Studio 3Hz Transfers Animation Production and Planning Operations to A-1 Pictures

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Studio 3Hz‘s anime planning and production operations have been transferred to A-1 Pictures.

Accordingly, A-1 Pictures is now the animation production studio for the upcoming Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Season 2 anime. The show’s staff lineup remains the same.

3Hz was founded in 2013 by Kinema Citrus co-founder Yuichiro Matsuya. Celestial Method, the first show it produced, aired in 2014. 

Other anime produced by 3Hz include:

Dimension W (co-produced with Orange)
Flip Flappers

Princess Principal (co-produced with ACTAS)
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
Black Fox
Rifle is Beautiful
A3! (co-production with P.A. Works)
A3! Season Autumn & Winter (co-production with P.A. Works)
The Devil is A Part-Timer!! (not to be confused with 2013’s The Devil is A Part-Timer!, which is the WHITE FOX-produced first season)
Healer Girl
The Marginal Service
The Devil is A Part-Timer!! Season 2

In a 2017 interview with FAR from Animation, Flip Flappers director Kiyotaka Oshiyama (also Look Back director, Chainsaw Man devil designer) said of the studio he’d worked with: “Sort of the idea behind 3Hz as a company is ‘we want to make original works.'” A 2019 Sakuga Blog article about Celestial Method expanded on this point by writing, “3Hz was born from Yuichiro Matsuka’s wish to start his own venture, which meant departing from Kinema Citrus, a studio he had helped co-found…and taking most of its young animation prospects with him in the process; not as a last resort mechanism, but rather to build an entire studio around these exciting animators and let them focus on original projects they could feel passionate about.”

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Sources: @ggo_anime, A-1 Pictures website, Studio 3Hz website

Melvyn is one of Anime Trending's main news writers. Aside from anime, he can sometimes be found writing about Japanese/anime-related video games, VTubers, manga, and light novels. Occasionally, he'll put out a review or listicle too. Every anime season, he looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese.
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