Production I.G, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社プロダクション・アイジー, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Purodakushon Ai Jī) is a Japanese anime studio and production enterprise, founded on December 15, 1987, by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and headquartered in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan.
|Kabushiki-gaisha Purodakushon Ai Jī|
|Industry||Anime, film, television, video games|
|Founded||December 15, 1987|
|Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (President)|
|Products||Anime, film, television, OVA, video games|
Number of employees
|130 (as of April 2017)|
|Subsidiaries||Tatsunoko Production (11.2%)|
The studio has been involved in the creation of numerous anime television series, OVAs, theatrical films, and is further involved in video game design and development, as well as music publishing and management. Among its prominent works are Guilty Crown, Psycho-Pass, Eden of the East, and the Ghost in the Shell series. It is known in the video game industry for developing intros, cut-scenes, and artwork for games such as Namco Tales Studio's Tales of Symphonia.
The letters I and G derive from the names of the company founders: producer Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and character designer Takayuki Goto.
Initially founded as "I.G. Tatsunoko Limited" in 1987, it was a break-off branch-studio of Tatsunoko Productions which created Zillion. Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, the producer of Zillion, founded the studio to obstruct the dispersing of the excellent staffs of the Tatsunoko branch. The members of the Tatsunoko Production annex, "
Among Production I.G's earliest most notable works was the feature-length cinematic anime adaptation of the Patlabor story, created by the group Headgear. In 1993, during the final stages of the production of Patlabor 2 the company ended capital relation to Tatsunoko Production that had 20% of the stocks of I.G and changed its name to the current "Production I.G" on September 1993. Thus, the film Patlabor 2, released on August 1993, became the last product bearing the name "IG Tatsunoko".
In early 1997, fellow Tatsunoko employee Koichi Mashimo presented an idea of his to President Ishikawa. Mashimo had conceived the idea of a small studio that could work on small productions and "nurture" the creative spirit of its staff members. Ishikawa liked the idea and sponsored Mashimo's endeavor and studio Bee Train Animation Inc. was formed as a subsidiary company. Production I.G and Ishikawa helped supervise and produce the early productions such as PoPoLoCrois Monogatari, Wild Arms: Twilight Venom, and Arc the Lad. Along with Xebec it was the second subsidiary company under I.G. In 2006, Bee Train became independent and Ishikawa stepped down as an executive in the company. The two studios worked again in 2008 to work on Blade of the Immortal, Batman: Gotham Knight, and again in 2010 for Halo Legends.
In 1998, the company incorporated to become "Production I.G, Inc." Following that, Production I.G merged with ING, another production company founded by the same Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, in 2000. In a Q&A session Ishikawa said:
It [The I.G in Production I.G] stands for two words: itsumo (always) and genki (happy); you should ask, is that true? In reality, it stands for Ishikawa, and my artist collaborator's name, Takayuki Goto, the initials of our last names. But, now that I am the sole president, we kept the name. But I am happy to say it means Itsumo Genki.
On July 4, 2007, the company announced a merger with Mag Garden, forming a new holding company called IG Port. IG Port has become the parent company of Production I.G, Signal.MD and Wit Studio. Xebec was formerly a part of IG Port until November 20, 2018, when it was sold to Sunrise.
On January 12, 2018, it was announced that Xebec's subsidiary, Xebeczwei, was announced to have been given to I.G as a subsidiary studio, and that work on Fafner in the Azure: The Beyond would proceed as planned. The studio is planned to be renamed to IGzwei following the transfer.
- Zillion (1987, as I.G. Tatsunoko, with Tatsunoko Production)
- Blue Seed (1994–1995, with Ashi Productions)
- Popolocrois Monogatari (1998–1999, with Bee Train)
- Medabots Damashii (2000–2001, with Trans Arts)
- Vampiyan Kids (2001–2002)
- PaRappa the Rapper (2001–2002, production co-operation for J.C. Staff)
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002–2005)
- Cromartie High School (2003–2004)
- Windy Tales (2004–2005)
- Otogi Zoshi (2004–2005)
- Immortal Grand Prix (2005–2006, with Bee Train)
- Blood+ (2005–2006)
- Le Chevalier D'Eon (2006–2007)
- xxxHolic (2006–2008)
- Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (2007)
- Reideen (2007)
- Ghost Hound (2007–2008)
- Ani*Kuri15 (2007, animated segments)
- Library War (2008)
- Real Drive (2008)
- Sands of Destruction (2008)
- The Beast Player Erin (2009)
- Eden of the East (2009)
- Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings (2009)
- Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings II (2010)
- Kimi ni Todoke (2009–2011)
- Shoka (2010)
- Moshidora (2011)
- Bunny Drop (2011)
- Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san (2011–2013)
- Blood-C (2011)
- Guilty Crown (2011–2012)
- Kuroko's Basketball (2012–2015)
- The New Prince of Tennis (2012, with M.S.C.)
- Shining Hearts (2012)
- Robotics;Notes (2012–2013)
- Psycho-Pass (2012–2013)
- Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (2012–2013)
- Genshiken Nidaime (2013)
- Ace of Diamond (2013–2016, with Madhouse)
- Haikyu!! (2014–present)
- Ao Haru Ride (2014)
- Broken Blade (2014, with Xebec)
- Maria the Virgin Witch (2015)
- Ghost in the Shell: Arise (2015)
- Attack on Titan: Junior High (2015)
- Pikaia! (2015)
- Ghost in the Shell Arise – Alternative Architecture (2015)
- Joker Game (2016)
- Atom: The Beginning (2017, with OLM and Signal.MD)
- Welcome to the Ballroom (2017)
- Pikaia!! (2017)
- Magical Circle Guru Guru (2017)
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Kaikō (2018)
- FLCL Progressive (2018, episodes 1, 3–4, and 6)
- FLCL Alternative (2018, with Revoroot and NUT)
- Run with the Wind (2018–2019)
- Case File nº221: Kabukicho (2019–2020)
- Shin Chūka Ichiban! (2019–present)
- Psycho-Pass 3 (2019)
- Noblesse (2020)
- Moriarty the Patriot (2020–2021)
- Fena: Pirate Princess (2021)
- Zillion: Burning Night (1988, as I.G. Tatsunoko)
- The Heroic Legend of Arslan (1991, episode 1, as I.G Tatsunoko)
- Video Girl Ai (1992, as I.G. Tatsunoko)
- Please Save My Earth (1993–1994)
- Dragon Half (1993)
- Ryuseiki Gakusaver (1993-1994)
- Girl From Phantasia (1993)
- Please Save My Earth Sōshūhen Kanzenban: Alice kara, Rin Kun e (1994)
- Combustible Campus Guardress (1994)
- B.B. Fish (1994)
- Bronze: Zetsuai Since 1989 (1994)
- Please Save My Earth Music Image Video: Kin'iro no Toki Nagarete (1995)
- The Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman (1996)
- Panzer Dragoon (1996)
- Blue Seed Beyond (1996, episodes 1–2)
- One Piece: Defeat Him! Pirate Ganzack! (1998)
- FLCL (2000–2001, with Gainax)
- Kai Doh Maru (2001, with SME Visual Works)
- The Prince of Tennis: A Day on Survival Mountain (2003)
- Eyeshield 21: The Phantom Golden Bowl (2003)
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex– The Laughing Man (2005)
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex– Individual Eleven (2006)
- Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations (2007–2008)
- Tokyo Marble Chocolate (2007)
- Blame! Prologue (2007)
- Batman: Gotham Knight (2008, episode 2 "Crossfire", in co-operation with Warner Bros and DC Comics)
- Halo Legends (2008–2010, production with Warner Bros and 343 Industries; episode 2 "The Duel", and episode 5 "Homecoming" with Bee Train)
- Library War: Romance Impairment (2008)
- xxxHolic Shunmuki (2009)
- Tsubasa Shunraiki (2009)
- Bungaku Shōjo: Kyō no Oyatsu ~Hatsukoi~ (2009)
- Abunai Sisters: Koko & Mika (2009)
- Book Girl Today's Snack: First Love (2009)
- xxxHolic Rō (2010)
- Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san (2010–2014)
- Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010, see page for list of production companies)
- Book Girl Memoir (2010)
- Je t'aime (2010)
- Appleseed XIII (2011–2012, production co-operation for various studios)
- Computer Kakumei: Saikyō x Saisoku no Zunō Tanjō (2012)
- Kuroko's Basketball (2013–2017)
- Vassalord (2013)
- Ghost in the Shell: Arise (2013–2015)
- Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Specials (2013)
- Pokémon Origins (2013, episode 1)
- Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet: Far Beyond the Voyage (2014–2015)
- Ace of Diamond (2014–2015, with Madhouse)
- Ace of Diamond Second Season (2016, with Madhouse)
- Haikyū!!: Tokushū! Harukō Volley ni Kaketa Seishun (2017)
- Haikyū!!: Riku vs Kuu (2020)
- Case File nº221: Kabukicho (2020)
- The King of Fighters: Another Day (2005–2006)
- Chocolate Underground (2008)
- Next A-Class (2012)
- Mō Hitotsu no Mirai o. (2013–2014)
- Noblesse: Awakening (2016)
- Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins (2016, with Wit Studio)
- African Office Worker (2017)
- Neo Yokio (2017, with Studio Deen and Friends Night)
- Kodoku no Gourmet (2017–present)
- B The Beginning (2018–present)
- Moshi Moshi, Terumi Desu (2018–present)
- Holiday Love (2018–present)
- Ultraman (2019–present, with Sola Digital Arts)
- Sol Levante (2020)
- Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045 (2020–present, with Sola Digital Arts)
- The Weathering Continent (1992, as I.G. Tatsunoko)
- Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)
- Ghost in the Shell (1995)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997, Rebirth, with Gainax)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997, with Gainax)
- Cyber Team in Akihabara: Summer Vacation of 2011 (1999; with Xebec)
- Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (2000)
- Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)
- Sakura Wars: The Movie (2001)
- Kill Bill Vol. 1: Chapter 3 - The Origin of O-Ren (2003, animated sequence)
- Dead Leaves (2004)
- Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004, 3DCG by Polygon Pictures)
- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle the Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom (2005)
- Tennis no Ōjisama: Atobe Kara no Okurimono (2005)
- Tennis no Ōjisama – Futari no Samurai (2005)
- xxxHolic: A Midsummer Night's Dream (2005)
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society (2006)
- The Sky Crawlers (2008, 3DCG by Polygon Pictures)
- Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (2009)
- Eden of the East: The King of Eden (2009)
- Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (2009, 3DCG by Polygon Pictures)
- Eden of the East: Paradise Lost (2010)
- Broken Blade (2010–2011, with Xebec, film hexalogy)
- Book Girl (2010)
- Hiyokoi (2010)
- Loups=Garous (2010, with TransArts)
- Sengoku Basara: The Last Party (2011)
- Tansu Warashi. (2011)
- A Letter to Momo (2011)
- Xi Avant (2011, short film)
- The Prince of Tennis – The Battle of the British City (2011, with M.S.C)
- Appleseed XIII: Tartaros (2011, production co-operation for Jinni's Animation Studio)
- Appleseed XIII: Ouranos (2011, production co-operation for Jinni's Animation Studio)
- Blood-C: The Last Dark (2012)
- Library War: The Wings of Revolution (2012)
- 009 Re:Cyborg (2012, with SANZIGEN)
- Wasurenagumo (2012)
- Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (2012)
- Kick-Heart (2013)
- Giovanni's Island (2014)
- Psycho-Pass: The Movie (2015)
- Miss Hokusai (2015)
- Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015)
- Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Owari to Hajimari (2015)
- Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Shōsha to Haisha (2015)
- Pigtails (2015)
- Kuroko's Basketball: Winter Cup Compilation (2016, compilation trilogy)
- Haikyu!! Sainō to Sense (2017)
- Haikyu!! Concept no Tatakai (2017)
- Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game (2017)
- Tokimeki Restaurant (2018)
- Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System (2019, film trilogy)
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Seiran (2019, film trilogy)
- Fafner in the Azure: The Beyond (2019–present, 12-part film series; credited as Animation Production, with I.G Zwei credited as Animation Production Studio)
- Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector (2020)
- BEM: Become Human (2020)
- Deemo: The Movie (2020, with Signal.MD)
- Shika no Ō (2021)
- Fate/Grand Order - Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot ~ Paladin; Agaterám ~ (TBA; animation production for second film)
- Stay Tuned! (2019)
- m-flo: Quantum Leap (2000)
- Linda: Chains & Rings (2003)
- Mylene Farmer: Peut-etre toi (2006)
- Universe (2007)
- Eden of the East: Falling Down (2009)
- NO DOUBT (2017)
- Marty Friedman: The Perfect World (2018)
- Power Pros (1994)
- Tales series (1995–2009)
- Star Ocean (1996)
- Star Ocean: The Second Story (1998)
- Grandia (1997, CG support)
- Ghost in the Shell (1997)
- The Granstream Saga (1997)
- Tekken 3 (1997)
- Yarudora Series Vol. 1: Double Cast (1998, animated cutscenes)
- Yarudora Series Vol. 2: Kisetsu o Dakishimete (1998, animated cutscenes)
- Yarudora Series Vol. 3: Sampaguita (1998, animated cutscenes)
- Yarudora Series Vol. 4: Yukiwari no Hana (1998, animated cutscnes)
- Tekken 3 (1998, Pre-rendered CGI cutscenes and animated cutscene)
- Xenogears (1998, traditionally animated cutscenes and pre-rendered CGI cutscenes)
- Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die (1998)
- Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere (1999, traditionally animated cutscenes)
- Love & Destroy (1999)
- Psychometrer Eiji (1999)
- Valkyrie Profile (1999)
- Wild Arms 2 (1999)
- Summon Night (2000)
- Sakura Wars 3: Is Paris Burning? (2001)
- Sakura Wars 4: Fall in Love, Maidens (2002)
- Surveillance Kanshisha (2002)
- Sakura Wars V Episode 0 (2004)
- Lethal Enforcers 3 (2004)
- Popolocrois Monogatari II (2000, opening and animated cutscenes)
- Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005, CG animated cutscnes)
- Namco × Capcom (2005)
- Sonic Riders (2006, opening animation)
- Children of Mana (2006, opening and animated cutscenes)
- Sonic Riders (2006)
- Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria (2006)
- Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (2007, CG animated cutscnes)
- Wario Land: Shake It! (2008, cutscenes and gameplay)
- Sands of Destruction (2008)
- Infinite Space (2009)
- Valkyria Chronicles III (2011)
- Kid Icarus Uprising (2012, Thanatos rising shorts)
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction (2015)
- Persona 5 (2016, animated cutscenes, with Domerica)
- Persona 5 Royal (2019, animated cutscenes, with Domerica)
Tokyo Marble Chocolate was awarded the Grand Prize in the Feature Film Category of the 12th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF 2008), held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from May 21 to 25, 2008.
The jury was composed of Giannalberto Bendazzi (a professor of the history of animation at Milano State University in Italy), Noriko T. Wada (a Japanese producer) and Kyung-jo Min (a South Korean director). The award ceremony took place in Seoul on May 25, 2008.
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