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Aniplex Inc.
Type Subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Founded January, 1997
Headquarters Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Key people Shigekazu Takeuchi, President
Industry Anime and music production
Products Fullmetal Alchemist
Blood: The Last Vampire
Rurouni Kenshin
Revenue ¥2,280,000,000
Employees 50
Parent Sony Music Entertainment Japan (100%)
Subsidiaries A-1 Pictures Inc. (100%)
Bancho Inc. (100%)
Voice & Heart Inc. (70%)
Website Aniplex official website

Aniplex Inc. (株式会社アニプレックス Kabushiki Gaisha 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, Blood: The Last Vampire, and Rurouni Kenshin. 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, stationery, 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 Kōichi Sugiyama—the composer of the music for Dragon Quest.[1]

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

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Anime productions

Aniplex have been involved with the following anime series:

Note: Not all animes listed here are full productions by Aniplex.

Children's productions

Notes

  1. ^ Aniplex Inc

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