Kyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan)

Background: Kyoto Animations (Japanese: 京都アニメーション, romanized as Kyōto animēshon) was originally formed as MGM's Japanese cartoon-producing unit in 1947 as "Nippon Cartoon Company" in order to produce sponsored films and later television commercials in Japan to help provide its residents some entertainment as many theaters were destroyed during World War II. After MGM shut down it's animation studio in 1957, Kyoto Cartoon Company, as the company was now called, struck a deal with Columbia Pictures Corporation to syndicate the cartoons on Japanese television in conjunction with Columbia's television division Screen Gems until 1966 and co-produced several Japanese cartoons in the early 1970s until 1974 and by Columbia Pictures Television from 1974-1975 and together, they created quite a few notable characters, such as the Mario Brothers, until 1974. That same year, they also expanded into Europe and the Americas and moved into their own building, in Kyoto on Muromachi Dori Street. A year later, they began dubbing Hanna-Barbera cartoons in Japanese. The company again changed its name in 1959, this time to "Kyoto Animations Productions Inc." and was later acquired by Nippon Taft Japan Broadcasting System in 1967 as part of Taft's expansion into Asia, which the company was later renamed to Great Nippon Broadcasting in 1987. In 1991, the company was purchased by Turner Broadcasting as part of their expansion into Asia. The same year, the company was renamed to "KYP Inc." but reverted to it's former name two years later in 1993. In 1997, Turner launched the Japanese edition of Cartoon Network (beginning in 1997) as part of the network's expansion into Asia. In 1994, Turner turned Kyoto towards primarily producing new Japanese material for Nippon Television (since 1994) and its Japanese edition of Cartoon Network when Cartoon Network Studios Japan was organized as a division of Kyoto Animations Productions, Inc. On October 10, 1996, Turner was bought out by Nintendo. By 2001, Kyoto Animations was folded into into Warner Bros. Animation Japan and Cartoon Network Studios Japan assumed production of Cartoon Network's Japanese output. Today, Kyoto Animations still survives as an in-name-only unit of Warner Bros. Animation Japan for distribution and marketing of properties and productions associated with Kyoto's "classic" works such as: The Super Mario Bros., Kamek and the Toadies, and Wario. However, not all cartoons co-produced by Kyoto are owned by Nintendo such as the following: King Boo and Super Mario Land 2200 A.D. (Sony Pictures Television International), The Fonz and the Mario Bros., Yoshi in the Army, and Tokyo Globetrotters (CBS Television Studios/CBS Television Distribution), Nippondale High (NBCUniversal Television), Capitol Pandas (20th Century Fox Television), Pink Panther and Sushi Sons and Yoshi's Excellent Adventures (first season co-produced by Kyoto and the second season was co-produced by DiC, MGM Television), and most of the theatrical library. Warner Bros. Japan has no kind of rights to any of these series listed.

1st Logo
(December 14, 1957-March 26, 1959)
Kyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan) - CLG Wiki's Dream LogosKyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan) - CLG Wiki's Dream Logos
Nickname: "The KABoxes"

Logo: Over a black background sit two boxes, one red and one blue, joined together unevenly. There's a "K"in theredbox and an "A" in thebluebox. The phrase appears as "a KAPRODUCTION".

Trivia: This logo was originally in Japanese. Also, there is a rumor that a billboard with a recreation of the later variant (below) could be seen on a billboard in Toad Town in Paper Mariobut is false. Also, this logo (at least the English recreation) was done at Waterfall Studios in Buffalo, NY.

Later Variant: On this variant, the background remains the same. However the "K" box is now violet and the "A" box is now crimson.The phrase appears as "A KACARTOON COMPANY PRODUCTION".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the cartoon.

Availability: The early variant is extremely rare and it appeared on the Japan-only cartoonThe Ruff Green Show.The later one is fairly common and currently seen on early episodes of Mario & Luigi, Wario, Yoshiand the Wiggler Caterpillarshort "Scarywood Forest"among other shorts on The Hub (the latter three seldom air, althoughWiggler Caterpillardid air on Saturday mornings in December 2011).

Scare Factor: None to minimal.

2nd Logo
(September 14, 1959-1991)
Kyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan) - CLG Wiki's Dream Logos

Logo: It's only an in-credit text saying “A KYOTO ANIMATIONS PRODUCTION" ("京都アニメーションプロダクション" in Japan)either at the beginning of a short or at the end of a show. This practice continued well into 1987, years after Kyoto introduced an in-credit logo for its shows.

Trivia: The right half of the 1959 logo of "A Kyoto Animations Production" became the logo for The Hub starting on October 10, 2010. Also, the English version of this logo was made at Palm Tree Studios in Miami, Florida.

Variants: While the style of the wording varied from show to show, here are the variants below:
  • “KYOTO ANIMATIONS" is in a stylized font.Used mainly on early shorts, in a pale turquoise (or electric blue) “splotch” on a yellow (or pink) background. The font would varyon some Kyotoshorts of the era.
  • "Kyoto Animations" is in a 60's-esque “cursive” font commonly known as “Tabitha”. Used within a similar “splotch” device, but is also seen at the end of several 1960s series such as Kamek and the Toadies.
  • The entire wording is in a bold, all-caps font, usually Franklin Gothic Condensed. Seen at the end of many 1960's series, most notably Bowser and the Koopas and others.
  • “KYOTO ANIMATIONS” is in a bold, “tubular” font most similar to the latter-day Filmways logo. Usually seen on 1970s and 1980s series such as Challenge of the Super Smash Bros. and Help! It's the Hair Yoshi Bunch among others. The last shows to use this variation of "KYOTO ANIMATIONS" were Pound Yoshis, Foofur in Tokyo, the 1986 version of Yoshi Quest, and The Super Mario Kids, among shows.
  • On some 1960s cartoons such as WarioMan and Space Waluigi, the text said "A KYOTO ANIMATIONS PRODUCTION" at the end of some episodes, but seen at the end of every end-title credits.
  • On the first season of the short-lived series Yoshi's Excellent Adventures, there's an in-credit text that reads as "Produced by Kyoto Animations Productions, Inc. in association with Orion Television Entertainment Japan and Nelson Entertainment Japan" with a copyright stamp to Orion Television Entertainment Japan and Nelson Films, Inc. Japan below.
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: None except the later variation is a bit harsh on the eyes.

Music/Sounds: The opening or closing theme of the cartoon.

Availability: Very common. It's still preserved on all Kyotoshows from 1959-1991, as it’s in the credits.

Scare Factor: None.

3rd Logo
(February 26, 1967-September 7, 1969)
Kyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan) - CLG Wiki's Dream LogosKyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan) - CLG Wiki's Dream Logos
Nickname: "The Kyoto Box", "Zooming-Out/Fading-In Kyoto Box"

Logo: On a black background, three small orange rectangles appear, the outer two stretching down, the one in the center extending up, then they stretch, break up and multiply to become an orange box containing a large, black stylized ''京都" cutout (the Japanese spelling of Kyoto). Then the box grows to become an orange background, the black 京都 zooms out, disappears, and then it cuts to light blue words reading “a Kyoto Animations production” ("京都アニメーション制作" in Japan) with the “a” in a black box. Finally, a yellow stylized "京都" (using the same style as the black one) slowly fades in.

Trivia: The English version of this logo was made at Ryan Dickson Animation Studios in Oakland, California.

Later Variant: There’s another version from 1968 featuring nearly the same starting animation, with the rectangles moving the directions they’re supposed to extend instead of stretching before they actually do, but when the black zooming ''京都'' disappears, it cuts to a red "京都" with the text already on it, with the small “a” box being dark blue and the letter in yellow. It features a byline reading “a division of Nippon Taft Japan Broadcasting Company System” ("ニッポンタフト日本放送システムの一部門" in Japan) next to a small Nippon Taft logo in dark blue text on the bottom.

FX/SFX: The rectangles appearing and forming the 京都 logo, the zoom-out.

Cheesy Factor: Well, the logo seems pretty advanced for 1966. However, Kyoto Animations has been known for producing cartoons with cheap limited animation, and this includes their logos. Another cheesy thing is that, during the rectangle animation on the 1968 version, when it’s nearly finished, it merely cuts to the finished “京都".

Music/Sounds: It features four glockenspiel notes and then three brass-band/accordion notes mixed with three glockenspiel chimes. There were two variations of the jingle for each version.

Availability: Extremely rare/near extinction. The mid-'60s version is still kept on its only use, the 1966 TV Asahi live-action/animated special Yoshi and the Beanstalk, whenever someone decides to show it but it's still retained on VHS prints. The 1968 version is only seen on The Wonderful World of Wiggler and the live-action/animated TV series The New Adventures of Huckleberry Peach.

Scare Factor: Medium to high. The sudden fast-paced animation, blocky abstract design, and fanfare could get to some.

4th Logo
(September 7, 1968-March 27, 1974)
Kyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan) - CLG Wiki's Dream LogosKyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan) - CLG Wiki's Dream Logos

Nicknames: "The Kyoto Box II", "The Zooming Japanese Characters"
Logo: On a black background, a large, stylized orange "京都" (the Japanese spelling of Kyoto)begins to zoom right up at the viewer. When it nearly engulfs the screen, the background suddenly becomes yellow-orange. On top ofthe"京都"the words “a”, “kyoto animations"and “production” ("京都アニメーション制作" in Japan) all appear.

Trivia: Kyotoused these and the 1969 logos using the box design during this period. Also, the English version of thislogo was made at Palm Tree Studios in Miami, Florida.

For a short period, Nippon Taft’s corporate logo, alongside a byline reading “a division of Nippon Taft Japan Broadcasting System” ("ニッポンタフト日本放送システムの一部門" in Japan), appear. This appears to coincide with the logo being used “standalone”, with its' own music. Box logos that are appended to the ends of shows and have the show’s music playing usually do not have the byline. However, there are some exceptions, such as the Japanese dub ofThe Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't, which featured the logo attached to the end of the credits with the end of the show's theme playing under it, but features a Nippon Taft logo and byline (and plastered an almost-identical box logo Hanna-Barbera used at the same time!) and Mario's Fun Ark, which features the "standalone" variant of the logo (with it's own music), but no Taft logo or byline.

FX/SFX: The “zooming” "京都"...

Cheesy Factor: ...which has very choppy animation and a sudden “jolt” from the black background to the orange background.

Music/Sounds: A whimsical flute/xylophone jingle, ending in a held-out organ note (similar to the "S from Heck" jingle)used only when thelogo wasn't attached to the end of the show and had the show’s end credits music playing over it. A little jarring, anda bit scary.

Availability: Fairly common. You can still see the stand-alone variant on most episodes of Mario Kart on The Hub (it is plastered with thelogo on the DVD release) and the no byline version on Life in Delfino,the TV movieMario's Fun Arkand most episodes ofThe New WarioMovieson The Hub(quite a few 1973 episodes edit out this logo for some reason).The stand-alone variant was also originally seen onthe second season of Yoshi's Perils with Kamek (The Perils of Yoshi Islandin North America) (available on DVD).

Scare Factor: Medium to high for those who aren't used to seeing it. The choppy animation and sometimes scary music that shows used contributes to this. The regular jingle wasn’t that tame either.

5th Logo
(September 13, 1969-September 5, 1971)
Kyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan) - CLG Wiki's Dream Logos

Nicknames:"The Kyoto Box III","Multiplying Rectangles"

Logo:Small red rectangles on the sides of the screen come up, with the outer two going down, and the one in the center going up, multiplying until they create a box with a black stylized "京都" cutout. The box zooms in and becomes a red background, and the "京都" then fades in as a capri color, then "a kyoto animations production" ("京都アニメーション制作" in Japan) in denim blue and the Nippon Taft byline/logo fade in.
FX/SFX: The “multiplying rectangles”.

Cheesy Factor: Still rough, but a bit smoother and less in-your-face than the previous one. The blue BG makes the text hard to read, though. Also, the rectangle animation simply cuts crudely to the finished"京都"as the background zooms in.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Uncommon. This logo was used on select Kyoto shows as well as the original first season ofYoshi's Perils with Kamek.Prior to 2004 this logo was nearly extinct mainly due to plastering here and there.Yoshi's Perils with Kameksuffered this as well, first with ablacked-out-byline swirling star logo (the 1979 one), then with the 1994 "action" version of the All-Stars logo. This is also spotted on The CW's Toonzai airings and DVD releases of Yoshi's Perils, with the current Fuji Television logo following it. This logo can be found on a few Kyoto DVD box sets, most notablyYoshi's Perils with Kamek:The Complete First and Second Seasons, which means the logo is now way more common than it was 10years ago. It was also sighted on a recent The CW's Toonzai and The Hub rerun of thePerils of Yoshi Islandepisode "Kamek's MagicShip," though time-compressed. The version with the "Swirling Star" music has turned up on The Wario Show episode "Hang in there Wario", on the Japanese version of Cartoon Network (which are possibly pre-Turner prints). This was also originally seen on the ill-fated The Cattanooga Koopas but it's plastered over with the CGI Swirling Star logo on current The Hub reruns.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. It has better animation, but still a little rough.

6th Logo
(September 7, 1974-April 7, 1979)
Kyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan) - CLG Wiki's Dream Logos

Nickname: "Rainbow KA"
Logo: We start on a pattern of five columns, each filled with the words "KYOTO ANIMATIONS". The words are colored so that they form a rainbow pattern. Suddenly, the words start disappearing, from the top starting on column 1, andfrom the bottom starting with the last column. The words disappear until one last "KYOTO ANIMATIONS" is left. That enlarges and “morphs” into a skewed, stylized KA filled with a rolling rainbow pattern with numerous "KYOTO ANIMATIONS"s in it. Below, the words “KYOTO ANIMATIONS PRODUCTIONS INC."appear.

Trivia: This logo is used on backgrounds of the end titles of cartoons such as Kamek's Return to the Island(blue)and The New Wonderful World of Wiggler (red).

Byline: In 1978, the logo does not enlarge. In this version, a NipponTaft Broadcasting byline, sans logo this time, appears. Some post-1988 prints of Kyotoshows from this particular period have the Taft byline blacked out.

Variant:A rare variant has been seen on only a couple of TV movies of the era. It was a still shot with more solid colors (yellow,orange,red,green,blue) and segmented lines running inside the design. Plus, it's horizontal. Also, the byline is still intact. It is mainly nicknamed as "Solid Rainbow KA".

FX/SFX: The Scanimate “rainbow” effects used in both the columns and actual logo; the words being “wiped” away.

Cheesy Factor: Better, but the “morphing” effect is cheesy and awkward. The "KA"looks somewhat ugly, and the morphing effect… well, freeze-frame the logo and you’ll see how ungainly it looks. None for the Solid Rainbow KA.
Music/Sounds: Usually just the end theme of the show.None for the TV movie variant.
Availability: Fairly common. Currently seen periodically on Hong Kong Koopa, The Super Smash Bros. Hour, Clue Yoshis, Jabbergoomba, Challenge of the Super Smash Bros., The New Wonderful World of Wiggler , most of the final season of Kamek's Return to the Island, and some episodes of Mario's Space Race on The Hub, however on some episodes, the credits cut off early or they are plastered over with the CGI Swirling Star. It is also available on DVD such as on Kamek's Return to the Island. This logo was also seen on the Japanese dub of the 1st season of The All-New Popeye Hour, though when it last reran on Nippon Television, this logo and the King Features Japan logo that followed were both played in sped-up mode due to time compressing.
Scare Factor:Low. The design does seem a bit ominous.

7th Logo
(September 8, 1979-May 20, 1986, June 7, 1990)
Kyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan) - CLG Wiki's Dream Logos
Nicknames: "Swirling Star", "Twisting Star","Nippon Taft Swirling Star", "Rainbow Twist", "KyotoSwirling Star, "Here We Go Again: Yet Another H-B Ripoff from Japan"
Logo: On a black background, a white star swirls down from the top, leaving behind a rainbow trail. It then settles into the center of the screen as it twirls, occasionallyshrinking and twisting, forming a circular trail. It then twists into the middle of the circle and comes to a stop. The words “Kyoto Animations Productions” appear below.

Trivia: Basically, this is the exact same Swirling Star that appears on the 1981 Nippon Taft Japan Pictures logo, except there it is silver. Also, the English version of this logo was done at Canary Bird Animation Studios in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, on an episode of The Red Green Show, in Dalton's Everything Store, this logo appears as a painting, butKyoto Animations Productionsis written on duct tape and it falls off, revealing that it actually is the H-B Swirling Star!
  • September 8, 1979-January 31, 1981: “A NIPPON TAFT JAPAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM COMPANY” (in a white font)
  • In 1982, the 1981 byline was altered/amended with "A DIVISION OF" over “THE NIPPON TAFT ASIA ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM”.
  • In 1983, the 1981 byline appears in a large yellow font and the logo appears smaller in this version.
  • Post-1988 prints of Kyotoshows from this era often have the Nippon Taft byline blacked out or in the case of a BritishKamek's Return to the IslandVHS, covered by a gray bar (despite being printed before 1988)!
  • In the logo's resurrection in 1990, a special version of this was used at the end of Kamek's FirstMovie. This features the same animation, but "Kyoto Animations" is written in the familiar cursive “script” font, first introduced in 1987. Thisvariant also features a Great Nippon bylineand is the only Kyoto logo to do so.
  • Beginning in 1984, Kyoto Animations created an opening logo to use at the beginning of some of their shows. It’s the same as the closing logo but it fades in during the middle of the animation. The text is changed,Kyoto Animationsis larger and a small yellow “PRESENTS” is shown below. Music for this was a sweeping chime sound, though episodes of the mid-1980's revival ofKamek and the Toadiesfeature a rendition of a part of the theme song in chimes. This opening variant (the version with the regular music) can still be found at the beginning of every episode of Wiggler Caterpillar's Back in Town on The Hub, even pre-1984 ones.
  • There is a rare variant of this logo seen on some cartoons, in which the trail is dark red and the byline is nearly invisible. This is likely due to film deterioration.
  • Copyright dates may be substituted for theKyoto Animations Productions” text.
  • An extremely rare variant exists on a 1984 British VHS tape ofKamek's Return to the Islandwhere the logo is silent, however when the logo freezes, a note from some other cartoon theme song plays then the ordinary synthesizer music begins. This is also the one with the grayed-out byline.
FX/SFX: The star and residue trail. Scanimate effects.

Music/Sounds: Best described as “futuristic synthesized music". We start out with ascending and descending chimes mixed with a "whoosh" sound with each revolution of the star. When the star stops, the entire thing culminates in a gentle synth chord as the chimes finish in the background.

Music/Sounds Variant:Some shows have appeared with the first variant with a blacked-out byline, but with the music from the 4th. This was chiefly used to update the logo onYoshi's Perils with Kamekbut has spread to other shows as well, including post-1988 reruns of Mario's Crossover Christmas immediately after (and ironically enough) the H-B Swirling Star!This instance also happened on a 1982 episode ofWiggler Caterpillar's Back in Town.This variant was sort of common, but became rare when Turner updated the prints onYoshi's Perils with Kamek in November 1996

Availability: Common in its “unaltered” form, though many prints still have the logo's Nippon Taft bylines blacked out or bylineless. Currently seen onWiggler Caterpillar's Back in Town, The Mario & Luigi Show and 1984 and 1985 episodes of the 1980's version ofKamek and the Toadies all on The Hub. The KyotoPresents logo with the chimedKamek and the Toadies theme song pieceis extremely rare and so far it has been spotted on theKamek and the Toadiesepisode "A KamekChristmas Carol".There are also some prints with this logo (with b/o byline) actually plastering the next logo.Sadly, this plasters logos on VHS releases ofYo Yoshi!The logo has also seen on some pre-Turner prints ofKamek's Return to the Island now on weekday mornings on theAustralian version ofBoomerang.

Scare Factor: Low to medium.The in-your-face animation, combined with the music can scare some, butthis logo is still a favorite of many and is very popular.

8th Logo
(September 6, 1986-1992, December 15, 1997, November 18, 1998-June 8, 2001)
Kyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan) - CLG Wiki's Dream Logos

Nicknames: "Swirling Star II", "CGI Swirling Star","Twisting Star II", "Taft Swirling Star II", "Shining Star Twist", "KyotoSwirling Star II"

: An updated version of the previous logo, but now done in CGI. The trail is now metallic, and the star now realistically twists and turns and has a nice shine effect. The text and
the respective companybyline are in a different font and are slightly smaller.

Trivia: Airings of the
Roy Koopaepisode "Under the Big Chop" on UPN used the 1988-1992 version of this logo instead of the standard"Character Portrait II"logo. Also, the English version of this logo was animated at Chester Carmichael Studios, Inc. in Bomont, CA, USA.

  • September 10, 1988-1992, December 15, 1997:Byline-less
  • November 18, 1998- June 8, 2001: "A Nintendo Company"
  • The 1988-1992 version often has the logo slightly enlarged.
  • When The Great Return of Kamekpremiered on November 18, 1998, the trend for most Kyoto shows was to get a custom “Character Portrait II” logo. Bucking the trend,The Great Return of Kamek used an updated version of this logo. Allnames and bylines are completely blacked out, and instead the text “KYOTO ANIMATIONS PRODUCTIONS INC.” in the same font as the show's end credits and the Nintendo byline is used. Plus, the logo became static after the logo forms. This lasted until 2002; post-movie episodes ofThe Great Return of Kamekfeatured a custom version of the current Nintendo Productions logo.
  • Sometimes the regular 1986 version of this logo also carries a blacked out byline where the Nippon Taft byline is usually at.
FX/SFX: Same as above; nice CGI, a good achievement for its time, and brighter colors, but…

Cheesy Factor: doesn’t work as well as its predecessor for some reason. The path has been changed to look “looser” and it simply doesn’t look as visually appealing as its predecessor.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo or the closing themeof the show, which happened on some shows such as thefinal season ofWiggler Caterpillar's Back in Town.This also happened on The Hub'sairings of the 1987Wiggler Caterpillar's Back in TownChristmas special "Tis the Season to Be Wiggly."
Availability: Uncommon. The original version can be seen onpost-season 5 episodes ofWiggler Caterpillar's Back in Town on The Hub, among others.The1998version can currently be seen on the first four seasons ofT he Great Return of Kamek also on The Hub(the logo is also preserved on DVD releases of the show).This was also seen on S3 episodes ofKamek and the Toadies from 1987 with the Nippon Taft byline.
Scare Factor:Same as the previous logo, but it is not as popular as the previous one.

9th Logo
(September 10, 1988-1992)
Kyoto Animations Productions Inc. (Japan) - CLG Wiki's Dream Logos

Logo: Basically, an in-credit variant of the 7th logo next to the cursive “Kyoto Animations"logo. This issuperimposed over the credits, like Kyoto's very first logos.

Variant: On the opening credits ofKamek's FirstMovieas well as the final two seasons ofWiggler Caterpillar's Back in Townthere is no swirling star.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Rare. Seen on
the final two seasons ofWiggler Caterpillar's Back in Townas well as on the opening credits ofKamek's FirstMovieand season two of Yo Yoshi! (as a dual credit with Turner Entertainment Co., though Turner Broadcasting, the parent of TEC, who would ironically end up owning them in 1991 during their entrance into Japan) which is sadly plastered by the previous logo on VHS releases. The Kamek's FirstMovieversion is the most widely available.

Scare Factor: None.

10th Logo
(September 7, 1990-1991)

Nicknames: "Happy Birthday Goomba!", "The Goombastones 30th Anniversary logo"

Logo: Against a stone-like background, Fred Goomba, in a black "goomba tuxedo", is tap-dancing behind a red baseball diamond-like shape and next to a box with the words “THE FIRST 30 YEARS” inside it. Above that in an arc is a sign reading “THE GOOMBASTONES”, with "THE" in a small black triangle above the arc. Below is the Kyoto Animations script logo in yellow.

Trivia: This logo was created in celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Goombastones' premiere back in 1960. Also, the English version of this logo was made at Griffin-Parker Cartoons in Albany, NY, USA.

Variant: Some versions use a sky blue BG, or a BG of animated TV static. The former has Fred Goomba in a purple goomba tuxedo and the Kyoto Animations script logo in blue.

FX/SFX: Fred tap-dancing, which is typical Kyoto animation of the time. The logo was animated by Marvin Wright.

Music/Sounds: The ending of the show’s theme.

Availability: Extremely rare. It was last seen on the first season of Yo Yoshi! on The Hub but VHS releases plaster it with the "Swirling Star". More shows that carried this logo are Wake Up, The Koopa Kids and the first season of Yoshi's Excellent Adventures which can currently be seen on Hulu. Nippondale High also used this logo, preceding the 1990s Fuji Television logo but hasn't seen much airings as of late.

Scare Factor: None.

11th Logo
(February 12, 1991-February 7, 1993)
Logo: In-credit like the 9th logo. We see the words “KYP Inc." This could be in any font; in many examples it appears in the Kyoto script font or in a different script font.
Variants: In addition to the fonts, there are many variants of this:
  • On The Pirates of Namek, there is only an opening variant that simply has the words "Kyoto Animations" in a maya blue medieval type font.
  • On season 3 ofYo Yoshi! there is a dual credit with Turner Entertainment Co., though TEC never owned the Yoshi character!
  • On the first season of the 1992 animated revival of The Toaddams Family, "KYP Inc." is below it.
  • On Blipper Police, "Kyoto Animations, Inc." is below the normal script logo on an underwater background.
  • On Capitol Pandas, "Produced in Association with" is above.
FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show or none.

Availability: Very rare.

Scare Factor: None.

12th Logo
(September 11, 1993-December 24,1994)

Nicknames:"Character Portrait", "All-Star Prototype", "KyotoAll-Stars"

Logo: On a colored background, we see a partial picture of a Kyoto star inside a geometric shape. Somewhere inside that logo is the “Kyoto Animations"script logo.

: First seen on
2Stupid Koopas,last seen on the final episode of Police Wario entitled, "Unlikely Alloys".

Custom Variants: This was customized for each show produced by Kyoto during this era, and is available on only that specified show or TV movie:
  • 2Stupid Koopas: There are two variants for this show: the opening had Lemmy Koopa in front of Iggy Koopa laughing in a red vertical rectangle, with the "Kyoto Animations " text yellow and angled vertically on the right side (at90-degrees clockwise)and "PRESENTS" is below the logo (all of this zooms in). This logo later zooms in to the show's opening. The closing however, has the rectangle tilted so that it puts the "Kyoto Animations" text at an angle, the "PRESENTS" is gone and the rectangle is raspberry-colored. Both variants use a white background.On at least one episode of this show, the end logo was completely vertical and applause was heard.
  • Police Wario: A grinning picture of one of the Wario Bros. inside a light blue oval (Wario, opening variant, this later cross-fades into the opening) or vertical rectangle (Waluigi,closing variant). A yellow-green “Kyoto Animations” is seen, slanted and near the top. The background is either a dark blue-black gradient on the opening variant, or a dark blue-light blue gradient on the closing variant.
  • Santa Mario: A headshot of Marioin a Santa hat and outfit, inside a blue rectangle. The background inside the shape is snow; the only shape background that is not a solid color. A yellow “Kyoto Animations”, slanted down, is near the top. The background is green, red or blue.
  • Wiggler:A headshot of Wiggler the Caterpillar in a light blue rectangle. A yellow "Kyoto Animations"is on the side. The background is dark blue.
  • Kamek:A headshot of Kamek the Magikoopa with a huge smile inside of a pistachio-colored rectangle with a pink "Kyoto Animations" on it's side. The background is hot pink.
FX/SFX: Depends. The closing variants are still, but for the opening variants, it's the zooming in for the opening2Stupid Koopaslogo or the cross-fade to the intro in the opening Police Wariologo.The English version was done by Hatmaker Films in Boston, MA.

Music/Sounds: TBA

Availability:All the logos' rarity are different, but as a whole, uncommon.
  • 2Stupid Koopas:R are. These logos are no longer shown on 2Stupid Koopason The Hub however the airings of episodes from season one on The CW's Toonzai now include both of the logos, however the ending one is squashed due to compressed credits.
  • Police Wario:Common. It's currently seen on reruns of the said show on The Hub along with the numerous VHS tapes along with the DVD.
  • Santa Mario: Uncommon. The green variant is seen onThe CountySanta Forgot, the red variant onA Mario Christmas, while the blue variant is seen onA MarioChristmas Carol, all of which are available on VHS and air on The Hub around Christmas.
  • Wiggler:TBA
  • Kamek: Extinct. It was only seen on prints ofKamek and the Toadiesfrom the early-to-mid 90's.
Scare Factor: None to low. The sound may get to some.

13th Logo
(September 5, 1994-July 14, 1997)

Nicknames: “All-Stars”, "Kyoto(Comedy/Action) Stars", "Kyoto All-Stars II"
Logo: On a blurry white background with several colorful abstract shapes flying about, we see a clear square/oval that provides a “clear” view of the flying shapes; the square/oval has the Kyoto Script logo embossed in it at the top. Suddenly, we see some of Kyoto's most famous stars running through the logo, as the square/oval begins to rotate. At the end, one of the stars ends up coming towards the logo, ending in a very extreme close-up of the star. A very small Turner byline (with Turner's own logo) appears in the lower right. Depending on the show genre, one of these two similar but very distinct variants of this logo is used; one for Kyoto comedy shows, and the other for Kyoto action shows. The stars, “music” and logo shape differed depending on the logo. Here are the stars for each version of the logo, in the order that they appear:
  • Comedy: The Kyoto Animations”script logo is yellow and in a blue rectangle:
    1. Fred Goomba (as if running or sliding or something)
    2. Mario (grinning)
    3. Yoshi(diving or falling)
    4. Boo
    5. Kamek the Magikoopa (with a very classic “what?” expression)
    6. Toad (flying in a pod; the same animation seen in the famousToadsopen)
    7. Barney Troopa (very hidden, you have to look close to find him)
    8. King Boo (Boo's alter-ego)
    9. Wiggler the Caterpillar(with a weird “craning neck” animation)
    10. Fred (zooms towards the logo; extreme close-up of his face)
  • Action: The"Kyoto Animations"script logo is sky blue and in a grayoval:
    1. TBA

Variants: TBA.
FX/SFX: Nifty combination of 2D animation (the characters) with cool 3D elements (the H-B shape). This was done by Charlex Studios.

Music/Sounds: TBA

Availability: TBA

Scare Factor: Depending on the variant:
  • Comedy: None to low.The weird horn effect might get to you, but it’s neat to see all the characters.
  • Action: Low to medium. The music combined with the creepy sound effectscan scare more than a few.
  • None with the closing theme.

14th Logo
(July 1, 1995, July 15, 1997-June 14, 2002)

Nicknames:"Character Portrait II", "KyotoAll-Stars III"

Logo: Like Logo 11, a still of a Kyoto star in a shape, usually an oval. The star is always the one that has been featured in the show that has just ended, so there are quite a number of variations (some variations have 2 or more stars). The background is almost always white. Below the logo, there is a Nintendo byline.

Trivia: First seen on the short and first seen regularly on Roy Koopa.

Variants: TBA

FX/SFX: None. This was done by Hatmaker Films in Boston, MA.

Availability: Depending on the variant.
Scare Factor: Minimal to low. The laugh could get to some people. None for the silent variant.

More pages