Announcing The Great Anime Studio Challenge!

I’ve got a new challenge all thought up for 2020, and likely beyond!
This one is very ambitious.

Announcing The Great Anime Studio Challenge!


The idea is to watch something from EVERY listed studio / producer on MyAnimeList. Click that link and you’ll see what I mean. I’m not going to count, but there must be at least…. 1496 studios there!

This is just the type of challenge I was looking for. I browsed through some random studios and even the ones that don’t have many works listed have some very interesting looking niche titles. It’d be fun to go through all that!

Just a disclaimer this challenge isn’t about the actual studios. I won’t be commenting on the studios themselves, or how they animate, or whatever. It’s just a ways by which to force me to watch a great variety of anime, while also giving me a little choice on a studio by studio basis.

So, here are the “official” rules:

  • Starting with the #’s, and ending with the Z’s, watch one anime for each listed studio / producer on MyAnimeList.
  • In cases of overlap (due to multiple studios / producers having worked on the same anime), no repeating anime that have already been used for the challenge.
  • I reserve the right to veto studios / producers that only have 1 anime work listed.
  • I also reserve the right to veto studios due to particular circumstances.
  • Have fun, and we’ll see just how many years this takes!

I’ve included the veto for several reasons.

First, for cases where a studio only has one anime work that is very long, and my benchmark for “very long” is going to be anything longer than 24 episodes. The challenge is already going to take a long time, I don’t want to be stuck watching 50+ episode anime.

Second is for cases where the only anime work listed is hentai.
This isn’t a hentai challenge! Anime only.

Third is for cases where I simply am unable to find the actual anime and watch it, so basically accessibility reasons. While I’d like to watch niche anime, hence this challenge, sometimes it’s just not possible.

And the special circumstances rule will generally only apply to studios that have more than 1 anime work listed, but if ALL of their works fall into the above three cases, then the veto is also allowed. Also applies for studios that could end up ONLY having anime I’ve already watched for the challenge. Basically I just don’t want to get stuck in a situation where I have to watch a long anime / hentai / something I can’t find.

For the most part I don’t expect to be vetoing very many studios. If I do, I’ll be sure to mention it in my next challenge post though, just so you all know. The idea of this challenge is to really dive into the world of anime, and I mean really dive into it. There are so many tiny studios / producers and so many anime that I’m sure we’ve all never heard of.

Really, what this is is an anime treasure hunt.

A crazy one, at that. The letter “A” alone has 135 listed studio / producers! The scale of this challenge is such that there’s absolutely no way I’ll finish it anytime soon. If anything, this is sort of like TPAB’s lofty goal of writing 1000 reviews. Something that if I really keep it up, could continue for the rest of this blog’s lifetime. At the very least, many years.

I kind of like that idea though.
It’s like my blog’s magnum opus in the making, one anime at a time.

So here’s to the beginning of The Great Anime Studio Challenge!
A great anime treasure hunt, one studio at a time!

And that’s the challenge announcement.

What do you think?
Interesting idea?

I hope that I can come across some real interesting anime on this journey to share with you all. I think that aspect alone will be a lot of fun. This is also going to force me to actually watch Chinese anime for once, something I’ve shied away from in the past (due to the lack of Japanese VA). Also I don’t generally watch anime movies, and this challenge will likely throw plenty of those my way.

Overall, it seems like the perfect way to just force myself into the anime world, even more than the A to Z challenge did.

I’m excited to get started.
Coming soon: the first studio!

Until then,
Thanks for reading.

19 thoughts on “Announcing The Great Anime Studio Challenge!

  1. RisefromAshes

    Wow this is an incredibly ambitious challenge. I salute you for even attempting such a thing! Looking forward to seeing what titles you discover because of it though!

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  3. syedak99

    This was a fun read. Anime has inspired me to start writing. Which is very weird seeing how it made me lazy in the first place. Like Cloud said “round and round it goes”. Btw would really appreciate it if you could check out my blog. It’s a YA fiction book I’m working on and the blog is sorta my way of storing information. It’s an imaginative read I promise. More power to you

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    1. Thanks. You’re probably not alone in that, anime is such a powerful storytelling medium that I’m sure many others starting writing thanks to it too! Good luck with the blog, and the book.

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