TOHO Animation Acquires Anime Studio Behind Dandadan

All the shares and subsidiaries will be acquired on June 19.

DANDADAN © 2021 by Yukinobu Tatsu/SHUEISHA Inc.

On May 23, TOHO Animation announced that it would acquire an anime studio, Science SARU. The studio recently released the anime adaptation of Dandadan.

TOHO shared that all shares and subsidiaries will be acquired by the company’s representative, Choi Enraik, on June 19.

The aim of this acquisition is to strengthen the production capacity of animations.

In the last February 2024 financial results, the operation income of the anime business increased by 90% to 46.2 billion yen.

However, the aim was to accelerate the growth of the company’s anime business.

Founded in 2013, Science SARU is an anime studio that has produced several anime series and movies.

The studio recently worked on Dandadan, also on popular Devilman: Crybaby and Crybay-Digest Ei.

About Dandadan:

Dandadan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yukinobu Tatsu. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Shōnen Jump+ service since April 2021, with its chapters collected into 11 tankōbon volumes as of August 2023.

Viz Media describes the first volume of Dandadan as follows:

Momo Ayase strikes up an unusual friendship with her school’s UFO fanatic, whom she nicknames “Okarun” because he has a name that is not to be said aloud. While Momo believes in spirits, she thinks aliens are nothing but nonsense. Her new friend, meanwhile, thinks the exact opposite.

To settle matters, the two set out to prove each other wrong—Momo to a UFO hotspot and Okarun to a haunted tunnel! What unfolds next is a beautiful story of young love…and oddly horny aliens and spirits?

Source: gamebiz