DLE (company)

DLE Inc. (株式会社ディー・エル・イー, Kabushikigaisha Dī Eru Ī) (Dream Link Entertainment) is a Tokyo-based animation and entertainment company founded in 2001 by former Sony executive producer Ryuta Shiiki. DLE has gained notoriety in Japan for their flagship animated television and film series Eagle Talon, a surreal sitcom created entirely in Flash animation by popular creator Frogman (a.k.a. Ryo Ono). DLE has now produced over 30 properties and has business and creative partners in Shanghai, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Singapore, India and North America where Hasbro is a stakeholder.

DLE Inc.
Native name
Publicly listed subsidiary KK
Traded asTYO: 3686
IndustryJapanese animation
Flash animation
FoundedDecember 27, 2001
HeadquartersChiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Ryuuta Shiki, Ryo Ono
ParentAsahi Broadcasting Group Holdings Corporation (51.96%) (2019–present)

On May 11, 2019 it was announced by the studio that Asahi Broadcasting Corporation acquired 51.96% of their shares for 2.772 billion yen (about US$25.21 million) which made them a subsidiary of the company.[1]


Dream Link Entertainment was established on December 27, 2001.[2]

In 2015, DLE acquired the license to the fashion show, Tokyo Girls Collection. The first TGC show under DLE's management was held in September 2015. On September 1, 2016, DLE fully acquired W-Media, the original owners of Tokyo Girls Collection, in a full M&A.[3]

On October 6, 2016, DLE partnered with Toho Cinemas to start Japan's first "eSports in cinema" tournament event called Gamers Battle Club.[4] The event was held in Roppongi Hills' Toho Cinemas, and featured comedians and Japanese idols as participants. The second Gamers Battle Club was held on February 4, 2017.

Tokyo Girls CollectionEdit

In June 2015, DLE purchased the license to Tokyo Girls Collection, the largest fashion show/event within Japan from the event's owner company, Branding, Inc. The first TGC produced by DLE was held on September 27, 2015.


DLE began as a Flash Animation anime company, but has since ventured into the live-action, music, and events businesses.




  • Eagle Talon
    • Eagle Talon The Movie: The Chancellor Only Lives Twice! (2007) Won the Best Animation Award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in 2008.[5]
    • Eagle Talon The Movie 2: The Black Tea That Loved Me (2008)
    • Eagle Talon The Movie 3: Long Live http://EagleTalon.jp (2010)
    • DC Superheroes vs. Eagle Talon (2017, co-production with DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, Shirogumi and Gonzo)
  • Panpaka Pants
    • Panpaka Pants The Movie: Treasure of the Bananan Kingdom (2015)
    • Crayon Shin-chan x Panpaka Pants: Aeon Cinema Manner Movie Collab (2017, with Shin-Ei Animation)


  • Sabuibo Mask (2015)
  • Chinyuki (2015)
  • Mitsuno Aware (2016)
  • Joshi ko (2016)
  • Destruction Babies (2016) – Won the "Prize for the best emerging director" at the Locarno Film Festival for director Mariko Tetsuya.[6]
  • Lyrical School: Michi to no Souguu
  • Koto (2016)
  • Hara Hara Nanoka (2017)[7]


DLE has been accused of manipulating financial accounts.[8]


  1. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn. "Asahi Broadcasting Group Holdings Acquires Anime Studio DLE". Anime News Network. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  2. ^ "会社紹介|DLE Dream Link Entertainment". dle.jp. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "DLE-上げ幅拡大 W media買収を完了 インフルエンサーマーケティング開始(トレーダーズ・ウェブ) - ニュース・コラム - Yahoo!ファイナンス". yahoo.co.jp. Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "ゲーマーズバトルクラブ|映画館で楽しむe-sportsイベント". gamers-bc.com. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Awards - Filmfestivals.com". filmfestivals.com. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Calvario, Liz. "Locarno Film Festival Palmarès 2016 Awards: Godless Wins Top Jury Prize - IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Hara Hara Nanoka". Hara Hara Nanoka Main Website.
  8. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-18/anime-studio-dle-accused-of-manipulating-financial-accounts/.143593

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