World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Aniplex Inc.
Business corporation
Industry Anime and music production
Founded September, 1995[1]
Headquarters Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Koichiro Natsume (President)
Products Soundtracks, Anime, Music, Merchandise, Toys, Video Games, Stationery
Revenue ¥2,280,000,000
Owner Sony
Number of employees
Parent Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Subsidiaries A-1 Pictures Inc.
Bancho Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc.

Aniplex Inc. (株式会社アニプレックス Kabushiki-gaisha Anipurekkusu) (formerly known as Sony Pictures Entertainment Music Publishing Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment Visual Works Inc., and Sony Music Entertainment Visual Works Inc.) is a Japanese anime and music production and distribution enterprise owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan and established in September 1995. Aniplex has been involved in the planning, production and distribution of several anime series, such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Blood: The Last Vampire, Persona 4: The Animation, Birdy the Mighty, Angel Beats!, Rurouni Kenshin and Charlotte. 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. In addition,Aniplex 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 January, 2001[1] 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.[1]

In 2004, Aniplex launched the Sugi Label, which releases the works of Koichi Sugiyama—the composer of the music for Dragon Quest,[2] but since 2009 it was sold to King Records.

In March 2005, the company established its American affiliate company Aniplex of America,[1] and later that same year in May 2005, it established its own animation studio called A-1 Pictures.[1]


  • Anime productions 1
  • Children's productions 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Anime productions

Aniplex has been involved with the following anime series.

Children's productions


  1. ^ a b c d e Corporate History | Aniplex | アニプレックス オフィシャルサイト. Aniplex. Retrieved on 2013-11-29.
  2. ^ Aniplex Inc
  3. ^ Senkō no Night Raid's Special Promo Video Streamed. Anime News Network. Retrieved on 07-03-2010.

External links

  • Aniplex official website (Japanese)
  • Aniplex Corporate Profile - English - Official Website
  • Aniplex of America Official Website
  • Aniplex at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.