Pierrot (company)

Pierrot Co., Ltd. (株式会社ぴえろ, Kabushiki-gaisha Piero) is a Japanese animation studio established in May 1979 by former employees of both Tatsunoko Production and Mushi Production. Its headquarters are located in Mitaka, Tokyo.[1] Pierrot is renowned for several worldwide popular anime series, such as Naruto, Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho, Black Clover, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Tokyo Ghoul, and Great Teacher Onizuka.

Pierrot Company, Ltd.
Native name
Kabushiki-gaisha Piero
TypeKabushiki gaisha
IndustryMedia and Entertainment
FoundedMay 1979; 42 years ago (1979-05)
HeadquartersMitaka, Tokyo, Japan
ProductsAnime, film, television, OVA, video games
Number of employees
158 (as of the end of November 2019)
SubsidiariesStudio Signpost

The company has a logo of the face of a clown. "Piero" is a Japanese loanword for clown, adopted from the classical character of Pierrot.

Yu Yu Hakusho and Saiyuki, two of the company's anime series, won the Animage Anime Grand Prix Award in 1994 and 1995, and 2000, respectively.


Note: This may not be a complete list.[2]

TV seriesEdit


Title Years Network Co-Productions Notes
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (Nirusu no Fushigi na Tabi) 1980-1981 NHK Based on the 1906 novel The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by the Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf.[3]
Miss Machiko 1981-1983 TV Tokyo Based on the manga series by Takeshi Ebihara.
Urusei Yatsura 1981-1986 Fuji TV Kitty Films Based on the manga series by Rumiko Takahashi.
Episodes 1-106 only, animation provider. Studio Deen overtook animating beginning with episode 107.
The Mysterious Cities of Gold (Japanese Taiyō no Ko Esteban, French Les Mystérieuses Cités d'Or) 1982-1983 NHK
Antenne 2
DIC Audiovisuel Very loosely based on the 1966 novel The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell.[4]
Mrs. Pepper Pot (Spoon Obaasan) 1983-1984 NHK Gakken
Studio Gallop
Based on the book series Mrs. Pepperpot by Norwegian author Alf Prøysen.
Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel (Mahō no Tenshi Creamy Mami) 1983-1984 Nippon TV
Chikkun Takkun 1984 Fuji TV Based on the manga series by Shotaro Ishinomori.
Persia, the Magic Fairy 1984-1985 Nippon TV Based on the manga series Persia ga Suki! by Takako Aonuma
Bismark (Sei Jūshi Bismark) 1984-1985 Nippon TV Dubbed and rewritten in the United States by World Events Productions under the name Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs.[5]
Magical Emi, the Magic Star 1985-1986 Nippon TV
Ninja Senshi Tobikage 1985-1986 Nippon TV Known in the United States as Ninja Robots.
Pastel Yumi, the Magic Idol 1986 Nippon TV
Anmitsu Hime 1986-1987 Fuji TV
Tatsunoko Productions Based on the manga series by Shosuke Kurakane, originally serialized from May 1949 to April 1955. The series was later retold by Izumi Takemoto, serialized from September 1986 to October 1987.
Ganbare, Kickers! 1986–1987 NTV Based on the manga series by Noriaki Nagai.
Kimagure Orange Road 1987–1988 NTV Based on the manga series by Izumi Matsumoto.
Norakuro-kun 1987–1988 Fuji TV Second television series based on the manga series Norakuro by Suihō Tagawa. The first television series, under the original manga title, was produced by TCJ in 1970.
Osomatsu-kun 1988–1989 Fuji TV Second television series based on the manga series by Fujio Akatsuka. The first television series was produced by Children's Corner and Studio Zero in 1966.
The Burning Wild Man (Moero! Oni-san) Mar. 1988–Sept. 1988 Nippon TV Based on the manga series by Tadashi Satō.
Magical Hat 1989–1990 Fuji TV


Title Years Network Co-Productions Notes
Heisei Tensai Bakabon Jan. 1990–Dec. 1990 Fuji TV
Musashi, the Samurai Lord 1990–1991 NTV
Tasuke, the Samurai Cop 1990–1991 TV Tokyo
Ore wa Chokkaku 1991 Fuji TV
Marude Dameo 1991–1992 Fuji TV
Little Ghosts, There, Here, and Where (Chiisa na Obake Acchi, Socchi, Kocchi) 1991–1992 NTV
Nontan and Friends 1992-1994 Fuji TV
Yu Yu Hakusho 1992–1994 Fuji TV
Tottemo! Luckyman 1994–1995 TV Tokyo
Ninku 1995–1996 Fuji TV
Fushigi Yûgi 1995–1996 TV Tokyo
Crush Cyborg 1995–1996
Midori no Makibaō 1996–1997 Fuji TV
First Human Gon 1996–1997 NHK
Aka-chan to Boku (Baby and Me) 1996–1997 TV Tokyo
Victory Captain 1996–1998
Hyper Police Apr. 1997–Sept. 1997 TV Tokyo
Clamp School Detectives May. 1997–Oct. 1997 TV Tokyo
Flame of Recca 1997–1998 Fuji TV
Takoyaki Mantoman 1998–1999 TV Tokyo
Fancy Lala (Fancy Lala, the Magic Stage) Apr. 1998–Sept. 1998 TV Osaka
Neo Ranga Apr. 1998–Sept. 1998 WOWOW
Dokkiri Doctor 1998–1999 Fuji TV
Yoiko 1998–1999 TBS
Cybernetic Electric 1998–2000
Shogun Recuts 1998–2000 co-production by Xebec
Chiisana Kyojin Microman (Microman: The Small Giant) Jan. 1999–Dec. 1999 TV Tokyo
Corrector Yui Apr. 1999-Oct. 2000 NHK co-production by Nippon Animation
Power Stone Apr. 1999–Sept. 1999 TBS
I'm Gonna Be An Angel! (Tenshi ni Narumon!) Apr. 1999–Sept. 1999 TV Tokyo
Great Teacher Onizuka 1999–2000 Fuji TV
Breaker 2000 1999–2000
Rerere no Tensai Bakabon 1999–2000 TV Tokyo


Title Years Network Co-Productions Notes
OH! Super Milk-chan Jan.2000–Apr.2000 WOWOW
Gensomaden Saiyuki 2000–2001 TV Tokyo
Ayashi no Ceres Apr. 2000–Sept. 2000 WOWOW
Gakko no Kaidan 2000–2001 Fuji TV
Super GALS! Kotobuki Ran 2001–2002 TV Tokyo
Kaze no Yojimbo 2001—2002 NTV
Hikaru no Go 2001–2003 TV Tokyo
Kogepan Nov. 2001 [all episodes]
Tokyo Mew Mew 2002–2003 TV Aichi
The Twelve Kingdoms 2002–2003 NHK
Tokyo Underground Apr. 2002–Sept. 2002 TV Tokyo
Naruto Oct. 2002–Feb. 2007 TV Tokyo
E's Otherwise Apr. 2003–Sept. 2003 TV Tokyo
Detective School Q 2003–2004 TBS
Saiyuki RELOAD 2003–2004 TV Tokyo
Mezzo DSA 2004 Television Kanagawa cooperation production
Saiyuki RELOAD GUNLOCK Apr. 2004–Sept.2004 TV Tokyo
Midori Days (Midori no Hibi) Apr. 2004–Jun. 2004 UHF
Bleach Oct. 2004–Mar. 2012 TV Tokyo
Emma – A Victorian Romance (英國戀物語エマ, Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma) Apr. 2005–Jun. 2005 TBS
Sugar Sugar Rune (シュガシュガルーン, Shuga Shuga Rūn) Jul. 2005–Jun. 2006 TV Tokyo
Naruto: Shippuden Feb. 2007–Mar. 2017 TV Tokyo
Blue Dragon (BLUE DRAGON) Apr. 2007–Mar. 2008 TV Tokyo
Blue Dragon Tenkai no Shichi Ryū (BLUE DRAGON 天界の七竜) Apr. 2008–Mar. 2009 TV Tokyo
Hanasakeru Seishōnen (花咲ける青少年) Apr. 2009–Feb. 2010 NHK
Yumeiro Patissiere (夢色パティシエール) Oct. 2009–Sept. 2010 YTV/NTV production only; animated by Studio Hibari


Title Years Network Co-Productions Notes
Yumeiro Patissiere Professional (夢色パティシエールプロフェッショナル) Oct. 2010–Dec. 2010 YTV/NTV production only; animated by Studio Hibari
Level E Jan. 2011–Apr. 2011 TV Tokyo co-produced with David Production
Kingdom Jul. 2012–Feb. 2013 NHK
Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full Power Ninden (NARUTO-ナルト- SD ロック.リーの青春フルパワー忍伝, lit. "Rock Lee's Youth Full Power Ninja Legend") Apr. 2012–Mar. 2013 TV Tokyo
Polar Bear Cafe (しろくまカフェ) Apr. 2012–Mar. 2013 TV Tokyo
Kingdom Season 2 Jun. 2013–Mar. 2014 NHK
Gaist Crusher Oct. 2013–Oct. 2014 TV Tokyo
Baby Steps Apr. 2014–Sept. 2014 NHK
The World Is Still Beautiful Apr. 2014–Jun. 2014 NTV
Tokyo Ghoul Jul. 2014–Sept. 2014 Tokyo MX
Yona of the Dawn Oct. 2014–Mar. 2015 AT-X
Tokyo Ghoul √A Jan. 2015–Mar. 2015 Tokyo MX
Baby Steps Season 2 Apr. 2015–Sept. 2015 NHK
Mr. Osomatsu Oct. 2015–March. 2016 TV Tokyo
Divine Gate Jan. 2016–March. 2016 Tokyo MX
Twin Star Exorcists Apr. 2016–Mar. 2017 TV Tokyo
Puzzle & Dragons X Jul. 2016–Mar. 2018 TV Tokyo
Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION Jul. 2016–Sept. 2016 Tokyo MX
Soul Buster Oct. 2016–Dec. 2016 Tokyo MX
ēlDLIVE Jan. 2017-Mar. 2017 Tokyo MX
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Apr. 2017–present TV Tokyo
Convenience Store Boy Friends Jul. 2017–Sept. 2017 TBS
Mr. Osomatsu 2 Oct. 2017–Mar. 2018 TV Tokyo
Black Clover Oct. 2017–Mar. 2021 TV Tokyo
Dynamic Chord Oct. 2017–Dec. 2017 TBS
Sanrio Boys Jan. 2018–Mar. 2018
Pazudora Apr. 2018–present TV Tokyo
Tokyo Ghoul:re Apr. 2018–Dec. 2018 Tokyo MX


Title Years Network Co-Productions Notes
Kingdom Season 3 Apr. 2020–Oct. 2021 NHK co-animated with Studio Signpost
Akudama Drive Oct. 2020–Dec. 2020 AT-X co-produced with Too Kyo Games
Mr. Osomatsu 3 Oct. 2020–Mar. 2021 TV Tokyo

Outsourced for Western AnimationEdit

Title Years Network Co-Productions Notes
The Legend of Korra Apr. 2012–Dec. 2014 Nickelodeon Eps. 13–18, 21


Note: This may not be a complete list

Video gamesEdit

Note: This may not be a complete list

Title Years Publisher Notes
Keio Flying Squadron 1993 Animated cut scenes
TIZ: Tokyo Insect Zoo 1996 Animated cut scenes
Keio Flying Squadron 2 1996 Animated cut scenes
Yu Yu Hakusho: Dark Tournament 2004 Animated cut scenes
Flame of Recca: Final Burning 2004 Animated cut scenes
Battle Stadium D.O.N 2005 Animated cut scenes
Bleach: Soul Resurrección 2011 Animated cut scenes
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 2012 Animated cut scenes


  1. ^ "Company Profile Archived 2017-08-08 at the Wayback Machine". Pierrot Co., Ltd. Retrieved on 29 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Animation Production PIERROT". Archived from the original on February 2, 2012. Retrieved 2009-02-11.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) Retrieved on 29 April 2013.
  3. ^ Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy. The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917. Revised and Expanded Edition. — Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press, 2006. — P. 450. — ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5
  4. ^ "Buried Treasure - Mysterious Cities of Gold". Anime News Network.
  5. ^ "Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs". Otaku USA. Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2010-08-04.

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