Bones (studio)

Bones Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社 ボンズ, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Bonzu) is a Japanese anime studio. It has produced numerous series, including Noragami, Wolf's Rain, Scrapped Princess, Eureka Seven, Angelic Layer, Darker than Black, Soul Eater, Ouran High School Host Club and two adaptations of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga along with Star Driver, Gosick, Mob Psycho 100, Space Dandy, and My Hero Academia. Its headquarters is located in Igusa, Suginami, Tokyo.[1]

Bones Inc.
Native name
株式会社 ボンズ
Kabushiki-gaisha Bonzu
Kabushiki-gaisha
IndustryAnime
FoundedOctober 1998; 21 years ago (1998-10)
Headquarters3-8-3 Igusa, Suginami, Tokyo
Key people
Masahiko Minami
Hiroshi Ōsaka
Toshihiro Kawamoto
Number of employees
69 (as of April 2016)
Websitebones.co.jp

HistoryEdit

Bones was founded by Sunrise staff members Masahiko Minami, Hiroshi Ōsaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto in October 1998. One of their first projects was collaborating with Sunrise on Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, a feature film based on the Cowboy Bebop anime series.

In 2007, the studio suffered the loss of co-founder Hiroshi Ōsaka, well known for his works as character designer on series such as Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, Mobile Fighter G Gundam and The Mars Daybreak. Ōsaka had been battling with cancer, and died from the disease on September 24, 2007. He was 44 years old.[2]

Since the death of Ōsaka, two new additions have been made to the studio's board of directors: Makoto Watanabe and Takahiro Komori. Komori is well known as a character designer and animator who has been with the studio since its inception. His previous works as designer consist of Angelic Layer, Scrapped Princess, and Darker than Black.[3]

StudiosEdit

Like the Sunrise Studio, in which some of its founders previously worked, Bones is divided into smaller studios which are focused on their own anime projects.

  • Studio E: The newest studio, led by Makoto Watanabe and working on the new Eureka Seven movies since 2017.[4][5][6]

WorksEdit

Anime television seriesEdit

Year Title Director(s) Original run start Original run end Eps. Note(s)
2000 Hiwou War Chronicles Tetsurō Amino October 24, 2000 May 1, 2001 26 Original work; animated by Bones Studio A.
2001 Angelic Layer: Battle Doll Hiroshi Nishikiori April 1, 2001 September 30, 2001 26 Based on a manga by CLAMP; animated by Bones Studio A.
2002 RahXephon Yutaka Izubuchi January 21, 2002 September 10, 2002 26 Original work; animated by Bones Studio B.
2003 Wolf's Rain Tensai Okamura January 6, 2003 July 29, 2003 30 Original work; animated by Bones Studio A.
Scrapped Princess Sōichi Masui April 8, 2003 October 7, 2003 24 Based on a light novel by Ichirō Sakaki; animated by Bones Studio B.
Fullmetal Alchemist Seiji Mizushima October 4, 2003 October 2, 2004 51 Based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa; animated by Bones Studio C.
2004 Mars Daybreak Kunihiro Mori April 1, 2004 September 23, 2004 26 Original work; animated by Bones Studio B.
Kurau Phantom Memory Yasuhiro Irie June 24, 2004 December 15, 2004 24 Original work; animated by Bones Studio A.
2005 Eureka Seven Tomoki Kyoda April 26, 2005 April 5, 2006 51 Original work; animated by Bones Studio B.
2006 Ouran High School Host Club Takuya Igarashi April 4, 2006 September 27, 2006 26 Based on a manga by Bisco Hatori; animated by Bones Studio C.
Jyu-Oh-Sei Hiroshi Nishikiori April 13, 2006 June 22, 2006 11 Based on a manga by Natsumi Itsuki; animated by Bones Studio A.
Ghost Slayers Ayashi Hiroshi Nishikiori
Yoshikazu Miyao (assistant)
October 7, 2006 March 31, 2007 25 Original work; animated by Bones Studio A.
2007 Darker than Black: The Black Contractor Tensai Okamura April 5, 2007 September 28, 2007 25 Original work; animated by Bones Studio C.
Skull Man Takeshi Mori April 28, 2007 July 21, 2007 13 Based on a manga by Shotaro Ishinomori; animated by Bones Studio B.
2008 Soul Eater Takuya Igarashi April 7, 2008 March 30, 2009 51 Based on a manga by Atsushi Ōkubo; animated by Bones Studio C.
Chiko, Heiress of the Phantom Thief Nobuo Tomisawa April 12, 2008 September 27, 2008 22 Based on a manga by Shinji Ohara (co-production with Telecom Animation Film).
2009 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Yasuhiro Irie April 5, 2009 July 4, 2010 64 Second adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist; animated by Bones Studio D.
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Masaki Tachibana July 9, 2009 September 17, 2009 11 Original work (co-production with Kinema Citrus).
Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor Tensai Okamura October 8, 2009 December 25, 2009 12 Sequel to Darker Than Black; animated by Bones Studio C.
2010 Heroman Hitoshi Nanba April 1, 2010 September 23, 2010 26 Original work in collaboration with Stan Lee; animated by Bones Studio A.
Star Driver Takuya Igarashi October 3, 2010 April 4, 2011 25 Original work; animated by Bones Studio C.
2011 Gosick Hitoshi Nanba January 7, 2011 July 2, 2011 24 Based on a light novel by Kazuki Sakuraba; animated by Bones Studio A.
No. 6 Kenji Nagasaki July 8, 2011 September 15, 2011 11 Based on the novels by Atsuko Asano; animated by Bones Studio D.
Un-Go Seiji Mizushima October 14, 2011 December 23, 2011 12 Based on the works of Ango Sakaguchi; animated by Bones Studio C.
2012 Eureka Seven: AO Tomoki Kyoda April 12, 2012 November 19, 2012 24 Sequel to Eureka Seven; animated by Bones Studio A and B.
Blast of Tempest Masahiro Andō October 4, 2012 March 28, 2013 24 Based on a manga by Kyō Shirodaira; animated by Bones Studio D.
2013 Tenkai Knights Mitsuru Hongo August 24, 2013 December 6, 2014 52 Original work; animated by Bones Studio C.
First run in United States, on Cartoon Network.
2014 Space Dandy Shinichirō Watanabe (chief)
Shingo Natsume
January 4, 2014 March 29, 2014 13 Original work; animated by Bones Studio B.
First run in United States, on Adult Swim's Toonami block.
Noragami Kotaro Tamura January 5, 2014 March 23, 2014 12 Based on the manga by Adachitoka; animated by Bones Studio A.
Captain Earth Takuya Igarashi April 5, 2014 September 20, 2014 24 Original work; animated by Bones Studio C.
Soul Eater Not! Masakazu Hashimoto April 8, 2014 July 2, 2014 12 Based on a manga by Atsushi Ōkubo
Spin-off to Soul Eater; animated by Bones Studio A.
Chaika - The Coffin Princess Soichi Masui April 9, 2014 June 25, 2014 12 Based on a light novel by Ichirō Sakaki; animated by Bones Studio D.
Space Dandy 2 Shinichirō Watanabe (chief)
Shingo Natsume
July 5, 2014 September 27, 2014 13 Season 2 of Space Dandy; animated by Bones Studio B.
First run in United States, on Adult Swim's Toonami block.
Chaika - The Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle Soichi Masui October 8, 2014 December 10, 2014 10 Sequel to Chaika - The Coffin Princess; animated by Bones Studio D.
2015 Blood Blockade Battlefront Rie Matsumoto April 4, 2015 October 4, 2015 12 Based on the manga by Yasuhiro Nightow; animated by Bones Studio A and C
Show by Rock!! Takahiro Ikezoe April 5, 2015 June 21, 2015 12 Based on a video game by Geechs and Sanrio; animated by Bones Studio D.
Snow White with the Red Hair Masahiro Andō July 6, 2015 September 21, 2015 13 Based on the manga by Sorata Akidzuki; animated by Bones Studio B.
Noragami Aragoto Kotaro Tamura October 2, 2015 December 25, 2015 12 Sequel to Noragami; animated by Bones Studio A.
Concrete Revolutio Seiji Mizushima October 4, 2015 December 27, 2015 13 Original work; animated by Bones Studio C.
2016 Snow White with the Red Hair 2 Masahiro Andō January 11, 2016 March 28, 2016 13 Sequel to Snow White with the Red Hair; animated by Bones Studio B.
Concrete Revolutio: The Last Song Seiji Mizushima April 3, 2016 June 17, 2016 11 Sequel to Concrete Revolutio; animated by Bones Studio C.
My Hero Academia Kenji Nagasaki April 3, 2016 June 26, 2016 13 Based on the manga by Kōhei Horikoshi; animated by Bones Studio A and C
Bungo Stray Dogs Takuya Igarashi April 7, 2016 June 22, 2016 12 Based on the manga by Asagiri Kafka; animated by Bones Studio D.
Show by Rock!! Short!! Takahiro Ikezoe July 4, 2016 September 19, 2016 12 Short anime based on Show by Rock!!; animated by Bones Studio D.
Mob Psycho 100 Yuzuru Tachikawa July 12, 2016 September 27, 2016 12 Based on the manga by One; animated by Bones Studio B.
Show by Rock 2!! Takahiro Ikezoe October 2, 2016 December 18, 2016 12 Sequel to Show by Rock!!; animated by Bones Studio D.
Bungo Stray Dogs 2 Takuya Igarashi October 6, 2016 December 22, 2016 12 Sequel to Bungo Stray Dogs; animated by Bones Studio D.
2017 My Hero Academia 2 Kenji Nagasaki April 1, 2017 September 30, 2017 25 Sequel to My Hero Academia; animated by Bones Studio C.
Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond Shigehito Takayanagi October 7, 2017 December 23, 2017 12 Sequel to Blood Blockade Battlefront; animated by Bones Studio B.
2018 My Hero Academia 3 Kenji Nagasaki April 7, 2018 September 29, 2018 25 Season 3 of My Hero Academia; animated by Bones Studio C.
Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan Shinji Higuchi (chief)
Hiroshi Kobayashi
April 13, 2018 June 29, 2018 12 Original work; animated by Bones Studio A.
2019 Mob Psycho 100 II Yuzuru Tachikawa January 7, 2019 April 1, 2019 13 Sequel to Mob Psycho 100; animated by Bones Studio B.
Carole & Tuesday Shinichirō Watanabe (chief)
Motonobu Hori
April 10, 2019 October 2, 2019 24 Original work; animated by Bones Studio A.
Bungo Stray Dogs 3 Takuya Igarashi April 12, 2019 June 28, 2019 12 Season 3 of Bungo Stray Dogs; animated by Bones Studio D.
My Hero Academia 4 Kenji Nagasaki October 12, 2019 April 4, 2020 25 Season 4 of My Hero Academia; animated by Bones Studio C.

Original video animationEdit

Original net animationEdit

MoviesEdit

  1. The Ephemeral Petal (泡沫の花弁, Utakata no Kaben) (18 June 2011)
  2. Dancing Orchid in Chaos (混沌の蘭舞, Konton no Ranbu) (16 July 2011)
  3. The Complicity of Dreams (夢幻の連座, Mugen no Renza) (13 August 2011)
  4. The Roaring Anxiety (紅蓮の焦心, Guren no Shoushin) (10 September 2011)
  5. The Return of the Invincible (双絶の来復, Souzetsu no Raifuku) (5 November 2011)
  6. Eternal Quon (永久の久遠, Towa no Quon) (26 November 2011)

GamesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Company info". Bones. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  2. ^ "Bones Co-Founder Hiroshi Ōsaka Passes Away". Anime News Network. 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  3. ^ "Bones Company Info". Bones. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  4. ^ liborek (2018-10-27). "BONES' 20th Anniversary – What Lies in the Future?". Sakugablog. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  5. ^ http://www18.atwiki.jp/sakuga/pages/252.html
  6. ^ http://www.bones.co.jp/community/index.html

External linksEdit