Tatsunoko Production

Kanji name: 竜の子プロダクション
Foundation date: 1962-10-19
Official website:
Tatsunoko (Japanese)
About:
Tatsunoko (タツノコ, sometimes written as 竜の子) is Japanese for "seahorse," hence the use of a seahorse as the company's logo. However, to some fans, Tatsunoko can also translate to "Tatsu's child;" figuratively, each anime is the brainchild of the late Tatsuo Yoshida, founder of the company.
Many of Tatsunoko's titles were inspired by superhero comic books given to Yoshida and brothers Kenji and Toyoharu (Ippei Kuri) by American soldiers after the defeat of Japan in World War II.
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Anime with which this company was involved:
A-Channel (TV) : In-Between Animation

(The) Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee (TV) : Production

(The) Adventures of Pinocchio (TV) : Production

Ai no Kusabi (OAV 2/2012) : In-Between Animation

Aikatsu! (TV) : In-Between Animation

AKB0048 (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Akikan! (TV) : Photography

Alien Nine (special) : 仕上協力

Amon - Apocalypse of Devilman (OAV) : Coloring

Angel Heart (TV) : In-Between Animation

Animentari Ketsudan (TV) : Production

Anmitsu Hime (TV) : Planning Cooperation

anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, 2nd Key Animation, In-Between Animation
Another (TV) : In-Between Animation

Antique Bakery (TV) : In-Between Animation

Aquarion Evol (TV) : CGI Design
, In-Between Animation
Aria the Animation (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Armor Hunter Mellowlink (OAV) : In-Between Animation

Armored Trooper Votoms Case;Irvine (OAV) : In-Between Animation

Aruvu Rezuru - Kikai Jikake no Yōsei-tachi (movie) : 3DCGI
, In-Between Animation
Attack on Titan (TV) : In-Between Animation

Baccano! (TV) : In-Between Animation

Batman: Gotham Knight (movie) : In-Between Animation

Battle of the Planets (U.S. manga) : Original Concept

Before Green Gables (TV) : Key Animation

Beyblade: Metal Fusion (TV) : Animation Production

Beyblade: Metal Masters (TV) : Animation Production

Beyond (OAV) : In-Between Animation

(The) Big O (TV) : Production Assistance

Black Butler (TV) : In-Between Animation

Black Butler II (TV) : In-Between Animation

Blade of the Immortal (TV) : Digital Paint

Blast of Tempest (TV) : In-Between Animation

Blood+ (TV) : In-Between Animation

Blue Exorcist (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Bodacious Space Pirates (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
Bōken Korobokkuru (TV) : Production

(The) Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird (TV) : Production

Broken Blade (movie series) : In-Between Animation

Bunny Drop (TV) : In-Between Animation

Burn Up Excess (TV) : Finish Animation

C – Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility (TV) : Animation Production
, Photography Cooperation, Production
Campione! (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
CANAAN (TV) : In-Between Animation

Casshan (TV) : Production
, Theme Song Lyrics
Casshan: Robot Hunter Casshern (OAV) : Production

Casshern Sins (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation, Original Creator, Photography, Production, Production Cooperation
A Certain Magical Index (TV) : In-Between Animation
, In-Between Animation
A Certain Scientific Railgun (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

(Le) Chevalier D'Eon (TV) : Digital Composite

Chikyū Monogatari Telepath 2500 (movie) : Animation Production

Children Who Chase Lost Voices (movie) : Production Cooperation

Chō Seimeitai Transformers: Beast Wars Neo (TV) : Finish Animation

Chrono Crusade (TV) : Digital Painter
, In-Between Animation, Key Animation
Cinderella Monogatari (TV) : Character Design
, Production
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (TV) : In-Between Animation

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (TV) : In-Between Animation

Code:Breaker (TV) : In-Between Animation

(La) Corda D'Oro - primo passo (TV) : In-Between Animation

Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth - The Animation (TV) : In-Between Animation

Cromartie High School (TV) : In-Between Animation

Crush Gear Nitro (TV) : In-Between Animation

Crystal Triangle (OAV) : Animation Assistance

D.C.II S.S. ~Da Capo II Second Season~ (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

D.C.III ~Da Capo III~ (TV) : Production Assistance

Daddy Long-Legs (special) : Production

Darker than Black (TV) : In-Between Animation

Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor (TV) : In-Between Animation

Dasshu Kappei (TV) : Production

Deltora Quest (TV) : In-Between Animation

Detroit Metal City (OAV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
Diabolik Lovers (TV) : In-Between Animation

Dokachin (TV) : Production

Dokkan! Robotendon (TV) : Animation Production
, Production
Don't Leave Me Alone, Daisy (TV) : Finish Animation

Doraemon: Nobita and the Dragon Rider (movie) : Production Cooperation

Doraemon: Nobita and the Platoon of Iron Men (movie) : Production Assistance

Doteraman (TV) : Production

Eureka Seven (TV) : Key Animation

EUREKA SEVEN AO (TV) : In-Between Animation

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (movie) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation, Monitor Work
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (movie) : Evangelion Modeling
, In-between Check
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (movie) : In-Between Animation

EX-Driver the Movie : Digital Paint

Eyeshield 21 (TV) : Animation

F (TV) : In-Between Animation
, Key Animation
Fairy Tail (TV) : In-Between Animation

Flowers of Evil (TV) : 3D Graphics
, CG Design, In-Between Animation
(The) Flying House (TV) : Production

Fractale (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (TV) : Production
, Production Cooperation, Production Cooperation
Fullmetal Alchemist (TV) : In-Between Animation

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (TV) : In-Between Animation

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (movie) : In-Between Animation

Fuusen Shoujo Temple-chan (TV) : Production

GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class (TV) : In-Between Animation

Gakusaver (OAV) : Paint

Galactic Patrol Lensman (TV) : Production

(The) Garden of Words (movie) : Production Assistance

Gatchaman (cancelled CG movie) : Original Concept

Gatchaman (live-action movie) : Original Creator

Gatchaman (cancelled CG movie) : Production

Gatchaman (live-action movie) : Production

Gatchaman (OAV) : Development
, Production
Gatchaman (TV) : Animation
, Production
Gatchaman 2000 (TV Promo) : Animation

Gatchaman Crowds (TV) : Animation Production
, Production
Generator Gawl (TV) : Animation Production
, Finish Animation, Original story, Production
Genesis Climber Mospeada (TV) : Production

Genesis Climber Mospeada: Love, Live, Alive (OAV) : Production

Getbackers (TV) : In-Between Animation

Getsumen To Heiki Mina (TV) : In-Between Animation

Ghost Hunt (TV) : In-Between Animation

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG (TV) : In-Between Animation

Girl From Phantasia (OAV) : Animation
, Finishing Cleanup
(The) Girl Who Leapt Through Space (TV) : In-Between Animation

Gosick (TV) : In-Between Animation

Gowapper 5 Godam (TV) : Production

Guilty Crown (TV) : Photography Cooperation

Gunbuster 2: Diebuster (OAV) : In-Between Animation

GUNxSWORD (TV) : In-Between Animation

Gurren Lagann (TV) : In-Between Animation
, Photography Assistance
Gyakuten Ippatsu-man (TV) : Production

.hack//Quantum (OAV) : In-Between Animation

.hack//SIGN (TV) : Finish Animation

Haibane Renmei (TV) : Paint
, Paint, Production, Production
Hakushon Daimaō (TV) : Production

Halo Legends (OAV) : In-Between Animation

Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You (TV) : In-Between Animation

Heaven's Lost Property (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
Heroman (TV) : In-Between Animation

Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (movie) : 3D CG

Hikari no Densetsu (TV) : Animation

Honoo no Alpen Rose: Judy & Randy (TV) : Production

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Hoshi no Ko Chobin (TV) : Animation
 
Hurricane Polymar (TV) : Production

Hyppo and Thomas (TV) : Production

(The) IDOLM@STER (TV) : In-Between Animation

IDOLM@STER: XENOGLOSSIA (TV) : In-Between Animation

Inakappe Taisho (TV) : Animation
, Production
Inuyasha (TV) : Animation

Ippatsu Hicchū!! Devander (OAV) : Animation Production

Ippatsu Kanta-kun (TV) : Production

(The) Irresponsible Captain Tylor (TV) : Animation Production
, Production
Itadakiman (TV) : Production

Jump Out! Machine Hiryu (TV) : Production

Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman F (TV) : Production

Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman II (TV) : Production

Kaiji (TV) : 3d Animation
, BG Scan
Kaiketsu Tamagon (TV) : Animation

Kaitei Daisensō - Ai no 20,000 Miles (special) : Animation Production

Kaitō Kiramekiman (TV) : Animation
, Production
Kaitō Lupin - 813 no Nazo (special) : Animation Production

Karas (OAV) : Original story
, Production
Karin (TV) : In-Between Animation

Kashi no Ki Mokku (TV) : Animation
, Production
Kerokko Demetan (TV) : Animation
, Production
Kiddy Girl-and (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Kimagure Orange Road: The Movie : In-Between Animation

Kimi ni Todoke - From Me to You (TV) : Photography Assistance

Kimi no Iru Machi (OAV) : Animation Production

King of Thorn (movie) : In-Between Animation

Kiss×sis (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo (special) : Animation Production

Konchu Monogatari Minashigo Hutch (TV 3) : Production

Konchū Monogatari Mitsubachi Hutch - Yūki no Melody (movie) : Animation Production
, Original Creator, Production
Konchu Monogatari Shin Minashigo Hutch (TV) : Production

Koraru no Tanken (TV) : Production

Kurenai (TV) : In-Between Animation
, Key Animation
Kurenai Sanshiro (TV) : Production

Kurokami The Animation (TV) : In-Between Animation
, Key Animation
Kuroko's Basketball (TV) : In-Between Animation

Kurozuka (TV) : CG Animation
, Photography
Kyatto-Ninden Teyandee (TV) : Photography
, Production
Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne (TV) : In-Between Animation

Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne (TV 2) : In-Between Animation

A Letter to Momo (movie) : In-Between Animation

Little Witch Academia (movie) : In-Between Animation

Living for the Day After Tomorrow (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
Lovege Chu - Miracle Seiyū Hakusho (TV) : In-Between Animation

Lupin the 3rd: Green vs Red (OAV) : In-Between Animation
, Production Cooperation
Mach Girl (special) : Planning
, Production
Maid Sama! (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Major (TV) : In-Between Animation
, Key Animation
Mars Daybreak (TV) : Key Animation
, Production Cooperation
Martian Successor Nadesico (TV) : Finish Animation

Mayo Chiki! (TV) : In-Between Animation

Michiko & Hatchin (TV) : In-Between Animation

Minami-ke Tadaima (TV) : In-Between Animation
, Production Assistance
Mirai Keisatsu Urashiman (TV) : Production

Mister Ajikko (TV) : Animation

MM! (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, Composite, Key Animation
Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (TV) : In-Between Animation

Mori no Youki na Kobito-tachi: Berufi to Rirubitto (TV) : Production

Motto To Love Ru (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Muromi-san (TV) : Animation Production
, Photography, Production
Myself; Yourself (TV) : In-Between Animation

Natsuiro Kiseki (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV) : Animation Production
, Photography
New Hurricane Polymar (OAV) : Production

Night Raid 1931 (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Nodame Cantabile (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Nodame Cantabile: Finale (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
Noein - to your other self (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Finale (OAV) : 2nd Key Animation

Nurse Witch Komugi (OAV) : Animation Production
, Production
Nurse Witch Komugi (special) : Production

Nurse Witch Komugi-Chan Magikarte Z (OAV) : Production

Odoru Pokémon Himitsu Kichi (movie) : In-Between Animation

Ogon Senshi Gold Raitan (TV) : Animation

Ōkami-san & Her Seven Companions (TV) : In-Between Animation

Okawari-Boy Starzan S (TV) : Animation Production

Ookiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~ (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Oraa Guzura Dado (TV 1/1967) : Animation

Oraa Guzura Dado (TV 2/1987) : Animation Production

Oreimo (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
Outlanders (OAV) : Production

Outlaw Star (TV) : Paint

Paradise Kiss (TV) : Key Animation

Pasocon Travel Tanteidan (TV) : Production

Paul no Miracle Daisakusen (TV) : Production

Ping Pong (TV) : Animation Production

Pokémon the Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram : Key Animation Assistance

Pokémon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom : Key Animation Assistance

Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys (movie) : In-Between Animation

Pokemon: Jirachi Wish Maker (movie) : Animation Assistance

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (movie) : Animation Cooperation

Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection (TV) : Animation Production

Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection: Prism Show☆Best Ten (movie) : Animation Production

Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream (TV) : Animation Production
, CG
Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future (TV) : Animation Production
, Production
Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live (TV) : Animation Production

(The) Prince of Tennis II (TV) : In-Between Animation

Princess Resurrection (OAV) : Animation Production

PriPara (TV) : Animation Production

Psycho-Pass (TV) : In-Between Animation

RahXephon (TV) : In-Between Animation

Real Drive (TV) : In-Between Animation
, Photography Assistance
Red Data Girl (TV) : In-Between Animation

Reideen (TV) : In-Between Animation

Renkin 3-kyuu Magical? Pokahn (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Ro-Kyu-Bu! (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
Robin Hood no Daibōken (TV) : Animation Production
, Production
Robotech (U.S. manga) : Original Concept

Robotech II: The Sentinels (U.S. movie) : Animation

Robotech: Invasion (U.S. manga) : Original Concept

Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles (U.S. OAV) : Production

Robotech: The Untold Story (U.S. movie) : Production

Rurouni Kenshin (TV) : Final Line

Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal (OAV) : Finish Animation

Ryoko's Case File (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

(The) Sacred Blacksmith (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
Sakura Wars 2 (OAV) : Production Assistance

Samurai Harem (TV) : In-Between Animation

Sanjōgattai Transformers Go! (OAV) : 3d Animation
, Animation Production
(The) Secret World of Arrietty (movie) : Animation Assistance

Seikimatsu Densetsu Wonderful Tatsunoko Land (special) : Animation Production

Senki Zesshō Symphogear (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Serial Experiments Lain (TV) : Music

Shakugan no Shana (movie) : Key Animation

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Raoh-den Gekitō no Shō (movie) : In-Between Animation

Shining Hearts (TV) : In-Between Animation

Shirayuki Hime no Densetsu (TV) : Animation
, Character Design, Production
Shōwa Ahōzoshi Akanuke Ichiban! (TV) : Production

Sket Dance (TV) : Animation Production
, In-Between Animation, Production
Sketchbook ~full color'S~ (TV) : In-Between Animation

So I Can't Play H (TV) : 3D Graphics

Softenni (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
Soul Eater (TV) : In-Between Animation

(The) SoulTaker (TV) : Animation Production
, Production
Sound of the Sky (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
Space Ace (TV) : Production

Space Dandy (TV) : In-Between Animation
, In-Between Animation
Speed Racer (TV) : Production

Speed Racer X (TV) : Production

Squid Girl Season 2 (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Star Blazers 2199 (TV) : In-Between Animation

Star Driver (TV) : In-Between Animation

Steamboy (movie) : Digital Paint
, In-Between Animation
Strawberry Marshmallow (TV) : In-Between Animation
, Key Animation
Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind (OAV) : In-Between Animation

Summer Wars (movie) : Photography

(The) Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (TV) : Production

(The) Super Dimension Fortress Macross (TV) : Production

(The) Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (movie) : Background Art
, Production
Superbook (TV) : Production

Sword Art Online (TV) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation
Sword of the Stranger (movie) : In-Between Animation

Tachumaru Gekijō (TV) : Animation Production
, Original Creator
Tales from Earthsea (movie) : Animation Cooperation

Tales of Symphonia the Animation (OAV) : In-Between Animation

Talking Head (hybrid movie) : Animation Production

Tamayura - Hitotose (TV) : In-Between Animation

Tari Tari (TV) : 2nd Key Animation

Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (TV) : In-Between Animation
, Production Cooperation
Tegami Bachi: Reverse (TV) : Production Cooperation

Tekkaman Blade (TV) : Original Concept
, Production
Tekkaman Blade II (OAV) : Original Planning
, Production
Tekkonkinkreet (movie) : In-Between Animation

Tenku Senki Shurato (OAV) : Production

Tenku Senki Shurato (TV) : Production

Tentou Mushi no Uta (TV) : Production

Tiger & Bunny (TV) : 3D Graphics
, In-Between Animation
Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning : 3DCGI
, In-Between Animation
Time Bokan (TV) : Production

Time Bokan: Royal Revival (OAV) : Original story
, Production
Time Patrol-Tai Otasukeman (TV) : Production

Time Trouble Tondekeman! (TV) : Production

To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness (TV) : In-Between Animation

ToHeart - Remember my memories (TV) : 動画
, 第2原画
Tona-Gura! (TV) : In-Between Animation

Tondemo Senshi Muteking (TV) : Production

Toradora! (TV) : In-Between Assistance

Toshi Gordian (TV) : Production

Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE the Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom : Key Animation

Uchū no Kishi Tekkaman (TV) : Production

Un-Go (TV) : In-Between Animation

Upotte!! (ONA) : 2nd Key Animation
, In-Between Animation, Photography Assistance
Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru (TV) : In-Between Animation

Urikupen Kyujotai (TV) : Production

Wake Up, Girls! (TV) : Animation Production
, Production
Wake Up, Girls! Shichi-nin no Idol (movie) : Animation Production

Welcome to Irabu's Office (TV) : Key Animation
, Production Assistance
White Album 2 (TV) : In-Between Animation

Wolf Children (movie) : In-Between Animation

Yagami-kun's Family Affairs (OAV) : In-Between Animation

Yatterman (live-action movie) : CG Production
, Production
Yatterman (movie 1977) : Original Creator
, Planning, Production
Yatterman (movie 2009) : Animation Production
, CG Production, In-Between Animation, Photography, Production
Yatterman (TV) : Production

Yatterman (TV 2008) : Animation Production

Yattodetaman (TV) : Original Creator
, Production
Yobarete Tobidete Akubi-chan (TV) : Animation

Yoroshiku Mechadock (TV) : Production

Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ (TV) : Animation Production

Yozakura Quartet ~Hoshi no Umi~ (OAV) : Animation Production

Yozakura Quartet ~Tsuki ni Naku~ (OAV) : Animation Production

Yukei Seikyo KUKLA (manga) : Production

Zendaman (TV) : Production

Zero no Tsukaima: Futatsuki no Kishi (TV) : 動画協力
, 第二原画
Zillion (TV) : Animation
, Production, Production Cooperation
Zillion: Burning Night (OAV) : Production

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