A-1 Pictures Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社エー・ワン・ピクチャーズ, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Ē wan pikuchāzu) is a Japanese animation studio founded by ex-Sunrise producer Mikihiro Iwata, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan)'s anime production firm Aniplex.
|Kabushiki-gaisha Ē wan pikuchāzu|
|Founded||9 May 2005|
|Founder||Mikihiro Iwata, Alpha Alan|
|Headquarters||4-38-18 Naritahigashi, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan|
|Tomonori Ochikoshi (President)|
Masuo Ueda (Vice-President)
Number of employees
|152 (as of October 2014)|
(Sony Music Entertainment Japan)
The studio was established by SMEJ's animation production division, Aniplex, on 9 May 2005, to animate its anime series and productions. In 2006, it co-produced the original production Zenmai Zamurai, and in October of the same year, established a studio in Asagaya. In the following year, 2007, the studio produced its first series, Ōkiku Furikabutte.
Originally established to oversee the production of only a few of Aniplex's family-oriented series, the studio has since grown and expanded as a full-fledged studio involved in the production of a wide range of media and anime productions and other activities, which it has overseen.
The studio has also expanded its international presence, participating in the noted international convention, Anime Expo 2007 (AX 2007), held in Long Beach, California, and having its own panel there.
On 1 October 2018, CloverWorks separated from A-1 Pictures, although it still remains as a subsidiary under Aniplex.
|Title||Broadcast Channel||First run start date||First run end date||Eps||Notes|
|Zenmai Zamurai||NHK E||April 3, 2006||February 6, 2009||175||Original work. |
Co-production with No Side.
|Robby & Kerobby||TV Tokyo||April 1, 2007||March 30, 2008||52||Original work.|
|Big Windup!||TBS, MBS||April 12, 2007||September 27, 2007||25||Based on a manga by Asa Higuchi.|
|Persona: Trinity Soul||Tokyo MX, BS11||January 5, 2008||June 28, 2008||26||Based on a video game by Atlus.|
|Birdy the Mighty: Decode||TV Saitama||July 4, 2008||September 26, 2008||13||Based on a manga by Masami Yuki.|
|Black Butler||MBS||October 3, 2008||March 27, 2009||24||Based on a manga by Yana Toboso.|
|Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens||Tokyo MX||October 4, 2008||December 27, 2008||13||Based on a manga by Eri Takenashi.|
|Birdy the Mighty: Decode 02||Sun TV||January 9, 2009||March 27, 2009||12||Sequel to Birdy the Mighty: Decode.|
|Valkyria Chronicles||MBS||April 4, 2009||September 26, 2009||26||Based on a video game by Sega.|
|Fairy Tail||TXN (TV Tokyo)||October 12, 2009 (first series)
April 5, 2014 (second series)
October 7, 2018 (third series)
|March 30, 2013 (first series)
March 26, 2016 (second series)
September 29, 2019 (third series)
|328||Based on a manga by Hiro Mashima.|
Co-production with Satelight (first series), Bridge (second and third series), and CloverWorks (third series).
|Sound of the Sky||TV Tokyo||January 4, 2010||March 22, 2010||12||Original work.|
|Big Windup! 2||MBS, TBS||April 1, 2010||June 24, 2010||13||Sequel to Big Windup!.|
|Working!!||Tokyo MX||April 4, 2010||June 26, 2010||13||Based on a manga by Karino Takatsu.|
|Night Raid 1931||TV Tokyo||April 5, 2010||June 28, 2010||13||Original work.|
|Black Butler II||MBS||July 2, 2010||September 17, 2010||12||Sequel to Black Butler.|
|Occult Academy||TV Tokyo||July 6, 2010||September 27, 2010||13||Original work.|
|Togainu no Chi||MBS, TBS||October 7, 2010||December 23, 2010||12||Based on a video game by Nitro+chiral.|
|Fractale||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||January 13, 2011||March 31, 2011||11||Original work.|
|Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||April 14, 2011||June 23, 2011||11||Original work.|
|Blue Exorcist||JNN (MBS)||April 17, 2011||October 2, 2011||25||Based on a manga by Kazue Kato.|
|Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%||Tokyo MX||July 3, 2011||September 25, 2011||13||Based on a video game by Broccoli.|
|The Idolmaster||TBS||July 8, 2011||December 23, 2011||25||Based on a video game by Bandai Namco Entertainment.|
|Working'!!||Tokyo MX||October 1, 2011||December 24, 2011||13||Sequel to Working!!.|
|Space Brothers||NNS (ytv)||April 1, 2012||March 22, 2014||99||Based on a manga by Chūya Koyama.|
|Tsuritama||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||April 13, 2012||June 28, 2012||12||Original work.|
|Sword Art Online||Tokyo MX||July 8, 2012||December 23, 2012||25||Based on a light novel by Reki Kawahara.|
|Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter||TXN (TV Tokyo)||October 2, 2012||September 24, 2013||51||Based on a video game by Square Enix.|
|From the New World||TV Asahi||October 3, 2012||March 27, 2013||25||Based on a novel by Yūsuke Kishi.|
|Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic||JNN (MBS)||October 7, 2012||March 31, 2013||25||Based on a manga by Shinobu Ohtaka|
|Oreshura||Tokyo MX||January 6, 2013||March 31, 2013||13||Based on a light novel by Yūji Yūji.|
|Vividred Operation||MBS||January 11, 2013||March 29, 2013||12||Original work.|
|Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 2000%||TV Aichi||April 4, 2013||June 27, 2013||13||Sequel to Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%.|
|Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.||Tokyo MX||April 7, 2013||June 30, 2013||13||Sequel to Oreimo.|
|Servant x Service||ABC||July 5, 2013||September 27, 2013||13||Based on a manga by Karino Takatsu.|
|Silver Spoon||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||July 11, 2013||September 19, 2013||11||Based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa.|
|Magi: The Kingdom of Magic||JNN (MBS)||October 6, 2013||March 30, 2014||25||Sequel to Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic.|
|Galilei Donna||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||October 10, 2013||December 19, 2013||11||Original work.|
|Silver Spoon II||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||January 9, 2014||March 27, 2014||11||Sequel to Silver Spoon.|
|World Conquest Zvezda Plot||Tokyo MX||January 11, 2014||March 29, 2014||12||Original work.|
|Nanana's Buried Treasure||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||April 10, 2014||June 19, 2014||11||Based on a light novel by Kazuma Ōtorino.|
|Sword Art Online II||Tokyo MX||July 5, 2014||December 20, 2014||24||Sequel to Sword Art Online.|
|Aldnoah.Zero||Tokyo MX||July 5, 2014||March 28, 2015||24||Original work. |
Co-production with Troyca.
|Black Butler: Book of Circus||MBS||July 10, 2014||September 11, 2014||10||Related to Black Butler.|
|Persona 4: The Golden Animation||MBS||July 11, 2014||September 25, 2014||12||Based on a video game by Atlus.|
|Magic Kaito 1412||NNS (ytv)||October 4, 2014||March 28, 2015||24||Based on a manga by Gosho Aoyama.|
|The Seven Deadly Sins||JNN (MBS)||October 5, 2014||March 29, 2015||24||Based on a manga by Nakaba Suzuki.|
|Your Lie in April||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||October 9, 2014||March 19, 2015||22||Based on a manga by Naoshi Arakawa.|
|Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||January 9, 2015||March 27, 2015||13||Based on a light novel by Fumiaki Maruto.|
|The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls||Tokyo MX||January 10, 2015||October 17, 2015||25||Based on a social network game by Bandai Namco Entertainment in The Idolmaster series.|
|Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid||Tokyo MX||April 3, 2015||June 19, 2015||12||Based on a manga by Masaki Tsuzuki.|
|Ultimate Otaku Teacher||NNS (ytv)||April 4, 2015||September 26, 2015||24||Based on a manga by Takeshi Azuma.|
|Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation||Tokyo MX||April 4, 2015||June 20, 2015||12||Based on a video game by Square Enix in Gunslinger Stratos.|
|Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Revolutions||Tokyo MX||April 4, 2015||June 27, 2015||13||Related to Uta no Prince-sama.|
|Gate||Tokyo MX||July 4, 2015||March 26, 2016||24||Based on a novel by Takumi Yanai.|
|Working!!!||Tokyo MX||July 4, 2015||December 26, 2015||14||Second sequel to Working!!.|
|The Asterisk War||Tokyo MX||October 3, 2015||June 18, 2016||24||Based on a light novel by Yuu Miyazaki.|
|The Perfect Insider||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||October 8, 2015||December 17, 2015||11||Based on a novel by Hiroshi Mori.|
|Erased||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||January 8, 2016||March 25, 2016||12||Based on a manga by Kei Sanbe.|
|Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash||Tokyo MX||January 11, 2016||March 28, 2016||12||Based on a light novel by Ao Jūmonji.|
|Ace Attorney||NNS (ytv)||April 2, 2016||September 24, 2016||24||Based on a video game by Capcom.|
|B-PROJECT: Kodō＊Ambitious||Tokyo MX||July 3, 2016||September 25, 2016||12||Original work.|
|Qualidea Code||Tokyo MX||July 10, 2016||September 24, 2016||12||Based on a light novel by Speakeasy and Square Enix. (Sō Sagara and Wataru Watari)|
|The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War||JNN (MBS, TBS)||August 28, 2016||September 18, 2016||4||Related to The Seven Deadly Sins.|
|WWW.Working!!||Tokyo MX||October 1, 2016||December 24, 2016||13||Spin-off to Working!!.|
|Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Legend Star||Tokyo MX||October 2, 2016||December 24, 2016||13||Related to Uta no Prince-sama.|
|Occultic;Nine||Tokyo MX||October 9, 2016||December 25, 2016||12||Based on a light novel by Chiyomaru Shikura.|
|Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga||JNN (MBS)||January 7, 2017||March 25, 2017||12||Sequel to Blue Exorcist.|
|Interviews with Monster Girls||Tokyo MX||January 7, 2017||March 25, 2017||12||Based on a manga by Petos.|
|Granblue Fantasy The Animation||Tokyo MX||April 2, 2017||June 18, 2017||12||Based on a video game by Cygames.|
|Eromanga Sensei||Tokyo MX||April 9, 2017||June 25, 2017||12||Based on a light novel by Tsukasa Fushimi.|
|Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||April 14, 2017||June 23, 2017||11||Sequel to Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend.|
|Fate/Apocrypha||Tokyo MX||July 2, 2017||December 30, 2017||25||Based on a light novel by Yūichirō Higashide.|
|The Idolm@ster SideM||Tokyo MX||October 7, 2017||December 30, 2017||13||Based on a social network game by Bandai Namco Entertainment in The Idolmaster series.|
|Blend S||Tokyo MX||October 8, 2017||December 24, 2017||12||Based on a 4-panel manga by Miyuki Nakayama.|
|Record of Grancrest War||Tokyo MX||January 6, 2018||June 23, 2018||24||Based on a light novel by Ryo Mizuno.|
|The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments||JNN (MBS, TBS)||January 13, 2018||June 30, 2018||24||Sequel to The Seven Deadly Sins.|
|Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||April 13, 2018||June 22, 2018||11||Based on a manga by Fujita.|
|Sword Art Online: Alicization||Tokyo MX||October 6, 2018||TBA||47||Sequel to Sword Art Online II.|
After episode 24, the anime is titled as Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld.
|Kaguya-sama: Love Is War||Tokyo MX||January 12, 2019||March 30, 2019||12||Based on a manga by Aka Akasaka.|
|22/7||Tokyo MX||January 11, 2020||TBA||12||Part of the multimedia project idol girl group 22/7 by Yasushi Akimoto, Aniplex, and Sony Music Records.|
|Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai? Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen.||TBA||April 2020||TBA||TBA||Sequel to Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.|
|Birdy the Mighty: Decode - Cipher||July 22, 2009|
|Fairy Tail||April 15, 2011 – December 18, 2016|
|Valkyria of the Battlefield 3: The Wound Taken for Someone's Sake||June 29, 2011 – August 31, 2011|
|The Idolmaster Shiny Festa||October 25, 2012|
|Saint Young Men||December 3, 2012 – August 23, 2013|
|Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.||August 18, 2013|
|Sword Art Online: Extra Edition||December 31, 2013|
|Black Butler: Book of Murder||October 25, 2014 (Part 1)
November 15, 2014 (Part 2)
|Your Lie in April: Moments||May 15, 2015|
|The Seven Deadly Sins||June 17, 2015 – August 12, 2015|
|Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV||March 30, 2016 – September 30, 2016||Based in the world and continuity of the 2016 video game, Final Fantasy XV. |
Co-production with Square Enix.
|Persona 5: The Animation - The Day Breakers||September 3, 2016|
|Shelter||October 18, 2016||Music video for American EDM musician Porter Robinson and French DJ Madeon.|
|Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga||April 4, 2017 – October 4, 2017|
|Eromanga Sensei||January 16, 2019|
|Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku - Youth||March 29, 2019|
|Ōkiku Furikabutte: Honto no Ace ni Nareru Kamo||2007||Nintendo DS game; Produced the animation and CG segments|
|Takane no Jitensha (a.k.a. Takane's Bike)||2008||winner of Animax's Animax Taishō award|
|Persona 4||2008||PlayStation 2 game; Produced the animation with Studio Hibari|
|Valkyria Chronicles II||2010||PlayStation Portable game|
|Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Spirit of Justice||2016||Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android game|
|Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology||2017||Nintendo 3DS game; Produced the opening animation|
|Layton's Mystery Journey||2017||Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android game|
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