Anime studio CloverWorks has announced that it separated from being part of Aniplex subsidiary company A-1 Pictures and became its own company under Aniplex effective on October 1, 2018. The new CloverWorks Co., Ltd. company has a capital fund of 100 million yen (about US$877,940) with 100% investment by Aniplex. The company’s president is producer Akira Shimizu.
CloverWorks stated regarding the separation, “Each studio would like to make a contribution by creating good production with original production system and characteristics for a developing animation market in the future.”
A-1 Pictures had announced in April 2018 that it renamed its Kōenji Studio as CloverWorks. CloverWorks has worked on the Slow Start, DARLING in the FRANXX, and PERSONA 5 the Animation anime series. For the Fall 2018 season CloverWorks is working on DAKAICHI -I’m being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, Fairy Tail, and Ace Attorney Season 2. The company will also animate the upcoming The Promised Neverland and Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia television anime.
A-1 Pictures began operations in 2006, and is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment’s Aniplex production company. Producer Mikihiro Iwata founded the studio, and its main studio is located in Tokyo’s Asagaya area.
The company has produced such anime as The IDOLM@STER, anohana, Sword Art Online, Your Lie in April, Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, The Asterisk War, ERASED, Granblue Fantasy the Animation, Eromanga Sensei, and Fate/Apocrypha.