Is Anime Studio used by any popular Anime studios for actual, commercial Anime production?

I know it's fairly common with amateurs and quite a few Western Animation professionals, but has it ever been used to produce a full season of an anime series that was aired in Japanese TV, or some Anime of comparable scale? Or is just a marketing twist, and only ever Western animation of professional quality has been made in it?

  • I voted to close this question because it's offtopic; see here: anime.stackexchange.com/questions/4/… meta.anime.stackexchange.com/questions/6/…
    – looper
    Jan 17, 2013 at 7:24
  • @looper: The rationale behind the upvoted answer is "They're [...] suited to Graphic Design and are more about the animation process (not unique to anime) rather than the medium itself." - how does that relate to my question? Do you suppose people at Graphic Design would be capable of answering it?
    – SF.
    Jan 17, 2013 at 8:21
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    Video production techniques and software selections don't fall in-scope of this site because Anime is part of the question. I understand there may be folks here can coincidentally answer your question, but that doesn't make the subject on-topic. This is a variation of the old "What is the favorite softdrink... of programmers" problem from Stack Overflow. Sorry. I hope one of our Graphic/AVP forums can help you. Jan 17, 2013 at 15:22
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    @SF. Yes, this is an end user fandom site. Creators are certainly welcome to participate, but discussions of "Anime" do not extend into all facets of production techniques... much like we wouldn't discuss publishing, licensing channels, marketing, distribution, etc, etc. Jan 17, 2013 at 15:55
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    @RobertCartaino I can't find anywhere in the area51 discussions or on Meta implying that this site is restricted to the end user experience, and we've had some very good questions on anime production, so I don't agree with that stance in any case. Questions of scope seem like they should be decided by the community at large on Meta rather than inconsistently applied without discussion.
    – Logan M
    Jan 17, 2013 at 20:05

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If Japanese anime studios do use this software, you'd think their user stories would consist of at least someone from Japan or someone who's done work with a Japanese studio.

The software itself seems more geared towards a small team (or one person) production which doesn't seem to fit in a large scale production involving dozens of animators, in-betweeners, story-boarders, etc.

I know that Makoto Shinkai (Voices of a Distant Star, 5cm/s) uses Celtx, After Effects and stuff like Photoshop and Illustrator. He's done one person projects. I also see Comic Works mentioned a lot on Japanese blogs. But it seems most large productions use software called "RETAS". I can't provide any sources to substantiate this claim but it's probably unlikely Japanese studios would use this software that looks like it's geared for smaller productions and use it for commercial anime production, it's more likely that they use a lot of different types of software to facilitate the process of writing->story-boarding->key-frames->inbetweens on a much larger scale. This blog post about AIC's animation process makes it out to be pretty complex.

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    +1 I was about to post a very similar answer. Also, the fact that their site doesn't seem to have a Japanese language option indicates that their target market probably isn't in Japan.
    – Logan M
    Jan 16, 2013 at 22:49

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