta (Chief)
Jun Nakagawa
Love Me, Love Me Not September 18, 2020Toshimasa Kuroyanagi
Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night October 30, 2021Ayako Kōno
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love ST☆RISH Tours 2022TBA

OVAs

TitleRelease DateEpisodes
Birdy the Mighty: Decode - Cipher July 22, 20091
The Idolmaster Shiny Festa October 25, 20123
Saint Young Men December 3, 2012 – August 23, 20132
Black Butler: Book of Murder January 28, 2015 – February 25, 20152
Your Lie in April: Moments May 15, 20151
The Seven Deadly Sins June 17, 2015 – August 12, 20152
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga April 4, 2017 – October 4, 20172
Eromanga Sensei January 16, 20192
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku March 29, 2019 – October 14, 20213
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War May 19, 20211

Specials

TitleRelease DateEpisodesNotes
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens May 27, 20091Production co-operation by Ordet.
Fairy Tail April 15, 2011 – December 18, 20169Episodes 1–6 co-produced with Satelight.
Valkyria of the Battlefield 3: The Wound Taken for Someone's Sake June 29, 2011 – August 31, 20112
Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai. August 18, 20131
Sword Art Online: Extra Edition December 31, 20131
Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV March 30, 2016 – September 30, 20165Based in the world and continuity of the 2016 video game, Final Fantasy XV .
Co-production with Square Enix.
Persona 5: The Animation - The Day Breakers September 3, 20161
Shelter October 18, 20161Music video for American EDM musician Porter Robinson and French DJ Madeon.
22/7: 8 + 3 = ? September 16, 20201
86 June 27, 20211

Others

TitleYearNotes
Namisuke2007
Ōkiku Furikabutte: Honto no Ace ni Nareru Kamo2007 Nintendo DS game; Produced the animation and CG segments
Takane no Jitensha (a.k.a. Takane's Bike)2008winner of Animax's Animax Taishō award
Persona 4 2008 PlayStation 2 game; Produced the 2D animation with Studio Hibari
Valkyria Chronicles II 2010 PlayStation Portable game
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Spirit of Justice 2016 Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android game
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology 2017 Nintendo 3DS game; Produced the opening animation
Layton's Mystery Journey 2017 Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android game

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