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Nowadays, an anime production studio does not hold the rights to the anime it produces. That belongs to the anime's production committee, a conglomerate of various companies who provide the budget. A "pseudo" production committee format was sometimes utilized in animated films since the late 1970's, in which cases it consisted usually of only two companies, one of which was the animation studio itself. It wasn't till 1986 that a large-scale production committee was formed, releasing a film two years later; the 1988 Akira, animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha (now TMS Entertainment), was produced by a committee of eight companies. In 1991, Musekinin Kanchou Tylor became the first television anime to utilize a production committee (of three members). In 1995, the hit-series Shinseiki Evangelion followed suit, and its success launched the committee format into popular usage.
The abstract "SHAFT" style of animation and direction, which Shinbou Akiyuki is so well known for ever since his work on the 2004 Tsukiyomi anime, was not pioneered by Shinbou. A similar style was seen seven years prior to Tsukiyomi, in J.C. Staff's highly acclaimed Shoujo Kakumei Utena directed by Ikuhara Kunihiko. But even Ikuhara wasn't the first to utilize this style; he himself was influenced by the works of the earlier director Dezaki Osamu.
- *SHAFT can claim credit to those head tilts though.
Vocal unit Kalafina was founded by composer Kajiura Yuki, initially for the sole purpose of singing the Kara no Kyoukai theme songs.
- *Kajiura claims that the name "Kalafina" has no intended meaning. Members of Kalafina dismissed the belief that "Kala" comes from the "Kara" of Kara no Kyoukai.
The notion that Lolita fashion gets its name from Nabokov's novel of the same name is often rejected by the Lolita community. They instead claim it was a word created by the fashion company Pretty (later renamed Angelic Pretty) to describe the style of clothing they specialize in.
The "Manabi Line" is a popular but highly inaccurate measure for the success of an anime production. The term gets its name from the anime Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight, which was reported to have broken even. Manabi Straight initially sold 2899 discs in its Volume 1 release, and thus 2899 is the often-quoted value for the "Manabi Line," the point at which an anime becomes profitable. Other values for the "Manabi Line" are 3394 (In the second week, Volume 1 increased to this number of sales), and 2435 (the average sales per volume of Manabi Straight).
- *The "Moppy Line" (or "Wall of Masterpiece") is placed at 33863, the average discs sold per volume for Infinite Stratos season 1. An anime that breaks past this line is considered a "masterpiece."
- "Moppy" is the name given to an ASCII art character created as a parody of Shinonono Houki from Infinite Stratos. Her catchphrase "Moppy Knows" (モッピー知ってるよ Moppii shitteru yo) is itself a reference to Honma Meiko from AnoHana.
The popular trope in Mecha anime wherein a mech or battleship fires a barrage of random-trajectory missiles is known as the "Itano Circus" and was pioneered by Itano Ichirou.
Despite having passed away in 2011, seiyuu Kawakami Tomoko retained the role of Athena Glory in the 2015 OVA Aria the Avvenire.
Osamu Tezuka is called the "God of Manga." Some people also honor him as the "Godfather of Anime."
Only 5 anime series have ever broken 100,000 sales on thier Volume 1 release. Two of these are The World of Golden Eggs season 1 and season 2. However, these two are often disregarded by fans because of their significantly cheaper pricing compared to other anime. The other three series are the 1995 Shinseiki Evangelion, the 2014 Love Live! season 2, and the 2015 Osomatsu-san.
In almost every VisualArt's/Key-related production in which Maeda Jun is a scenario writer, there is a character, or a reference to a character, named "Saitou." The only exception is Air. Maeda was not a scenario writer for Planetarian or Rewrite.
- Kanon - Bush Saitou
Clannad - Jet Saitou
Tomoyo After - Saitou the Hopper
Little Busters - Mask the Saitou
Angel Beats - Fish Saitou
Charlotte - Skyhigh Saitou