Studio XYZ ( Kana: スタジオＸＹＺ) is a Japanese animation studio notorious for their storyboard-driven anime.
The studio was founded in February 4, 1960 by Daisuke Shinada as
Shinada-sha ( Kanji: 品田社) and made its first anime later that same year: Blanc & Yamada's English-Japanese Seminar. Over the course of the 60's, many anime shorts, movies and TV series would follow.
In 1978, film production company Shochiku bought the studio and introduced several new staff members.
Turning XYZ Edit
After the death of Daisuke Shinada in 1981, his two then-22 year old sons Takuya and Taiyo Shinada inherited the company and renamed it to Studio XYZ, and currently still produces anime to this day.
There's a wide grade of confusion around how Studio XYZ is pronounced, particularly the
XYZ part, as it's often pronounced either "kseez" or "X-Y-Z" in English and "ekkusu-wai-zetto" (エックス・ワイ・ゼット) in Japanese.
However, the official Japanese romanization of the studio's name is "sutajio batsu-wai-zetto" (スタジオバツ・ワイ・ゼット). This can be confirmed by
XYZ-tan's Japanese name being pronounced "batsu-wai-zettan".
Staff (as of 2020) Edit
Reiko Hanada (animation producer; joined in 1984)
Yukinori Yamashita (joined in 1989)
Character Designers/Animators Edit
Masahiko Maeda (business partner)
Utako Tanaka (business partner since 2019)
Art Directors Edit
Animation Circles Edit
Daisuke Adachi (joined in 1977)
Hayao Ameya (joined in 1995)
Kaito Yasunari (joined in 2000)
Shigeko Shimaoka (joined in 2006)
Takashi Onozawa (joined in 2012)
Umeko Kaida (joined in 1984)
Former Staff Edit
Pre-Shochiku (1960-1978) Edit
Daisuke Shinada (CEO) (1960-1981, his death)
Kyōgo Yamashita (1960-1993, his death)
Character Designers/Animation Directors
Naoki Mitsuji (1960-2000; died on 2011)
Takashi Yanagi (1960-2012, his death)
Saburo Shindo (1960-2006; died on 2015)
Art Directors/Background Artists
Post-Shochiku (1978-1998) Edit
Yūga Yoshimura (January-May 1991, her death)
Yumi Kamuta (1978-2016, her death)
Yurie Kurokawa (1979-2005, her death)
Keiji Ishii (1988-2020)
Makiko Morita (1979-2014, her death)
XYZ Generation 2 (1998-2011) Edit