Creator / Nakamura Productions

Nakamura Productions (中村プロダクション; often shortened to simply Nakamura Pro), established in 1974 by Mushi Productions animator Kazuo Nakamura (now Takigawa) and his brother Akira, is a animation support studio and a frequent collaborator for both TMS Entertainment and Sunrise (and shortly after establishment, Toei Animation). For a list of their Anime work, see the Anime News Network.

See also Wang Film Productions, another Asian studio with a similarly long list of animated projects (albeit mostly American, rather than Japanese).


Among Nakamura Pro's credits:

    Western Animation/Non-Japanese productions 
Walt Disney Animation Japan (animation cooperation unless otherwise noted)

For TMS
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (Animation Cooperation, uncredited)List 
  • Animaniacs (Animation Cooperation, uncredited)List 
  • Batman: The Animated Series (Key, Assistant and In-Between Animation, the later through Nao Tajima, uncreditednote )
  • DuckTales (uncredited)list 
  • Lupin III The Italian Adventure (In-Between Animation; uncredited Key Animation for episode 6)
  • Tiny Toon Adventures (In-Between Animation by Nao Tajima; Animation Cooperation, uncredited)List 
  • Ulysses 31 (In-Between Animation through Hiroyuki Kitakubo, uncredited)

Other shows
  • The Animatrix (In-Between Animation for Studio 4°C's "The Second Renaissance", "Kid's Story" and "Beyond")
  • Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic (In-Between Animation, "Limbo" & "Lust" segments)
  • First Squad (In-Between Animation)
  • Flowering Heart (2nd Key Animation; Key Animation for episodes 1 & 16 by Tatsuo Nakajima)
  • Halo Legends (In-Between Animation, "Origins" and "The Babysitter")
  • Inspector Gadget (2nd season)
  • Mon Suno (Key & In-Between Animation)
  • Oban Star Racers (In-Between Animation)
  • Thundercats 2011 (Key Animation for episode 11 through Tatsuya Mizuno and episode 20 through Yumie Wada and Mitsuru Nakata)
  • The Transformers (uncredited)note 

    Anime/video games 
Main
  • Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes (with Anime R and Studio Curtain)
  • Hell Target (with Studio Nue)
  • Karasu Tengu Kabuto: Ogon no Me no Kemono (Replacing Terasawa Production, who did the TV series)
  • Patlabor: The Movie (With Production I.G and others. Also provided In-Between Animation for the TV series and The New Files)

Support; movies

Support; shows/OVAs

Support; games

Tropes Associated with the company:

  • Animated Adaptation: Kabuto and Dragon Slayer, as well as a hefty chunk of their sub-contracting credits.
  • Animation Bump: Their work for Sunrise and Disney.
  • Depending on the Artist: More like "Depending on the Animation Director". As the company's animation style (throughout the 90s, at least) differs depending on who was serving as its animation director/supervisor.
    • Ed usually goes noseless in the episodes of Cowboy Bebop they animated, usually present in frontal views.
  • Humongous Mecha: Aside from a fraction of their support work coming from this genre, there's a silhouetted one on the homepage of their website.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: A very weird partial example. While still (highly) active in the industry (and even seeing a spike in credits after 2002). The prominence they had during the period between 1979 to the mid-late 2000s isn't as strong as it used to benote . Their non-Japanese work has similarly slowed to a crawl after that era as well.
  • Mushroom Samba: Animated the episode that became the Trope Namer.
  • Off Model: They do share some of the blame for The Return of Jafar, Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World and The Hunchback of Notre Dame II.
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