Tatsunoko Production


Tatsunoko Production

nihongo|Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd.|株式会社竜の子プロダクション or 株式会社タツノコプロダクション|Kabushiki gaisha Tatsunoko Purodakushon, often shortened to nihongo|Tatsunoko Pro.|竜の子プロ or タツノコプロ|Tatsunoko Puro, is a Japanese animation company founded in 1962 by legendary anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida along with his brothers Kenji and Toyoharu (Toyoharu adopted the pen name Ippei Kuri to distinguish himself from his brothers). The studio's name has a double Japanese meaning of "Tatsu's child" (Tatsu being a nickname for Tatsuo) and "seadragon" which was the inspiration for its seahorse corporate logo. [ [http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/ff20080703r1.html 'Speed Racer': drawing on an anime legend | The Japan Times Online] ] [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=16367 Comic Book Resources > Pop! - 5-11-2008] ] It could also mean "Tatsu no Co." which basically means "Tatsu's Company".

Since the studio's inception, Tatsunoko has specialized in television production, as opposed to rival studio Toei Animation, who focused chiefly on feature films and was just beginning to move into TV production when Tatsunoko was formed. The studio debuted in 1965 with the TV series "Space Ace". Since then, many legendary figures in the anime industry have worked with Tatsunoko, including Mizuho Nishikubo, Hiroshi Sasagawa, Koichi Mashimo, Katsuhisa Yamada, Hideaki Anno (Tatsunoko provided animation work on the "Neon Genesis Evangelion" TV series), and Kazuo Yamazaki. Sasagawa, in particular, is notable for bringing his fondness for "gag" or comedy animation to the forefront in Tatsunoko series such as the "Time Bokan" (1975) franchise. [ [http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=Columns&column=anime&article_no=3364 Animation World Magazine - Anime Reviews: Stand Alone with Bokan & The Third] ]

The translated and edited versions of the studio's more successful animated series, such as Hiroshi Sasagawa's "Speed Racer" (1967), "Gatchaman" (1972), "Macross" (1982, adapted as part of 1985's "Robotech"), and "Samurai Pizza Cats" (1990), are credited with bringing international attention to Japanese animation. Tatsunoko Production has a strong roster of action and science-fiction anime titles, Tatsunoko has nevertheless become well-known also for several widely-acclaimed fairy tale and fantasy-based series for younger children, such as "Minashigo Hutch" (1970), "The Adventures of Pinocchio" (1972), "Temple the Balloonist" (1977), "The Littl' Bits" (1980), and the Bible-based "Superbook" (1981).

In June 2005 Japanese toy company Takara Co., Ltd. brought a majority stake in the studio. Tatsunoko then became a complete subsidiary of TOMY (known in Japan as "Takara-Tomy") following the subsequent merger of Takara and TOMY Co., Ltd. in 2006. [ [http://search.japantimes.co.jp/member/member.html?nn20050703b3.htm Takara acquires animation studio] ]

Tatsunoko's studios are located in the Kokubunji district of Tokyo. [ [http://www.tatsunoko.co.jp/english/index.html Tatsunoko Pro.] ]

Several of today's top Japanese animation studios have their roots in Tatsunoko. Studio Pierrot was founded in 1979 by former Tatsunoko employees. Production I.G was established in 1987 as I.G. Tatsunoko which was a branch for the production of Zillion led by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa. Studio XEBEC also traces its history to Tatsunoko, as it is an offshoot of Production I.G.

Tatsunoko's next major project will be the "" fighting game, a collaboration between Tatsunoko and video game company Capcom which will feature characters from both companies.

Anime series

1960s

*"Space Ace" (Uchuu Ace) (1965)
*"Mach Go Go Go (Speed Racer)" (original) (1967)
*"Guzula" (Oraa Guzula Dado) (original) (1967)
*"Dokachin the Primitive Boy" (or simply, "Dokachin") (1968)
*"Judo Boy" (Kurenai Sanshiro) (1969)
*"The Genie Family" (Hakushon Daimaoh) (1969)

1970s

*"The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee" ("Mitsubachi Monogatari Minashigo Hacchi") (1970)
*"The Funny Judo Champion" (Inakappe Taisho) (1970)
*"Hippo and Thomas" (Kabatotto) (1971)
*"Animentari Ketsudan"(1971)
*"Saban's Adventures of Pinocchio" (1972)
*"Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman (, Battle of the Planets, Comando G: La Batalla de los Planetas)" (1972)
*"Tamagon the Counselor" (Kaiketsu Tamagon) (1972)
*"Demetan Croaker, The Boy Frog" (Kerokko Demetan, U.S.: "The Brave Frog") (1973)
*"Shinzo Ningen Casshan" (or simply, "Casshan") (1973)
*"Shin Minashigo Hutch" (New Honeybee Hutch) (1974)
*"Hurricane Polymar" (1974)
*"The Song of Tentomushi [Ladybug] " ("Tentomushi no Uta") (1974-1976)
*"Time Bokan" (1975)
*"Uchuu no Kishi Tekkaman (") (1975)
*"Goliath the Super Fighter" (Gowapper 5 Godam) (1976)
*"Paul's Miraclous Adventures" ("Poru no Mirakuru Daisakusen") (1976-1977)
*"Yatterman" (or Yattaman) (1977)
*"Temple the Balloonist" ("Fuusen Shoujo Tenpuru-chan", a.k.a. "Sabrina's Journey") (1977-1978)
*"Ippatsu Kanta-kun" ("Home Run" Kanta-kun) (1977-1978)
*"Tobidase! Machine Hiryuu" (1977 - with Toei Doga)
*"Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman II" (Eagle Riders) (1978)
*"Zenderman" (or "Zendaman") (1979)
*"Gordian the Warrior" (Toushi Gordian) (1979)
*"Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman F" (1979)
*"Daddy-Long-Legs" "(Ashinaga Ojisan)" (1979 - TV special)

1980s

*"The Littl' Bits" ("Mori no Yoki na Kobitotachi: Berufi to Rirubitto") (1980)
*"Rescueman" "(Time Patrol Tai Otasukeman)" (1980)
*"Muteking, The Dashing Warrior" "(Tondemo Senshi Mutekingu)" (1980-1981)
*"Firebird" "(Yattodetaman)" (1981)
*"Gold Lightan, The Gold Warrior" "(Ougon Senshi Gold Lightan)" (1981)
*"Superbook" Series One ("Anime Oyako Gekijo") (1981-1982)
*"Dashu Kappei" ("Dash! Kappei", a.k.a. "Gigi la Trottola", "Chicho Terremoto") (1981-1982)
*"Gyakuten! Ippatsuman" (1982)
*"The Super Dimension Fortress Macross" (1982) (Producer credit only, show created by Studio Nue)
*"The Flying House" ("Taimu Kyoshitsu: Tondera Haosu no Daiboken") (1982-1983)
*"Mirai Keisatsu Urashiman" ("Future Cop Urashiman") (1983)
*"Itadakiman" (1983)
*"Genesis Climber Mospeada" (1983)
*"Superbook" Series Two ("Pasokon Toraberu Tanteidan") (1983)
*"" (1983)
*"Okawari Boy Starzan S" (1984)
*"Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross" (1984)
*"" (1984) (Production credit only, created by Studio Nue)
*"Yoroshiku Mekadokku" ("What's Up Mechadoc?", a.k.a. "A Tutto Gas") (1984-1985)
*"Honou no Alpine Rose" (a.k.a. "Judy and Randy") (1985)
*"" (1985)
*"Robotech" An adaptation of "Macross, Southern Cross," and "Mospeada"] (1985)
*"Hikari no Densetsu" ("Legend of Light", "Tale of Hikari", a.k.a. "Hilary", "Cynthia ou le rythme de la vie", "Piruetas") (1986)
*"Doteraman" (1986)
*"Outlanders (animated by AIC on Tatsunoko's behalf; is not listed on Tatsunoko's website) (1986)
*"Akai Kodan Zillion" (1987)
*"Guzula" (color remake) (1987)
*"Shurato" (Tenkū Senki Shurato) (1989)
*"" (new series) (1989)

1990s

*"Samurai Pizza Cats" ("Kyatto Ninden Teyande") (1990)
*"Robin Hood no Daibōken" (1990)
*"" (1991)
*"Uchu no Kishi Tekkaman Blade (Space Knight Tekkaman Blade; Teknoman in the U.S.)" (1992)
*"" (1993)
*"Video Girl Ai" (1993; produced by IG Tatsunoko)
*"" (Episode 2) (1994)
*"Shirayuki-hime no Densetsu ("The Legend of Princess Snow White")" (1994)
*"Tekkaman Blade II (1994)
* "Gatchaman" (1994)
*"Dokkan! Robotendon" (1995)
*"Neon Genesis Evangelion" (1995, animation co-production with Gainax)
*"Cinderella Monogatari" (1996)
*"New Hurricane Polymar" (1996)
*"Mach Go Go Go" (Speed Racer X) (1997)
*"Generator Gawl" (1998)
*"Seikimatsu Densetsu: Wonderful Tatsunoko Land" (1999)

2000s

*"Time Bokan 2000: Kaitou Kiramekiman" (2000)
*"The SoulTaker" (2001)
*"Yobarete Tobedete! Akubi-chan" (2001; spinoff of "Hakushon Daimao")
*"Nurse Witch Komugi" (co-production with Kyoto Animation) (2002)
*"Karas" (2005) - Tatsunoko's 40th Anniversary work
*"Yatterman" (2008; Remake of 1977 Series)
*"Casshern Sins" (2008; Remake of 1972 Series)

References

External links

* [http://www.tatsunoko.co.jp Tatsunoko Production] jp icon
* [http://www.tatsunokousa.com/ Tatsunoko Fan Club USA]


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