It’s easy to see why anime fans put so much emphasis on what studios will be animating their favorite properties–after all, depending on the team working on a project, the show, movie, or other media can change completely. Japanese website MyNavi asked 235 Japanese college students (122 male, 113 female) to tell the site what their favorite studio for anime was.
Here’s a look at the results:
SHAFT–possibly best known for their artistic stylings in the anime adaptations of Nisio Isin’s Monogatari series—came in at fifth place. Respondents that chose SHAFT as their studio of choice noted that they liked the studio because of its original anime project Puella Magi Madoka Magica,as well as the beautiful drawings and designs that the studio employs. SHAFT will be animating the upcoming March Comes in Like a Lion anime.
4. Production I.G.
Respondents to the survey replied that they liked Production I.G. because of Ghost in the Shell and Haikyu!!, both which are animated by the studio. One respondent went so far as to say, “Most of my favorite anime ends up being made by this studio.”
In recent years, the studio has released critically acclaimed works like Miss Hokusai, which has won multiple awards. And in good news for Haikyu!! fans, the studio will be animating the third season of the anime–Haikyu!! Karasuno Kōkō VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Kōkō–which is scheduled to premiere this fall.
When anime fans think “Sunrise,” they usually think robots. And while it’s true that the Gundam franchise is one of the studio’s biggest properties, they also have animated the samurai comedy anime Gintama and the idol anime Love Live!. And according to one respondent, “Love Live! is God.” The second season of Sunrise’s latest installment in the Gundam series–Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans–will premiere next month.
2. Kyoto Animation
Also well-known by Western fans, the studio known for its plethora of adorable characters in works such as Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Tamako Market also has popularity among its Japanese audience. One point that respondents seemed to focus on the most, though, was that the animation used in the shows they create is always very fluid. “They’re always made with such care,” one respondent said. The second season of the studio’s anime about a school’s brass club–Sound! Euphonium–will broadcast this fall.
1. Toei Animation
Taking the top in the survey was Toei Animation, the company known for making such family-oriented properties as Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Zatch Bell, Sailor Moon, and many, many others. With a company that has the goal of making childhood memories, it’s no mystery as to why this studio ranked number one with college students. One of the students noted that the company has a lot of classics under its belt. Another said that Toei is all about “trust and achievements.” The studio is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with a new anime titled Tiger Mask W, a clear tribute to the action-packed Tiger Mask anime the studio made in the 60’s.
You can read more about on the new Tiger Mask W anime and the real-life wrestlers that appear in our article about the premiere.