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 and episode 15 by Shinsuke Kasahara)
  • Halo Legends (In-Between Animation, "Origins" and "The Babysitter")
  • Inspector Gadget (2nd season)
  • Monsuno (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.
  • The Dark Age of Animation: Established during this period.
  • 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 normally 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.
    • Not even they were immune to the horrible QC standards of the original Gundam series. While not responsible for most of the show's more... infamous errors. Their episodes tended to have the mecha and ships shaded with copious amounts of cross-hatching. A trait carried over from their work with Toei at the time.
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation: The vast majority of their American work and a sizable portion of their Anime credits hail from this era.
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