The 10 Most Popular Anime Studios in Japan

Meet the production staff behind your favorite anime series!

There are countless great anime studios in Japan, and the most popular ones have an utterly loyal fan base not just from their home country, but abroad as well. Here are 10 of the most well-known ones with a list of their masterpieces recognized and cherished by anime lovers. Do you have some of your favorite series among them?

10. A-1 Pictures

Founded by the ex-Sunrise producer, Mikihiro Iwata, A-1 Pictures is a subsidiary studio of Sony Music Entertainment’s anime production firm Aniplex.

Notable works:

  • Ao no Exorcist
  • AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day
  • Sword Art Online
  • Your Lie in April
  • Fairy Tail

9. J.C. Staff

J.C.Staff was founded by Tomoyuki Miyata in January 1986, the ex-Tatsunoko Production member. They have released several well-known anime series and are well-known even outside of Japan.

Notable works:

  • Toradora!
  • Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
  • Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
  • Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
  • Kaichou wa Maid-sama!