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Japanese animation studio.
Kyoto Animation is one of Japan's most popular studios in recent memory due to a string of hits, particularly The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star.
HistoryKyoto Animation was established as a subsidiary of Mushi Production in 1981 and is affiliated with the studio Sunrise, best known for Gundam and Cowboy Bebop. They became a public company in 1999. For the most part the company toiled as a production assistant company, although they released their first full production in 2003 with the Internet OVA Munto and worked as chief animation producers on such popular titles as Full Metal Panic!. Their first full TV production was an anime adaptation of the popular Key adult visual novel Air, which earned the company some acclaim. In 2006 the company produced the anime adaptation of the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya light novel, whose catchy ending theme song and dance, sharp animation, and unique storytelling pitch won the hearts of anime fans world-wide.She
Since Haruhi, Kyoto Animation (or KyoAni, as it's often nicknamed) has produced three other works based on Key games (Kanon, Clannad, and Clannad After Story), as well as a series called Lucky Star. Although Lucky Star isn't related to Haruhi canonically, its main character is a big Haruhi fan (and cosplayer), and there's a great deal of inside jokeyness to the Lucky Star anime that wasn't present in its original manga.
The president of Kyoto Animation is Hideaki Hatta, and the company is headquartered in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture.