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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. They also know how to tug at viewers' heartstrings, and never let go. Their shows tend to be huge commercial successes, and not since Creator/JerryBruckheimer and Creator/MichaelBay has there been a production team that is so fond of (and good at) golden sunsets that provoke ManlyTears in its audience; [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming 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 [[Anime/BlackRockShooter Ordet]]. But that's another story.

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)
* ''LightNovel/SoundEuphonium'' (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)
* ''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]].

Notable for their tendency to do {{Shout Out}}s and [[CastingGag casting gags]] to their own series...
* ''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]].

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.

And one more thing they're really famous for: almost all of their shows contain [[EarWorm very catchy]] [[DancingTheme Dancing Themes]].