What are the best anime studios?

Anime studios each have unique approaches in producing your favorite anime. If you're looking to binge on anime with similar production quality as your favorite, this list of best anime studios can help you become studious on the topic of studios.

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    #1Studio Ghibli

    Studio Ghibli

    Studio Ghibli is a Japanese anime film studio founded by renowned filmmaker and animator, Hayao Miyazaki, along with his collaborators. Six of the studio's films are in the 10 highest grossing anime films made in Japan.

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    Richard Sanchez
    Written on June 5, 2019
    "as someone who grew up on a lot of films featured on Disney, i can definitely say this is one of the best anime studios. miyazaki may need to rest but i hope that he can leave behind a legacy so that they keep making awesome movies. i'll never forget howl's moving castle. i've even watched it in both the original japanese and in the english dub!"
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    #2Ufotable

    Ufotable

    Ufotable is a Japanese anime studio founded in 2000 and is named after one of the founders' tables that resembled a UFO. The company's best works are the Garden of Sinners movies that catapulted its reputation in 2007.

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    Cynthia Elliott
    Written on June 5, 2019
    "ALL PRAISE UNLIMITED BUDGET WORKS! seriously, how do they manage to make everything look SOOOOOOOO GOOOOODDD???!!! kimetsu no yaiba manages to mix anime visuals with the friggin' GREAT WAVE OF KANAGAWA AND SOMEHOW MAKE IT WORK?! WHAT?!!!"
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    #3Studio Trigger

    Studio Trigger

    Studio Trigger is a Japanese anime studio founded by former Gainax employees Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Otsuka in 2011. Trigger's productions are primarily original works, mostly sharing similar animation and art styles.

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    Jacqueline Jones
    Written on June 5, 2019
    "Trigger has some of the best talent in the anime indisutry today. seriously, even dating back to the founders' gainax days, i love their works. except darling in the franxx. we don't talk about that."
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    #4Kyoto Animation

    Kyoto Animation

    Kyoto Animation (often shortened to KyoAni) is a Kyoto-based animation studio for anime and was founded in 1981. Unlike other studios, Kyoto Animation only uses in-house animators, focusing more on quality than quantity.

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    Vishal Dutta
    Written on June 5, 2019
    "i'll admit that i wasn't entirely into kyoani works since they looked too cutesy for my taste, but i gotta admit that stylizations aside, they have really good quality. k-on is your typical "cute girls doing cute things" anime but they really went ham on animating the instrument playing."
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    #5MADHOUSE (Studio)

    MADHOUSE (Studio)

    Madhouse (stylized as MADHOUSE) is a Japanese anime studio founded in 1972. The studio often collaborates with well-known mangaka for adaptations, focusing more on TV series and theatrical releases.

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    Arjun Tambe
    Written on June 5, 2019
    "madhouse is weird in the sense that people often mistake its work with other studios and it just flies under the radar leaving you even more baffled to find out that madhouse did indeed do that animation. that said, their works tend to lean towards more grungy adaptations that might come off as one-trick to the uninitiated"
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    #6P.A. Works

    P.A. Works

    Progressive Animation Works (shortened to P.A. Works) is a Japanese anime studio founded by Kenji Horikawa in 2000. The studio often collaborates with visual novel studio Key in producing both original anime and adaptations of Key games.

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    Susan Ray
    Written on June 5, 2019
    "this. studio. is. under. rated. it's not the most visually amazing studio in terms of style or graphics, but they know how to tell a story that is very much real. shirobako made me bawl like a baby. definitely one the best anime studios for realism!"
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    #7Bones (Studio)

    Bones (Studio)

    Studio Bones is a Japanese anime studio founded in 1998 by Masahiko Minami, Hiroshi Osaka, and Toshihiro Kawamoto. Bones has five studios, each with their own staff to work on multiple productions. Co-founder Osaka passed away at age 44.

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    Han Han
    Written on June 5, 2019
    "Bones was originally on my hate list for their works that were visually appealing but with bad storytelling, but they've made up for it in recent years. their production on mob psycho 100 (more like sob psycho 100) really made me United States of Smash the like button on recent Bones work."
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    #8SATELIGHT

    SATELIGHT

    Satelight (stylized as SATELIGHT) is a Japanese anime studio founded in 1995. The first four letters stand for Sapporo Animate Technology Entertainment. It was the second studio to utilize digitally colored animation.

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    Reyna Guevara
    Written on June 5, 2019
    "gotta give props to a studio that managed to take AKB48, a j-pop idol group, and turn it into a wonderful space musical with borderline yuri AND awesome lightsaber fights. i mean, a microphone-saber hybrid? I WANT TO MEET THE GENIUS WHO THOUGHT OF THAT!!"

Summary

Best What are the best anime studios
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Studio GhibliOther 19 Free
2UfotableOther 14 Free
3Studio TriggerOther 7 Paid
4Kyoto AnimationOther 2 Free
5MADHOUSE (Studio)Other 2 Paid
6P.A. WorksOther 2 Free
7Bones (Studio)Other 1 Free
8SATELIGHTOther 1 Free
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