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I really enjoyed making this blog. I learned a lot about Madhouse’s history and members that I didn’t knew about and more about the ones I already knew. As well, it was a great pleasure to show you some of my favorite Madhouse works, for example the praised Mamoru Hosoda’s “Summer Wars” or  Morio Asaka’s popular anime series “NANA”.

Summer Wars


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Is a Japanese animation science fiction film of 2009, directed by Mamoru Hosoda, animated by Madhouse and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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This film tells us the story about a high school boy, Kenji Koiso, who is the the maths prodigy champion of the Japanese maths tournament. He travels to Ueda along with Natsuki Shinohara, the most wanted girl from his high school, to help her prepare the birthday party of her 89th year old great-grandmother. Although, the world in this film is massively ruled by a virtual world called OZ, there you can manage ur bank accounts, take political decisions, all data of the big companies is stored there, as well as the managing of the hospitals, fire fighters and the police.
On his first night on Natsuki great-grandmother’s house, he receives a strange message to solve a code to unlock something in Oz, he solves it on that night and when he wakes up, the Oz world has been all upside down. An artificial intelligence hacked the virtual world and took control of it. So Kenji must repair the damage done and stop the A.I from causing any further damage.

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The production of Summer Wars commenced in 2006. The project was first announced at the 2008 Tokyo International Anime Fair and the first trailer of the film was released in April 2009.


Summer Wars premiered in Japan on August 1, 2009. It grossed over 1 million dollars in its opening weekend in 127 theaters and ranked No. 7 at the box office. The film was well received by critics and the general audience and was financially successful, earning $18 million worldwide. It won several awards such as the 2010 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, the 2010 Japan Media Arts Festival’s Animation Division Grand Prize, the Anaheim International Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for the 2009 Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

This film is fantastic, it opens our eyes to how our world is more and more controlled by the internet and how it can be an advantage for our society but as well it show us the the dangers of it. The characters are incredible, the story is really emotional and powerful. A must see to everyone that likes animation.

Btooom! Anime Trailer


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This is the newest animated tv series of Madhouse, an adaptation aired from October 4, 2012 to December 20, 2012 and it has been licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks. People who like Sci-fi might be really interested in watching this, the storyboard was made by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, so again it has a dark and gore atmosphere, being an anime indicated for adults only. The character design is brilliant, with great expressions, colours and emotions and the animation also has an amazingly detailed backgrounds.


The anime focuses on an unemployed 22 year old man, called Sakamoto Ryota, that still lives with his mother. He spent his days playing a combat online game called Btooom, being one of the world’s top player.


But suddenly he awakes on a tropical island, without any memories how he got there.

While wandering around, Ryota sees someone and calls out for help. The stranger responds by throwing a bomb at him, now Ryota realizes that his life is in danger, and that he has somehow been trapped in a real-life version of his favorite game.!

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


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Is a 2006 Japanese-animated science fiction romance film produced by Madhouse, directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera. Released by Kadokawa Herald Pictures, the film is a sequel to the 1967 novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui and shares the basic idea of a young girl who gains the power of time travel, but with a different story and characters than the novel.

Makoto Konno is a teenager who inadvertently gains a mysterious power. She learns from her aunt Kazuko Yoshiyama, protagonist of the original story, that she has the power to travel through time. Makoto begins using the time-leaps frivolously to fix problems.

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“The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” was released on July 15, 2006 and received positive reviews. The film won several awards, including the Japan Academy Prize and Tokyo Anime Awards for Animation of the Year. The English version was licensed and produced by Kadokawa Pictures USA along with Ocean Productions that make the dubbing and released by Bandai Entertainment in 2008.

I really recommend this film. The story is really interesting and unexpected in the end. The character design is incredible and you can note this even more because of the HD resolution of the movie.



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Nana was originally a manga created by Ai Yazawa and it was adapted into an anime series, directed by Morio Asaka and animated by the studio Madhouse. The first and third openings and third ending songs are sung by Anna Tsuchiya for the band Black Stones and Olivia sings the second opening and first and second endings for the band Trapnest as Reira Serizawa.

The plot focuses on two girls with the same name (NANA) and age, who coincidentally meet on a train trip to Tokyo. They soon find themselves living with each other under the same roof because of an even bigger coincidence. Though they share the same name and age, they differ in just about everything else. Osaki Nana is a punk singer looking to make a successful band in Tokyo while Hachi (Komatsu Nana, later on called Hachi by Nana for being so naïve and resembling a dog), wants to have the ideal life of a regular woman, have a great job, get married, have kids, grandsons and die together with her beloved one. Even so, through hard experiences in love and life, a strong friendship is born between them, as both Nanas grow through their hardships and struggle to win the odds.


This one TV series is one of my all-time favorite because it’s so intelligent. The story aligns the really dramatic sequences with extremely funny moments. Above all it’s really mature and is not a story that can be found often in Japanese animations. In addition, the character design is simply amazing, really realistic and their emotions are so natural and drawn so modestly.

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Death Note


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The Death Note anime, directed by Tetsurō Araki and animated by Madhouse, began airing in Japan on October 3, 2006, and finished its run on June 26, 2007, totaling 37 twenty-minute episodes. The series was co-produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television, Shueisha, D.N. Dream Partners and VAP.

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The story is about an intelligent young adult called Light Yagami, who despises injustice. He also wishes to end crime in the world and create a utopia in which he is the god. His life undergoes a drastic change when he discovers the Death Note on the floor of his school, a notebook that was used by Dead Gods (Shinigami – Japanese mythological creatures) to take a human life upon writing its name on it. The notebook comes with rules so he can know how to work with it. There are other rules that are revealed as the story develops, usually in the form of chapter title pages. After some experiments with the Death Note, Light realizes the notebook’s authenticity and encounters the previous owner, a dead god called Ryuk. Light explains to Ryuk his plan of exterminating all the criminals in the world, until there are only people who he has judged to be honest and kind. Once he finishes this, he will begin his reign as the god of this new world. Soon, the number of inexplicable deaths of criminals catches the attention of the International Police Organization and the world-famous detective, “L”. L quickly learns that the serial killer, publicly known as “Kira” is located in Japan and can kill people without laying a finger on them. Light realizes that L will be his greatest nemesis, and begins a cat and mouse game with L.


Death Note was listed as the 51st best animated show in IGN’s Top 100 Animated Series.

This animation really caught my attention for its great art, strong characters and story. The drama and tension between the two main characters is so intense, that I found myself addicted to this show.



Mamoru Hosoda


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Was born in 19th September, 1967 in Toyama, Japan and he is a film director and animator.

Hosoda graduated from Kanazawa College of Art on oil painting. He was first employed at Toei Animation and since 2005 he is working for Madhouse.


He called the public attention in the early 2000’s with the first two films in the “Digimon Adventure” series and the sixth film of the “One Piece” series: “One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island”. In the later 2000’s, he diversified more with other films, including 2006’s “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”, 2009’s “Summer Wars”, and 2012’s “Wolf Children”.

Hosoda was commissioned by Studio Ghibli to direct “Howl’s Moving Castle” but left the project during the early production stages.

Satoshi Kon


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Was a Japanese anime director and manga artist from Kushiro, Hokkaidō, born in 12th October of 1963 and died in August of 2010 with a pancreatic cancer.

He was a graduate of the Graphic Design department of the Musashino Art University.  Satoshi Kon is best known for his detailed character artwork.


While in college, Kon made his first appearance as a manga artist with the short manga Toriko (1984) and with that earned a runner-up spot in the 10th Annual Tetsuya Chiba Awards held by Young Magazine (Kodansha). Afterward, he found work as Katsuhiro Otomo’s assistant. After his graduation from college in 1987, Kon authored the one-volume manga Kaikisen (1990) and wrote the script for Katsuhiro Otomo’s live-action film “World Apartment Horror”.

In 1995, Kon served as the scriptwriter, layout artist and art director of the short film “Magnetic Rose”, the first of three short films in Katsuhiro Otomo’s compilation of Memories. Kon’s work afterward would be distinguished by the recurring theme of the blending of fantasy and reality.

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In 2003, he directed “Tokyo Godfathers” and in 2004, Kon released the 13-episode television well-known series “Paranoia Agent”, in which Kon revisits the theme of the blending of imagination and reality, as well as working in additional social themes.

“Paprika” in 2006 was maybe Kon’s most popular work as a Director. The film was highly successful and earned a number of film awards. Much like Kon’s previous works, the film focuses on the synergy of dreams and reality.

In the year of his death he began to work on his next film “The Dream Machine”, but it was left incomplete, it would only be released after his death.


After his death he was also mentioned in TIME’s 2010 people of the year.

Yoshiaki Kawajiri


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Was born on 18th November of 1950, in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. He is a critically acclaimed writer and director of Japanese animation.

After his graduation from from Yokohama High School in 1968 he began working for a few years as an animator at Mushi Production Animation 1972. He then co-founded Madhouse and in the 1970s was promoted to Animation Director and debuted as a film director with 1984’s “Lensman”, directing together with the more experienced Kazuyuki Hirokawa. Kawajiri also did the character design along with Kazuo Tomizawa.


He gained an interest in darker animation, so he next directed “The Running Man”. Afterwards, he was instructed to make a 35 minute short film based on Hideyuki Kikuchi’s novels, which was released as “Wicked City”. After completing it, his producers were so impressed, he was asked to make it feature length. Kawajiri enjoyed the dark tone so much he agreed and managed to complete the entire film in under a year.

After “Wicked City” received such acute and commercial success when released in 1987, Kawajiri gained a lot more freedom and began scripting and designing his own film set in feudal Japan, which was released as “Ninja Scroll”, about the Japanese folk hero Jubei Yagyu. After the western release in 1996, Kawajiri’s status as a director received international recognition and was asked in 2002 to direct a segment of “The Animatrix”, titled “Program”, considered one of the best directors Japanese animation has to offer. Before “The Animatrix”, he also directed “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust” which was based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi.


In 2003, he created “Ninja Scroll” tv series and his last work was “Btooom!” in 2012 working on the storyboard.