Enoki Films

Enoki Films Co., Ltd. (エノキフイルム株式会社, Enokifuirumu Kabushiki Kaisha) was a Japanese studio based in the Enoki Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo.[1][2]

Enoki Films
IndustryFilm, Anime
1980 (London, England)
1986 (Enoki Films USA)
Defunct2010 (Enoki Films USA)
HeadquartersShinjuku, Tokyo
Key people
Zen & Yoshi Enoki

Enoki Films also had a North American division, established in 1986,[3] headquartered in the Encino area of Los Angeles, California, United States called Enoki Films USA, Inc.[4] Enoki Films USA acted as a middle-man between Japanese companies and American licensees such as 4Kids Entertainment and Saban. In May 2007 their content was provided as video on demand by Internet startup ReelTime.com (worldwide except Japan).[3]

As of 2002 Enoki licensed anime but sub-licenses its licenses to various distributors instead of distributing them directly. Anime News Network wrote that "They generally only license TV shows that they hope to also license to TV broadcasters such as Cartoon Network, ABC Family and Fox Kids".[5]

Some of the anime productions that were listed on Enoki's website are under alternate names and may list characters under different names as well. In many cases, when sub-licensed to anime home video companies, the original titles and character names have been restored. Enoki's translations of episode titles and scenarios may differ from those in the official release.

If Enoki's series had a separate movie or direct-to-video production, it is usually not licensed by Enoki, and the film or direct-to-video production may be licensed to a separate company than the series (as is the case with the Slayers movies and OVAs and the Utena movie).

Enoki Films' North American division is now defunct, since it brought its operations to an end in 2010.

In addition to distributing anime, Enoki Films USA also distributed puppet shows such as Peppermint Park and Star Fleet.[6]


In 1975 Zen and Yoshi Enoki established Enoki Films Co., Ltd. in Tokyo. In 1980, they opened a liaison office in London, England, for European operations. In 1986 the California office opened; soon afterwards Yoshi Enoki opened the American division.[1]

Anime licensed by Enoki Films USAEdit

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Some of the Enoki USA titles include:

Young anime of Enoki FilmsEdit

Anime available through Enoki FilmsEdit

Enoki also list many other anime series on their website that are available for sub-licensing to other companies for release on home video. As yet, the following titles remain unlicensed by any other company and thus unavailable in English:


  1. ^ a b "Company Profile". Archived 2001-01-16 at Archive.today Enoki Films USA. Retrieved on January 20, 2009.
  2. ^ "Home". Enoki Films. Retrieved on March 23, 2014. "Enoki Bldg., No. 2, 1-30-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022 Japan"
  3. ^ a b ReelTime Is Animated About Agreement With Enoki Films USA, Inc.[dead link] Press Release, May 22, 2007
  4. ^ "bottom.gif". Archived 2003-05-30 at the Wayback Machine Enoki Films USA. Retrieved on June 17, 2011. "16430 Ventura Blvd. Suite 308 Encino, CA 91436, USA"
  5. ^ "Enoki Films updates Licenses". Anime News Network. August 14, 2002. Retrieved on March 26, 2014.
  6. ^ https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-LPTV/LPTV-Report/LPTV-Report-1990.pdf

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