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Nakamura Production (中村プロダクション; often shortened to simply Nakamura Pro), established in 1974 by former Mushi Productions animator Kazuo Nakamura (now Takigawa) and his brother Akira, is an animation support studio and 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.

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


Among Nakamura Pro's credits:

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Walt Disney Animation Japan (animation cooperation unless otherwise noted)

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Other shows

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  • 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)

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Tropes Associated with the company:

  • Animated Adaptation: Kabuto and Dragon Slayer, as well as a hefty chunk of their subcontract 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 during the 1990s differs depending on who was serving as its animation supervisor.
    • Carries on to recent times whenever Takuro Shinbo is credited as animation director on an episode of a series, as details like clothing folds are generally depicted with shading instead of lines and character expressions and poses will occasionally become more exaggerated than usual, especially on more comedic series, owing to the studio's history of doing more cartoonish works during the 80s and 90s.
    • 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, a silhouetted one adorns the homepage of their website.
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  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: A 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 foreign contracts have similarly slowed to a crawl.
  • 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 II: 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 still fell into the general trap of dodgy artwork, awkward looking fight scenes and tended to have the mecha and ships (and on occasion, characters) shaded with copious amounts of hatched shading. A trait carried over from their work with Toei at the time.

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