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Anime Studio Tatsunoko Production Gears up for 55th Anniversary

What do Tom Cruise, Jon Bon Jovi and animation studio Tatsunoko Production have in common? It’s right there in the headline, dude.

Tatsukoko is gearing up to celebrate its 55th, and it’s unveiled a visual that rings in a year of celebration at the studio, one of the oldest in Japan.

Tatsunoko was founded by brothers Tatsuo (Tatsunoko literally means “Tatsu’s child”), Kenji and Toyoharu Yoshida in 1962. Their first series was Space Ace, an adaptation of Tatsuo Yoshida’s manga that anime historian Jonathan Clements described as an “imitation of Tezuka’s Astro Boy.”

Unlike Tezuka’s studio Mushi Pro, however, Tatsunoko embraced a wider range of styles and genres, hitting it big with early series like Mach Go Go Go (Speed Racer), Gatchaman and Time Bokan.

Unfortunately, Tatsuo Yoshida passed away in 1977, but the studio continued under his brothers, animating classic series like Macross, Mospeada, and Megazone 23. Recent Tatsunoko productions include Wake Up, Girls!, Ping Pong, and continuations of the studio’s Gatchman and Yatterman franchises.

55 can be pronounced “go go” in Japanese, and Tatsunoko is promising an exciting year for its fans.

Source: Yaraon, Anime: A History

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.