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Nippon Animation, founded in 1975, is an established Japanese studio. Before 1975 Nippon was, for a brief period, known as Zuiyô Enterprise. Doing Vicky The Viking (replacing Mushi Productions after episode 6) and two entries of World Masterpiece Theater under that name — Heidi, Girl of the Alps and A Dog of Flanders. The latter being when Zuiyô became Nippon. Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata frequently worked with the studio during the 1970s, as have other big names such as Yoshiyuki Tomino, Yoshifumi Kondo, Noboru Ishiguro, and future Super Mario Bros. character designer Yoichi Kotabe.

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The studio is internationally renowned for its World Masterpiece Theater and other anime adaptations of Western literature, but its greatest success in ratings has come with a work of entirely Japanese origin, Chibi Maruko-chan, one of the highest-rated programs in the history of Japanese TV with ratings reaching as high as nearly 40% at its peak.

See also Trans Arts, a studio who worked with the company throughout the '70s and '80s. More credits can be found here.


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