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Maruyama Animation Produce Project Association, or better known simply as MAPPA, is a Japanese studio established on June 14, 2011 by former Madhouse staff (including co-founder Masao Maruyama).

The objective behind the studio, specifically during its first years, is to achieve greater creative freedom to pursue projects that may be less obviously commercial.

Works by MAPPA

Television series

Feature-length films

As Subcontractors

Tropes Associated with MAPPA:

  • Animation Bump: Select scenes animate at a much more fluid pace than the rest of the episode, like the music scenes in Kids on the Slope or the fights in Rage of Bahamut: Genesis.
  • Off-Model: Have gotten this in more recent years thanks to series like Banana Fish and Dororo having wildly inconsistent animation quality between episodes. In more recent years, the use of dozens of animation directors, some from outside companies such as Studio Massket, has drawn ire from fans, with the results being markedly visible onscreen. This is best expmlified with both Takt-op Destiny (Where their episodes would have upwards to 10 animation supervisors or more as opposed to the 1 or 2 on partner studio Madhouse's episodes) and their run on Attack On Titan (which had animators outright come out to complain about the pracitices MAPPA employs).
  • Scenery Porn
  • Start My Own: Masao Maruyama formed MAPPA after retiring from Madhouse in 2011 when he was 70 years old.