A-1 Pictures Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社A-1 Pictures, Hepburn: Kabushiki gaisha Ē-wan Pikuchāzu) is a Japanese animation studio founded by ex-Sunrise producer Mikihiro Iwata and it is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan's anime production firm Aniplex.
|Kabushiki gaisha Ē-wan Pikuchāzu|
|Founded||May 9, 2005|
|Headquarters||4-38-18 Naritahigashi, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan|
|Shinichiro Kashiwada (President)|
Masuo Ueda (Vice-President)
|Owner||Sony Group Corporation|
Number of employees
|151 (as of February 2021)|
|Footnotes / references|
The studio was established by SMEJ's animation production division, Aniplex, on May 9, 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.
In 2010, A-1 Pictures worked in collaboration with a joint project of TV Tokyo's anime department and Aniplex called Anime no Chikara for the creation of original anime series. Three anime series were produced that year for the project: Sound of the Sky, Night Raid 1931 and Occult Academy.
In April 2018, A-1 Pictures rebranded its Kōenji Studio as CloverWorks, giving it a unique brand identity, which made it distinguishable from its main Asagaya Studio. On October 1, 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||215||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 13, 2007||September 28, 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 5, 2008||March 28, 2009||25||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.|
Production co-operation by Ordet.
|Valkyria Chronicles||MBS||April 5, 2009||September 27, 2009||26||Based on a video game by Sega.|
|Fairy Tail||TXN (TV Tokyo)||October 12, 2009||September 29, 2019||328||Based on a manga by Hiro Mashima.|
Co-production with Satelight. (first series)
Co-production with Bridge. (second and third series)
Co-production with CloverWorks. (third series)
|Sound of the Sky||TV Tokyo||January 5, 2010||March 23, 2010||12||Original work.|
|Big Windup! 2||TBS, MBS||April 2, 2010||June 25, 2010||13||Sequel to Big Windup!.|
|Working!!||Tokyo MX||April 4, 2010||June 27, 2010||13||Based on a manga by Karino Takatsu.|
|Night Raid 1931||TV Tokyo||April 6, 2010||June 29, 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 28, 2010||13||Original work.|
|Togainu no Chi||TBS, MBS||October 8, 2010||December 23, 2010||12||Based on a video game by Nitro+chiral.|
|Fractale||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||January 14, 2011||March 31, 2011||11||Original work.|
Production co-operation by Ordet.
|Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||April 15, 2011||June 24, 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 29, 2012||12||Original work.|
|Sword Art Online||Tokyo MX||July 8, 2012||December 23, 2012||25||Based on a light novel by Reki Kawahara.|
|From the New World||TV Asahi||September 29, 2012||March 23, 2013||25||Based on a novel by Yūsuke Kishi.|
|Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter||TXN (TV Tokyo)||October 2, 2012||September 24, 2013||51||Based on a video game by Square Enix.|
|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 by AIC Build.|
|Servant x Service||ABC||July 5, 2013||September 27, 2013||13||Based on a manga by Karino Takatsu.|
|Silver Spoon||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||July 12, 2013||March 28, 2014||22||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 11, 2013||December 20, 2013||11||Original work.|
|World Conquest Zvezda Plot||Tokyo MX||January 12, 2014||March 30, 2014||12||Original work.|
|Nanana's Buried Treasure||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||April 11, 2014||June 20, 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 6, 2014||March 29, 2015||24||Original work. |
Co-production with Troyca.
|Black Butler: Book of Circus||MBS||July 11, 2014||September 12, 2014||10||Related to Black Butler.|
|Persona 4: The Golden Animation||MBS||July 11, 2014||September 26, 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 10, 2014||March 20, 2015||22||Based on a manga by Naoshi Arakawa.|
|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.|
|Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend||Fuji TV (Noitamina)||January 16, 2015||March 27, 2015||12||Based on a light novel by Fumiaki Maruto.|
|Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid||Tokyo MX||April 3, 2015||June 19, 2015||12||Based on a manga by Masaki Tsuzuki.|
|Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation||Tokyo MX||April 4, 2015||June 20, 2015||12||Based on a video game by Square Enix in Gunslinger Stratos.|
|Ultimate Otaku Teacher||NNS (ytv)||April 4, 2015||September 26, 2015||24||Based on a manga by Takeshi Azuma.|
|Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Revolutions||Tokyo MX||April 5, 2015||June 28, 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 5, 2015||September 27, 2015||13||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 9, 2015||December 18, 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 25, 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 25, 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 8, 2017||March 26, 2017||12||Based on a manga by Petos.|
|Granblue Fantasy The Animation||Tokyo MX||April 2, 2017||June 25, 2017||13||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 31, 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.|
|Darling in the Franxx||Tokyo MX||January 13, 2018||July 7, 2018||24||Original work. |
Co-production with CloverWorks and Studio Trigger.
|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 7, 2018||September 20, 2020||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||March 28, 2020||12||Part of the multimedia project idol girl group 22/7 by Yasushi Akimoto, Aniplex, and Sony Music Records.|
|Kaguya-sama: Love is War?||Tokyo MX||April 11, 2020||June 27, 2020||12||Sequel to Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.|
|Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Rhyme Anima||Tokyo MX||October 3, 2020||December 26, 2020||13||Part of the multimedia project Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle by King Records.|
|Warlords of Sigrdrifa||Tokyo MX||October 3, 2020||December 26, 2020||12||Original work.|
|86||Tokyo MX||April 11, 2021||TBA||TBA||Based on a light novel by Asato Asato.|
|Visual Prison||Tokyo MX||October 9, 2021||December 25, 2021||12||Original work by Noriyasu Agematsu.|
|Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic-||TBA||April 2022||TBA||TBA||Sequel to Kaguya-sama: Love is War?.|
|Lycoris Recoil||TBA||2022||TBA||TBA||Original work.|
|Welcome to the Space Show||June 26, 2010||Koji Masunari|
|Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess||August 18, 2012||Masaya Fujimori|
|Blue Exorcist: The Movie||December 28, 2012||Atsushi Takahashi|
|Saint Young Men||May 10, 2013||Noriko Takao|
|Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day||August 31, 2013||Tatsuyuki Nagai|
|The Idolmaster Movie: Beyond the Brilliant Future!||January 25, 2014||Atsushi Nishigori|
|Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream||June 7, 2014||Tomohisa Taguchi|
|Space Brothers #0||August 9, 2014||Ayumu Watanabe|
|Persona 3 The Movie: #3 Falling Down||April 4, 2015||Keitaro Motonaga|
|The Anthem of the Heart||September 19, 2015||Tatsuyuki Nagai|
|Garakowa: Restore the World||January 9, 2016||Masashi Ishihama|
|Persona 3 The Movie: #4 Winter of Rebirth||January 23, 2016||Tomohisa Taguchi|
|Doukyusei: Classmates||February 20, 2016||Shōko Nakamura|
|Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic||January 21, 2017||Noriyuki Abe|
|Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale||February 18, 2017||Tomohiko Itō|
|Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry||May 6, 2017||Tatsuma Minamikawa|
|The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky||August 18, 2018||Noriyuki Abe (Chief)|
|Uta no Prince-sama: Maji LOVE Kingdom||June 14, 2019||Takeshi Furuta (Chief)|
|High School Fleet: The Movie||January 18, 2020||Yuu Nobuta (Chief)|
|Love Me, Love Me Not||September 18, 2020||Toshimasa Kuroyanagi|
|Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night||October 30, 2021||Ayako Kōno|
|Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love ST☆RISH Tours||September 2, 2022||Chika Nagaoka|
|Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk||2022||TBA|
|Birdy the Mighty: Decode - Cipher||July 22, 2009||1|
|The Idolmaster Shiny Festa||October 25, 2012||3|
|Saint Young Men||December 3, 2012 – August 23, 2013||2|
|Black Butler: Book of Murder||January 28, 2015 – February 25, 2015||2|
|Your Lie in April: Moments||May 15, 2015||1|
|The Seven Deadly Sins||June 17, 2015 – August 12, 2015||2|
|Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga||April 4, 2017 – October 4, 2017||2|
|Eromanga Sensei||January 16, 2019||2|
|Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku||March 29, 2019 – October 14, 2021||3|
|Kaguya-sama: Love Is War||May 19, 2021||1|
|Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens||May 27, 2009||1||Production co-operation by Ordet.|
|Fairy Tail||April 15, 2011 – December 18, 2016||9||Episodes 1–6 co-produced with Satelight.|
|Valkyria of the Battlefield 3: The Wound Taken for Someone's Sake||June 29, 2011 – August 31, 2011||2|
|Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.||August 18, 2013||1|
|Sword Art Online: Extra Edition||December 31, 2013||1|
|Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV||March 30, 2016 – September 30, 2016||5||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||1|
|Shelter||October 18, 2016||1||Music video for American EDM musician Porter Robinson and French DJ Madeon.|
|22/7: 8 + 3 = ?||September 16, 2020||1|
|86||June 27, 2021 - November 28, 2021||3|
|Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%||TBA||1|
|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 2D 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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