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Graphinica Acquires TYO Animations, Changes Name Back to Yumeta Company

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Graphinica's parent company also acquires REAL-T editing studio

Memory-Tech Holdings and AOI TYO Holdings both announced on Thursday that Memory-Tech Holdings has acquired AOI TYO Holdings' TYO Animations and REAL-T subsidiary companies. Memory-Tech Holdings purchased 100% of TYO Animations' capital stock, while it purchased 90% of REAL-T.

The REAL-T editing studio is now a subsidiary of Memory-Tech Holdings itself, while TYO Animations is now a subsidiary of Graphinica, itself a subsidiary of Memory-Tech Holdings. In addition, TYO Animations' name will be changed to Yumeta Company, reviving an old name that was retired in 2009 when the original Yumeta Company merged with Hal Film Maker to form TYO Animations.

TYO Animations' representative director Satoshi Yamaguchi will be the representative director and operations officer of the new Yumeta Company, while TYO Animations producers Fumiomi Gotō and Atsushi Urushiyama will be operations officers. Memory-Tech's Nobuhiro Ito and Graphinica's Executive Director Operating Officer Takeshi Hara will be temporary board members of Yumeta Company.

Graphinica is known for its 3D CGI and photography work in anime, including in Girls & Panzer, Expelled from Paradise, Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas, Occultic;Nine, Granblue Fantasy the Animation, The IDOLM@STER, and many other productions. The studio is producing the currently running Jūni Taisen series.

TYO Animations formed in 2009 from the merger of Yumeta Company and Hal Film Maker. The company has produced such anime as Yuruyuri San Hai!, Tamayura - Hitotose, Terraformars Revenge, La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky, and Wolf Girl & Black Prince.

Yamaguchi established Yumeta Company in 1986. Among its many works are Animation Runner Kuromi, Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time – A Tale of the Eight Guardians, Angelique, and La Corda D'Oro - primo passo. The company was involved in almost every anime series based on KOEI's Neo Romance game line for female players.

Source: Animation Business Journal (Tadashi Sudo)

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