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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, as well as [[SceneryPorn almost disturbingly realistic backgrounds]] and the generous use of little touches to spice up the character animation (only rivaled by PAWorks in this regard); 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 uniformity 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}}''), and Tamako (from ''Anime/TamakoMarket''), in one place, and you wouldn't know they were from different shows. The only exception from this was ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'', which instead used the original manga's more simplistic style due to the surreal comedy of the series.

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 onward, the studio shifted focus from adapting works from outside sources (not completely -- they still did ''Hyouka'' after all), 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 oddly enough no one that has actually "won" the competition have had their works adapted -- indeed the ones usually getting adapted into anime (see ''LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai'' and ''LightNovel/KyoukaiNoKanata'') are actually ''the special 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 ''Literture/HibikeEuphonium''.

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) & in South Korea (Creator/StudioBlue, formally known as [=AniVillage=]).

Kyoto Animation has produced the following 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/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai'' (2012)
* ''Anime/TamakoMarket'' (2013)
* ''Anime/{{Free}}'' (2013)
* ''LightNovel/KyoukaiNoKanata'' (2013)
* ''LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai Ren'' (2014)
* ''Anime/{{Free}} Eternal Summer'' (2014)
* ''LightNovel/AmagiBrilliantPark'' (2014)
* ''Literature/HibikeEuphonium'' (2015)

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 LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai~'' (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 ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTournamentFighters'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fay6O_wogTs Jikkyo Oshaberi]] VideoGame/{{Parodius}}''.

They also provided additional work for the following (among others):
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' (In-Between Animation; Backgrounds)
** ''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/BrainPowered'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (In-Between Animation, ''R2'' season)
* ''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)
* ''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/{{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 WaltDisneyAnimationJapan)
* ''[[Anime/SaberMarionetteJ Saber Marionette R]]'' (In-Between Animation)
* ''Anime/ShinChan'' (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)
* ''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)

No, they unfortunately ''did not'' animate the ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' anime. It's animated by Creator/JCStaff instead.

For a more extensive overview of their work (they've been around since 1981) see [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/company.php?id=235 their entry on ANN]].

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.

[[folder:Examples from KyoAni's "Classic" period]]
* ''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]]. 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 ''KeroroGunsou'', which also has its fair share of {{Shout Out}}s, despite being a {{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, ŗ 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/{{KyoukaiNoKanata}} Akihito]].

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Also known for [[RealPlaceBackground 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 TheRedStapler-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.

The studio also has a thing for colorful eyes for their characters, and uses this to great effect when the cast of the show they're animating have otherwise "normal" hair colors (stylized blacks or browns). Seen to full effect in Literature/{{Hyouka}}, where Chitanda's ''purple'' eyes were often used to underscore a point.

And one more thing they're really famous for: from K-On onward, their ED animations tend to be done in a MTV-style fashion, usually featuring the lead females (or in the case of ''Free!'', the members of Iwatobi's swim club) performing the ED song in a context wildly different from the actual content of the show.
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