Studio Chizu

Studio Chizu (スタジオ地図, Sutajio Chizu) is a Japanese animation studio based in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan. It was co-founded by Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito in 2011.[1] Studio Chizu has won three Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year awards.[2][3] The image in their logo is a reference to Makoto Konno, the main character of the Hosoda-directed 2006 film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Studio Chizu
FoundedApril 2011
FounderMamoru Hosoda
Yuichiro Saito
Key people
Yuichiro Saito (CEO)


Studio Chizu was founded by Yūichirō Saitō and Mamoru Hosoda, both of which had ties to animation studio Madhouse. Saitō had been with Madhouse since 1999,[4] and had co-produced The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, which Mamoru Hosoda directed. The aim of the studio was described by Saito as an "auteur's studio" for Hosoda,[5] who himself mentioned that creating Studio Chizu was necessary in order for him to make the films that he wanted to make.[6]

Studio Chizu co-produced its first feature film Wolf Children with Madhouse, which was released in 2012. It earned roughly $55 million[7] and won its first Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.[8] In 2013, the studio was approached by a representative of French film company Gaumont, who wanted to work with Studio Chizu to distribute its films internationally.[5] This distribution partnership was announced in 2014.[9]

The studio went on to produce The Boy and the Beast, which was released in 2015 earning roughly $49 million[10] and winning for a second time the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.[11]

Studio Chizu produced Hosoda's next film, Mirai, in 2018 and received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.[12][13] This film also won the studio its third Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year in March 2019.[14][15]

Year Title Director Screenwriter(s) Music RT
2012 Wolf Children Mamoru Hosoda Mamoru Hosoda & Satoko Okudera Masakatsu Takagi 94%[16]
2015 The Boy and the Beast Mamoru Hosoda 90%[17]
2018 Mirai 91%[18]


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  2. ^ "日本アカデミー賞公式サイト".
  3. ^ "日本アカデミー賞公式サイト".
  4. ^ "10 Years of Encouragement at the Japan Media Arts Festival". BEACON AKIBA. 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  5. ^ a b "The World of Mamoru HOSODA and Studio Chizu – Chinese Film Market". 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  6. ^ Chapuis, Marius (2018-12-25). "Mamoru Hosoda: «Il est impossible de porter une sensibilité divergente au sein du studio Ghibli»". Libé (in French). Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  7. ^ "Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (2012)".
  8. ^ "日本アカデミー賞公式サイト".
  9. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (2014-12-13). "Gaumont Dives Into Japanese Animation with Mamoru Hosoda's 'The Boy and The Beast' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  10. ^ "The Boy and the Beast (2016) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo".
  11. ^ "日本アカデミー賞公式サイト".
  12. ^ Elsa Keslassy and Patrick Frater (May 16, 2017). "Cannes: Japan's Mamoru Hosoda Sets New Animated Film 'Mirai' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
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  14. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (2019-03-01). "Mirai Wins Japan Academy Prizes' Animation Award". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  15. ^ "ANIME NEWS: Hosoda's 'Mirai' takes top Japan film prize after U.S. nominations:The Asahi Shimbun". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  16. ^ "Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki)".
  17. ^ "The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko)".
  18. ^ Mirai, retrieved 2018-06-10

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