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Tatsunoko Production

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Type  Kabushiki gaisha
Founded  19 October 1962
Number of employees  59 (2015)
Products  Anime
Headquarters  Musashino
Owner  Nippon Television (54.3%) Takara Tomy (20.0%) Horipro (13.5%) Production I.G (11.2%)
Divisions  I.G Tatsunoko 1987–1993
Parent organizations  Tomy, Nippon Television Hldgs
Founders  Tatsuo Yoshida, Kenji Yoshida, Ippei Kuri
Films produced  King of Prism by PrettyRhythm, Macross: Do You Rememb, Hutch the Honeybee, Robotech: The Shadow, The Super Dimension Fortress

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Tatsunoko Production Company (株式会社タツノコプロ, Kabushiki gaisha Tatsunoko Puro), previously known as Kabushiki gaisha Tatsunoko Purodakushon (株式会社竜の子プロダクション) and often shortened to Tatsunoko Pro (タツノコプロ, Tatsunoko Puro), is a Japanese animation company. It was founded in October 1962 by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida and his brothers, Kenji and Toyoharu (pen name "Ippei Kuri"). The studio's name has a double meaning in Japanese: "Tatsu's child" (Tatsu is a nickname for Tatsuo) and "sea dragon", the inspiration for its seahorse logo. Tatsunoko's headquarters are in Musashino, Tokyo.


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The studio's first production was the 1965 TV series Space Ace. Since then many figures in the anime industry have worked with Tatsunoko, including Mizuho Nishikubo, Hiroshi Sasagawa, Koichi Mashimo, Katsuhisa Yamada, Hideaki Anno (Tatsunoko provided animation work on the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series), and Kazuo Yamazaki. Sasagawa is notable for bringing his fondness for comedy animation to the forefront in Tatsunoko series such as the Time Bokan (1975) franchise. The company later licensed Macross to Harmony Gold, who then produced Robotech.

Takara acquired Tatsunoko on June 3, 2005 after purchasing an 88 percent stake and made the company a subsidiary. Production I.G was established in 1987 as I.G. Tatsunoko, a branch for the production of Zillion led by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa.

In 2009, Tatsunoko announced that it would collaborate with Marvel Comics on a joint television project and other ventures. IG Port announced on June 2, 2010 that its subsidiary, Production I.G, had purchased an 11.2 percent stake in Tatsunoko. Production I.G president Mitsuhisa Ishikawa became a part-time director of the studio.

Talent agency Horipro announced on February 23, 2013 that it had acquired a 13.5 percent stake in Tatsunoko. At Anime Expo 2013, Sentai Filmworks announced a deal to license and release some of Tatsunoko's titles, including Gatchaman and Casshan. Nippon Television announced on January 29, 2014 that it had purchased a 54.3 percent stake in Tatsunoko and adopted the company as its subsidiary.


  • Time Bokan 24 (YTV/NTV) (2016-2017, co-production with Level-5)
  • Co-productions

  • Once Upon a Time...Man (produced by Procidis) (1978)
  • The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (produced by Studio Nue) (MBS) (1982-1983)
  • Genesis Climber MOSPEADA: Love Live Alive OVA (1985)
  • Megazone 23 (1985-1989) (co-production with AIC)
  • Robotech, An adaptation of Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada (co-produced with Harmony Gold USA and Big West) (1985)
  • Robotech II: The Sentinels (co-production with Harmony Gold USA) (1986)
  • Outlanders (animated by AIC on Tatsunoko's behalf; not listed on Tatsunoko's website) (1986)
  • Time Travel Tondekeman (a.k.a. Time Quest Tondekema!) (produced by Ashi Productions) (Fuji TV) (1989–1990)
  • Video Girl Ai (1993; produced by IG Tatsunoko)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV Tokyo) (1995–96; Tatsunoko provided assistance with animation, main production by Gainax)
  • Anime studios made by former animators

  • Ashi Productions/Production Reed (Since 1975)
  • Pierrot (Since 1979)
  • J.C. Staff (Since 1986)
  • Production IG (Since 1987)
  • Xebec (Since 1995)
  • Radix (1995-2006) (Defunct)
  • Bee Train (Since 1997)
  • TNK (Since 1999)
  • References

    Tatsunoko Production Wikipedia

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