Madhouse Studios

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Japanese animation studio. Sometimes credited as Studio Madhouse or Madhouse Productions.


Madhouse was founded in 1972 by former employees of Mushi Productions (Osamu Tezuka's company), and has produced many popular series, such as the shoujo sports series Ace wo Nerae!, the company's popular first series. Since then, Madhouse has produced some of anime's most popular works: the Hellsing OVA, Black Lagoon, Death Note, the film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Paprika, to name just a few.

Madhouse has also worked on some American-based projects, including the Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight, an anime adaptation of Highlander, and the Spawn animated series.

The studio does not have one single location, but is scattered across several buildings in a Tokyo suburb.  Employees include Masao Murayama, Rintaro, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and Osamu Dezaki. Notable staffers include Toshio Hirata, Yoshinori Kanemori, Tatsuhiko Urahata, and Kunihiko Sakurai.

After its first job on Aim for the Ace, Madhouse has become one of the most influential studios in anime, particularly abroad in the 1990s, where its concentration on adult-oriented horror and sci-fi made its works some of the better-known anime of the video boom-particularly Kawajiri's own Wicked City, Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D. Although the studio has a long track record in video releases, it did not limit itself solely to them, ensuring that there were plenty of high profile cinema titles on its resumé-including Barefoot Gen, Lensman, and Metropolis. Madhouse has enjoyed a long association with Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who has directed many of its best-known releases, and also with Satoshi Kon, whose Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress were critically acclaimed. Nor has the studio shied away from TV production, benefiting greatly from the success of Chobits in the early 21st century.
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Company Name Madhouse Studios
Japanese Name: 株式会社 マッドハウス
Romaji Name: Kabushiki Gaisha Maddohausu
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City Ogikubo, Suginami, Tokyo
Country Japan
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Date Founded Oct. 17, 1972, midnight
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