Infobox Company
company_name = Aniplex Inc.
company_slogan =
company_type = Subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan
foundation = January, 1997
location = Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
num_employees = 50
key_people = Shigekazu Takeuchi, President
industry = Anime and music production
products = "Fullmetal Alchemist"
"Rurouni Kenshin"
revenue = ¥2,280,000,000
parent = Sony Music Entertainment Japan (100%)
subsid =A-1 Pictures Inc. (100%)
Bancho Inc. (100%)
Voice & Heart Inc. (70%)
homepage = [ Aniplex official website]
Nihongo|Aniplex Inc.|株式会社アニプレックス|Kabushiki Kaisha Anipurekkusu, formerly known as Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) Visual Works Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment (SME) Visual Works Inc., is a Japanese anime and music production and distribution enterprise, owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan, and established in January, 1997. Aniplex has been involved in the planning, production and distribution of several anime series, such as "Fullmetal Alchemist", "", "Rurouni Kenshin", and many others. Additionally, Aniplex produces and distributes music and soundtrack records, including the original soundtracks for all of Sony Computer Entertainment's computer and video games.

Aniplex is also involved in retail merchandising, producing toys, games, stationary, food and other items featuring popular characters. Aniplex also puts together events to promote their anime franchises. For example, in 2005 Aniplex held the Fullmetal Alchemist Festival which began with the Fullmetal Alchemist Tour at Universal Studios Japan.

Originally known as Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) Visual Works Inc., it was established on September 1995 as a joint-venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment Japan, and changed its name in 2001 to Sony Music Entertainment (SME) Visual Works Inc. after becoming a subsidiary completely owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. In April 2003, it changed its name to Aniplex Inc.

In 2004, Aniplex launched the Sugi Label which releases the works of Koichi Sugiyama -- the composer of the music for Dragon Quest. [ [ Aniplex Inc ] ]

In 2005, the company established the animation studio A-1 Pictures.

Anime productions

Aniplex have produced the following anime series:
*"Alice Academy"
*"Angel Heart"
*"Ayakashi Ayashi"
*"Cyborg Kurochan"
*"City Hunter"
*"Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z"
*"Fullmetal Alchemist"
*"Gallery Fake"
*"Gakkou no Kaidan (Ghost Stories)"
*"Ginban Kaleidoscope"
*"Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO)"
*"Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Maihitoyo~"
*"Honey and Clover"
*"I'll CKBC"
*"Idaten Jump"
*"Jigoku Shoujo"
*"Kage Kara Mamoru!"
*"Kikaider-01 - The Animation - Guitar wo Motta Shonen"
*"King of Bandit Jing in Seventh Heaven"
*"Le Portrait de Petit Cossette"
*"Mezame No Hakobune" (aka "Open Your Mind")
*"Nerima Daikon Brothers"
*"Otohime Connection"
*"Paradise Kiss"
*"Paprika (2006 film)"
*"Petite Cossette"
*"R.O.D the TV"
*"Read or Die"
*"Roujin Z"
*"Rurouni Kenshin"
*"Shijou Saikyou no deshi Kenichi"
*"Submarine 707R"
*"Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann"
*"Toward the Terra"
*"Vampire Knight"
*"Yakitate!! Japan"

Children's Productions

*"Tokyo Pig"
*"Wonder Bevil-kun"

Notes and references

*" [ Aniplex Corporate Profile - English - Official Website] " en icon


External links

* [ Aniplex official website] jp icon
* [ Aniplex/Animation] jp icon
* [ Aniplex Corporate Profile - English - Official Website] en icon
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