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Anime, as in Japanese animation, has not only been around for a few decades, but it was quite self-contained for much of that period. It therefore has a select number of people who were extremely influential in its development. It is useful to know these people, as their personal style has formed the foundations of many Japanese Visual Arts Tropes found in this wiki.

Not to be confused with Essential Anime: that's about programs.


The "who's who" in anime includes the following:

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Individual people involved in production

    Anime directors and producers 
Notable directors/producers of anime films and television series.

    Manga artists and writers 
The following manga creators, while not always directly involved in anime, have provided the basis for a large number of Essential Anime:
Also see:

    Literature writers 
In addition to mangas, traditional novels and light novels are also rich sources for anime adaptation. These authors are known for having animated adaptations of their works:

    Musicians and composers 
Following music performers and composers have made their name in anime history:

Production and distribution companies

    Japanese animation studios 
Some production studios are particularly well known, especially if they have their own little quirks:

    Japanese television networks 
Every TV show needs a network to air on (until streaming was invented anyway...), and anime is no exception. Here are some notable ones.

    International companies — Engish dubbing and distribution 
Of course, one can't have a dub without a recording studio. And there are other companies that license and distribute anime in the West.

Engish dub producers (active)

Alberta Dallas
  • Funimation Studios
  • Okratron 5000
  • Sound Cadence
  • Starman Studios
Hong Kong
  • Artwood Productions
  • Omni Productions
  • Red Angel Media
  • Kocha Sound
  • Sentai Studios
Los Angeles Miami
  • The Kitchen
  • Studios VOA
  • Universal Cinergia
New York City
  • 3Beep Studios
  • Buttons Sound Inc.
  • DuArt Film and Video
  • Headline Sound
  • NYAV Post
  • North Hollywood Sound

English dub producers (inactive)

  • Monster Island Studios (Austin, former division of ADV Studios in Houston)
  • ADV Studios (formerly Industrial Smoke and Mirrors)
  • Seraphim Digital Studios
  • Village Productions
  • World Wide Sound
Los Angeles
  • Animaze (closed up after the death of its founder Kevin Seymour)
  • Arvintel
  • Intersound
  • New Generation Pictutres
  • U.S. Renditions (AKA L.A. Hero)
New York City
  • Audioworks Producers Group
  • Matlin Recording
  • Mercury Productiomns
  • National Sound
  • Planet to Planet Sound
  • Skypilot Entertainment
  • Sound Dimensions
  • TAJ Productions
  • Titra Productions
  • TripWire Productions
North Carolina
  • Coastal Productions (Wilmington)
    • Phoenix Post (Asheville)
  • InTune Music (Wilmington)
  • Southwynde Studios (Wilmington)
  • Swirl Films (Wilmington)
  • Voiceovers Unlimited
Tokyo Toronto
  • Kaleidoscope Entertainment
  • Optimum Productions

English distributors (active)

English distributors (inactive)


    International companies — Spanish dubbing and distribution 
Like in English, one can't have a Spanish dub with out a recording studio. Here are some of them.

Spanish dub studios (active)

  • Candiani Dubbing Studios (Mexico City. Also credited as Audiomaster Candiani.)
  • CBAudio (Cuernavaca. Had a branch in Mexico City until 2016. Owned by Jesus Barrero until his death, currently owned by his nephew, Victor Covarrubias.)
  • Centauro Comunicaciones (Colombia. Has a branch in Mexico City)
  • Cine Dub (Mexico City)
  • Dubbing House (Mexico City)
  • DINT Doblajes Internacionales (Chile)
  • Elefante Films (Cuernavaca)
  • Etcetera Group (Venezuela)
  • Grupo Macias (Mexico City. Actually a Dubbing Producer, which owns several separate studios, only two of which are still active)
    • IDF
    • Sebastians
  • Koe Dubbing Masters (Mexico City. Founded and owned by Gabriel Gama.)
  • Labo (Formerly known as Labo Prime Dubbing Producers, Mexico City. Founded and previously ownedy by Eduardo Giaccardi.)
  • SDI Media de México (Known as Prime Dubb before being purchased by SDI Media. Mexico City. Founded and previously ownedy by Eduardo Giaccardi.)
  • Sensaciones Sonicas (Known as Suite Sync de Mexico until the mid 00's. Mexico City)
  • New Art Dub (Formerly known as Grabaciones y Doblajes [Internacionales], Mexico City)
  • Non Stop Dubbing (Known as Media Pro Con until 2018. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Known mostly for it's work with Disney)
  • Palmera Record (Argentina)
  • VSI Civisa (Formerly known as Civisa Media. Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Spanish dub studios (inactive)

  • Audiomaster 3000 (Mexico City. Merged with Candiani Dubbing Studios.)
  • Intertrack (Mexico City, then Cuernavaca. Merged with Doblaje Paris.)
  • M&M Studios (Venezuela, stopped doing Spanish dubs in 2012)
  • Hispanoamérica Doblajes (Also known as Technoworks) (Chile)


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