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A-1 Pictures Inc.
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Animation studio
Founded May 9, 2005[1]
Headquarters 4-38-18 Naritahigashi, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan[1]
Key people
Tomonori Ochikoshi (President)[1]
Number of employees
152 (as of October 2014)[2]
Parent Aniplex Inc. (100%)[1]
Website a1p.jp

A-1 Pictures Inc. (株式会社エー・ワン・ピクチャーズ Kabushiki-gaisha Ē Wan Pikuchāzu?) is a Japanese animation studio founded by ex-Sunrise producer Mikihiro Iwata, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan)'s anime production firm Aniplex.[3][4]


The studio was established by SMEJ's animation production division, Aniplex, on May 9, 2005, to animate its anime series and productions.[3][4] In 2006, it co-produced the original production Zenmai Zamurai, and in October of the same year, established a studio in Asagaya. In the following year, 2007, the studio produced its first series, Ōkiku Furikabutte.

Originally established to oversee the production of only a few of Aniplex's family-oriented series, the studio has since grown and expanded as a full-fledged studio involved in the production of a wide range of media and anime productions and other activities, which it has overseen.

The studio has also expanded its international presence, participating in the noted international convention, Anime Expo 2007 (AX 2007), held in Long Beach, California, and having its own panel there.[5]


Television series[edit]

Title Original Broadcast Channel First run start date First run end date Notes
Zenmai Zamurai NHK E April 3, 2006 March 26, 2010 Original Work
Co-production with No Side
Robby & Kerobby TV Tokyo April 1, 2007 March 30, 2008 Original Work
Big Windup! TBS, MBS April 12, 2007 September 28, 2007 Based on a manga by Asa Higuchi
Persona: Trinity Soul Tokyo MX, BS11 January 5, 2008 June 28, 2008 Based on a video game by Atlus
Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode TV Saitama July 4, 2008 September 29, 2008 Based on a manga by Masami Yuki
Black Butler MBS October 3, 2008 March 27, 2009 Based on a manga by Yana Toboso
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens Tokyo MX October 4, 2008 December 27, 2008 Based on a manga by Eri Takenashi
Co-production with Ordet
Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode 2 SUN-TV January 9, 2009 May 28, 2009 Sequel to Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode
Valkyria Chronicles MBS April 4, 2009 September 26, 2009 Based on a video game by Sega
Fairy Tail TXN (TV Tokyo) October 12, 2009 (first series)
April 5, 2014 (second series)
March 30, 2013 (first series)
TBA (second series)
Based on a manga by Hiro Mashima
Co-production with Satelight (first series) and Bridge (second series)
Sound of the Sky TV Tokyo January 5, 2010 March 22, 2010 Original Work
Ōkiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~ MBS, TBS April 1, 2010 June 24, 2010 Sequel to Big Windup!
Working!! Tokyo MX April 4, 2010 June 26, 2010 Based on a manga by Karino Takatsu
Night Raid 1931 TV Tokyo April 5, 2010 June 28, 2010 Original Work
Black Butler II MBS July 2, 2010 September 17, 2010 Sequel to Black Butler
Occult Academy TV Tokyo July 6, 2010 September 27, 2010 Original Work
Togainu no Chi MBS, TBS October 7, 2010 December 23, 2010 Based on a video game by Nitro+chiral
Fractale Fuji TV January 14, 2011 April 1, 2011 Original Work
Co-production with Ordet
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Fuji TV April 15, 2011 June 24, 2011 Original Work
Blue Exorcist JNN (MBS) April 17, 2011 October 2, 2011 Based on a manga by Kazue Kato
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% Tokyo MX July 3, 2011 September 24, 2011 Based on a video game by Nippon Ichi Software
The Idolmaster TBS July 8, 2011 December 23, 2011 Based on a video game by Namco Bandai
Working'!! Tokyo MX October 1, 2011 December 24, 2011 Sequel to Working!!
Space Brothers NNS (ytv) April 1, 2012 March 22, 2014 Based on a manga by Chūya Koyama
Tsuritama Fuji TV April 12, 2012 June 28, 2012 Original Work
Sword Art Online Tokyo MX July 7, 2012 December 22, 2012 Based on a light novel by Reki Kawahara
From the New World TV Asahi September 28, 2012 March 23, 2013 Based on a novel by Yūsuke Kishi
Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter TXN (TV Tokyo) October 2, 2012 September 24, 2013 Based on a video game by Square Enix
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic JNN (MBS) October 7, 2012 March 31, 2013 Based on a manga by Shinobu Ohtaka
Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru Tokyo MX January 6, 2013 March 31, 2013 Based on a light novel by Yūji Yūji
Vividred Operation MBS January 11, 2013 March 29, 2013 Original Work
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 2000% TV Aichi April 3, 2013 June 26, 2013 Sequel to Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%
Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. Tokyo MX April 7, 2013 June 30, 2013 Based on a light novel by Tsukasa Fushimi
Sequel to Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
Servant x Service ABC July 4, 2013 September 26, 2013 Based on a manga by Karino Takatsu
Silver Spoon Fuji TV July 11, 2013 September 19, 2013 Based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic JNN (MBS) October 6, 2013 March 30, 2014 Sequel to Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Galilei Donna Fuji TV October 10, 2013 December 20, 2013 Original Work
Silver Spoon II Fuji TV January 9, 2014 March 27, 2014 Sequel to Silver Spoon
World Conquest Zvezda Plot Tokyo MX January 11, 2014 March 29, 2014 Original Work
Nanana's Buried Treasure Fuji TV April 10, 2014 June 19, 2014 Based on a light novel by Kazuma Ōtorino
Aldnoah.Zero Tokyo MX July 5, 2014 (Part 1)
January 10, 2015 (Part 2)
September 20, 2014 (Part 1)
March 28, 2015 (Part 2)
Original Work
Co-production with TROYCA
Sword Art Online II Tokyo MX July 5, 2014 December 20, 2014 Sequel to Sword Art Online
Persona 4 The Golden: Animation MBS July 10, 2014 September 25, 2014 Based on a video game by Atlus
Black Butler: Book of Circus MBS July 10, 2014 September 11, 2014 Related to Black Butler
Magic Kaito 1412 NNS (ytv) October 4, 2014 March 28, 2015 Based on a manga by Gosho Aoyama
The Seven Deadly Sins JNN (MBS) October 5, 2014 March 29, 2015 Based on a manga by Nakaba Suzuki
Your Lie in April Fuji TV October 9, 2014 March 19, 2015 Based on a manga by Naoshi Arakawa
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fuji TV January 8, 2015 March 26, 2015 Based on a light novel by Fumiaki Maruto
The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Tokyo MX January 10, 2015 April 11, 2015 Based on a social network game by Namco Bandai in The Idolmaster series
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid Tokyo MX April 3, 2015 June 19, 2015 Based on a manga by Masaki Tsuzuki
Gunslinger Stratos: THE ANIMATION Tokyo MX April 4, 2015 June 20, 2015 Based on a video game by Square Enix
Ultimate Otaku Teacher NNS (ytv) April 4, 2015 September 26, 2015 Based on a manga by Takeshi Azuma
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Revolutions Tokyo MX April 5, 2015 June 28, 2015 Related to Uta no Prince-sama
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri Tokyo MX July 3, 2015 TBA Based on a novel by Takumi Yanai
Working!!! Tokyo MX July 4, 2015 TBA Second sequel to Working!!
The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls: 2nd Season Tokyo MX July 17, 2015 TBA Sequel to The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls
Subete ga F ni Naru Fuji TV October 8, 2015 TBA Based on a novel by Hiroshi Mori
The Asterisk War Tokyo MX October 3, 2015 TBA Based on a light novel by Yuu Miyazaki
Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Fuji TV January 2016 TBA Based on a manga by Kei Sanbe
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash January 2016 TBA Based on a light novel by Ao Jūmonji

Film productions[edit]

Title Release Date Notes
Welcome to the Space Show June 26, 2010
Fairy Tail the Movie: The Phoenix Priestess August 18, 2012
Blue Exorcist: The Movie December 28, 2012
Saint Young Men May 10, 2013
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day August 31, 2013
The Idolmaster Movie: Beyond the Brilliant Future! January 25, 2014
Ookii 1 Nensei to Chiisana 2 Nensei 2014
Space Brothers #0 August 9, 2014
The Anthem of the Heart September 19, 2015
Garakowa -Restore the World- January 9, 2016
Doukyuusei 2016
Untitled Sword Art Online film TBA


Title Release Date Notes
Valkyria Chronicles III January 27, 2011
Black Butler: Book of Murder October 25, 2014 (Part 1)
November 15, 2014 (Part 2)


Title Year Notes
Namisuke 2007
Takane no Jitensha (a.k.a. Takane's Bike) 2008 winner of Animax's Animax Taishō award
Ōkiku Furikabutte: Honto no Ace ni Nareru Kamo Nintendo DS game; Produced the animation and CG segments
Shin Megami Tensei : Persona 4 2008 PlayStation 2 game; Produced the animation with Studio Hibari
Valkyria Chronicles II 2010 PlayStation Portable game


  1. ^ a b c d "ABOUT". A-1 Pictures. Retrieved 2015-07-12. 
  2. ^ 求人票 (PDF) (in Japanese). A-1 Pictures. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  3. ^ a b "A-1 Pictures". Retrieved 2007-03-17. 
  4. ^ a b "A-1 Pictures". Retrieved 2007-03-17. 
  5. ^ "A-1 Pictures Panel Report". 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 

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