Shaft (company)

Y.K. Shaft (Japanese有限 会社 シャフト, Yugen - gaisha Shafuto ) is a Japanese animation studio, founded on 1 September 1975 by Hiroshi Wakao. More recently, the studio for his unusual sense of humor and an often into the Experimental drifting style is known. These include in particular recent works such as Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei or Bakemonogatari.


Shaft was founded on September 1, 1975 by Hiroshi Wakao, a former animator of Mushi Productions. It was initially planned to animate separate works. However, the first studio frequently worked as a subcontractor. So the studio was involved, for example in the production of The Castle of Cagliostro. Only in 1987 appeared with Yume kara samenai (夢 から,さめ ない) the first independent work, the others followed.

In 2000, began after the completion of a DVD specials from Gunbuster Gainax in cooperation with a long-term collaboration between the two studios. So they produced together the series Mahoromatic, Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai and He Is My Master.

After founder Hiroshi Wakao 2004 went into retirement, Mitsutoshi Kubota took over the leadership of the studio. As a result, the character department has been reduced in favor of the digital working group. Since then, Akiyuki Shimbo, Tatsuya Oishi and Shin Onuma worked on most productions of Shaft, what with the title Tsukuyomi - Moon phase began, and it also developed a unique style of the studio. So the free surfaces with writings were provided in many works that are simultaneously diverse allusions to other productions. Across experimental drawing techniques were also used again and again, who moved from scene to scene and from the silhouette, Benday dots, not with the characters moving fill patterns (eg the kimono of the main character in Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei ), to mixed with simple animations video.


TV series

  • 2008: ( Zoku ) Sayonara Sensei Zetsubo
  • 2009: Bakemonogatari
  • 2009: Natsu no Arashi!
  • 2009: Natsu no Arashi! Akinai - chū
  • 2009: ( Zan ) Sayonara Sensei Zetsubo
  • 2010: Arakawa under the Bridge
  • 2010: Arakawa under the Bridge * 2
  • 2010: Dance in the Vampire Bund
  • 2010: Hidamari Sketch × Hoshimittsu
  • 2010: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru
  • 2011: Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
  • 2011: Madoka Magika Maho shōjo
  • 2012: Hidamari Sketch × Honeycomb
  • 2012: Nekomonogatari ( Kuro )
  • 2012: Nisemonogatari
  • 2013: Monogatari Series: Second Season
  • 2013: Sasami -san @ Ganbaranai
  • 2014: Mekaku City Actors
  • 2014: Nisekoi

More Anime productions

  • 2009: Maho Sensei Negima! - Mo Hitotsu no Sekai (OVA )
  • 2010: ( Zan ) Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei: Bang Aichi (OVA )
  • 2011: Gekijōban Maho Sensei Negima! Anime Final ( film )
  • 2012: Madoka Magika Maho shōjo: Eien no Monogatari ( movie )
  • 2012: Madoka Magika Maho shōjo: Hajimari no Monogatari ( movie )
  • 2013: Madoka Magika Maho shōjo: Hangyaku no Monogatari ( movie )