Shaft (company)

Shaft (company)

company_name = Shaft, Inc.
company_type = Animation studio
foundation = September 1 1975
location = flagicon|Japan 1-6-13 Igusa, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
key_people = Mitsutoshi Kubota
industry = Japanese animation
homepage = [ Shaft official site]
Nihongo|Shaft, Inc.|有限会社シャフト|Yūgengaisha Shafuto is a Japanese animation studio founded on September 1 1975 by Hiroshi Wakao. They are best known for their unique use of gags and references notably in "Pani Poni Dash!" and "Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei" series.


Shaft was founded on September 1 1975 by Hiroshi Wakao, former Mushi Production's animator. The company was originally founded to paint the animation but later worked on animation production as a subcontractor. They're able to produce their own first original series, Nihongo|"Yume kara samenai"|夢から、さめない|Yume kara samenai in 1987.

In 2000, after Shaft cooperating with Gainax to produce a DVD special of remastered "Gunbuster", they were in joint production with Gainax to produce "Mahoromatic", "This Ugly and Beautiful World", and "He is My Master". After Hiroshi Wakao retirement in 2004, Kubota Mitsutoshi has become Shaft's representative director. Their painting group has also been downsized in order to strengthen their digital group.


Since 2004, Akiyuki Shinbo, Tatsuya Oishi and Shin Ōnuma has participate in most of Shaft's production starting with "Tsukuyomi -Moon Phase-". The studio has grown unique to their use of gags and references to another anime by writing it on chalkboard in the classroom or any available empty space in the background.

Produced anime

*"Yume kara samenai" (OVA, 1987)
*"Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger" (TV, 1995)
*"Sakura Diaries" (TV, 1997)
*"Initial D Extra Stage" (OVA, 2000)
*"Dotto Koni-chan" (TV, 2000)
*"Mahoromatic" series (joint production with Gainax)
**"Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden" (TV, 2001)
**"Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful" (TV, 2002)
**"Mahoromatic: Summer Special" (OVA, 2003)
*"Arcade Gamer Fubuki" (OVA, 2002)
*"G-On Riders" (TV, 2002, joint production with TNK)
*"Popotan" (TV, 2003)
*"This Ugly Yet Beautiful World" (TV, 2004, joint production with Gainax)
*"Tsukuyomi -Moon Phase-" (TV, 2004)
*"He is My Master" (TV, 2005, joint production with Gainax)
*"Pani Poni Dash!" (TV, 2005)
*"Rec" (TV, 2006)
*"Mahō Sensei Negima!" event screenings
**"Mahō Sensei Negima! Haru" (OVA, 2006)
**"Mahō Sensei Negima! Natsu" (OVA, 2006)
*"Negima!?" (TV, 2006)
*"Hidamari Sketch" series
**"Hidamari Sketch" (TV, 2007)
**"Hidamari Sketch × 365" (TV, 2008)
*"" (Movie, 2007)
*"Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei" series
**"Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei" (TV, 2007)
**"Zoku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei" (TV, 2008)
**"Goku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei" (OVA, Planned for 2008-2009)
*" series
**"Ef: A Tale of Memories." (TV, 2007)
**"Ef: A Tale of Melodies." (TV, 2008)
*"Shina Dark" (Music Clip DVD, 2008)
*"" (OVA, 2008-2009)
*"Maria Holic" (TV, Planned for 2009)
*"Bakemonogatari" (TV, Planned)

External links

* [ Official website] jp icon
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