Disney+ continues to expand globally, and with more subscribers, comes the ability to offer different types of content. One area Disney+ hasn’t yet explored in much detail is Anime.
Recently I covered if Disney+ will ever offer an anime library. If you haven’t seen that article then click here. In the original article, we looked at the anime series and movies owned or made by Disney’s subsidiaries, but this time we will be looking at the most likely anime studios they could collaborate with.
There are 5 studios on this list, and these are studios I feel like Disney could collaborate with and have no issues doing so.
Note: this is NOT a list of companies Disney should acquire. This is just a list of studios Disney have worked with and could collaborate with again.
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way, in my original article, you would know Disney created and published a manga (with the help of Square-Enix) based on a Japanese mobile game that Disney had created with the help of Sony-owned Aniplex, the manga and game are titled Twisted Wonderland, but Aniplex only made the game not the manga. Aniplex has been behind successful anime series such as Demon Slayer, The Promised Neverland and Devilman Crybaby (Netflix Original), and Disney does have a partnership with Sony for the Spiderman movies as well as Sony producing shows for Disney owned ABC, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney makes an agreement with Aniplex to produce some TV-G/TV-PG anime series or possibly adapt the Twisted Wonderland manga.
#4: Studio Madhouse:
Madhouse is behind such titles as Gunslinger Girl, All Out!, Ace Of Diamond and the first season of One Punch Man, as well as several of the Marvel Anime titles covered in my original article. Madhouse is partially owned by Sony (5% voting power), so Disney might be able to go through Sony and their partnership to make another Marvel anime or something along those lines. Madhouse has a good working relationship with Marvel since some of the titles they produced together include the Blade, Iron Man, Xmen and Wolverine anime series so if they did work together again, expect something along the lines of a Daredevil or a Winter Soldier or possibly a Spiderman anime series.
#3: Square Enix:
Well, this is probably the weirdest entry on this list since many perceive Square Enix as a game studio, but they are also an “entertainment conglomerate” that publishes manga and creates anime alongside its video games. Square Enix’s most well-known manga and anime is “Fullmetal Alchemist”, but Square Enix also publishes the manga of the Disney/Aniplex mobile game Twisted Wonderland. This partnership is clearly a strong one due to Disney publishing Twisted Wonderland through them, but also their video game collaborations like Marvel’s Avengers and obviously Kingdom Hearts, which Square Enix is supposedly adapting into a TV series for Disney+. Hopefully, this partnership continues to flourish with the Kingdom Hearts TV show (please Disney, I beg you to let Square Enix make it an anime) and possibly have Square Enix adapt Twisted Wonderland into a Disney+ series.
#2: Jinni’s Animation Studios:
The most obscure studio on this list, but Jinni’s Animation Studios created a popular Disney Channel Japan series of shorts called Fireball, which went on for 40 episodes between April 2008-December 2020. Jinni’s body of work is a lot more limited than the other four companies on this list, but they worked on and off with Disney on the anime shorts of Fireball for more than a decade, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they made some kind of deal to make a Fireball movie or something. Since Jinni’s Animation Studios is relatively unknown when compared to other studios, it makes sense to me that Disney would work with them on other projects as a way to get a stronger hold in the Japanese market.
#1: Toei Animation:
Now we arrive at one of the biggest anime studios, Toei Animation. Toei worked with Marvel on a 2014 anime series titled Disk Wars: The Avengers. Toei is behind such hit franchise as Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Digimon and One Piece. If Disney wanted to team up with Toei, it makes a lot of sense since Toei is one of the most well-known anime studios, and Disney has arguably the most well-known entertainment brand in the world, and Toei does produce a lot of anime for younger audiences as well as teenagers. Toei also helped create the series Miraculous: Tales Of Ladybug and Cat Noir which is a Zag Heroez production that airs on Disney Channel and is available on Disney+ in a lot of countries.
And these are the five most likely studios Disney will strike up a partnership in the anime industry, and these are just my opinion on who Disney would work with. I don’t expect Disney to acquire any anime studios for a few years, and personally, I don’t want them acquiring any of the studios on the list, especially since the dust is only just really settling on the 21st Century Fox acquisition.
What Anime studios would you like to see Disney team up with?
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