Nintendo announces acquisition of CG animation studio Dynamo Pictures

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Nintendo has announced its plans to acquire Dynamo Pictures, a CG animation studio based in Tokyo. The two companies are currently in negotiations, with the deal expected to be closed on October 3, 2022.

According to the notification of acquisition, Nintendo has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Dynamo Pictures and to make it a wholly owned subsidiary. The studio will thereafter be renamed Nintendo Pictures and will focus on the development of visual content utilizing Nintendo IP.

According to Nintendo representatives, the move comes in an effort to strengthen the planning and production structure of visual content in the Nintendo group.

This doesn’t necessarily mean Nintendo is rushing to enter the TV anime production market since no additional information has been disclosed yet. Seeing as Dynamo Pictures has a history of cooperation with Nintendo, having produced CG content for multiple anime releases and video games, Nintendo Pictures may produce CGI sequences, trailers, and similar content, but let’s not jump the gun.

About Dynamo Pictures

CG animation studio Dynamo Pictures (Dynamo Pictures, Inc.) has headquarters in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, and is headed by Hiroshi Hirokawa. The CG animation studio has produced a wide range of video works since its establishment 30 years ago, including VR content, movies, TV anime, and video games.

Dynamo Pictures focuses on CG video production and is engaged in planning, production, and sales of interactive content. During its history, Dynamo Pictures has collaborated with an array of clients whereby it has engaged in developing theme parks, amusement parks, commercial facilities, and science museums among other projects.

What anime TV shows have been animated by Dynamo Pictures?

The CG animation studio is well-known among anime fans, having developed CG content for some notable titles, including but not limited to Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045 Season 2, Earwig and the Witch (アーヤと魔女, Āya to Majo), Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure: Yuki no Princess to Kiseki no Yubiwa!, Macross Delta movie 2: Zettai Live!!!, Garo: Divine Flame, Yuri!!! On ICE, The Excitement of Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekidou), and Idoly Pride.

Further out, Dynamo Pictures has previously collaborated with Nintendo on a series of shorts for its real-time strategy puzzle video game Pikmin created by Shigeru Miyamoto and has produced CG content for a number of video games, including Death Stranding, NieR Replicant, Monster Hunter: World, and Persona 5.

In addition to CG planning and production, Dynamo Pictures also operates a motion capture studio and engages in the development of 3DCG tools and original stereoscopic imaging technology and video content.

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