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Studio Live (スタジオ ライブ), established in 1976, is an animation studio founded by renowned animator Toyoo Ashida. Most of their work consists of subcontracting to other studios as well as pre-production in areas such as character design, technical direction, and script writing. They are largely infamous for the atrocious animation for the OVA Roots Search and most of Dragon Ball Z. However, they've also worked on such notable anime as Sailor Moon, Space Battleship Yamato (3rd series), Case Closed, and Magical Princess Minky Momo. One notable alum is Kazuko Tadano, best known as character designer for Sailor Moon and Wedding Peach. Sailor Moon even spoofed the company as "Studio Dive" in one of the studio's episodes.

A complete list can be seen on Anime News Network.

Other Anime Studio Live has worked on include:

As main studio

As Support


  • Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
  • The Transformers

Tropes Associated with Studio Live:

  • Shout-Out: Episode 21 of Sailor Moon features Usagi, Ami and Rei visiting an animation studio called Studio Dive (which is making an anime based on Codename: Sailor V), with one of the studio's animators targeted by the episode's Monster of the Week. The Victim of the Week's name is Hiromi Matsuno and her best friend's name is Kazuko Tadashita, a reference to Studio Live animators Hiromi Matsushita and Kazuko Tadano (the latter of whom did the original character designs for Sailor Moon).note 
  • Signature Style: Their artwork, especially in more recent years, involves a lot of sharp points and definition in the faces.
  • Unreliable Illustrator: A lot of their OVA work. Roots Search is possibly the worst offender. Kanzenshuu also discusses how abysmal their work on DBZ was in comparison to either Seigasha, Studio Junio, Studio Cockpit or Toei themselves. Cosprayers also fits this trope rather nicely.