is the anime studio responsible for Munto
, Full Metal Panic!
(after the first season), Haruhi Suzumiya
, Lucky Star
and adaptations of three Key Visual Arts
visual novels: AIR
, and CLANNAD
(although they were also separately adapted by Toei Animation
). Held to high regard for their usually good animation quality, as well as almost disturbingly realistic backgrounds
and the generous use of little touches to spice up the character animation. They also know how to tug at viewers' heartstrings, and never let go. Their shows tend to be huge commercial successes, and not since Jerry Bruckheimer
and Michael Bay
has there been a production team that is so fond of (and good at) golden sunsets that provoke Manly Tears
in its audience; though usually for less macho reasons.
In 2007, the firing of Yutaka Yamamoto led to lots of people resigning after Lucky Star
's original run and creating another studio called Ordet
. But that's another story.
Despite what their name might suggest, they aren't based in Kyoto
, but in Uji, a different town in Kyoto Prefecture. They also have units in Osaka (Animation Do
) & in South Korea (Studio Blue
, formally known as AniVillage).
Kyoto Animation has produced the following series:
They have also produced the following feature-length films:
- 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 Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!~ (September 14, 2013)
- Tamako Love Story (April 26, 2014)
- Kyoukai no Kanata I'll be Here
- Kyoukai no Kanata I'll be Here - Kako-hen (March 14, 2015)
- Kyoukai no Kanata I'll be Here - Mirai-hen (April 25, 2015)
They've also provided artwork for a small handful of video games, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters
and Jikkyo Oshaberi Parodius
They also provided additional work for the following (among others):
- Turn A Gundam (In-Between Animation; Backgrounds)
- AKIRA (Animation Cooperation)
- Animaniacs (Animation Cooperation with TMS, uncredited)List
- Brain Powered (In-Between Animation)
- Code Geass (In-Between Animation, R2 season)
- Detective Conan (Finish & In-Between Animation)
- Dirty Pair (Finish Animation for the series. Key, Finish & In-Between Animation and Color Check for the OVAs)
- Fairy Princess Minky Momo: La ronde in my dream (Production Assistance)
- Future Police Urashiman (Finish Animation)
- Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (Finish Animation)
- Ghost Stories (Finish & In-Between Animation)
- Hamtaro Adventures in Ham Ham Land (Key Animation)
- InuYasha (Key & Finish Animation; Animation; Backgrounds; Production, with Sunrise)
- Justice League: Doom (Key Animation, uncredited)
- Kaitou Saint Tail (Animation; Ink & Paint)
- Magic Knight Rayearth (Animation)
- Magical Stage Fancy Lala (Key & In-Between Animation; Backgrounds; Animation Co-Production, six episodesList )
- Magical Star Magical Emi (Finish Animation)
- Metal Armor Dragonar (Finish Animation)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion (Backgrounds)
- Patlabor (Key & In-Between Animation and Paint for the series; Finish Animation for the OVA)
- Persia, the Magic Fairy (Finish Animation)
- Pokémon (Finish & In-Between Animation)
- Pooh's Grand Adventure (Additional services for Walt Disney Animation Japan)
- Saber Marionette R (In-Between Animation)
- Shin-chan (Key, Finish & In-Between Animation and color design for the series and seven movies)
- Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (Finish Animation)
- Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Finish Animation)
- Tales of the Abyss (In-Between Animation for the series)
- Tenchi Universe (Animation Co-Production, five episodes)List
- Tiny Toon Adventures (Cooperation with TMS, uncredited)List
- To Heart (Finish Animation)
- Urusei Yatsura (Cel Painting, series)
- The Wuzzles (Cooperation with TMS, uncredited)List
- Zillion (Finish & In-Between Animation; Production Cooperation)
No, they unfortunately did not
animate the Little Busters!
anime. It's animated by JC Staff
For a more extensive overview of their work (they've been around since 1981) see their entry on ANN
Notable for their tendency to do Shout Outs
and casting gags
to their own series...
- Haruhi Suzumiya has a couple of shout outs to Full Metal Panic! and AIR.
- Lucky Star has innumerable Shout Outs to Haruhi, being the favorite show of the Otaku Surrogate Konata... who is voiced by Aya Hirano, Haruhi's voice actress. Konata uses a Hare Hare Yukai and later Koi no Mikuru Densetsu ringtone, has a big collection of Haruhi merchandise, cosplays as Haruhi at the cafe where she works, and much, much more. After all, "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 Full Metal Panic!, leading to Shout Outs in that direction as well. (Oddly enough, Tsukasa's favourite series is Keroro Gunsou, which also has its fair share of Shout Outs, despite being a Sunrise show. In the same vein, Konata is a fan of Code Geass, also produced by Sunrise, and they manage a few Shout Outs for it too.) Not surprising at all, since Kyoani is affiliated with Sunrise, so it's a Shout-Out 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 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 Key/Visual Art's.
- CLANNAD had at least two in the first episode - a desaturated opening, ŕ la Haruhi, and a subverted version of a Dating Sim Shot 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 Ushio lives with Sanae and Akio.
- Kyoto Animation has a tendency to animate shows with snarky male leads, like Yukito, Kyon, Yuuichi, Tomoya, Houtarou, to an extent, Haruka, and Akihito.
Also known for incorporating real-life landmarks in their series' backgrounds
. For instance, Haruhi
is set in and around Nishinomiya, a small town near Kobe. Lucky Star
is set in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo (the Hiiragis' shrine is based on the actual Washinomiya Shrine and Konata's house is based on creator Kagami Yoshimizu's house in the town of Satte, all have developed The Red Stapler
-type followings by otaku). The school in K-On
is located in Toyosato in the Shiga Prefecture near Kyoto, while most other locations are set in Kyoto itself.
And one more thing they're really famous for: almost all of their shows contain very catchy Dancing Themes