When you think of the name of an animation studio that makes a famous anime film, surely names, such as Studio Ghibli, A-1 Pictures, or Studio Chizu, immediately come to mind. But actually, there is one other anime film studio that deserves recognition like the names above, namely Studio 4°C.
Founded in 1986 by Eiko Tanaka and Koji Morimoto, Studio 4°C has been recognized among anime fans as one of the leading anime studios of the last 20 years. Want to know more? Let’s take a peek at five of Studio 4°C’s Most best anime films to add to your watchlist. Come on, see the following reviews!
Mind Games (2004)
The first is Mind Games. As Masaaki Yuasa’s directorial debut, Mind Game has received rave reviews from audiences and critics by winning several awards, including the Animation Division Grand Prize at the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival.
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After meeting his crush named Myon, the loser Nishi is then invited to eat at his family’s restaurant. But since then, ridiculous and absurd moments start to happen to them, like being attacked by a Yakuza and being swallowed by a whale.
Adapted from the manga of the same name by Taiyou Matsumoto, Tekkonkinkreet was produced and released by Studio 4°C in 2006 with Michael Arias directing. Tekkonkinkreet won the Animation of the Year title at the 31st Japan Academy Prize.
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It is said, Treasure Town is owned and controlled by The Cats who know everything that happens in the city. In fact, The Cats are just two boys named Black and White who are not afraid of anything and anyone. But when the Yakuza try to take control of the city, Black and White must reclaim Treasure Town.
Children of the Sea (2019)
Released in 2019, Children of the Sea is based on a manga of the same name by Daisuke Igarashi. With Ayumu Watanabe directing, Igarashi contributed to the production of Children of the Sea by writing the screenplay.
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While on a summer vacation to the aquarium where her father works, high school student Ruka meets two half-fish boys named Umi and Sora. Unexpectedly, the three of them seem to have a connection with strange phenomena that affect the world’s marine ecosystems.
Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (2021)
In 2021, Studio 4°C is again adapting a literary work into an anime film. This time it was the turn of Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko by Kanako Nishi. Directed by Ayumu Watanabe, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko was successfully nominated as Animation of the Year at the 45th Japan Academy Film Prize.
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A life of wandering and moving from place to place, a cheerful woman named Nikuko begins to settle in a houseboat in a bay with her daughter, Kikuko. Living together, adventures as mother and daughter are filled with exciting events.
Poupelle of Chimney Town (2020)
Last but not least is Poupelle of Chimney Town. Based on the picture book by Akihiro Noshino of the same title, Poupelle of Chimney Town was directed by Yusuke Hirota and produced by Studio 4°C in 2020. The film was nominated for Animation of the Year at the 44th Japan Academy Film Prize.
After meeting a man magically made of trash, a young chimney sweeper named Lubicchi names the man Poupelle. However, their relationship is threatened by residents of the city government. Lubicchi and Poupelle must work together to find the truth and clear the city’s skies of smoke.
Having entertained anime fans since its founding in 1986, Studio 4°C has been successfully recognized as one of the leading anime studios in the last two decades thanks to their works. Of the five anime above, which ones have you watched?