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AIC (short for Anime International Company) is a Japanese-based animation company established in 1982. It currently has twelve subsidiaries — AIC ASTA, AIC Art Dept., AIC Background Dept., AIC Build, AIC Classic, AIC Digital, AIC Frontier, AIC Iidabashi Studio, AIC PLUS (and PLUS+), AIC Spirits and AIC Takarazuka. Another company, Artmic, was their partner for many OVAsnote . additional note 

Since 2006, the company (along with Singapore's NTU) has been involved with the development of software that generates in-between frames from key framesnote .

AIC has been on a decline since The New '10s, with most of their former staff members establishing Production IMS (which went bust in 2018), Snowdrop, and TROYCA, with their former headquarters as of 2022 being occupied by Studio Bihou (one of their regular background partners). In 2015, the production department was dismantled and withdrew from the animation business. On December of that same year, AIC Rights was established through the company split, in which AIC Rights received the transfer of some of the copyrights of AIC's work. In 2021, AIC Rights would partner up with Toei Agency to produce new material for several of the studio's properties.

For more credits from the main studio, go to Anime News Network.

Not to be confused with Alice in Chains, which is often abbreviated as AIC

AIC and Artmic's notable productions include:

  • Bastednote 
  • "Creating Anime" - Volume 9 of Graphic-sha Publishing's How to Draw Manga book seriesnote 

Their Work on Other Projects Include:

Tropes Revolving Around The Company:

  • all lowercase letters: The 'A' in their logo is stylized as the lowercase equivalent.
  • Animated Adaptation: Plenty, chief among them are Tenchi Muyo!, Ah! My Goddess, Magical Cannan, Captain Power and Persona 4.
  • Animation Bump: Visible in much of their OVA and film work.
  • Animesque: Captain Power, Inspector Gadget and Pole Position.
  • Easter Egg/Shout-Out: The company has put their name in the backgrounds of several of their productions.
  • Fanservice
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Were one of the biggest names in anime for the better part of 3 decades. As of 2013, the studio mostly exists to hold on to their properties with most of its staff either forming or joining other studios or becoming freelancers, while their former HQ is now Studio Bihou's.
  • Humongous Mecha: Started off as a subcontractor for such series (Votoms, Macross) before releasing Megazone 23, their first major production. A fair bit of their other OVA and TV series work are also from this genre.
  • Stock Sound Effects: The Captain Power videos recycle a fair bit of soundbytes from Bubblegum Crisis.