Wit Studio

WIT STUDIO, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社ウィットスタジオ, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Witto Sutajio) is a Japanese animation studio founded on June 1, 2012 by producers at Production I.G as a subsidiary of IG Port. It is headquartered in Musashino, Tokyo with Production I.G producer George Wada as president and Tetsuya Nakatake, also a producer at Production I.G., as a director of the studio. The studio gained notability for producing the first three seasons of Attack on Titan.[1]

Wit Studio
Native name
株式会社ウィットスタジオ
Kabushiki-gaisha Witto Sutajio
TypeKabushiki gaisha
IndustryJapanese animation
FoundedJune 1, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-06-01)[1]
HeadquartersMusashino, Tokyo, Japan[1]
Key people
George Wada (President)[1]
Number of employees
34[2]
ParentIG Port
Websitewitstudio.co.jp

EstablishmentEdit

The studio was founded by George Wada, a former employee of Production I.G, in 2012, but it'd take another year before the studio's first main productions, Hal and Attack on Titan, were released. After its founding, Tetsuya Nakatake was placed as the representative director of the studio. Several other former Production I.G staff members joined WIT after its founding, including animation directors Kyōji Asano and Satoshi Kadowaki, and director Tetsurō Araki, all of whom worked together on Attack on Titan.

Wit Studio was funded with an initial investment of ¥30,000,000 in capital from IG Port, Wada and Nakatake, who are reported to own 66.6%, 21.6% and 10.0% equity in the studio respectively.[3][4]

WorksEdit

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Director Episodes Notes
2013–2019 Attack on Titan Tetsurō Araki[a]
Masashi Koizuka[5]
59 + 3 OVA Based on a manga written by Hajime Isayama.
2014–2015 Hozuki's Coolheadedness Hiro Kaburaki 13 + 3 OVA Based on a manga written by Natsumi Eguchi.
2015 The Rolling Girls Kotomi Deai 12 Original work.
2015 Seraph of the End Daisuke Tokudo 24 + 1 OVA Based on a manga written by Takaya Kagami.
2016 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Tetsurō Araki 12 Original work.
2017–2018 The Ancient Magus' Bride Norihiro Naganuma 24 Based on a manga written by Kore Yamazaki.
2018 After the Rain Ayumu Watanabe 12 Based on a manga written by Jun Mayuzuki.
2019–2020 Kedama no Gonjirō Kenshirō Morii 52 Co-animated with OLM.
2019 Vinland Saga Shuhei Yabuta 24 Based on a manga written by Makoto Yukimura.
2020–2021 GARUGAKU. Saint Girls Square Academy Norihito Takahashi 50 Co-animated with OLM.
2020 Great Pretender Hiro Kaburagi 23 Original work.
2021 Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song Shinpei Ezaki 13 Original work. Written by Tappei Nagatsuki and Eiji Umehara.
2021–2022 Ranking of Kings
  • Yousuke Hatta
  • Makoto Fuchigami[b]
TBA Based on a manga written by Sōsuke Tōka.

FilmsEdit

Year Title Director Movies Notes
2013 Hal Ryōtarō Makihara 1 Original work.
2014–2015 Attack on Titan – Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow
Attack on Titan – Part 2: Wings of Freedom
Tetsurō Araki 2 Recap films of the anime series' first season.
2015 The Empire of Corpses Ryōtarō Makihara 1 Part of Project Itoh.
2016–2017 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress - Part 1: Gathering Light
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress - Part 2: Burning Life
Tetsurō Araki 2 Recap films of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.
2017–2018 Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden Tetsuya Wakano 3 Adapted from Karakara-Kemuri's manga Laughing Under the Clouds.
2018 Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening Tetsurō Araki[c]
Masashi Koizuka
1 Recap film of the anime series' second season.
2018 Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Tetsuo Yajima 1 Follow-up to 2017's Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!
Collaboration with OLM.
2019 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Unato Decisive Battle Tetsurō Araki 1 Sequel to Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.
2020 Attack on Titan: Chronicle Tetsurō Araki[c]
Masashi Koizuka
1 Recap film of the first three seasons of the anime.

OVA/ONAsEdit

Year Title Director Format Episodes Notes
2013 Attack on Titan: Ilse's Notebook: Record of a Fallen Soldier Tetsurō Araki OVA 1 Included with a special edition of volume 12 of the manga of the same name
2014–2015 Attack on Titan: No Regrets Tetsurō Araki OVA 2 Adapted from Gun Snark's manga of the same name
2016 Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins Kyoji Asano ONA 1 Short film adapted from the video game Star Fox Zero
2016–2017 The Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting a Star Norihiro Naganuma OVA 3 Adapted from Kore Yamazaki's manga The Ancient Magus' Bride
2017–2018 Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Masashi Koizuka OVA 3 Adapted from Hiroshi Seko's novel of the same name
2019–2022 The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún Yūtarō Kubo
Satomi Maiya
OVA 2 Adapted from Nagabe's manga of the same name
2021 Vampire in the Garden Ryōtarō Makihara ONA TBA Original anime series produced for Netflix
TBA Grimm[6] TBA ONA TBA Based on Brothers Grimm fairy tales

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Publisher Format Notes
2017 Tales of the Rays Bandai Namco Mobile Game Opening Animation/Cutscenes[7]
2018 Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri -Ran- Hajimaru Michiato DMM Games Mobile Game Opening Animation
2018 BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Arc System Works Console Game Opening Animation
2018 Princess Connect! Re:Dive Cygames Mobile Game Opening Animation/Cutscenes[8]

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Director Notes
2019 "We're Still Underground" Eve Nobutaka Yoda [9]
"This World to You" Eve Nobutaka Yoda [10]
2020 Blue: Line Step Brush Under Graph Kengo Saitō [11]
Sakugasaku Uchikubi Gokumon Dōkōkai Kyōji Asano [12]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Chief Director (総監督) for episodes 26–59.
  2. ^ Chief Unit Director (演出チーフ)
  3. ^ a b Chief Director (総監督)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "WIT STUDIO Company" (in Japanese). WIT STUDIO. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  2. ^ Marina (March 29, 2016). "Sakura-Con 2016 – Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and More by WIT Studio". wordpress.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Ransom, Ko (April 20, 2012). "IG Port Founds New Animation Planning and Production Subsidiary". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "IGポート アニメ企画・制作子会社設立 「戦国BASARA」などのプロデューサー役員に" [IG Port Establishes New Animation Planning and Production Subsidiary Headed By Sengoku Basara Anime Producer]. animeanime.biz (in Japanese). April 20, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "進撃!巨人中学校×進撃の巨人"進撃祭"Reading & Live Event イベントレポート" [Attack on Titan Junior High x Attack on Titan "Adventure Festival" Reading & Live Event Report]. shingeki.tv (in Japanese). July 4, 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  6. ^ https://clamp-net.com/archives/5518
  7. ^ "テイルズオブザレイズ -Tales of the Rays- Official Website" (in Japanese). Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Pier (February 22, 2018). "Friendship is Magic in Princess Connect! Re:Dive for iOS and Android". Play-Asia. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  9. ^ E ve (January 24, 2019). "We're Still Underground - Eve MV". YouTube. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  10. ^ E ve (April 20, 2019). "This World to You - Eve MV". YouTube. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  11. ^ amgchannel (February 13, 2020). "【MV full】『BLUE - l i n e・s t e p・b r u s h -』 / AMGオリジナルアニメーション" [[MV Full] "Blue: Line Step Brush" / AMG Original Animation]. YouTube. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  12. ^ 打首獄門同好会 (September 11, 2020). "打首獄門同好会「サクガサク」" [Uchikubi Gokumon Dōkōkai "Sakugasaku"]. YouTube. Retrieved September 14, 2020.

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