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A-1 Pictures Inc.
Native name
株式会社エー・ワン・ピクチャーズ
Romanized name
Kabushiki-gaisha Ē wan pikuchāzu
Kabushiki gaisha
Subsidiary
Industry Animation studio
Founded May 9, 2005; 13 years ago (2005-05-09)[1]
Founder Mikihiro Iwata, Alpha Alan
Headquarters 4-38-18 Naritahigashi, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan[1]
Key people
Tomonori Ochikoshi (President)[1]
Masuo Ueda (Vice-President)[1]
Number of employees
152 (as of October 2014)[2]
Parent Aniplex Inc. (100%)[1]
(Sony)
Website www.a1p.jp

A-1 Pictures Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社エー・ワン・ピクチャーズ, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Ē wan pikuchāzu) is a Japanese animation studio founded by ex-Sunrise producer Mikihiro Iwata, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan)'s anime production firm Aniplex.[3][4]

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 April 2018, A-1 Pictures rebranded its Kōenji Studio as CloverWorks which will have a unique brand identity, distinguishable from its main Asagaya Studio.[6][7]

On October 1, 2018, CloverWorks separated from A-1 Pictures, although it still remains as a subsidiary under Aniplex.[8]

Works

Television series

Title Broadcast Channel First run start date First run end date Eps Notes
Zenmai Zamurai NHK E April 3, 2006 February 6, 2009 175 Original work.
Co-production with No Side.
Robby & Kerobby TV Tokyo April 1, 2007 March 30, 2008 52 Original work.
Big Windup! TBS, MBS April 12, 2007 September 27, 2007 25 Based on a manga by Asa Higuchi.
Persona: Trinity Soul Tokyo MX, BS11 January 5, 2008 June 28, 2008 26 Based on a video game by Atlus.
Birdy the Mighty: Decode TV Saitama July 4, 2008 September 26, 2008 13 Based on a manga by Masami Yuki.
Black Butler MBS October 3, 2008 March 27, 2009 24 Based on a manga by Yana Toboso.
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens Tokyo MX October 4, 2008 December 27, 2008 13 Based on a manga by Eri Takenashi.
Co-production with Ordet.
Birdy the Mighty: Decode 02 Sun TV January 9, 2009 March 27, 2009 12 Sequel to Birdy the Mighty: Decode.
Valkyria Chronicles MBS April 4, 2009 September 26, 2009 26 Based on a video game by Sega.
Fairy Tail TXN (TV Tokyo) October 12, 2009 (first series)
April 5, 2014 (second series)
October 7, 2018 (third series)
March 30, 2013 (first series)
March 26, 2016 (second series)
TBA (third series)
TBA Based on a manga by Hiro Mashima.
Co-production with Satelight (first series), Bridge (second and third series), and CloverWorks (third series).
Sound of the Sky TV Tokyo January 4, 2010 March 22, 2010 12 Original work.
Big Windup! 2 MBS, TBS April 1, 2010 June 24, 2010 13 Sequel to Big Windup!.
Working!! Tokyo MX April 4, 2010 June 26, 2010 13 Based on a manga by Karino Takatsu.
Night Raid 1931 TV Tokyo April 5, 2010 June 28, 2010 13 Original work.
Black Butler II MBS July 2, 2010 September 17, 2010 12 Sequel to Black Butler.
Occult Academy TV Tokyo July 6, 2010 September 27, 2010 13 Original work.
Togainu no Chi MBS, TBS October 7, 2010 December 23, 2010 12 Based on a video game by Nitro+chiral.
Fractale Fuji TV (Noitamina) January 13, 2011 March 31, 2011 11 Original work.
Co-production with Ordet.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Fuji TV (Noitamina) April 14, 2011 June 23, 2011 11 Original work.
Blue Exorcist JNN (MBS) April 17, 2011 October 2, 2011 25 Based on a manga by Kazue Kato.
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% Tokyo MX July 3, 2011 September 25, 2011 13 Based on a video game by Nippon Ichi Software.
The Idolmaster TBS July 8, 2011 December 23, 2011 25 Based on a video game by BNEI.
Working'!! Tokyo MX October 1, 2011 December 24, 2011 13 Sequel to Working!!.
Space Brothers NNS (ytv) April 1, 2012 March 22, 2014 99 Based on a manga by Chūya Koyama.
Tsuritama Fuji TV (Noitamina) April 13, 2012 June 28, 2012 12 Original work.
Sword Art Online Tokyo MX July 7, 2012 December 22, 2012 25 Based on a light novel by Reki Kawahara.
Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter TXN (TV Tokyo) October 2, 2012 September 24, 2013 51 Based on a video game by Square Enix.
From the New World TV Asahi October 3, 2012 March 27, 2013 25 Based on a novel by Yūsuke Kishi.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic JNN (MBS) October 7, 2012 March 31, 2013 25 Based on a manga by Shinobu Ohtaka
Oreshura Tokyo MX January 6, 2013 March 31, 2013 13 Based on a light novel by Yūji Yūji.
Vividred Operation MBS January 11, 2013 March 29, 2013 12 Original work.
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 2000% TV Aichi April 4, 2013 June 27, 2013 13 Sequel to Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%.
Oreimo 2 Tokyo MX April 7, 2013 June 30, 2013 13 Sequel to Oreimo.
Servant x Service ABC July 5, 2013 September 27, 2013 13 Based on a manga by Karino Takatsu.
Silver Spoon Fuji TV (Noitamina) July 11, 2013 September 19, 2013 11 Based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa.
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic JNN (MBS) October 6, 2013 March 30, 2014 25 Sequel to Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic.
Galilei Donna Fuji TV October 10, 2013 December 19, 2013 11 Original work.
Silver Spoon II Fuji TV (Noitamina) January 9, 2014 March 27, 2014 11 Sequel to Silver Spoon.
World Conquest Zvezda Plot Tokyo MX January 11, 2014 March 29, 2014 12 Original work.
Nanana's Buried Treasure Fuji TV (Noitamina) April 10, 2014 June 19, 2014 11 Based on a light novel by Kazuma Ōtorino.
Sword Art Online II Tokyo MX July 5, 2014 December 20, 2014 24 Sequel to Sword Art Online.
Aldnoah.Zero Tokyo MX July 5, 2014 March 28, 2015 24 Original work.
Co-production with Troyca.
Black Butler: Book of Circus MBS July 10, 2014 September 11, 2014 10 Related to Black Butler.
Persona 4: The Golden Animation MBS July 11, 2014 September 25, 2014 12 Based on a video game by Atlus.
Magic Kaito 1412 NNS (ytv) October 4, 2014 March 28, 2015 24 Based on a manga by Gosho Aoyama.
The Seven Deadly Sins JNN (MBS) October 5, 2014 March 29, 2015 24 Based on a manga by Nakaba Suzuki.
Your Lie in April Fuji TV (Noitamina) October 9, 2014 March 19, 2015 22 Based on a manga by Naoshi Arakawa.
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fuji TV (Noitamina) January 9, 2015 March 27, 2015 13 Based on a light novel by Fumiaki Maruto.
The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Tokyo MX January 10, 2015 October 17, 2015 25 Based on a social network game by BNEI in The Idolmaster series.
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid Tokyo MX April 3, 2015 June 19, 2015 12 Based on a manga by Masaki Tsuzuki.
Ultimate Otaku Teacher NNS (ytv) April 4, 2015 September 26, 2015 24 Based on a manga by Takeshi Azuma.
Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation Tokyo MX April 4, 2015 June 20, 2015 12 Based on a video game by Square Enix in Gunslinger Stratos.
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Revolutions Tokyo MX April 4, 2015 June 27, 2015 13 Related to Uta no Prince-sama.
Gate Tokyo MX July 4, 2015 March 26, 2016 24 Based on a novel by Takumi Yanai.
Working!!! Tokyo MX July 4, 2015 December 26, 2015 14 Second sequel to Working!!.
The Asterisk War Tokyo MX October 3, 2015 June 18, 2016 24 Based on a light novel by Yuu Miyazaki.
The Perfect Insider Fuji TV (Noitamina) October 8, 2015 December 17, 2015 11 Based on a novel by Hiroshi Mori.
Erased Fuji TV (Noitamina) January 8, 2016 March 25, 2016 12 Based on a manga by Kei Sanbe.
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Tokyo MX January 11, 2016 March 28, 2016 12 Based on a light novel by Ao Jūmonji.
Ace Attorney NNS (ytv) April 2, 2016 September 24, 2016 24 Based on a video game by Capcom.
B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious Tokyo MX July 3, 2016 September 25, 2016 12 Original work.[9]
Qualidea Code Tokyo MX July 10, 2016 September 24, 2016 12 Based 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, 2016 September 18, 2016 4 Related to The Seven Deadly Sins.
WWW.Working!! Tokyo MX October 1, 2016 December 24, 2016 13 Spin-off to Working!!.[10]
Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Legend Star Tokyo MX October 2, 2016 December 24, 2016 13 Related to Uta no Prince-sama.
Occultic;Nine Tokyo MX October 9, 2016 December 25, 2016 12 Based on a light novel by Chiyomaru Shikura.
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga JNN (MBS) January 7, 2017 March 25, 2017 12 Sequel to Blue Exorcist.
Interviews with Monster Girls Tokyo MX January 7, 2017 March 25, 2017 12 Based on a manga by Petos.
Granblue Fantasy The Animation Tokyo MX April 2, 2017 June 25, 2017 13 Based on a video game by Cygames.[11]
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat Fuji TV (Noitamina) April 6, 2017 June 23, 2017 12 Sequel to Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend.
Eromanga Sensei Tokyo MX April 9, 2017 June 25, 2017 12 Based on a light novel by Tsukasa Fushimi.[12]
Fate/Apocrypha Tokyo MX July 2, 2017 December 30, 2017 25 Based on a light novel by Yūichirō Higashide.
The [email protected] SideM Tokyo MX October 7, 2017 December 30, 2017 13 Related to The Idolmaster.
Blend S Tokyo MX October 8, 2017 December 24, 2017 12 Based on a 4-panel manga by Miyuki Nakayama.[13]
Record of Grancrest War Tokyo MX January 6, 2018 June 23, 2018 24 Based on a light novel by Ryo Mizuno.[14]
The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments JNN (MBS, TBS) January 13, 2018 June 30, 2018 24 Sequel to The Seven Deadly Sins.
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Fuji TV (Noitamina) April 13, 2018 June 22, 2018 11 Based on a manga by Fujita.[15]
Sword Art Online: Alicization Tokyo MX October 7, 2018 TBA TBA Sequel to Sword Art Online II.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War MBS January 2019 TBA TBA Based on a manga by Aka Akasaka.[16]

Films

Title Release Date
Welcome to the Space Show June 26, 2010
Fairy Tail the Movie: The Phoenix Priestess August 18, 2012
Blue Exorcist: The Movie December 28, 2012
Saint Young Men May 10, 2013
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day August 31, 2013
The Idolmaster Movie: Beyond the Brilliant Future! January 25, 2014
Ookii 1 Nensei to Chiisana 2 Nensei March 1, 2014
Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream June 7, 2014
Space Brothers #0 August 9, 2014
Persona 3 The Movie: #3 Falling Down April 4, 2015
The Anthem of the Heart September 19, 2015
Garakowa: Restore the World January 9, 2016
Persona 3 The Movie: #4 Winter of Rebirth January 23, 2016
Doukyuusei February 20, 2016
Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic January 21, 2017
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale February 18, 2017
Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry May 6, 2017
The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky August 18, 2018
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Kingdom 2019
Untitled High School Fleet film TBA

OVA/ONA

Title Release Date Notes
Big Windup! 2007
Black Butler 2009
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens 2009
Sound of the Sky 2010
Night Raid 1931 2010
Valkyria Chronicles III January 27, 2011
Black Butler: Book of Murder October 25, 2014 (Part 1)
November 15, 2014 (Part 2)
Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV March 30, 2016 – September 30, 2016 Co-production with Square Enix. Based in the world and continuity of the 2016 video game, Final Fantasy XV.
Shelter 2016 Music video for American EDM musician Porter Robinson and French DJ Madeon.

Others

Title Year Notes
Namisuke 2007
Ōkiku Furikabutte: Honto no Ace ni Nareru Kamo 2007 Nintendo DS game; Produced the animation and CG segments
Takane no Jitensha (a.k.a. Takane's Bike) 2008 winner of Animax's Animax Taishō award
Persona 4 2008 PlayStation 2 game; Produced the 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 3DS, iOS, Android game

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "ABOUT". A-1 Pictures. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" 求人票 (PDF) (in Japanese). A-1 Pictures. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  3. ^ a b "A-1 Pictures". Archived from the original on 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  4. ^ a b "A-1 Pictures". Archived from the original on 2007-05-20. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  5. ^ "A-1 Pictures Panel Report". 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
  6. ^ "A-1 Pictures' Kōenji Studio Rebrands as CloverWorks". Anime News Network. April 2, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Chapman, Paul (April 4, 2018). "A-1 Pictures Rebrands Their Kōenji Studio as CloverWorks". Crunchyroll. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "CloverWorks Anime Studio Separates From A-1 Pictures, Remains Subsidiary of Aniplex". AnimeNewsNetwork. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "MAGES' 'B-Project' Fictional Male Idol Project Gets TV Anime in July". Anime News Network. 2016-03-27. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  10. ^ "Working/Wagnaria's Web Comic Edition Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  11. ^ "Granblue Fantasy Smartphone Game Gets Anime, Manga Adaptations". Anime News Network. September 17, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  12. ^ "Eromanga Sensei Anime Casts Akane Fujita as Sagiri Izumi". Anime News Network. 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  13. ^ "A-1 Pictures Animates Blend S Manga for Fall Broadcast". Anime News Network. May 25, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "Lodoss Creator's Record of Grancrest War Anime Announces Cast, Staff, January Debut". Anime News Network. May 30, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  15. ^ "Otaku ni wa Koi wa Muzukashii Manga Gets TV Anime on Noitamina (Updated)". Anime News Network. July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Reveals Staff, January Debut, Visual". Anime News Network. September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.

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