The Greatest Anime Studios of All Time, Ranked

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Vote up the studios that have made the greatest contributions to the anime canon.

One great way to find new anime is to hone in on the animation studios producing quality content time and again, then check out the other work they've done.

Studios like A-1 Pictures and Sunrise produce a dizzying variety of series while still boasting a signature look. Others – like Wit Studio, which exploded into relevance with its runaway hit Attack on Titan – have a smaller body of work, but the series they've produced put them on the map. 

Some fans may be surprised to learn several of their favorite programs actually come from one animation studio. It's wild to think the same team was responsible for My Hero Academia, Full Metal Alchemist, and Darker than Black

If someone is drawn to a particular anime, chances are they'll be able to find other great shows in the studio's catalog.


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    13,260 VOTES

    In 1972, a group of highly-skilled animators left Mushi Production (Osamu Tezuka's studio) to found Madhouse. Since then, the studio has been producing hit after hit.

    The team recruited world-class directors like Satoshi Kon and worked closely with manga artists like Naoki Urasawa and CLAMP to adapt their work into thoughtful, source-compliant anime. They're responsible for everything from Card Captor Sakura to Death Note.

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    7,494 VOTES


    Former staff members of Telecom Animation Film (a subsidiary of TMS Entertainment) founded Ufotable in 2000. While their first anime series was released in 2002, the studio didn't get their big break until 2007 with The Garden of Sinners

    Ufotable is best-known for working on the Fate series such as Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. Other works include God Eater and Tales of Zestiria the Cross. With the unprecedented success of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Ufotable has risen to the top as one of the most popular anime studios in Japan. 


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    10,481 VOTES

    Wit Studio

    Wit Studio is a subsidiary of Production IG. Its debut anime, Attack on Titan, aired in 2013, and quickly earned a spot among the best anime of all time. Not too shabby for a first effort.

    Since then, Wit Studio has continued to astonish viewers with amazing anime like Vinland Saga, Seraph of the End, and The Ancient Magus' Bride.

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    9,240 VOTES


    A former Madhouse employee named Masao Maruyama started MAPPA in 2011, and since then the fledgling studio has been churning out hits. Its first anime, Kids on the Slope, is a coming-of-age story told through jazz. MAPPA is also responsible for Terror in Resonance, one of the few anime that directly confronts the issue of terrorism. 

    Yuri on Ice!!! is another original series that centers on two men falling in love with each other through the power of ice skating. MAPPA takes on subject matter other studios won't, which has helped it stand out in a relatively short span of time.