5 Best Anime Studios to Check Now

Best Japanese Anime Studios

There are numerous anime studios in Japan, home to the finest popular animations. The worldly appraised anime are made by talented creators in small-sized and large Japanese animation studios. The great majority of anime studios are located in the capital Tokyo while others work in countrysides.

Anime studios are receiving increasing attention from anime fans as some popular anime focus on what anime studios are and how animations are created in Shirobako (2014-2015) and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (2020).

To find high-quality anime and anime films, focusing on renowned anime directors significantly help you (check the best anime directors list). At the same time, you will benefit greatly from paying your attention to famed anime studios.

For anime fans all over the world, I’d like to give an introduction to 5 best anime studios to check now and their anime recommendations of all time. Let’s learn the classic masterpieces as well as the latest trends.

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1. Kyoto Animation

Kyoto Animation
Kyoto Animation

Kyoto Animation (京都アニメーション), established in 1985, is one of the most famous and popular Japanese anime studios worldwide. It creates high-quality anime series and movies in addition to modern light novels and merchandises related to their anime.

It’s also known that an arson attack caused major damage to Kyoto Animation in 2019, however, the staff in Kyoto Animation have made great efforts to recover the extensive damage to keep producing anime while the fans all over the world have given a large contribution to the beloved anime studio.

The Kyoto Animation’s first anime series Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu! aired on TV in 2003, followed by its early excellent anime series Air in 2005 and its masterpiece The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya in 2006. In 2009, when the second season of Haruhi Suzumiya Series was broadcasted, the first original anime movie created by Kyoto Animation titled Tenjoubito to Akutobito Saigo no Tatakai was released.

Kyoto Animation is especially famous for its greatest slice-of-life anime series including Lucky Star (2007), Clannad (2007-2009), K-On! (2009-2010) and Kyouka (2012). Some coming-of-age anime such as Sound! Euphonium (2015-2016) and Violet Evergarden (2018) are highly appraised by both Japanese and foreign fans lately. In addition to the sequel anime movies of the popular series, A Silent Voice (2016) is one of the notable representative works by Kyoto Animation.

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2. Mappa

Mappa
Mappa

Mappa, which presents Maruyama Animation Produce Project Association, is one of the hottest anime studios in Japan. The modern Japanese animation studio has provided anime fans with trendy anime series and movies since it was founded in 2011.

Mappa released its greatest anime film titled In This Corner of the World in 2016, which received the Best Animation of the Year at the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize in 2017. in 2019, its extended version was premiered as In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World.

Mappa started anime series creations with its first title Kids on the Slope, which aired with 12 episodes in 2012. The popular sports anime with the theme of figure skating Yuri on Ice began in 2016, and the unique sci-fi anime Inuyashiki was broadcasted in 2017. In 2018, the crime anime based on the United States Banana Fish and the unique zombie and idol anime Zombie Land Saga aired.

In addition to the greatest work Attack on Titan The Final Season, Mappa has universally praised for the latest hit dark-fantasy anime series Jujutsu Kaisen. The anticipated anime movie Jujutsu Kaisen 0 and the expected anime series Chainsaw Man will become masterpieces of Mappa.

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3. Ufotable

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Ufotable

As one of the most flourishing Japanese anime studios, Ufotable (ユーフォーテーブル) has attracted much attention from both domestic and international anime fans especially for a decade. The modern anime studio offered tens of anime series, anime movies, OVAs and web animations as well as developing talents of voice actors and running anime-themed cafes since it was established in 2000.

Ufotable released its first anime series Weiß Kreuz airing from 2002 to 2003. Many parts of the popular Fate series were created by Ufotable, containing Fate/Zero (2011-2012) and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014-2015).

The best smash-hit anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba was broadcasted with 26 episodes in 2016, followed by the highest-grossing anime film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train in 2020. The second season of the series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Entertainment District Arc will start in 2021.

To enjoy Ufotable deeper, it’s highly recommended to complete its classic serial anime movies The Garden of Sinners, which started in 2007 and completed with the final part in 2013.

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4. Shaft

Shaft
Shaft

Shaft (シャフト) is a renowned long-established anime studio, founded in 1975. It produces a lot of famous anime series and anime films besides original video animations, video game movies and so on.

As a debut work, an old anime series Elves of the Forest was released first in 1984-1985. From 2004 to 2005 , Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase, the first Shaft’s anime series directed by the famous director Akiyuki Shinbo, aired with 25 episodes. In 2009, Bakemonogatari, the first season of Monogatari Series, started with 15 episodes, which was followed by the second and final seasons later.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which many fans look on as the best anime series in Shaft anime, was broadcasted in 2011. There are three anime movies released in 2012 and 2013, and it’s announced that the new sequel movie Walpurgisnacht: Rising will be created by Shaft in the future.

For those who are interested in Japanese anime, it’s recommended to complete the Shaft list including a slice-of-life Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl, a coming-of-age movie Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? and a drama series March Comes In like a Lion.

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5. CloverWorks

CloverWorks
CloverWorks

CloverWorks, established in 2018, is a recent Japanese anime studio creating recent hit anime series and movies. The new animation studio that was a part of the famous anime studio A-1 Pictures was separated from it as branding.

In the first year 2018, CloverWorks released slice-of-life comedy anime series Slow Start and the original anime series Darling in the Franxx. Additionally, the currently popular anime series Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai started in the same year.

There are several famous anime adaptations from manga series such as Fairy Tail Final Series (2018-2019) and The Promised Neverland (2019/2021).

You should add the fantasy drama film Her Blue Sky (2019) and the dark-fantasy, psychological thriller series Wonder Egg Priority (2021) to your anime watching list.

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