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A popular Japanese anime studio known for combining mainstream anime style and indie sensibilities.
HistorySometimes Studio Yondo Shii. Although best known for relatively recent works like Tekkonkinkreet, Genius Party, and Tweeny Witches, Studio 4°C was founded in 1986 by ormer Studio Ghibli and Nippon Animation employee, Koji Morimoto, Eiko Tanaka, and Yoshiharu Sato and worked as a production assistant studio for some time. It eventually began releasing its own TV series, films, and OVAs, and its combination of mainstream anime aesthetic with an indie feel garnered it great popularity, particularly its film Genius Party, a series of shorts by up-and-coming animators.
Particularly prominent in anime that integrate digital animation, notably Spriggan and Steamboy, but also found in such fluff as Tweeny Witches. The studio primarily focuses on producing experimental and postmodern animation shorts including its Sweat Punch shorts, segments of The Animatrix segments, Noiseman, and music videos for Glay, Ayumi Hamasaki, and Hikaru Utada.