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A Japanese anime studio.
This animation studio is best-known for its World Masterpiece Theater program, in which it develops anime adaptations of world literature.
Formed in 1975 as Zuiyo Enterprises to create animation for Heidi, the studio was split into two legal entities: plain Zuiyo, which retained the rights to the Heidi anime, and also its mounting debts; and "Nippon Animation," which continued to employ Zuiyo's staff on other projects. The studio is best known for the World Masterpiece Theater series, which adapted many foreign children's stories, including Anne of Green Gables, Girl of the Alps, A Dog of Flanders, Les Miserables and Future Boy Conan. Local works include Chibi Maruko-chan. References to a "Nippon Animation" predating the 1970s are likely to be to the unrelated "Nippon Doga" (doga-animation), a company that was eventually absorbed by Toei.