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One of Japan's most popular animation studios.
HistoryProduction I.G was founded in 1987 by MItsuhisa Ishikawa and Takayuki Gota as a branch studio of Tatsunoko Productions named IG Tatsunoko Limited. The company was first known by a name that combined its founders' initials, IG Tatsunoko. Its first major role was as a production house on the first Patlabor movie.
In 1993 I.G broke its capital relation to Tatsunoko and became an independent studio. Although the I and G in the name originally stood for Ishikawa and Goto (two of the initial shareholders of the studio, along with Tatsunoko and now-Kyoto Animation president Hideaki Hatta), it officially stands for Itsumo Genki (Always Happy) in 1998.
In July of 2007 the company merged with publishing company Mag Garden.
WorksI.G is well known for both films and TV series, and for both original works and adaptations. For example, Blood: The Last Vampire is a popular original 45-minute animated film that they expanded into an offshoot/alternative version TV, manga, and light novel series. Ghost in the Shell, on the other hand, is based on the immensely popular manga by Shirow Masamune, and has been developed into both films and TV series.
I.G has also done animation for other films, such as the segment in Kill Bill, and for games like Fire Emblem and Star Ocean.