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BEE TRAIN Production Inc.
Native name
Kabushiki kaisha
Animation studio
Industry Animation (Anime)
Genre various
Founded Tokyo, Japan June 5, 1997 (1997-06-05)
Founder Kōichi Mashimo
Kichijōji, Musashino, Tokyo
Number of locations
3 (Kokubunji, Kichijōji, Karuizawa)
Key people
Kōichi Mashimo, CEO
Kenji Horikawa, Director
Products Noir (2001)
.hack//Sign (2002)
Madlax (2004)
Tsubasa Chronicle (2005–06)
.hack//Roots (2006)
El Cazador de la Bruja (2007)
Total equity ¥ 10,000,000
Number of employees
70 (April 2007)
Parent Production I.G (1997 – 2006)
Divisions Bee Train Digital (defunct)
Studio Road
C-Station (2009–12)
D-Station (defunct)

Bee Train Production Inc. (ビィートレイン株式会社, Biītorein Kabushikigaisha?) usually referred to as Bee Train is Japanese anime studio in Japan. The studio was started in 1997 by a director named Koichi Mashimo with a few of his colleagues in 1997. .


1997 a Japanese anime director Koichi Mashimo had been working around Japan as director on his own (not employed to one single company) with a group of other artists. The goal of Mashimo was to start a studio that would encourage and help young artists. To do this, Mashimo went to a friend of his at another studio called Production I.G. The company president agreed to help Mashimo with his plan and helped start it. .

The first few years the two studios worked together on anime based on popular video games then Bee Train studio grew big enough to work more on its own. Later the studio was given a project of short videos to tie in with a new video game series called .hack (said as dot hack). In addition to the new set of videos the studio was also given a 26 episode television series. The next years would be met with new additions to the game series and the studio's famous "girls-with-guns" trilogy.

In 2006 Bee Train left its parent company Production I.G and became independent. The two studios still have a good relationship with each other and work together on projects occasionally.

2009-2010 the studio expanded to include two new areas called C-Station and D-Station. Bee Train also has another small office called Studio Road. Studio Road does the color work for anime.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Bee Train para niños

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