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Bones (studio)

Bones Inc.
Kabushiki kaisha
Industry Animation studio
Genre Various
Founded October 1998 (1998-10)
Headquarters 3-1-12 Sanbiru Igusa, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Masahiko Minami
Hiroshi Ōsaka
Toshihiro Kawamoto

Bones Inc. (株式会社 ボンズ Kabushiki Kaisha Bonzu) often romanized as BONES in Japan, is a Japanese anime studio. It has produced numerous series, including RahXephon, Wolf's Rain, Scrapped Princess, Eureka Seven, Angelic Layer, Darker than Black, Soul Eater, Ouran High School Host Club and two adaptions of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga along with Star Driver, Gosick, and Space Dandy. Its headquarters is located in Igusa, Suginami, Tokyo.[1]


  • History 1
  • Works 2
    • Anime television 2.1
    • Original video animation 2.2
    • Web anime 2.3
    • Movies 2.4
    • Games 2.5
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Bones was founded by Sunrise staff members Masahiko Minami, Hiroshi Ōsaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto in October, 1998. One of their first projects was collaborating with Sunrise on Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, a feature film based on the Cowboy Bebop anime series.

In 2007, the studio suffered the loss of co-founder Hiroshi Ōsaka, well known for his works as character designer on series such as Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, and The Mars Daybreak. Ōsaka had been battling with cancer, and died from the disease on September 24, 2007. He was 44 years old.[2]

Since the death of Hiroshi Ōsaka, two new additions have been made to the studio's board of directors. The additions are Makoto Watanabe and Takahiro Komori. Takahiro Komori is well known as a character designer and animator who has been with the studio since their inception. His previous works as designer consist of Angelic Layer, Scrapped Princess, and Darker than Black.[3]


Anime television

Title Original Broadcast Channel First run start date First run end date Notes
Hiwou War Chronicles NHK BS2 October 24, 2000 May 1, 2001 Original Work
Kidō Tenshi Angelic Layer TV Tokyo April 1, 2001 September 30, 2001 Based on a manga by CLAMP
RahXephon Fuji TV January 21, 2002 September 10, 2002 Original Work
Wolf's Rain Fuji TV January 6, 2003 July 29, 2003 Original Work
Scrapped Princess WOWOW April 8, 2003 October 7, 2003 Based on a light novel by Ichirō Sakaki
Fullmetal Alchemist MBS, TBS October 4, 2003 October 2, 2004 Loosely based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa
Kenran Butohsai - The Mars Daybreak TV Tokyo April 1, 2004 September 23, 2004 Original Work
Kurau Phantom Memory TV Asahi June 24, 2004 December 15, 2004 Original Work
Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven JNN (MBS) April 26, 2005 April 5, 2006 Original Work
Ouran High School Host Club NTV April 4, 2006 September 27, 2006 Based on a manga by Bisco Hatori
Jyu-Oh-Sei Fuji TV April 13, 2006 June 22, 2006 Based on a manga by Natsumi Itsuki
Ghost Slayers Ayashi MBS, TBS October 7, 2006 March 31, 2007 Original Work
Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha MBS, TBS April 5, 2007 September 28, 2007 Original Work
Skull Man Fuji TV April 28, 2007 July 21, 2007 Based on a manga by Shotaro Ishinomori
Soul Eater TXN (TV Tokyo) April 7, 2008 March 30, 2009 Based on a manga by Atsushi Ōkubo
Chiko, Heiress of the Phantom Thief Fuji TV April 12, 2008 September 27, 2008 Based on a manga by Shinji Ohara
(Co-production with Telecom Animation Film)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood JNN (MBS) April 5, 2009 July 4, 2010 Second adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Fuji TV July 9, 2009 September 17, 2009 Original Work
(Co-production with Kinema Citrus)
Darker than Black: Ryūsei no Gemini MBS, TBS October 8, 2009 December 25, 2009 Sequel to Darker Than Black
Heroman TXN (TV Tokyo) April 1, 2010 September 23, 2010 Original Work in collaboration with Stan Lee
Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto JNN (MBS) October 3, 2010 April 4, 2011 Original Work
Gosick TV Tokyo January 7, 2011 July 2, 2011 Based on a light novel by Kazuki Sakuraba
No. 6 Fuji TV July 8, 2011 September 15, 2011 Based on the novels by Atsuko Asano
Un-Go Fuji TV October 14, 2011 December 23, 2011 Loosely based on the works of Ango Sakaguchi
Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean MBS, TBS April 12, 2012 November 19, 2012 Sequel to Eureka Seven
Blast of Tempest MBS, TBS October 4, 2012 March 28, 2013 Based on a manga by Kyō Shirodaira
Tenkai Knights Cartoon Network August 24, 2013 (US/Canada)
April 5, 2014 (Japan)
December 6, 2014(US/Canada)
March 28, 2015 (Japan)
Original Work
Space Dandy Adult Swim, Tokyo MX January 4, 2014 March 26, 2014 Original Work
Noragami Tokyo MX January 5, 2014 March 23, 2014 Based on the manga by Adachitoka
Captain Earth MBS April 5, 2014 September 20, 2014 Original Work
Soul Eater Not! TV Tokyo April 8, 2014 July 2, 2014 Based on a manga by Atsushi Ōkubo
Spin-off to Soul Eater
Chaika - The Coffin Princess Tokyo MX April 9, 2014 June 25, 2014 Based on a light novel by Ichirō Sakaki
Space Dandy II Adult Swim, Tokyo MX July 6, 2014 September 28, 2014 Sequel to Space Dandy
Chaika - The Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle Tokyo MX October 8, 2014 December 10, 2014 Sequel to Hitsugi no Chaika
Blood Blockade Battlefront MBS April 4, 2015 October 4, 2015 Based on the manga by Yasuhiro Nightow
Show by Rock!! Tokyo MX April 5, 2015 June 21, 2015 Based on a video game by Geechs and Sanrio
Snow White with the Red Hair Tokyo MX July 6, 2015 September 21, 2015 Based on the manga by Sorata Akidzuki
Noragami Aragoto MBS October 2, 2015 TBA Sequel to Noragami
Concrete Revolutio Tokyo MX October 4, 2015 TBA Original Work
Snow White with the Red Hair Season 2 TBA January 2016 TBA Sequel to Snow White with the Red Hair
Bungou Stray Dogs TBA 2016 TBA Based on the manga by Asagiri Kafka

Original video animation

Web anime


  1. Fleeting Petals (泡沫の花弁 Utakata no Kaben) (18 June 2011)
  2. Wild Dance of Chaos (混沌の蘭舞 Konton no Ranbu) (16 July 2011)
  3. Never ending Crime (夢幻の連座 Mugen no Renza) (13 August 2011)
  4. Crimes in a Blank Dream (紅蓮の焦心 Guren no Shoushin) (10 September 2011)
  5. Heroic Return (双絶の来復 Souzetsu no Raifuku) (5 November 2011)
  6. Eternal Eternity (永久の久遠 Towa no Quon) (26 November 2011)



  1. ^ "company info." Bones. Retrieved on March 10, 2010.
  2. ^ "Bones Co-Founder Hiroshi Ōsaka Passes Away".  
  3. ^ "Bones Company Info". Bones. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 

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