P.A. Works

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P.A. Works, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社ピーエーワークス, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Pī Ē Wākusu, short for Progressive Animation Works) is a Japanese animation studio founded on November 10, 2000 in Nanto, Toyama. The company's president and founder Kenji Horikawa once worked for Tatsunoko Production, Production I.G and Bee Train Production, before forming P.A. Works Corporation. The studio changed its name to P.A. Works in 2002. The main office is located in Toyama Prefecture, where drawings and digital photography take place, and production and direction in the office. The company is also involved with video games, as well as collaborating in the past with Production I.G and Bee Train for anime. In January 2008, P.A. Works produced True Tears, their first anime series as the main animation studio involved in the production process.[1] On April 20, 2018, P.A. Works announced a new e-book label named P.A.Books, with the first release being a novel adaptation of their first anime, True Tears.[2]

P.A. Works
Native name
株式会社ピーエーワークス
Kabushiki-gaisha Pī Ē Wākusu
FormerlyP.A. Works Corporation (2000–2002)
TypeKabushiki gaisha
IndustryJapanese animation
FoundedNovember 10, 2000; 21 years ago (2000-11-10)
FounderKenji Horikawa
HeadquartersNanto, Toyama, Japan
Key people
Kenji Horikawa (President)
Nobuhiro Kikuchi (Representative director)
Number of employees
98 (as of April 2017)
Websitewww.pa-works.jp/en/

FilmographyEdit

Television seriesEdit

Title Director(s) First run start date First run end date Eps Note(s)
True Tears Junji Nishimura January 6, 2008 March 30, 2008 13 Loose adaptation of La'cryma's visual novel True Tears.
Canaan Masahiro Andō July 4, 2009 September 26, 2009 13 Sequel to a scenario in visual novel 428: Shibuya Scramble conceptualized by Type-Moon.[3]
Angel Beats! Seiji Kishi April 3, 2010 June 26, 2010 13 A collaboration project with Key, Aniplex and Dengeki G's Magazine.
Original work.
Story originally conceived by Jun Maeda.[4]
Hanasaku Iroha Masahiro Andō April 3, 2011 September 25, 2011 26 Original work.
Story originally conceived by Mari Okada.[5]
Another Tsutomu Mizushima January 9, 2012 March 27, 2012 12 Based on the novel by Yukito Ayatsuji.[6]
Tari Tari Masakazu Hashimoto July 1, 2012 September 23, 2012 13 Original work.
Story originally conceived by Evergreen.[7]
Red Data Girl Toshiya Shinohara March 16, 2013 June 1, 2013 12 Based on the novel by Noriko Ogiwara.[8]
Koitabi: True Tours Nanto Junji Nishimura April 28, 2013 April 28, 2013 6 Original work.
Story originally conceived by Mari Okada.[9]
The Eccentric Family Masayuki Yoshihara July 7, 2013 September 29, 2013 13 Based on the novel by Tomihiko Morimi.[10]
Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea Toshiya Shinohara October 3, 2013 April 3, 2014 26 A collaboration project with Buriki and Dengeki Daioh.
Original work.
Story originally conceived by Mari Okada.[11]
Glasslip Junji Nishimura July 3, 2014 September 25, 2014 13 Original work.[12]
Shirobako Tsutomu Mizushima October 9, 2014 March 26, 2015 24 Original work.[13]
Charlotte Yoshiyuki Asai July 4, 2015 September 26, 2015 13 A second collaboration project with Key, Aniplex and Dengeki G's Magazine.
Original work.
Story originally conceived by Jun Maeda.[14]
Haruchika Masakazu Hashimoto January 7, 2016 March 24, 2016 12 Based on the novel by Sei Hatsuno.[15]
Kuromukuro Tensai Okamura April 7, 2016 September 29, 2016 26 Studio's 15th anniversary project.
Original work.[16]
Sakura Quest Soichi Masui April 5, 2017 September 20, 2017 25 Original work.[17]
The Eccentric Family 2 Masayuki Yoshihara April 9, 2017 June 25, 2017 12 Based on the novel by Tomihiko Morimi and sequel to The Eccentric Family.
Uma Musume Pretty Derby Kei Oikawa April 2, 2018 June 18, 2018 13 Based on the smartphone game by Cygames.[18]
Sirius the Jaeger Masahiro Andō July 12, 2018 September 27, 2018 12 Original work.[19]
Iroduku: The World in Colors Toshiya Shinohara October 6, 2018 December 29, 2018 13 Original work.[20]
Fairy Gone Kenichi Suzuki April 7, 2019 December 22, 2019 24 Original work.[21]
A3! Masayuki Sakoi
Keisuke Shinohara (season 1)
January 14, 2020 December 29, 2020 24 Based on the smartphone game by Liber Entertainment. Co-animated with 3Hz.[22]
Appare-Ranman! Masakazu Hashimoto April 10, 2020 September 25, 2020 13 Original work.[23]
The Day I Became a God Yoshiyuki Asai October 11, 2020 December 27, 2020 12 A collaboration project with Key and Aniplex.
Original work.
Story originally conceived by Jun Maeda.[24]
The Aquatope on White Sand Toshiya Shinohara July 9, 2021 TBA TBA Original work.[25]
Ya Boy Kongming! Osamu Honma April 2022 TBA TBA Based on the manga by Yūto Yotsuba and Ryō Ogawa.[26]

FilmsEdit

Title Director Release date Notes
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva Masakazu Hashimoto December 19, 2009 Co-Produced with OLM, Inc. and Robot Communications. Continuation of the Professor Layton video game series.[27]
Mai no Mahō to Katei no Hi Masayuki Yoshihara February 20, 2011 TV film.[28]
Bannou Yasai Ninninman Masayuki Yoshihara March 5, 2011 Collaboration with the Japanese Animation Creators Association young animators training project.[29]
Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home Masahiro Andō March 30, 2013 Sequel to Hanasaku Iroha.[30]
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms Mari Okada February 24, 2018 Original work. Shortlisted for Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.[31][32]
Shirobako Movie Tsutomu Mizushima February 29, 2020 Sequel to Shirobako.[33]

Video game animated sequencesEdit

OthersEdit

  • Anime project tourism Toyama: Animation part
    • Longing for a Tear Bringing Sky "Lovers in Tateyama" [34]
    • Longing for a Tear Bringing Sea "A Friendship on the Beach" [35]
    • Longing for a Tear Bringing Cuisine "Grandpa in Gokayama" [36]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "P.A. Works work list" (in Japanese). P.A. Works company info. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  2. ^ "P.A. Works Launches P.A. Books eBook Label With True Tears Novelization". Anime News Network. April 20, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "428 Wii Visual Novel to Get New Anime Project". Anime News Network. October 7, 2008. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  4. ^ "Angel Beats!, Randys Promo Videos Streamed (Updated)". Anime News Network. September 30, 2009. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  5. ^ "P.A. Works' Hana-Saku Iroha Previewed with Promo Video". Anime News Network. August 1, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  6. ^ "Anime Another with Noizi Ito, P.A. Works Debuts in January". Anime News Network. August 27, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  7. ^ "P.A. Works to Animate Tari Tari TV Anime Series". Anime News Network. March 19, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  8. ^ "RDG Red Data Girl Fantasy Novels Have Anime in the Works". Anime News Network. December 17, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  9. ^ "True Tears' P.A. Works Makes True Tours Nanto Anime Short". Anime News Network.
  10. ^ "P.A. Works' Uchōten Kazoku Anime Teaser Streamed". Anime News Network. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  11. ^ "P.A. Works, Dengeki Daioh Make Nagi no Asu Kara Anime". Anime News Network. August 24, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  12. ^ "P.A. Works Makes Glasslip TV Anime For This Summer". Anime News Network. March 10, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  13. ^ "Girls und Panzer's Mizushima, P.A. Works Collaborate for SHIROBAKO Original TV Anime". Anime News Network. August 8, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  14. ^ "Key Visual Arts Announces Charlotte TV Anime for 2015". Anime News Network. December 22, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  15. ^ "P.A. Works to Produce HaruChika Anime Based on Mystery Novel Series". Anime News Network. June 5, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  16. ^ "P.A. Works Reveals Kuromukuro 15th Anniversary TV Anime Project". Anime News Network. December 21, 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  17. ^ "PA Works Makes Sakura Quest Anime About Girls Reviving Rustic Town". Anime News Network. December 6, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  18. ^ "Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby Game Gets TV Anime By P.A. Works". Anime News Network. March 25, 2017. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  19. ^ "P.A. Works Reveals Sirius the Jaeger Original TV Anime Project". Anime News Network. March 22, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  20. ^ "P.A. Works Reveals Iroduku Sekai no Ashita kara Anime Project". Anime News Network. March 16, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  21. ^ "P.A. Works Unveils Fairy gone Original TV Anime for April Premiere". Anime News Network. January 24, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  22. ^ "A3! Anime's Teaser Video Reveals Staff". Anime News Network. February 3, 2019. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  23. ^ "P.A. Works Makes Original Wild-West Car Race Anime Appare-Ranman!". Anime News Network. October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  24. ^ "Jun Maeda, Key, P.A. Works, Aniplex Announce The Day I Became a God TV Anime for October Premiere". Anime News Network. May 10, 2020. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  25. ^ "P.A Works Reveals Auatrope of White Sand Original Anime for July". Anime News Network. January 15, 2021. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  26. ^ "Ya Boy Kongming! Manga Gets TV Anime in April 2022 by P.A. Works". Anime News Network. November 17, 2021. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  27. ^ "Professor Layton: The First Movie's 2 Teasers Streamed". Anime News Network. March 7, 2009. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  28. ^ "P.A. Works Makes Mai no Mahō to Katei no Hi TV Anime". Anime News Network. November 12, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  29. ^ "4 Anime Selected for Young Animator Training Project". Anime News Network. June 16, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  30. ^ "Hanasaku Iroha Film to Open Next March". Anime News Network. September 28, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  31. ^ "anohana's Mari Okada Debuts as Director With Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarou Anime Film". Anime News Network. July 5, 2017. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  32. ^ "25 Animated Features Submitted for 2018 Oscar Race". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. October 24, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  33. ^ "Shirobako Anime Gets All-New Film Project". Anime News Network. April 28, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  34. ^ "Longing for a Tear Bringing Sky "Lovers in Tateyama"" (in Japanese). Anime project tourism Toyama. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  35. ^ "Longing for a Tear Bringing Sea "A Friendship on the Beach"" (in Japanese). Anime project tourism Toyama. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  36. ^ "Longing for a Tear Bringing Cuisine "Grandpa in Gokayama"" (in Japanese). Anime project tourism Toyama. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2009-07-06.

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