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Established in 1979 by several former animators of Mushi Productions and Tatsunoko Production, Studio Pierrot (ぴえろ) is a Japanese anime production studio mainly known for shonen manga adaptations. They currently create the famous shonen anime Naruto, and its spin-off Boruto. They also produced the Bleach anime before it was prematurely canceled in 2012. Before the 2000s, they were best known for their Magical Girl series, such as Magical Angel Creamy Mami, Persia, the Magic Fairy, Magical Star Magical Emi, Magical Idol Pastel Yumi, and Magical Stage Fancy Lala. As well as their adaptations of Urusei Yatsura, Kimagure Orange Road, and YuYu Hakusho

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Studio Pierrot credits include:



Tropes Associated with Pierrot:

  • Animation Bump:
    • Their 80s productions are far better animated then their later stuff, this includes Urusei Yatsura, Mysterious Cities of Gold and Magical Angel Creamy Mami, the same can be said for some of their 90's productions like Yu Yu Hakusho.
    • Most of the high-profile fight scenes in the Naruto franchise are known for having very fluid and detailed animation, especially when compared to the rest of the series normal episodes.
  • Creator's Favorite: The staff from the studio unapologetically admits that they're big fans of Hinata Hyuga from Naruto (via interviews and an Omake in episode 165) to the point that they gave the franchise's creator a draft for a movie that would focus on her love story with the titular character!
  • Off-Model: Due in part to making long runners, with many episodes of said shows (Naruto especially) wholesaled out to sub-standard South Korean studios (namely NARA Animation Studio).
    • This was also a reason why they left Korra midway through season 2 and returned to Studio Mir (though in the art book for season 2, the producers do give them a bit of praise).
    • DYNAMIC CHORD became infamous for its (lack of) quality control not just between episodes, but between scene cuts.
    • More than most studios, they also parody the practice, as seen in Mahou Shoujo Ore and Shinya! Tensai Bakabon.
  • Playing Against Type: The Legend of Korra, which is one of the few American properties they've worked on. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and Mysterious Cities of Gold also veer towards this category to some extent.
  • Production Posse: Has built up a rapport with T2 Studio since the late 1980snote . Also uses Hanjin Animation, Jiwoo Animation and NARA Animation Studio (Said sub-standard Korean studios) in more recent years.
  • Troubled Production: Akin to Toei Animation, when a series has this, it really has this, as shows like DYNAMIC CHORD and Black Clover have proven to be. A more tragic example of this also occurred when animating episode 2 of Welcome to The Ballroom.