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[[http://www.kyotoanimation.co.jp/ Kyoto Animation]] is the anime studio responsible for ''Anime/{{Munto}}'', ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' (after the first season), ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', ''Manga/LuckyStar'', ''Manga/KOn'' and adaptations of three Creator/KeyVisualArts visual novels: ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'', ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', and ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' (although they were also separately adapted by Creator/ToeiAnimation). Held to high regard for their usually good animation quality (the animation tends to be more fluid, on-par with Western-made cartoons, not to mention mouth flaps often being more articulate rather than being stuck in one position), as well as [[SceneryPorn almost disturbingly realistic backgrounds]] and the generous use of little touches to spice up the character animation, as a result it has a fondness for using the ''bloom'' and ''flare'' effects for its visuals.

In the wake of ''K-On!'', the studio also became known for the distinctness of character designs it used ''across different series'' (the latter of which is called derisively by critics of the studio as the "[=KyoAni=] Homogenizer"). Indeed, you can put Yui (from ''Manga/KOn''), Chitanda (from ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}''), Tamako (from ''Anime/TamakoMarket''), and Mirai (from ''LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary'') in one place, and you wouldn't know they were from different shows. The only exceptions from this were ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' and ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'', which instead used the original mangas' more simplistic styles.

In 2007, the firing of Yutaka Yamamoto led to lots of people resigning after ''Lucky Star'''s original run and creating another studio called [[Anime/BlackRockShooter Ordet]]. But that's another story.

From 2010 until 2014, the studio shifted focus from adapting works from outside sources (not completely -- they still did ''Hyouka'' within this time period), to producing works from their own in-house publishing house. They have an annual writer's competition to see which author gets their work published, but rarely giving grand prizes in any categories, with ''Violet Evergarden'' being the sole exception thus far -- indeed the ones usually getting adapted into anime (see ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'', ''LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary'', and ''LightNovel/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld'') are actually ''the honorable mentions''. The shows from this period onward tend to be hit-and-miss as a result, as far as sales success go.

After nearly five years of in-house work, [=KyoAni=] returned to adapting outside series, with Shouji Gato's ''LightNovel/AmagiBrilliantPark'', and ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'' by Ayano Takeda, the latter of which got a second season airing at the end of 2016.

Despite what their name might suggest, they aren't based in UsefulNotes/{{Kyoto}}, but in Uji, a different town in Kyoto Prefecture. They also have units in Osaka (Creator/AnimationDo, responsible for the smash hit ''Anime/{{Free}}'') & in South Korea (Creator/StudioBlue, formally known as [=AniVillage=]).

!!Works produced by Creator/KyotoAnimation:

[[folder:Anime Series:]]
* ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' (2002, with {{Creator/GONZO}})
* ''Anime/NurseWitchKomugi'' (2002-2004, with Creator/TatsunokoProduction)
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'' (2003)
* ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'' (2005)
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic: The Second Raid'' (2005)
* ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' (2006) (2009)
* ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' (2006-2007)
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'' (2007)
* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'' (2007-2008)
* ''CLANNAD ~After Story~'' (2008-2009)
* ''[[Anime/{{Munto}} Munto: Sora o Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai]]'' (2009)
* ''Manga/KOn'' (2009)
* ''Manga/KOn!'' (2010)
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' (2011)
* ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'' (2012)
* ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' (2012)
* ''Anime/TamakoMarket'' (2013)
* ''Anime/{{Free}}'' (2013)
* ''LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary'' (2013)
* ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions -Heartthrob-'' (2014)
* ''Anime/{{Free}} Eternal Summer'' (2014)
* ''LightNovel/AmagiBrilliantPark'' (2014)
* ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'' (2015)
* ''LightNovel/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld'' (2016)
* ''Literature/SoundEuphonium 2'' (2016)
* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' (2017)
* ''LightNovel/VioletEvergarden'' (2018)
* ''LightNovel/{{Tsurune}}'' (2018)
* ''Free!'' season 3 (2018)

[[folder:Feature-length Anime Movies]]
* ''Munto: Tenjoubito to Akutobito Saigo no Tatakai'' (April 18, 2009)
* ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'' (February 6, 2010)
* ''K-On!'' (December 3, 2011)
* ''Takanashi Rikka ・ Kai: ~Gekijouban LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions~'' (September 14, 2013)
* ''Tamako Love Story'' (April 26, 2014)
* ''Beyond the Boundary I'll be Here''
** ''Beyond the Boundary I'll be Here - Kako-hen'' (March 14, 2015)
** ''Beyond the Boundary I'll be Here - Mirai-hen'' (April 25, 2015)
* ''Anime/HighSpeedFreeStartingDays'' (December 5, 2015)
* ''Gekijouban Hibike! Euphonium'' (April 23, 2016)
* ''Manga/ASilentVoice'' (September 17, 2016)
* ''Free! Timeless Medley''
** ''Free! Timeless Medley - Kizuna'' (April 22, 2017)
** ''Free! Timeless Medley - Yakusoku'' (July 1, 2017)
* ''Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody'' (September 30, 2017)
* ''Free! Take your Marks'' (October 2017)
* ''Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!: Take On Me'' (January 6, 2018)
* ''Liz to Aoitori'' (April 21, 2018)
* Untitled ''Sound! Euphonium'' film (2018)

[[folder:Involvement in other productions]]
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' (In-Between Animation; Backgrounds)
** ''[[Franchise/GundamExpandedUniverse Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Zeonic Front]]'' (In-Between Animation)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' (Backgrounds)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam: A New Translation'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' (Animation Cooperation)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' (Animation Cooperation with TMS, uncredited)[[labelnote:List]]Five escapes -- "Clown Balloon", "Popcorn", "Plane out of Mount Rushmore", "Plane Out of The Studio", "Elevator" and one return -- "Trampoline"[[/labelnote]]
* ''Anime/BrainPowerd'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (In-Between Animation, ''R2'' season)
* ''Anime/CrayonShinChan'' (Key, Finish & In-Between Animation and color design for the series and seven movies. Also one of the few series they still do sub-contract work for)
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' (Finish & In-Between Animation)
* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' (Finish Animation for the series. Key, Finish & In-Between Animation and Color Check for the [=OVAs=])
* ''[[Anime/MagicalPrincessMinkyMomo Fairy Princess Minky Momo: La ronde in my dream]]'' (Production Assistance)
* ''Anime/FuturePoliceUrashiman'' (Finish Animation)
* ''VideoGame/GateKeepers'' (Key & In-Between Animation; Production Cooperation)
* ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'' (Finish Animation)
* ''Anime/GhostStories'' (Finish & In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}} [[http://www.tms-e.com/english/search/index.php?pdt_no=290 Adventures in Ham Ham Land]]'' ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uivV7ywU29A Key Animation]])
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' (Key & Finish Animation; Animation; Backgrounds; Production, with Creator/{{Sunrise}})
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDoom'' (Key Animation, uncredited)
* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' (Animation; Ink & Paint)
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' (Animation)
* ''Anime/MagicalStageFancyLala'' (Key & In-Between Animation; Backgrounds; Animation Co-Production, six episodes[[labelnote:List]]"Lala's Debut in Harajuku", "Lala's a Rival?", "The CD Release Campaign Disaster!", "The Dream Will Never End", "Lala is a Cupid!", "My Sisterís Boyfriend"[[/labelnote]])
* ''Anime/MagicalStarMagicalEmi'' (Finish Animation)
* ''Anime/MetalArmorDragonar'' (Finish Animation)
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' (Backgrounds)
* ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'' (finish animation)
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' (Key & In-Between Animation and Paint for the series; Finish Animation for the OVA)
* ''Anime/PersiaTheMagicFairy'' (Finish Animation)
* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' (Finish & In-Between Animation)
* ''WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure'' (Additional services for Creator/WaltDisneyAnimationJapan)
* ''[[Anime/SaberMarionetteJ Saber Marionette R]]'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'' (Finish Animation)
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (Finish Animation)
** ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' (Finish & Clean-Up Animation)
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' (In-Between Animation for the series)
* ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' (Animation Co-Production, five episodes)[[labelnote:List]]"No Need for Worries!", "No Need for a Genius!", "Time and Space Adventures: Part 3", "No Need for a Ghost!", "No Need for Karma!"[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' (Cooperation with TMS, uncredited)[[labelnote:List]]"The Buster Bunny Bunch" (parts of it; with Creator/NakamuraProductions), "What Makes Toons Tick" (minor Key & In-Between Animation for the first piece of bridging material)[[/labelnote]]
* ''VisualNovel/ToHeart'' (Finish Animation)
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' (Cel Painting, series)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles'' (Cooperation with TMS, uncredited)[[labelnote:List]]"Bulls of a Feather"[[/labelnote]]
* ''[[Anime/RedPhotonZillion Zillion]]'' (Finish & In-Between Animation; Production Cooperation)
* Artwork for a small handful of video games, including ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTournamentFighters'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fay6O_wogTs Jikkyo Oshaberi]] VideoGame/{{Parodius}}''.

For a more extensive overview of their work see [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/company.php?id=235 their entry on ANN]].

!!Tropes usually associated with Creator/KyotoAnimation productions:
* FalseCameraEffects: Kyoto Animation's recent offerings have utilized heavy use of blur, focus, chromatic aberration and bokeh. This is particularly noticeable in ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'', especially its pilot episode.
* HighSchool: With [[Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid one exception]], every single one of their works either takes place in a high school or stars a high school student.
* During their pre-inhouse period, the studio was notable for their tendency to do {{Shout Out}}s and [[CastingGag casting gags]] to their own series. This tendency died off after ''K-On'''s adaptation.
** ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' has a couple of shout outs to ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' and ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''.
** ''Manga/LuckyStar'' has innumerable {{Shout Out}}s to ''Haruhi'', being the favorite show of the OtakuSurrogate Konata... [[ActorAllusion who is voiced by Aya Hirano, Haruhi's voice actress (as well as in the English dub, where Konata and Haruhi are both voiced by Wendee Lee]]. Konata uses a ''Hare Hare Yukai'' and later ''Koi no Mikuru Densetsu'' ringtone, has a big collection of ''Haruhi'' merchandise, [[CosplayOtakuGirl cosplays as Haruhi]] at the cafe where she works, and much, much more. After all, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cit_lucky_star_advertisement.jpg "This is advertisement for us, so it's better!"]] These inside references are anime-only, and are not found anywhere in the manga on which it is based.Similarly, Kagami's favourite series happens to be ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'', leading to {{Shout Out}}s in that direction as well. (Oddly enough, Tsukasa's favourite series is ''Manga/SgtFrog'', which also has its fair share of {{Shout Out}}s, despite being a Creator/{{Sunrise}} show. In the same vein, Konata is a fan of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', also produced by Sunrise, and they manage a few {{Shout Out}}s for it too.) Not surprising at all, since Kyoani is affiliated with Sunrise, so it's a ShoutOut to their parent company. And of course, as pictured, when the girls go on a field trip to Kyoto... well, where does Konata want to visit?
** An interesting example: in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'': Nayuki, Ayu, and Makoto from ''Kanon'' show up with the original voice actors, much like Kyon and Yuki do in ''Lucky Star''... only this was ''before'' Kyoani ever animated ''Kanon''. This makes it more of a shout out to the fact that they were both created by [[Creator/KeyVisualArts Key/Visual Art's]].
** ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'' had at least two in the first episode - a desaturated opening, à la ''Haruhi'', and a subverted version of a DatingSimShot like the ones ''Kanon'' was filled with. Mai's sword and Sayuri's magical wand (along with their ribbons) make a brief appearance as theater props, and Sayuri's giant purple anteater makes a star appearance in a crane game. The second season has what could only be Akiko's infamous "special jam". Sanae's bread simply tastes bad and is hard to eat. Akiko's ultimate jam blurs your senses. Put them together, and you get knocked out Miyazawa gang members. A WMD indeed, even in the hands of Nagisa. Sayuri's anteater can be seen in the Furukawa household after [[spoiler:Ushio lives with Sanae and Akio]].
** Kyoto Animation has a tendency to animate shows with [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] male leads, like [[VisualNovel/{{Air}} Yukito]], [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Kyon]], [[VisualNovel/{{Kanon}} Yuuichi]], [[VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} Tomoya]], [[Literature/{{Hyouka}} Houtarou]], to an extent, [[Anime/{{Free}} Haruka]], and [[LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary Akihito]].