Creator: TMS Entertainment
Established in 1946note
, TMS Entertainment
(short for Tokyo Movie Shinsha, also credited as TMS-Kyokuchi or Tokyo Movie on occasion) is one of the oldest and most well-known (both in Japan and
overseas) producers of Anime
in the world. Their most famous works are Lupin III
and Tiny Toon Adventures
. They have also done various other anime, including Soreike! Anpanman
, Detective Conan
, Sonic X
, Ulysses 31
and Bakugan Battle Brawlers
, and even some full length feature films, such as AKIRA
and Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
Outside of Anime, they are also one of the best and most recognized overseas animation studios in the world. Indeed, the studio taking outside work is credited as one of the big reasons for The Renaissance Age of Animation
happening at all. Their high quality work
first popped up in the early '80s, when they did animation for Filmation
's The New Adventures of Zorronote
, as well as some of DiC
's cartoons back in the day. A few years later, Disney
and Warner Bros.
joined the list of clients, giving us glorious animation in shows such as DuckTales
and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
from Disney; and Tiny Toon Adventures
, Batman: The Animated Series
, and of course Animaniacs
from Warner. On the Japanese side of clients, TMS has worked for Shogakukan with Detective Conan
, Kodansha with Ohayo! Spank
and Kaitou Saint Tail
and Shueisha with Dokonjou Gaeru
Starting off as a independent studio when established in 1946/1964, they were sold off to Sega-Kyokuchinote
in 1992 when the studio's founder Yutaka Fujioka left to retire (hence the name of their 1996-1999 productions as TMS-Kyokuchi). The studio was renamed TMS Entertainment in 2000note
and again in 2005 during the SegaSammy merger.
In spite of their glory, their foreign workload has met a sharp decline, thanks to factors such as rising prices (as well as their surprisingly disappointing
work after TMS shipped off their own works to cheaper studios in Japan as well as in Korea and China ľ and the less said about most of the episodes (animation-wise) of Spider-Man: The Animated Series
or Wei▀ Kreuz
. The 2011 earthquake in Japan, which resulted in damage to their warehouse and halted many of their in-progress series, hasn't helped matters either.
Whatever the case may be, TMS decided to focus mostly on anime (either their own or others, see below). The clients they once had have since moved to other studios. Disney
opened its own overseas studio in Japan, using them for a while before dumping them in 2004, as well as using other Asian studios, like Toon City
and Rough Draft
, in its twilight years, used various other Asian studiosnote
after The Littles
(which itself was taken over by Studio Gallop
in season three). Warner Bros.
likewise ended its ties with TMS after Wakko's Wish
and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
, instead opting for cheaper animation studios like Moi Animation
(most of the DC showcase shorts), JM Animation
(the Jonah Hex short), Lotto Animation
and Dong Woo Animation
in Korea and Toon City as well (with Wang Film Productions
on occasion). They reunited with TMS for Green Lantern: First Flight
, Justice League: Doom
and Superman vs. the Elite
Even with all of these factors, TMS still manages to be ahead of the game with its many animated productions.
They were also one of the minds behind the channel Animax
(With Toei Animation
) and the web site Daisuki
(with Toei Animation, Sunrise, Sony, Nihon Ad Systems, Dentsu and Asatsu-DK).
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Units of TMS
- Pre Tokyo Movie, or Tokyo Ningyo Cinema and Yutaka Fujioka's early days: Fujioka started in the animation industry in 1947 after finishing arts school, however the studio he was working at is unknown; all that is known about it is that he was doing stop motion animation at the studio. In 1956 he moved to Mom Productions when the studio was opening up doing stop motion animation and puppeteering for a number of projects, one of which that is known about is a Japanese localization puppet show of Casper the Friendly Ghost called The Adventures Of Casper, he left Mom Pro in 1960 to find his own studio Tokyo Ningyo Cinema, however Fujioka did not get a lot of clients and was forced to do adaptations of things like The Little Mermaid and A Mid Summers Nights Dream, Tokyo Ningyo Cinema went out of business in 1963 due to lack of clients, however the following year, Osamu Tezuka and TBS (Tokyo Broadcast Station) needed a studio to do Big X, Fujioka reformated his idea of a studio's layout to do hand drawn animation and that studio became...
- Early Tokyo Movie: This was the second attempt Yutaka Fujioka made to run a animation studio (his first studio, Tokyo Ningyo Cinema bombed), under the name Tokyo Movie, the studio lasted between 1964 (When the studio was founded) to 1976/1977 (when Fujioka reformatted the studio into the TMS we know of today), most of the early Tokyo Movie productions were done with A-Productions as Tokyo Movie had very little animators until 1977 (Big-X was one of the few shows when Tokyo Movie did not use A-Pro as they were not founded until the following year in 1965), the studio was reformated into...
- Tokyo Movie Shinsha or TMS as we know them today: Formed in 1977, This is the TMS that we know; Tokyo Movie Shinsha (translating into New Tokyo Movie Company) is the main animation studio of TMS.
- Telecom Animation Film: established in 1975 for use in western markets.note Prior to this however, Telecom got its start with a show called Obake Chan (produced in 1977, but not released until the year after), which is very unknown. Afterwards, they did a number of episodes of Lupin III (Red Jacket), The Castle of Cagliostro, and started production on Little Nemo (which started in 1978 and finished in 1989). Most of the animators mentioned below come from this unit.
- TMS Photo: Also known as Toms Photo or Tomusu Photo, they serve as TMS's digital effects, photography and coloring unit. This unit was established in 1988 to do digital effects and photography on AKIRA and photography for Sunrise's Jushin Liger and Starship Troopers OVA.
- TMS Music: TMS' music arm.
- Double Eagle: Formally know as Studio Sakimakura, the studio was founded in March of 2011, and has worked on Bakugan (Mechtanium Surge series), Cardfight!! Vanguard, Brave 10 and Lupin III Vs Detective Conan The Movie.
- V1 Studio: Founded in 2011, they worked on Detective Conan since season 14 and the movies since The Eleventh Striker.
- 3xCube: Found in 2011, they worked on Anpanman since season 22 & The Pliot's Love Song.
- Studio 777: Found in 2012, they have worked on Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman.
- Po10tial: Found in 2011, the studio worked on Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, however the studio was merged with Telecom in 2013 and said crew has worked on ZX Ignition and episode 2 of Space Dandy for Bones after Po10tial merged with Telecom but have been laid off after the animation of Gravestone Of Daisuke Jigen was completed in April of 2014. Said staff members now work for Studio SHAFT.
- 8 Pan: Formally know as Creative8, the studio worked on CG animation on Hamtaro Dechu from episode 26 to the series end, Yowamushi Pedal and Lupin III Princess Of The Breeze.
- A-Productions: Founded in 1965 to help out TMS during Fujiko Pro's large work load, A-Pro split off from TMS in 1976 when TMS replaced them with Telecom, from then on A-Pro became Shin-Ei Doga. This unit was headed up by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata for a while, including during A-Pro's run on Lupin III (Green Jacket).
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Studios founded by Ex-TMS staff Members
- Shin-Ei Doga: After A-Pro split off from TMS in 1976, they got 98% of their stocks, 90% of it was sold to TV Asahi, 8% of it became Shin-Ei Doga. The 2% TMS did not give out to A-Pro was put into Telecom. As of 2010, the studio is now 100% owned by TV Asahi.
- Ajia-Do: Founded in 1978 from a batch of animators at Shin-Ei that just did not what to only do Doraemon when it started production the same year (the show aired in 1979), the studio is mainly used by TMS on Anpanman.
- Studio Gallop: To some extent, as the studio itself was founded in 1972 by Ex Mushi Productions staff. The animation unit started in 1977 after TMS fired a bunch of staff after how badly they messed up Episode 72 of Lupin III (Red Jacket) ľ resulting in Yasuo Otsuka having to redo almost the whole thing by himself. These animators stayed at Gallop until 1990, when they were fired again because Gallop wanted to improve their image. When these animators left, they then established...
- KK C&D Asia: Formed by Tetsuo Katayama and Shigeru Akagawa in 1983 because of the way Little Nemo was going, the studio mostly did shows for DiC Entertainment with their biggest project being The Real Ghostbusters. The studio shut down in 2000 due to becoming too expensive for the US to ship off productions to Japan and for failing to compete in the anime market. Most of the staff now work for Production I.G.
- Studio Ghibli: Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata worked at A-Productions, a TMS studio between 1965 and 1976. During the early-70's, the two would be in charge of A-Productions and would continue working for Studio Telecom before leaving for Studio Top Craft, which would later become Ghibli.
- Spectrum Animation: Formed in 1988, the studio's first job was to supervise the Korean studios responsible for Captain N: The Game Master (as well as the animation for season 2). The company's first (and only) big break was on Batman: The Animated Series, providing animation to nine episodes note and the movie Mask of the Phantasm. The studio also did some work for Cinar and the animated pilot for Defenders of Dynatron City. But, much like KK C&D, they too were unable to compete in the anime market and were forced to shut down in 1998. Most of their staff, much like KK C&D's, now work for Production I.G.
- Walt Disney Animation Japan: Founded by Motoyoshi Tokunaga in 1988 from the former Pacific Animation Corp (the company behind ThunderCats and Silverhawks). The studio, obviously, served as Disney's Japanese unit. The studio stayed open until 2004, when Disney got rid of most of their traditional animation unitsnote . After that most of their staff members went to work for Madhouse, Studio Pierrot or Production I.G. The ones who did stick with Tokunaga went on to become...
- Ufotable: Founded in 2000, just as TMS was halting work on Western productions. The studio is best known for their adaptation of Fate/Zero.
- Brains Base: Established in 1996, the company is best known for the animated versions of Baccano! and Durarara!!.
Noteworthy TMS staff members include (also counting their Telecom unit):executives and producers
- Yutaka Fujioka: Founder of TMS, he retired in 1992note . He died in 1996.
- Koji Takeuchi: Came to TMS in 1977 from A-Pro. He is the president of the Telecom unit.
- Shunzo Kato
- Tetsuo Katayama: He worked for TMS in the '70s and early '80s. Left in 1983 to establish KK C&D Asia.
- Shigeru Akagawa: He worked for TMS in the '70s and eary '80s. Like Katayama, he left TMS in 1983 for KK C&D Asia.
- Motoyoshi Tokunaga: He did some stuff for TMS, then left the studio in 1988 to establish WaltDisneyAnimationJapan, where he stayed until the studio closed down in 2004. After that, he founded The Answer Studio.
- Toshihiko Masuda: Coming to TMS in 1980, he's mostly known for the "Istanbul, Not Constantinople" music video of Tiny Toon Adventures and helped make the Tom Ruegger shows (Tiny Toons and Animaniacs) what they are today.
- Nobuo Tomizawa: Came to TMS from Nippon Animation in 1977. He is mostly known for being the animation director of "The Great Anvil Chorus" of Tiny Toon Adventures, was one of the animation directors of Little Nemo and as chief director for both Ramen Fighter Miki and The Daughter of Twenty Faces.
- Sadakazu Takiguchi: Came to TMS in 1983 when people were leaving to go work for KK C&D Asia or with Hayao Miyazaki to work on Nausicań of the Valley of the Wind. He did not became a director until 2003 when Hiroyuki Aoyama left as a freelancer. He has since worked on The Daughter Of Twenty Faces and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (stationed at Telecom of course).
- Kenji Hachizaki
- Kazuhide Tomonaga: Came to TMS from Oh Production in 1978. mostly known for key animation for The Castle of Cagliostro and Sherlock Hound, as well as being the animation director of the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Feat of Clay, Part 2". He was also the other animation director for Little Nemo.
- Yoshinobu Michihata
- Hiroyuki Aoyama: Came to TMS in 1980. He left in 2003 to become a freelance staff member for other studios, but came back in 2006. He's mostly known for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars for Madhouse and A Letter to Momo for Production I.G. A video that talks mostly about his work on Space Dandy his freelance gigs was made, you can view it here.
- Yumiko Shirai
- Yuichiro Yano: Came to TMS in 1982 and is mostly known for most of The Great Wakkorotti shorts from Animaniacs (the last one was by Jon McClenahan and shipped off to Wang Film Productions).
- Hayao Miyazaki: Miyazaki came to TMS the first time in 1968 through A-Pro from Toeinote , doing Isao Takahata's Panda Go Panda. He left TMS in 1972 to go work for Nippon Animation because of lack of work, but came back to TMS through Telecom in 1977. Directing The Castle of Cagliostro and Sherlock Hound, before leaving a second time for a number of reasonsnote to go work for Topcraft to direct Nausicań of the Valley of the Wind. After that, Miyazaki stole most of their staff and co-founded Studio Ghibli. The rest is history.
- Saburo Hashimoto: He worked for TMS from the '70s until the early '90s, where he left for Walt Disney Animation Japan. Staying until it closed in 2004. He is now a arts teacher.
- Keiko Oyamada
- Sawako Miyamoto: She came to TMS in 1977, left in 1989 for Walt Disney Animation Japan. Then came back in 1994.
- Youichi Takada: Sometimes known as Yoichi Takada.
- Isao Takahata: Takahata came to TMS from Toei through A-Pro in 1968, then left with Miyazaki to go work for Nippon Animation in 1972. He came back to TMS through Telecom in 1977, left with Miyazaki in 1983 to go work for Topcraft and went with Miyazaki when he co-founded Studio Ghibli.
- Yasuo Otsuka: He came to TMS from Toei through A-pro in 1968 then to Telecom after A-Pro split off in 1976note . Mostly known for doing key animation on The Castle of Cagliostro and doing early drafts for Little Nemo. He also runs a TMS owned animation school, Anime Juku.
- Yoshifumi Kondo: Mostly known for Whisper of the Heart by Studio Ghibli, he came to TMS in 1968 through A-Pro. He left for Shin-Ei Doga when A-Pro split off from TMS, after which he left for Nippon Animation, working with Hayao Miyazaki on Future Boy Conan. In 1980, he left to go back at TMS through Telecom and left in 1985 due to illness. When he got better, he went back to do contract work for Nippon which didn't last long. After that, he went to work for Ghibli until his death in 1998.
- Teiichi Takiguchi
- Takashi Kawaguchi: Did a number of things for TMS, then left to be a freelancer.
- There are 2 known Takashi Kawaguchis out there in the world, the later is the Ex-TMS staff member.
- Hiroaki Noguchi
- Koichi Suenaga
- Hisao Yokobori: The only known member of Telecom to have a Twitter account, See it here.
- Yuzo Aoki: While not as known as Hayao Miyazaki, he is known for keeping Monkey Punch's style in Lupin III when others tend to tone his style down, like Toshihiko Masuda (Elusiveness Of The Fog), Nobuo Tomizawa (Farewell to Nostradamus). Even Miyazaki (The Castle of Cagliostro) toned the style down, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing.
- Yukio Okazaki: Worked at TMS in the '80s. He left in 1989 to work for Walt Disney Animation Japan for a few years before becoming a freelancer.
- Atsuko Tanaka: Coming to TMS's Telecom unit from A-Pro in 1976, she's mostly known for key animation for The Castle of Cagliostro, Sonic X, three episodes of The Daughter of Twenty Faces, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Galaxy High and several Ghibli movies like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away while stationed at Telecom.
- She was also the animation director of three Animaniacs episodes - "Taming Of The Screwy", "Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump Dump Dump" and "Schnitzelbank", as well as The New Batman Adventures episodes "Growing Pains" and "The Demon Within".
- Not to be confused with other Atsuko Tanakas.
- Shojiro Nishimi: Sometimes known as Shijiro Nishimi and Shoujirou Nishimi, he came to TMS in 1984, left in 2003 to work at Studio 4░C, then came back to TMS in 2009. The last thing he did at 4░C were some animated clips to a movie that he made in 2008, but never came out until 2009.
- He also did Storyboards for Atlus's Catherine, whose chief animation studio is Studio 4░C. However, he did it alongside Toshihiko Masuda and Sawako Miyamoto, who were doing key animation for it (stationed at Telecom).
- He also produced a short titled Keep Walking Theater that started production in 2008 but did not came out until 2012 due to issues going on at 4░C. He did go back to finish it but went back to Telecom after it was done.
- Noboru Furuse: A freelance staff member who has done some work for TMS as far back as Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats, anything listed here under his name indicates that he was stationed at TMS/Telecom during the time of production.
- Keiko Yozawa
- Chie Nishizawa: Worked at Telecom between 2000 to 2005, left in 2005 to become a freelancer.
- Osamu Dezaki: A freelance director, he came to TMS in 1968 from Mushi and is notable for directing (among others) - Ashita no Joe, Aim for the Ace!, Visionaries, Mighty Orbots and took over for directing The Rose of Versailles after Tadao Nagahama passed away. He also did all four Hamtaro movies and the Air and CLANNAD movies for Toei Animation. Sadly, he died in 2011 from lung cancer. Often collaborated with character designer Akio Sugino.
- Shingo Araki
- Akio Sugino: A freelance artist who frequently collaborated with Osamu Dezaki (though he's done stuff without Dezaki too).
- Osamu Nabeshima: Worked at TMS from the early '80s, doing key animation on Inspector Gadget and Visionaries (also serving as co-animation director for the latter). He was the chief director of Kaitou Saint Tail, Hamtaro, D.Gray-Man, Zetman and most recently, Yowamushi Pedal.
- Masatomo Sudo: Started as early as the 1980s, doing key animation on Mighty Orbots. He also did the character designs for Hamtaro.
- Hajime Kamegaki
- Takahiko Shobu
- Christophe Ferreira: One of, if not the only known, non-Japanese animators of Telecom. Provided Key Animation episode 21 of The Daughter of Twenty Faces and episode 34 of Soul Eater.
- Mitsuru Soma: Freelance artist who has worked on a number of the Lupin III Yearly Specials and Anpanman movies for TMS. Like with Furuse, for anything listed here, he will be stationed at TMS during its production.
- Kiyoshi Kobayashi: Occasionally worked for TMS Photo during the 1980s/1990s. You may also know him as Daisuke Jigen (from Lupin III) or Crystal Bowie (from Space Adventure Cobra).
- Yoshinori Kanada: Not officially affiliated with the company, but severed as animation director on Visionaries (with Osamu Nabeshima) and did some key animation work on Akira. Is probably better known for his work on the openings to Daitarn 3 and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA.
Noteworthy productions from the 1960s
- 1964 Big X: TMS's first production, and the only production they got from Osamu Tezuka when he was still alive. Done due to Mushi Productions being full at the time.
- 1965 Obake No Q-Taro (a.k.a. "Q-Taro the Ghost"): TMS's first production from Fujiko Pro.
- 1967/1971 Chingo Muchabe: Made in 1967, but never aired until 1971. Was the final anime broadcast in black & whitenote .
- 1967 Pa-Man: First series only, both the second series and the movies are done by Shin-Ei Doga. Production was split between TMS and Studio Zero.
- 1968/1977/1979 Kyojin No Hoshi: aka Star Of The Giants, did all three series.
- 1968 Kaibutsu-Kun: With Studio Zero.
- 1969 Umeboshi Denka: With Studio Zero. Final black & white anime from TMS note .
- 1969 Roppo Yabure-Kun: TMS's first Otaku O'Clock show.
- 1969 Moomin: First 26 episodes of the first series. The rest of the first series and New Moomin are by Mushi, and Tanoshii Moomin Ikka is done by Telescreen and Visual 80.
- 1969 Attack No. 1
Noteworthy productions from the 1970s
Noteworthy productions from the 1980s
- 1980 Mu No Hakubai
- 1980 Tetsujin 28
- 1980 Nijushi No Hitomi
- 1980 Ashita no Joe: Second series and movie, original series by Mushi Productions and the third one by Madhouse.
- 1981 Ohayo! Spank
- 1981 Acrobunch
- 1981 Ulysses31: TMS's first western production. Done with Studio Nue.
- 1981 The New Adventures of Zorro: Done with Filmation.
- 1981 (unreleased) Lupin VIII: A pilot for DiC that never aired.
- 1981 God Mars
- 1981/1991 Jarinko Chie: Both series and the movie.
- 1982 Donde Monpe
- 1982 Ninjaman Ippei
- 1982 Space Adventure Cobra: The movie and first series only. The OVAs and second series are produced by Magic Bus.
- 1983 Lady Georgie
- 1983 Golgo 13: first movie only, Queen Bee was done by Toei Animation and the series by The Answer Studio.
- 1983 Super Dimension Century Orguss: Series only, with Studio Nue and Artland. The OVAs are by JC Staff.
- 1983/1984 Cat's Eye
- 1983 The Littles: Seasons 1, 2 and Here Come The Littles; season 3 by Studio Gallop.
- 1983 Inspector Gadget: Season 1note and several season 2 episodes through Saburo Hashimoto's unit at Telecom. Also served as a co-producer for Season 1.
- 1984 Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats: First season with Wang Film Productions and other Japanese studios note . The second season is by KK C&D Asia and a batch of Korean studios; The Korean studios were uncredited.
- 1984 Dennis the Menace: DiC version, some episodes. Also credited for camera direction.
- 1984-1985 Lupin III (Pink Jacket): This series is mostly forgotten by many fans, and ended with Legend Of The Gold Of Babylon.
- 1984 Rainbow Brite: With KK C&D Asia.
- 1982/1984 Sherlock Hound: Hayao Miyazaki's last production at TMS before leaving for Topcraft to do Nausicań of the Valley of the Wind.
- 1984 The Blinkens
- 1984 Mighty Orbots: Was also a co-producer with MGM and ABC.
- 1984 God Mazinger
- 1985 Onegai! Samia Don
- 1985 The Wuzzles: The company's first project with Disney.
- 1985 Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Up to season 4note , seasons five and six were animated by Walt Disney Animation Japan, Australia and Big Star.
- 1985 Fluppy Dogs
- 1985 Sweet Sea: Pilot, commercial(s) are done by AKOM.
- 1986 Galaxy High
- 1986 The Real Ghostbusters: Ten episodes, the pilot and commercial bumpers prior to Season 4. Most of the show was done by KK C&D Asia.
- 1986 Kissyfur: Some episodes and the opening; layouts by Youichi Takada (under the name Yoichi Takada). Other episodes by KK C&D Asia, Visual 80, Studio Korumi and Hong Long.
- 1986 Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
- 1986 Robotan: Second series, first series was done by by Ohiro Planning.
- 1986 Honey The Bug: A series based on Hudson Soft's Adventure Island.
- 1986 Katsugeki Shoujo Tantei Dan
- 1987 2001 Ya Monogatari
- 1987 DuckTales: Most of the first season. One episode -"Down and out in Duckburg"- was done by Burbank Films. The rest of the show by Wang.
- 1987 Starcom The U.S. Space Force: Opening; series proper by KK C&D Asia.
- 1987 Bionic Six: Also co-producer with MCA and Intermedia.
- 1987 Visionaries: Also a co-producer with Hasbro and Sunbow.
- 1988 The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: With other studiosnote .
- 1988 AKIRA
- 1988-Now Soreike! Anpanman: Plus its many specials and movies as well.
- 1978 (started)/1989 (released) Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
- 1989 Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: First 13 episodes, the rest of the show is done by Walt Disney Animation Japan, Sunwoo Entertainment, Wang and A-1 Production.
- 1989 Alfred J. Kwak: Episodes 22, 24 and 30; Other episodes are done by Telescreen Japan and Teleimage
- 1989 (unreleased) Adventures In The Magic Kingdom: Unaired pilot, the only thing that came out for it was a NES game by Capcom.
Noteworthy productions from the 1990s
- 1990 Ojisan Kaizo Koza
- 1990 Far East Of Eden: Two OVAs, based on the Hudson Soft game.
- 1990 Peter Pan & the Pirates: 13 episodes, including the first episode and the "Ages Of Pan" 2 parter. Also served as series co-producer and current owner.
- 1990 Tiny Toon Adventures: 19 episodes List , plus the opening, many Japanese commercials, Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation and "Night Ghoulery". Other episodes were done by StarToons, Wang Film Productions, AKOM, Freelance Animators New Zealand, Kennedy Cartoons, and Encore Cartoons.
- 1991 Ochame Na Futago Clare Gakuin Monogatari
- 1991 Ozanari Dungeon
- 1991 Reporter Blues
- 1991 Watashi To Watashi Futari No Lottie: An adaptation of The Parent Trap.
- 1992 Tetsujin 28 FX
- 1992 Batman: The Animated Series: 5 episodes, the opening and the layouts for Harley And Ivy. Series with other studiosnote .
- 1992 A Dog of Flanders: Second series, first series by Nippon Animation.
- 1993 Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Five episodes & the opening, other episodes are done by Hong Ying, Saerom and Rainbow Animation.
- 1993 Animaniacs: Among other studios, 57 shorts, several bumpers and the opening. Also did Wakko's Wish.
- 1994 Super Robot Red Baron
- 1994 Soccer Fever
- 1994 All of the Disc Station shorts: Done for Compile and another studio. The Puyo Puyo shorts are on YouTube if you look around.
- 1994 (short released in 1997) Sonic, Man Of The Year: Four shorts were produced in 1994. Only one was released as bonus content for Sonic Jam.
- 1994 Magic Knight Rayearth
- 1994 MAPS: Second OVA only, the original OVA was by Studio Gallop
- 1994 Spider-Man: The Animated Series: With Seoul Movie.
- 1994 The cutscenes to the Sega CD version of The Adventures Of Batman And Robin
- 1995 The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries: At least the first seasonnote , alongside other studios.
- 1995 Pinky and the Brain: Reused shorts from Animaniacs and the Christmas special, other episodes are done by Rough Draft Studios, Wang and AKOM.
- 1995 Virtua Fighter
- 1995 Kaitou Saint Tail
- 1995 Astal: Cutscenes.
- 1996 Wayne Head: Opening only.
- 1996 Superman: The Animated Series: 14 episodesnote , other episodes by Koko/Dong Yang and Group TAC/Jade Animation. They also provided the digital animation for the episode "Absolute Power".
- 1996 Wei▀ Kreuz: Co-production with Studio DEEN and Magic Bus.
- 1996-Now Detective Conan: Along with the many movies as well.
- 1996 Bt X
- 1996 Wankorobe
- 1997 The New Batman Adventures: Five episodesnote , other episodes by Koko/Dong Yang.
- 1997 Grandia: Opening cutscene
- 1998 Burning Rangers: Opening cutscene
- 1998 Devilman Lady
- 1998 An American Tail: The Treasure Of Manhattan Island
- 1999 Monster Rancher
- 1999 Cyber Six
- 1999 Shukan Storyland
- 1999 Gozonji Gekko Kamen-Kun
- 1999 Karakurizoshi Ayatsuri Sakon
Noteworthy productions from the 2000s
- 2000 2D in game animation for the Nintendo 64 game Dance Dance Revolution-Disney Dancing Museum, TMS's first production with Disney in over 10 years.
- 2000, 2006, 2011 Hamtaro: Along with four OVAs, four movies, an all CGI show, a sing along DVD, 2 Hiragana specials, a school special and a numbers special.
- 2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
- 2000 Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children: A anime based on Atlus's Shin Megami Tensei game series. Co-produced with Actas.
- 2001 Project ARMS
- 2002 Patapata Hikousen No Bouken: aka Secret of Cerulean Sand - Through Telecom, a co-production with Koko.
- 2002 Cheeky Angel
- 2003 Sonic X
- 2003 Four Ekkisu plum: Name is from a Google Translation, TMS' first All CGI Anime.
- 2003 Takahashi Rumiko Gekijo
- 2003 Requiem from the Darkness
- 2003 Ningyo No Mori
- 2003 PoPoLo Crois: 2nd series; 1st series by Production I.G and Bee Train, based on Sony's PoPoLo Crois games.
- 2003 Mujin Wakusei Survive: Through the Telecom unit, co production with Madhouse.
- 2004 Aishiteruze Baby
- 2004 Mankatsu: A spin-off of Lupin III.
- 2004 Puzzleez: Through Telecom.
- 2004 Futakoi: Through the Telecom Unit, 1st series only. 2nd series by Ufotable.
- 2005 The Adventures Of Super Oil And High-Octane: Through Telecom.
- 2005 Gallery Fake: First 26 episodes only, with Tokyo Kids.
- 2005 Buzzer Beater
- 2005 Glass Mask: Second series and the OVA (which came out in 1998), first series is done by Eiken.
- 2005 The Snow Queen: TMS's adaptation of "The Snow Queen".
- 2005 Tide Line Blue: Through the Telecom unit.
- 2005 Fighting Beauty Wulong
- 2005 Mushi King: A anime based on the Sega game of the same name.
- 2005 Angel Heart
- 2006 D.Gray-Man
- 2006 Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
- 2006 Ramen Fighter Miki: Through Telecom.
- 2006 Pururun Shizuku Chan: First two series only. The third series, Picchipichi Shizuku-chan, was done by Asahi Production.
- 2007-2011 Bakugan: Co production with Japan Vistec up until Bakugan Mechtanium Surge. Baku Tech! Bakugan done by Xebec.
- 2006-2008 Hokuto No Ken: Two OVAs and three movies, the rest of the series is done by Toei and Studio Live.
- 2007 Kaze No Shojo Emily: An adaptation of Emily of New Moon
- 2007 Piano No Mori: Through Telecom, co-production with Madhouse.
- 2007 Moyashimon: Through Telecom, both seasons.
- 2007 Oshare Majo Love And Berry: A movie based off of Sega's Love And Berry.
- 2008 Noramimi
- 2008 Itazura Na Kiss
- 2008 Telepathy Shoujo Ran
- 2008 Scarecrowman: With Studio Hibari.
- 2008 Zenryoku Usagi
- 2008 Live On Card Live R Kakeru
- 2008 Mamegoma
- 2008 The Daughter of Twenty Faces: Through Telecom, co-production with Studio Bones.
- 2009 Genji Monogatari Sennenki
- 2009 A music video called Love To Live By.
- Storyboard: Kazuhide Tomonaga.
- Director: Toshihiko Masuda.
- 2009 Green Lantern: First Flight: TMS's first American production since 2000.
- 2009-2011 Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas OVAs, the rest of the series is done by Toei.
Noteworthy productions from the 2010s
- 2010 Hime Chen Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri: First series only, second series by Studio 4░C.
- 2010 Anchobich: A series of You Tube shorts; With Studio MooGoo.
- 2010 You Are Umasou: with Ajia-Do.
- 2010 Cardfight!! Vanguard
- 2011 A music video from the UK called Cartoon Style Fighting Kids aka It's Tropical: Live action X animation cross breed, produced by in the UK by Elnino and Studio 7-Machine Molle, but the live action was shot in France and the animation is done in Japan by TMS (Telecom Unit), however this video is NSFW due to all the blood shed that goes on in it.
- Animation Directior: Toshihiko Masuda.
- Key Animation: Kazuhide Tomonaga, Yoshinobu Michihata, Sawako Miyamoto, Hiroyuki Aoyama, Atsuko Tanaka, Koichi Suenaga.
- 2011 Sengoku Otome
- Anime Mirai: Formally known as Project A, Anime Mirai is a production of multiple short movies done by a number of studiosnote , all short movies done by the Telecom unit.
- 2011 O-Jii-San No Lamp
- 2012 Buta
- 2011, 2014 Toaru Hikuushi E No Tsuioku: TV Series; Production only for the movie, actual animation for the movie done by Madhouse.
- 2011 Hal's Flute: Co-production with The Answer Studio.
- 2012 Zetman
- 2012 Brave 10: Production end only, actual animation for the series is done by the Studio Sakimakura unit.
- 2012 Justice League: Doom: Through Telecom.
- 2012 Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine: The first new Lupin III series in 27 years.
- 2012 Kubbe
- 2012 Superman VS The Elite: Through Telecom.
- 2012 Fuse Teppou Musume No Torimonochou
- 2012 Kamisama Kiss
- 2012-Now Aikatsu: Through Telecom (Finish Animation through TMS Photo), co-production with Sunrise for the first season and the movie (the later directed by Yuichiro Yano (main director) and Keiko Oyamada (supervising director)). Production Cooperation and background work for seasons 2 and 3note also through Telecom.
- 2013 Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
- 2013 Anisava: Production end only, actual animation done by DLE
- 2013 Yowamushi Pedal- Both seasons.
- 2014 ZX Ignition (Production end; Animation lead through Telecom)
- 2014 Hero Bank
- 2014 Sengoku Basara: Season 3, through Telecom.
- 2014 Hi sCoool! SeHa Girls- First anime made with Miku Miku Dance.
- 2014 Francesca: First project made 100% in Toon Boom, through Telecom, with Heart Bit.
- 2014 Gugure Kokkuri San
- 2014 Gravestone Of Daisuke Jigen
- 2015 Lupin III (Blue Jacket)
Other Projects TMS (or their subdivisions Telecom and TMS Photo) had a hand in:
Western Animation Anime; non Ghibli, may also include select animators
Anime; Through select animators, list not complete
- A Letter to Momo (In-Between Animation, through Telecom)
- Air (Production Assistance for the movie, through TMS Photo)
- Android Announcer Maico 2010 (Digital Paint & Photography, through TMS Photo)
- Angel Beats! (Key Animation, through Telecom)
- anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Backgrounds, through Telecom)
- Aquarion Evol (Finish Animation, through Telecom)
- Attack on Titan (2nd Key Animation, through Telecom)
- Birdy the Mighty (Photography for the OVA, through TMS Photo)
- Black Cat (Backgrounds, through Telecom)
- Blood-C (Production Assistance for episode 7, through Telecom)
- Blue Submarine No. 6 (Finish Animation, through TMS Photo)
- Brave Story (In-Between Animation, Paint and Production Cooperation through Telecom)
- Darker Than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini (In-Between Animation, through Telecom)
- Dirty Pair Flash (Photography, through TMS Photo)
- Eden of the East (Backgrounds, through Telecom. Key Animation for Paradise Lost by Yoshinobu Michihata)
- The Familiar of Zero (Digital Paint, through TMS Photo)
- First Squad: Moment of Truth (In-Between Animation, through Telecom)
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Production of episodes 44 & 55. Additional services for episodes 13, 18, 24, 34 and 50, all through Telecom).
- Getsumen To Heiki Mina (In-Between Animation, through Telecom)
- Ghost Hound (Background Art, through Telecom)
- Ghost in the Shell: Arise (Digital Paint and Backgrounds, through Telecom)
- Great Dangaioh (Photography, through TMS Photo)
- Guilty Crown (Backgrounds and Photography Cooperation, through Telecom)
- Gunsmith Cats (Backgrounds, episodes 1 and 3. The former instance through Telecom by Tadashi Kudou)
- Haikyuu (Backgrounds, through Telecom)
- Heroman (In-Between Animation)
- Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (Additional photography, through TMS Photo)
- House of Five Leaves (Digital Paint, In-Between Animation, Photography and Production Assistance, through Telecom)
- Hunter Î Hunter -The Last Mission- (Key & 2nd Key Animation and Animation Assistance, through Telecom)
- The Idolmaster (Backgrounds, through Telecom)
- Inuyasha: (4 episodes and one movie, through Telecom)
- Jushin Liger (Photography, through TMS Photo)
- Kamichu! (Digital Composite, through TMS Photo)
- Karin (Finish Animation, through TMS Photo)
- Kekkaishi (In-Between and Key Animation, through Telecom)
- King of Thorn (In-Between Animation, through the main studio and Telecom. Finish Animation/Checking, Photography and Production Assistance through Telecom.)
- Kingdom Hearts (Animation services for the first game, through Telecom)
- Kochikame (In-Between Animation and Backgrounds for the first movie, through Telecom)
- Kuroko no Basuke (Photography on episode 7, though Telecom)
- Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing (Production Assistance through Telecom. Visual effects, Finish Animation and Photography through TMS Photo)
- Macross Frontier (In-Between Animation)
- Magic User's Club (Digital Animation, through TMS Photo)
- Mazinkaiser (Photography, through TMS Photo)
- Medabots Damashii (Key & In-Between Animation; through Telecom)
- Michiko to Hatchin (In-Between Animation, through Telecom. Key Animation by Hiroyuki Aoyama)
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (Backgrounds for two episodesnote , through Telecom)
- My Little Monster (Backgrounds, through Telecom)
- Nagi no Asukara (In-Between Animation, through Telecom)
- Ninja Scroll (Photography, through TMS Photo)
- Nodame Cantabile (Finish Animation for second season, through TMS Photo)
- Nurse Witch Komugi (First two episodes - Backgrounds, Digital Paint, In-Between & Key Animation, Photography, Production Assistance with Kyoto Animation and Tatsunoko Production. All instances through Telecom)
- One Piece (movies 1 & 6, production assistance with Toei through TMS Photo)
- Otoboku (Finish Animation, through Telecom)
- Pani Poni Dash! (Finish & In-Between Animation, though Telecom)
- Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (Background Art and In-Between Animation, through Telecom)
- Project Blue Earth SOS (In-Between Animation, Finish Animation, Photography and Production Cooperation for episodes five & six through Telecom. Key Animation by Hisao Yokobori)
- Radiant Silvergun (Finish Animation for GONZO, though Telecom)
- RahXephon (In-Between Animation through Telecom. Production Assistance for Pluralitas Concentio through TMS Photo)
- Rave Master (In-Between Animation, through Telecom)
- Real Drive (In-Between Animation, through Telecom)
- Saber Marionette J Again (Finish Animation, through TMS Photo)
- Sazae-san (Production Assistance, through Telecom)
- Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings (In-Between Animation, through Telecom)
- Sentou Yousei Yukikaze (Key Animation, through Telecom)
- Sgt. Frog (Line Test, through TMS Photo)
- Shigofumi (Finish Animation, through TMS Photo)
- Shikabane Hime (In-Between Assistance for season one, through Telecom)
- Silver Spoon (Key Animation, through Telecom)
- Skip Beat! (Backgrounds, through Telecom)
- Skull Man (Key, Finish & In-Between Animation)
- Softenni (Photography, through TMS Photo)
- Solty Rei (Finish Animation; through Telecom)
- Sora No Manimani (Backgrounds, In-Between Animation, Photography and Production Assistance, through Telecom)
- Soul Eater (In-Between animation. Production Cooperation for episode 34 through Telecom)
- Special A (Clean-Up Animation, through Telecom)
- Spriggan (Finish Animation, through TMS Photo)
- Starship Troopers (Photography, through TMS Photo)
- Steamboy (Animation Assistance, through Telecom)
- Strike Witches (Backgrounds for the movie, through Telecom)
- Sword of the Stranger (In-Between animation)
- Tales of the Abyss (In-Between Animation for the series, through Telecom)
- Tari Tari (Finish Animation, through Telecom)
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (In-Between Animation; Finish Animation through Telecom)
- A Certain Scientific Railgun (Finish Animation, through TMS Photo)
- Tokyo Majin (Finish Animation, through Telecom)
- Tokyo Ravens (In-Between Animation, through Telecom; Key Animation for episode 3 by Hiroyuki Aoyama)
- Transformers Cybertron (Backgrounds, through Telecom)
- Winter Sonata (Ending animation, through Telecom)
- WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (Key Animation, through Telecom)
- Yakitate Japan (Composite through TMS Photo; Production Assistance through Telecom)
Anime; Studio Ghibli
- Aku no Hana (Key Animation through Telecom by Sawako Miyamoto)
- Bodacious Space Pirates (Key Animation for episode 1 through Telecom by Toshihiko Masuda)
- Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter (Key Animation for episodes 6 & 24 through Telecom by Christophe Ferreira & Toshihiko Masuda)
- Code Geass (Key Animation for episode 11 of R2 through Telecom by Toshihiko Masuda)
- Cross Ange (Key Animation for the opening and episodes 2, 6, 7, 12 & 15 through Telecom by Sawako Miyamoto and for episode 9 by Masaaki Kudo)
- Deadman Wonderland (Key Animation through Telecom by Sawako Miyamoto)
- Death Note (Key Animation through Telecom by Kenji Hachizaki and Toshihiko Masuda)
- Diebuster (Key Animation through Telecom by Chie Nishizawa)
- ÚX-Driver (Layout and Animation by Takahiko Shobu, Noboru Furuse and Mitsuru Soma. Key Animation for the movie by Satoshi Hirayama)
- Full Moon o Sagashite (Key Animation for episode 39 through Telecom by Yuichiro Yano)
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (Key Animation through Telecom by Hiroyuki Aoyama)
- Giant Robo (Key Animation by Hajime Kamegaki)
- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Photography Cooperation through TMS Photo. Key Animation through Telecom by Kenji Hachizaki and Toshihiko Masuda)
- Initial D (Character Design and Animation Direction for Extra Stage by Noboru Furuse)
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012 series, Key Animation through Telecom by Toshihiko Masuda)
- Kiddy GiRL-AND (Key Animation through Telecom by Toshihiko Masuda)
- Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (Key Animation through Telecom by Toshihiko Masuda)
- Pokemon X and Y (Storyboards on episode 38 by Nobuo Tomizawa, Key Animation by Toshihiko Masuda)
- Reideen (2007 series, Key Animation through Telecom by Toshihiko Masuda and Sawako Miyamoto)
- Sakamichi No Apollon (Key Animation through Telecom by Toshihiko Masuda and Sawako Miyamoto)
- Slayers Evolution-R (Key Animation through Telecom by Toshihiko Masuda)
- Space Dandy (Production Assistance through Telecom; Key Animation by Hiroyuki Aoyama (Episode 1, 17, 19, 21 and 26, Animation Director on Episodes 2, 10, 17 and 19, 2nd Key Animation on episode 10, Assistant Animation Director on episode 12 and Key Animation Retakes on episode 16), Kenji Hachizaki (Opening and Episodes 2, 10, 17, 19 and 26), Atsuko Tanaka (Episode 2), Takashi Kawaguchi (stationed at Telecom, Episode 10) and Sawako Miyamoto (Episodes 3 and 5))
- Summer Wars (Key Animation through Telecom by Kenji Hachizaki, Atsuko Tanaka and Sawako Miyamoto. Hiroyuki Aoyama was also stationed at Telecom for Key Animation but was stationed at Madhouse for Animation Direction and Storyboards)
- Tekkonkinkreet (Key Animation through Telecom by Kenji Hachizaki and Teiichi Takiguchi)
- Urusei Yatsura: The Final Chapter (Animation Assistance through Telecom by Keiko Yozawa)
- Wolf Children (Key Animation through Telecom by Kenji Hachizaki)
And it just couldn't be complete without working with Studio Ghibli
on several occasions (all instances through Telecom)
Tropes associated with TMS Entertainment
- Animation Bump: Like with most studios in Japan. This is especially noticable in their American works.
- Animation Wars: TMS vs Spumco.
- Cash Cow Franchise: Most of TMS's western productions (Primarily with Warner Bros. and Disney). On the anime side, we have Lupin III, Bakugan, Anpanman and Detective Conan.
- International Coproduction: Some North American projects (Visionaries, Bionic Six and Inspector Gadget, to name a few).
- Limited Animation: Justified throughout the '60s and '70s, as practically everyone, even Disney was doing it due to incredibly low budgets. However like most anime, it sill largely serves as the norm. They do tend to fare better than other studios (With some exceptions as shown below).
- Long Runners: Several.
- The Mutiny: TMS most of the time ignored the domestic staff's directions when they worked on their western output, which isn't what an overseas studio is supposed to do. However, since they got payed royalties for their efforts (unlike other studios) and their decisions actually ended up making the episodes stronger, things added in by TMS' crew were left in because of it, Case in point for Batman: The Animated Series:
Bruce Timm: I think when we shipped them 'Clayface,' they said to themselves: They think they know everything, but we'll show them how do do this show. We'll change Batman's colors. We'll do special color key treatments on the villains when they're walking over the green vat. We'll blow them away.' If that's their revenge, thank you for proving us wrong. I was so happy with that episode." "The sequence where Daggett and Germs are walking over that green vat, those characters look like they're three-dimensional. They look like they're rotoscoped. When Daggett slowly turns toward the camera, the shadows really wrap around his face. It's as if they're real! They did all those colors themselves. We couldn't even ask for those colors if we wanted to. They aren't even in our palette. They had to specially mix those colors."
- It got to the point where they were literally doing entire episodes (from from pre production to animation to episode direction) themselves.
- Off Model: Even they're guilty of this. Mostly seen in their work from the '70s, Spider-Man and Weiss Kreuz. For more recent offenders, there's Kenichi, Sonic X, Hamtaro and Bakugan.
- Production Posse: Disney exclusively worked them when their TV division first began, though by 1989 they had phased them out in favor of Walt Disney Animation Japan. This sudden availability allowed Warner Bros. to work with TMS due to needing money to pay back for Little Nemo's bombing on TMS' behalf, who used them for many of their shows throughout the '90s (Tiny Toons, Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, Animaniacs, Batman, Superman).
- The Renaissance Age of Animation: One of the first studios to break from the "Dark Age".
- Troubled Production: Little Nemo aside, Filmation's Zorro cartoon was plagued with these. The least of which being a small time frame for the first episode (five weeks, according to Lou Scheimer himself in "Creating the Filmation Generation")