Creator: Kyoto Animation

aka: Kyo Ani

Kyoto Animation is the anime studio responsible for Munto, Full Metal Panic! (after the first season), Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, K-On! and adaptations of three Key/Visual Arts visual novels: AIR, Kanon, 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 (only rivaled by P. A. Works 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 "Kyo Ani Homogenizer"). Indeed, you can put Yui (from K-On!), Chitanda (from Hyouka), and Tamako (from Tamako Market), in one place, and you wouldn't know they were from different shows. The only exception from this was 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 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 Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions and Kyoukai no Kanata) 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, Kyo Ani returned to adapting outside series, with Shouji Gato's Amagi Brilliant Park, and Hibike! Euphonium.

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 Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions~ (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)
  • High☆Speed! -Free! Starting Days- (December 5, 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):

No, they unfortunately did not animate the Little Busters! anime. It's animated by JC Staff instead.

For a more extensive overview of their work (they've been around since 1981) see their entry on ANN.

During their pre-inhouse period, the studio was notable for their tendency to do Shout Outs and casting gags to their own series. This tendency died off after K-On's adaptation.

    Examples from Kyo Ani's "Classic" period 
  • 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.

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 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.

Alternative Title(s):

Kyo Ani