Anime has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Animation studio produces animated media for viewers. The hard work and dedication behind our favorite series are done by people working day and night in these studios.
The following are the Top 10 Anime studios of all time:
1. Studio Bones
Studio Bones has been responsible for many masterpieces. Masahiko Minami, Hiroshi Osaka, and Toshihiro Kawamoto in 1998 founded the studio. After Osaka tragically died from cancer in 2007, two new partners joined the studio.
Makoto Watanabe and Takahiro Komori joined as Board of Directors. Komori is well known for his character design and animation. His works include Angelic Layer and Darker than Black.
Studio Bones has produced anime like:
- Fullmetal Alchemist and its iterations
- My Hero Academia
- Mob Psycho 100
- Bungo Stray Dogs
- Ouran High School Host Club
Madhouse Studio was founded in 1972 by a group of very talented animators. The Pros left Mushi Production to start their own production house. Madhouse has given out Hit after Hit. The studio is known to work with Manga artists like Naoki Urasawa and CLAMP.
Madhouse has also worked with renowned directors like Satoshi Kon. The studio has adapted several titles by CLAMP. In 2004 Madhouse became a subsidiary of Index Corporation.
Madhouse has produced animes like:
- Hunter x Hunter 2011
- One Punch Man
- Card Captor Sakura
MAPPA is known to work on different subject matters. Yuri!! On Ice is original series by the studio. The story revolves around two men falling in love through Ice skating. MAPPA works on projects other studios won’t work on. That has helped them stand out of the crowd.
A former employee from Madhouse Studio, Masao Maruyama, founded the studio in 2011. MAPPA has been under fire recently for overworking and underpaying its employees. Many famous animators have called their growth reckless.
MAPPA has produced anime like:
- Jujutsu Kaisen
- Yuri!! on ice
- Attack on Titan Season 4
- Vinland Saga season 2
- Chainsaw Man
Ufotable was founded in 2000 by the former staff of TMS Entertainment. Also, the studio is known for its claymation sequence. In 2019 the studio was involved in a tax evasion controversy, and the company later apologized for its actions.
Ufotable studio is famous for its aesthetic visuals. Moreover, they have taken animation to a new level. They are recognized among fans for their music and striking visuals.
Ufotable is known for animes like:
- Demon slayer
- God Eater
- Coyote Ragtime show
- The Garden of Sinners
5. Kyoto Animation
Kyoto Animation is the most well-known and respected animation studio in Japan. It was founded by a married couple, Yoko and Hideaki Hatta, in 1985. Yoko Hatta was a painter at Mushi Production before marrying her husband, who now serves as the president.
In 2019, the studio faced a tough time when an arson fire killed 36 employees and destroyed the computers and most of the building. Kyoto became a limited company in 1985 and a Corporation in 1999.
Kyoto Animation is famous for animes like
- Violet Evergarden
- A Silent Voice
- Full Metal Panic
- Lucky Star
- K- on
6. Wit Studio
Wit Studio was founded in 2012 by producers at Production I.G., a subsidiary of I.G. Port. It is based in Musashino,Tokyo, with George Wada as the president and Tetsuya Nakatake as the studio director.
Moreover, both of the above worked as producers for Production I.G. The studio is known for its debut anime, Attack on Titan, which has ranked high as a “Must Watch Anime of all time.” The studio has surprised fans with amazing anime and the ability to work with complex stories.
Wit Studio is famous for animes like:
- Attack On Titan
- Vinland Saga
- The Ancient Magnus’s Bride
- Seraph of the End
- Spy x Family
7. A-1 Pictures
Former Sunrise producer Mikihiro Iwata founded A-1 Pictures. It is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Japan’s anime production firm Aniplex. The studio was initially established to oversee the production of a few of Aniplex’s family-oriented series.
It has since grown into a full-fledged production house responsible for various anime series. A-1 Pictures has also created a space for itself in the international market.
A-1 Pictures is responsible for animes like:
- Fairy Tail
- Sword Art Online
- Blue Exorcist
- Magi: Kingdom of Magic
- Kaguya Sama: Love is War
8. TOEI Animation
TOEI Animation is controlled by its namesake TOEI Company. The studio is responsible for creating several series and anime adaptations of various famous Mangas. In 2022 the company fell victim to a ransomware attack.
Due to this, the studio has the suspended broadcast of different animes like One Piece and Dragon Ball Z super superhero movie. However, the company resumed broadcasting shortly after.
TOEI Animation is known for animes like:
- One Piece
- Dragon Ball Z
- Sailor Moon
- Butt Detective
9. Studio Ghibli
The anime studio is one of the most reputed studios in the world. Five of the studio’s films are among Japan’s top 10 highest-grossing anime feature films. Its mascot is the most recognizable symbol called, Totoro.
It was founded by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki in 1985. The studio is based in Koganei, Tokyo. Studio Ghibli is best known for its animated short films and commercials.
Studio Ghibli is famous for the following:
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Spirited Away
- Grave of Fireflies
- Princess Mononoke
- The Red Turtle
10. Studio Pierrot
Pierrot Co. Ltd is a Japanese animation studio founded by former employees of Tatsunoko Production and Mushi Production in 1979.
The company Logo is a face of a clown. Piero is a Japanese word for clown, adapted from the classical character Pierrot. Its headquarters is located in Mitaka.
Studio Pierrot is known for famous animes like:
- Black Clover
- Tokyo Ghoul
- Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
- Yu Yu Hakusho
The Anime studios are responsible for producing quality content for the fans. The visuals and music can make an anime complete. It takes a lot of hard work and time to create and animate our favorite mangas and other original adaptations.