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Intro text. Honest.


  • Unknown Relation
Add if you're absolutely sure the company had something to do with the making of the anime, but the correct credit isn't available, or you don't know what.

English Only

Use when only english is given.

  • Animation Co-Production
  • Animation Production
  • Financial Production
  • Music Production
  • Original Story


Use when you have the exact japanese credit given, in the video or on an official website.

  • Animation (アニメーション)
  • Animation Work (アニメーション制作)
  • Animation Work Assistance (アニメーション制作協力)
  • Music Work (音楽制作)
  • Original Work (原作)
  • Photography (撮影)
  • Production (製作)
  • Production Assistance (製作協力)
  • Production Studio (製作スタジオ)
  • Work (制作)
  • Work Assistance (制作協力)
  • Work Studio (制作スタジオ)

Categories that should be added

  • Animation Assistance (アニメーション協力)
  • Publication (著作)
  • Music Assistance (音楽協力)
  • Assistance/Cooperation (協力) (warning though, often used as a generic credit for anyone or anything)

Other Japanese not currently listed

For interest.

  • Direction (監督) Kantoku
  • Assistant/Episode Direction (副監督) Fuku Kantoku
  • Overview/Direction (演出) Enshutsu
  • Animation Direction (作画監督) Sakuga Kantoku
  • Art Direction (美術監督) Bijutsu Kantoku
  • Sound Direction (音響監督) Onkyou Kantoku
  • Photographic Direction (撮影監督) Satsuei Kantoku
  • Script/Screenplay (脚本) Kyakuhon
  • Character Design (キャラクターデザイン)
  • Colour Specification (色指定) Iro Shitei
  • Storyboard (絵コンテ) E Conte lit. 'picture continuity'
  • Key Animation (原画) Genga, lit. 'original picture'
  • Animation (動画) Douga
  • Animation Check (動画チェック) Douga Check
  • Original Plan (原案) Gen'an
  • Planning (企画) Kikaku
  • Music (音楽) Ongaku
  • Sponsor (提供) Teikyou
Can be companies, products, other tv shows (in an advertising exchange deal), or anything else that provides some cash in exchange for a short advert.

Major Companies

Some big names. Not exhastive, see the producer list in anidb for everything.

Animation Studios

The companies that employ the people who draw.

  • AIC
  • A.P.P.P.
  • Gainax (ガイナックス)
  • Gonzo (formerly Gonzo Digimation)
  • Group Tac (グループ・タック)
  • J.C.Staff
  • Madhouse (マッドハウス)
  • OLM (オー・エル・エム)
  • Production I.G (プロダクション I .G)
  • Studio 4°C
  • Studio Deen (スタジオディーン)
  • Studio Ghibli (スタジオジブリ)
  • Studio Pierrot (スタジオぴえろ)
  • Sunrise (サンライズ)
  • Tōei (東映)


Involved in the prodution of most anime made for television, and key players in the financing of anime in general.

  • CBC (中部日本放送)
  • NTV
  • TBS
  • TV Asahi (テレビ朝日)
  • TV Osaka (テレビ大阪)
  • TV Tōkyō (テレビ東京)
  • Yomiuri TV (よみうりテレビ)


Retailers and manufacturers, involved in production, finance and cashing in on the toys.

  • Bandai Visual (バンダイビジュアル)
  • KSS
  • Tōhō (東宝)
  • SME Visual Works (formerly Pioneer LDC)


As owners of copyright on most manga, involved at least nominally in the production of a large proportion of anime, and often provide finance and planning as well.

  • Kōdansha (講談社)
  • Hakusensha (白泉社)
  • Shogakukan (小学館)
  • Shueisha (集英社)

Record Companies

They make and license the music, and often provide some cash as well.

  • KingRecords (キングレコード)
  • Victor Entertainment (ビクターエンタテインメント)

Other tricky ones

Companies with fun kanji names.

  • Asatsu (旭通信社)
  • Dentsu (電通)
  • Doumu (童夢)
  • Shinkuukan (真空間)
  • Shōchiku (松竹)
  • Yomiko Advertising (読売広告社)

Further info