Drillimation Studios (株式会社ドリメーションスタジオ Kabushiki-gaisha Dorimēshon Sutajio ), is a Japanese video game developer and publisher, as well as an animation studio located in Tokyo, Japan. The company specializes in anime and video games, and they also have developed films and computer software. The studio is currently owned by Spacial Entertainment Holdings. Their franchises have topped many rankings throughout their history.
The studio is famous for the ultra-successful The Drillimation Series anime and video-game series, with it winning numerous awards for their excellence and the characters have become cultural icons in Japan and North America. Drillimation is also famous for their "bullet hell" shoot-'em-ups, mainly for popularizing the maniac shooter genre in the 1990s, with several notable franchises being Touhou Project and Lucky Star. Several games by Drillimation have won the Game of the Year award while some have been nominated. Drillimation was also considered the very first anime studio to produce anime exclusively for the internet, with the creation of Anime Atrocities on VidSpace and YouTube. However, Drillimation had been criticised for controversies they have caused from the late 1980s and onwards over studio acquisition and/or promotion of violence and sexuality to children. Drillimation uses more specific brands to market more mature content in order to separate it from their flagship family-friendly brands.
Lively beginnings (1958 - 1968)
Drillimation Studios was founded as Takashima Production (高島プロダクション Takashima Purodakushon ) in 1958 by a recent graduate of the Tokyo University named Hiroshi Takajima. Hiroshi began creating independently-distributed anime shorts made by him with some of his college classmates in the garage of an American G.I. friend. As time flew by, Takajima and his staff presented the anime shorts to Toho, the famous studio for producing the Godzilla film series. Toho found them useful and Toho signed an agreement with Takashima Production to act as distributor for all of their anime productions. Toho also gave the company an unlimited budget and let them make any anime series they wish. Due to theatrical shorts being on the decline in the 1960s, Takashima Production mostly shifted their resources to television in the late 1960s.
Toho Era (1969 - 1985)
With the unlimited budget, Takashima Production went on to produce their first big hit, Ranger Man Fantasma, aired by NET TV (nowadays TV Asahi). Fantasma was the first anime series broadcasted by NET to be aired in color. The group would work around 14 hours a day to continue their ongoing success with Space Ninja Boy Oija, which began airing in 1972 on NET. In 1974, Takajima was visiting Los Angeles with a friend when he bumped into Lou Scheimer and Norm Prescott of Filmation. Takajima asked Lou about working with Filmation on a series. In 1977, Filmation produced Bazinger!, which featured character designs created by Takashima Production but was animated, scripted, and storyboarded entirely by Filmation.
While Filmation was producing Bazinger!, Takajima wanted to do a series based on girl fighters. He also wanted a new name for the studio, as he thought Takashima Production sounded "too bland". During a meeting with Lou Scheimer, Lou told Hiroshi that he was "drilling into the American animation market", which gave Takajima an idea. In tribute to Filmation and Lou's statement, Takajima changed the name of Takashima Production to "Drillimation".
In 1984, Takajima's idea for a show about girl fighters finally was realized when Star Girl Mayuko debuted on NHK General TV. The series was Drillimation's biggest success at that point, and Drillimation earned nearly 2 million yen in royalties from a wide range of merchandising.
Gaming Era (1986 - 1997)
In 1982, when Takajima was taking a vacation in the United Kingdom, he purchased a Commodore 64. With it, he began making simple games featuring Susumu and Konata. In 1985, employees from Namco visited Drillimation Studios, looking for purchase offers. In November 1985, Namco paid a total of $200 million to partner with Drillimation to produce video games and anime shows.
Shortly after, the studio was split into two halves. One half remained at the animation department to work on the Mr. Driller anime, while the other half moved to the new-formed game development department. The first game that Drillimation and Namco co-produced was Mr. Driller using the new Driller Engine game engine in 1986. It was a huge success in Japan and the United States with the impressive anime-style cutscenes and catchy music, prompting Drillimation USA Inc. to produce an English adaptation of the Mr. Driller anime series. It went on to become the number one weekly syndicated children's show in the Nielsen ratings for the 1987-88 U.S. television season.
In 1987, Hiroshi sold Drillimation to Fujisankei Communications International for US$21 million.
In 1993, Drillimation hired American cartoonist Jim Jinkins of Doug fame to help them create a magical girl anime. Jinkins created a series of designs which were incorporated into the Drillimation series Otter Magician Sammy. Jinkins shared creator credits with Hiroshi's son Hiroki Takajima and then-Drillimation producer Nobuo. Jinkins stated that Otter Magician Sammy later served as inspiration for his later Playhouse Disney series PB&J Otter.
The New Driller Era (1998 - 2019)
In 1996, Drillimation Studios was brought shocking news as Hiroshi Takajima suffered an issue with a brain tumor. He quickly underwent a successful surgery to remove the tumor. When he reappeared in Nintendo Power interviews later that year, he was noticeably different.
While Drillimation was continuing to crank out new games for the Driller Engine 3000 arcade board such as Lucky Star: Symphony of the Night (known as Lucky Star 64 on the Nintendo 64) and Super Smash Keyboards 3, all of which were released in 1997, Drillimation went on to produce a game originally supposed to be on the Driller Engine 2000 board called To Heart. Originally supposed to be a light-hearted action-adventure game, the game was transformed into a raunchy, vulgar game about a teenage boy with a hangover at the request of Rareware. The critics loved it, but sadly it caused several controversies (see below under Controversies).
In the summer of 1997, Hiroshi Takajima sadly passed away at the age of 61 after having issued with a stroke: the tumor had returned. All attraction at both Creation Universe Tokyo and Anaheim did not operate due to Takajima's death. This ultimately ended the original era with his son Susumu Takajima taking over the company as the present, starting a whole new era. Despite his takeover, many fans started liking him and despite his passion, he can speak excellent English. At that time, Touhou 10: Mountain of Faith was released in August of that year, bringing the Touhou series into 3D with new mechanics and the arrival of Sanae Kochiya.
In 2000, Drillimation released the Driller Engine 4000 board, the fourth version of the Driller Engine series. On of the games that were released using the board that didn't come out in the arcades was Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Originally a run-and-gun shooter called Grief Syndrome for the Driller Engine 3000 board, it later became an action-adventure game on the Driller Engine 4000 board.
In 2001, Drillimation was put up for sale by Fujisankei. Among the bidders included Sumitomo Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, Japan Tobacco, The Walt Disney Company, and a investment consortium led by Mexican mining mogul Germán Larrea Mota-Velasco. Velasco and his company Grupo México made the winning bid of US$85 million, as a result Grupo México gained ownership of Drillimation. In 2005, Grupo México Communications was formed by Grupo México after the mining conglomerate purchased the Lincoln, Nebraska-based Rochdale Media Group for US$12 million, as a result Drillimation was placed under that division.
In 2003, Susumu Takajima and Kagami Ochiai got married, and later that year, Drillimation released another big hit, Driller Engine Grand Prix 2x2. The game sold more than 20 million copies worldwide for all platforms it was released for. The game's online mode is still being played today.
In 2006, the Drillimation YouTube channel was launched, featuring clips from the anime and the films they have produced. The same year, Aggrattackers debuted, produced by Nelvana and Teletoon in Canada with vehicle designs & marketing by Drillimation Studios and Latikuu.
In 2010, Grupo México announced that it began negotiating a potential sale of Grupo México Communications to help pay a corporate criminal fine of EK$511,251,000 from the El Kadsreian government for failing to report the collapse of an unoccupied mine shaft at the company's Spear Island mine in the Ikeda Islands. The El Kadsreian government had given Grupo México until January 18, 2013 to pay the fine. Drillimation, which had been placed under that division, was part of the sale. On December 20, 2012, Grupo México announced that Drillimation was in the process of being sold to CEO Susumu Takajima and several Japanese and Thai investors under the newly-formed company Visual Takajima Group, while the other assets of Grupo México Communications were being sold to Weigel Broadcasting, Nexstar Media Group and Marks Radio Group. Visual Takajima Group became Drillimation's owner on January 2, 2013.
In 2017, Spacial Entertainment Holdings partened with Sumitomo Corporation, Fukuoka Financial Group and De Agostini S.p.A. to purchase Drillimation and Visual Takajima Group's assets for around 5 million yen. Upon purchase, Visual Takajima Group and most of it's assets (save for Visual Takajima Capital, which was spun off as an independent company owned by Susumu) were absorbed into Spacial and Drillimation.
Raul Era (2019 - present)
On December 20, 2019, Susumu Takajima stepped down as Drillimation CEO, being succeeded by Raul Hernandez, previously the manager of Drillimation Studios Florida and then Drillimation Studios Europe. Raul then announced the shutdown of the Chuhou Joutai servers to allow the game to be "heavily revamped and re-imagined."
During the Driller Engine 1 Era, games were produced using Commodore Amiga computers. Surprisingly, Takajima created a new type of music: the mod tracker. The decision to make this was because Takajima did not want to program songs with complex MML, so he used an eight-channel synthesizer based off of the Nintendo Entertainment System retaining all five channels while adding three FM Synthesis channels based off of the YM3812. As of today, Amiga computers are no longer being used. As Amiga software cannot run properly on Windows, an emulator is required to play Driller Engine 1 games.
Since the Driller Engine 2 Era, games were produced on MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows computers. The updated version of his tracker had twelve channels, with all eight channels coming from the Super Nintendo, with the addition of four FM channels based on any sound chip.
Drillimation's games have topped many rankings across the world, with several of their games receiving critical acclaim. During their growth in the gaming industry, Drillimation has had one game in each franchise that received universal acclaim (Metacritic score of 90% or higher). Some of these include Driller Engine Grand Prix 2x2 (97%), Super Smash Keyboards 8 (96%), To Heart (95%), Touhou 7: Perfect Cherry Blossom (94%), and Super Lucky Star 4 (93%).
Games generally use tracker music for soundtracks, with some or all mainly composed by award-winning composers such as Kinuyo Yamashita, Go Shiina, and Nintendo-composers Koji Kondo and Kenta Nagata for some games. The software mainly used for composing music for Drillimation games was mainly ProTracker when Drillimation was using Amiga computers during the Driller Engine 1 Era. The games mainly used the .mod format for storing music. When the Driller Engine 2 Era hit the shores, Drillimation switched to MS-DOS computers and began using Scream Tracker for remastering the Driller Engine 1 songs in .s3m format. All the Driller Engine 2 songs were composed in Impulse Tracker in .it format. Since the Driller Engine 3 Era, Drillimation has been using OpenMPT for composing game soundtracks. Ian Luck, an engineer at Drillimation Studios California, created the .mo3 format for storing music. The first game to use the .mo3 format for soundtracks was the 1993 game Seihou 3: Pennant Purple Dragon on the Super Nintendo, the last game published under the Amusement Software name.
Art and Animation
The art style used for The Drillimation Series was inspired by American cartoons such as Mickey Mouse and Tom and Jerry with an anime theme to it. The founder and the main animators for the anime took art-focused classes in high school, as well as college.
Up until the early 1990s, Drillimation mainly relied on pen and ink for the animation, with Drillimation working 14 hours a day animating the anime. It takes one to three weeks to produce an episode of the anime. During the 1990s, Drillimation began using Alias PowerAnimator on Silicon Graphics machines to animate the anime, as well as designing the character models in Driller Engine games. The first episode of the fourth season of the 1986 Mr. Driller anime, which premiered on February 26, 1989, became the first anime episode to be animated entirely in CGI. In 2000, Drillimation began using Maya to animate the anime, with production rates only taking 3 - 7 days.
Drillimation's animators are salaried employees rather than freelance animators paid per frame or cel produced. Therefore, the animators are able to focus more on the quality and quantity of all the frames and cels they produce.
The Drillimation Series spans a variety of themes. According to an interview with GameInformer, Susumu Takajima stated, "Drillimation came up with a new theme for each anime". Themes of romance were common in the anime, duos such as Susumu Hori and Konata Izumi, as well as Wataru Hoshi and Miyuki Takara, became a few of Drillimation's signature couples within the anime. Drillimation also explored the genre of gross-out humor when making the Angry Video Game Nerd series.
- Hiroshi Takajima, founder and director of several Drillimation games and anime
- Susumu Takajima, president of the company from 1998-2019
- Raul Hernandez, president of the company since December 20, 2019.
- Hideaki Hatta, animator for several episodes of Space Ninja Team Star Trigon
- Mikihiro Iwata, animator for several episodes of Magical Girl Team Lucky Star and Mr. Driller
- Nobuo Uematsu, former composer for Magical Girl Team Lucky Star
Controversies and criticism
Drillimation Studios had been criticized for numerous controversies they have caused over the years over studio acquisition, promotion of violence and sexuality, and advertising efforts.
- Main Article: List of acquisitions by Drillimation Studios
During their period of growth in the gaming industry, Drillimation was often criticized by people in Japan and others around the globe for buying out smaller development studios, doujin groups, and animation studios, mainly for their intellectual property assets, and then producing drastically changed versions of their games and anime. For example, Seymour Games' Patry series was developed under their ownership after the acquisition, with the result being sub-par than to the rest of the series starting with Patry: Smash It!.
At one point, Drillimation was criticized for trying to acquire Alexonia-based Tenma Games in 2002 but ended up getting only 25% of the stake. The stake was sold back to Tenma Animation in 2010. Drillimation also faced criticism for attempting to buy the rights to the Klonoa franchise to reboot it but failed to do so.
Promotion of violence against women in Killer Minecraft
In 1994, Killer Minecraft: Immaterial and Missing Power was released in the arcades to a financial and critical success. However, with the almost all-female cast with the exception of a few male characters such as Wataru Hoshi, Susumu Hori, James Rolfe, and Fred Fuchs, this has sparked anger among female players and mothers of players as well. Killer Minecraft carried over the blood-splatter effects from Super Smash Keyboards, which was released two years earlier. When the ESRB was founded in 1994, both games received a Teen rating for "Animated Blood" and "Animated Violence". Their arcade counterparts use a different rating system and were rated "Animated Violence - Strong" by the AAMA.
While the game did not spark controversy in Japan but in North America and PAL regions, both games still faced censorship for some of the fatality moves in order to prevent the game from receiving a "Mature" rating from the ESRB. One editor in a 1995 article for the El Kadsre Daily Inquirer stated this:
- Super Smash Keyboards and Killer Minecraft reached mainstream popularity within a matter of months when they first came out. It was a great transition for The Drillimation Series to enter the fighting genre, but not with its use of blood and guts. I have an 11-year-old son who loves The Drillimation Series and we do own some of the games, these two series are the only games I will not let him play as a result of this. I enacted this after I had went into an arcade and saw him playing this exaggerated game, especially where he was like "attacking women".
In 1997 and 2004, Drillimation released two games of the To Heart anthology for the Nintendo 64 and Xbox consoles, with production assisted by Rareware. During those times, there were numerous reports of teens engaging in the activities featured in both games. Nintendo and Microsoft have filed lawsuits against Drillimation for the controversies.
Driller Engine Grand Prix series
In March 2001, Drillimation released the third game in the Driller Engine Grand Prix series in the arcades. Shortly after the arcade release, Drillimation began airing commercials for the game, and one was recalled after one of the songs in the game supposedly had lyrics from the 92nd Surah of the Qu'ran, even though they were sung in English and not in its native Arabic. In Islam, it is forbidden to recite anything from the Qu'ran in public. The commercial was taken down at the request of Nintendo.
In May 2017, a few days after the release of Driller Engine Grand Prix 8 Ultimate, one of the game's most popular DLC characters, Honoka Kousaka from Love Live!, was temporarily removed after she generated controversy from one of her taunting animations. The animation depicted her gripping her bicep and raising her fist, resembling a Bras D'Honneur. This prompted a negative response from South American and European players and even the BBC, as that gesture is considered highly disrespectful in those territories. As a result, she was temporarily removed from online play while an update was made to patch out the highly offensive pose. She was re-added back into all versions of the game on May 17, 2017.
Recruiting of Drillimation Online users as terrorists
In the summer of 2005, Drillimation Online fell into controversy due to it being accused of being an Al-Qaeda recruiting tool. CNN reported that Drillimation Online was used to discuss and plan the London 7/7 bombings which occurred around the same time. CEO Susumu Takajima encouraged users to report users who claimed to be with terrorist groups. As a result, a total of 5,000 Drillimation Online accounts who claimed to be with the group were device-banned.
Touhou Gensou Rondo: Bullet Ballet and vote manipulation on Steam
In 2006, Drillimation released the first game Touhou Gensou Rondo: Bullet Ballet as part of the Play, Doujin! program on Steam and consoles. It was also a launch title for the Nintendo Wii in all regions. The game was poorly received and drew a great deal of mixed to negative reception due to a long tutorial, bland backgrounds, and a "completely dead" online multiplayer mode, causing this to be ranked as one of the worst video games of all time. Critics noted an in-game prompt stated "Five-star ratings will help us give you free updates!", suggesting Drillimation would stop giving them new content if the game did not get enough high ratings. This led to widespread criticism of Drillimation manipulating the game's score on storefronts.
Drillimation Studios CEO Susumu Takajima apologized for this in an article in The Sydney Morning Herald, regarding this to be a shame for the gaming industry. Nonetheless, the game was also featured in an episode of Angry Video Game Nerd.
Later that year, Drillimation released another game from the program named Touhou Gensou Wanderer, which received better reviews, with it being mixed but not perfect. The main criticism was being similar to the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series of games.
In 2009, the FBI accused Drillimation Studios of abusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in order to remove criticism by forcing YouTube to remove many videos that contain Drillimation content. As a result, Drillimation has persistently blocked/muted videos with Content ID matches or takedown notices, as well as rejecting disputes for Content ID claims, even though many of them were covered by fair use. This caused so much anger and frustration to many YouTubers, one of the videos they took off was a group of high school students at a local high school in Holly Ridge, North Carolina doing a cover of the song Take It for a Sailor Uniform from Magical Girl Team Lucky Star. In the same year, Drillimation was accused of abusing the DMCA to indiscriminately remove videos related to Lucky Star, and most notably a 1-minute home video which a child played Super Lucky Star 4 on a Nintendo Wii. Drillimation eventually retracted many of their claims and responded to many counter-notifications they received after being challenged by their competitor, Bombtoon Studios. The copyright manager for the Japan facility was fired and Drillimation hired a new copyright manager who had a better understanding of fair use. WatchMojo.com ranked this controversy as #4 on the Top 10 Worst Things Drillimation Has Ever Done
In 2012, a small group of Team Crimson hackers hacked the Drillimation Studios YouTube channel in an attempt to ruin the 2012 Double Dash Classic tournament. Specifically, the hackers muted the audio track during the Minecraftian national anthem, Notch Save The Prince.
Mismanagement of Drillimation Studios New York
Drillimation Studios New York was established in 1999 in New York City, mainly to help the main branch at Anaheim, California and Miami (then Orlando), Florida with the English localizations of Drillimation games and their DLC. However, the New York studio did not see very many chances in their early years, as the California and Florida facility was mainly focusing on Mr. Driller X's development, the first Drillimation game that was produced outside of Japan. Mr. Driller X was even planned to have DLC worlds but that was scrapped due to lack of online functionality in the Nintendo GameCube version.
The international version of Touhou Gensou Rondo: Bullet Ballet was horribly rushed by Drillimation Studios New York, who had to start from scratch in order to accommodate the new Driller Engine Ultimate engine, as the original game was made using Driller Engine 5. As a result of the rush, the game was met with numerous technical issues and received mediocre reviews from critics. This eventually led to the infamous Amazon review manipulation.
In 2011, Drillimation released Super Smash Keyboards 8 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, as well as PC and Mac computers. The game became a smash hit and was the fourth best-selling Drillimation game of all time. However, the flesh pits version of Tsukasa triggered controversy over her appearance. The costume is unlockable in Story Mode where Shinkuns strip Tsukasa completely nude and later appears at Cinemassacre offices, where she puts on linen bandages to avoid being detected by the public. Later in the cutscene, Tsukasa lies on the couch while speaking with Mike Matei, who then goes on to draw her like that. However, Matei is caught by Miki, Tsukasa's mother, who shreds up the drawing. Susumu Takajima said this about the cutscene:
- The ESRB is an organization that game companies have a relationship with. Directors and producers gun the ESRB and talk about the ratings they want for their games. This happened in Super Smash Keyboards 8, and I told the ESRB that the game's budget was so expensive and that we invested more than $20 million into it. We didn't want to lose that money, so we asked them to give us that Teen rating. However, our developers had some Mature-rated material in that game and I had to keep changing stuff. They were able to negotiate and give us that Teen rating to make that money back and of course, it would end up being the #4 most popular Drillimation game of all time behind Touhou 7: Perfect Cherry Blossom and beating To Heart, which attracted a similar audience. There were reports of children aged 7 - 10 years of age buying a copy of the game, and a lot of parents bought the game for their kids around that age group. Parents and children who were aged 10 - 12 years were shocked when they found out there was that "ecchi" scene, and I mean nudity. There was a background noise with two teenagers who had oral sex, and there was profanity throughout the entire game. And what I mean by the game's Teen rating, a lot of that stuff wasn't appropriate for children under 13.
Drillimation Studios America
Drillimation operates three subsidiaries in the United States: Drillimation Studios California, which was established in 1982 as Drillimation USA Inc. and located in Anaheim, California, Drillimation Studios Florida, which was established in 1996 and is located in Miami, Florida, and Drillimation Studios New York, which was established in 1999 and is located in New York City, New York.
The first American subsidiary of Drillmation Studios was formed in 1982 as Drillimation USA Inc. to produce Saturday morning cartoons on behalf of the main Japanese office, and was initially managed by Fred Ladd, who was responsible for bringing several Japanese anime productions to the United States. In 1986, they began localizing and releasing Drillmation games in North America for NES, as well as their respective arcade versions. They also asked Box Office, Inc. to port these budget PC titles into the NES, all using Driller Engine 1, these included The $100,000 Pyramid and High Rollers. However European game developer Virgin Mastertronic was later asked by the company to bring Virgin's PC games to the NES which included Shōgun before many of the staff left to form Virgin Games' North American arm. In 1990, the company became Namco Hometek, Inc. and published more titles for other consoles. Any Drillimation games released during the Driller Engine 2 Era and beyond were published under the Namco/Drillimation branding.
In 1996, Drillimation Studios Florida was founded, causing Drillimation USA Inc. to be renamed to Drillimation Studios California. Drillimation Studios Florida was originally based at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, and was initially managed by Cuban-born Raul Hernandez. In 2002, Drillimation Studios Florida was moved to Miami as a cost-cutting measure. During it's first two years in Miami, Drillimation Studios Florida shared office space with Televisa International until 2004 were it was moved to the downtown area, close to the American Airlines Arena.
In 1999, Drillimation Studios New York was established, and was initially managed by Kimmy Setoguchi, a Mie Prefecture native. Drillimation Studios New York's first work was Banzai Kids, created by Mike Jupp of The Dreamstone fame, which had writing & animation work outsourced to Drillimation Studios California and voice recording & casting outsourced to the Huntington Theatre Company and New England Anime Inc. of Boston.
Drillimation Studios California and Florida initially outsourced their dubbing services to Vitello Productions and Intersound in Los Angeles whilst Drillimation Studios New York outsourced dubbing services to TAJ Productions in New York City. But, starting in 2002, all three studios switched dubbing services to Sound Venture Productions in Ottawa as a cost-cutting measure (though in recent years Drillimation has also dubbed projects at Bang Zoom! Entertainment in Los Angeles and the bi-coastal NYAV Post). Several of Drillimation's anime projects that were dubbed by Sound Venture have received Canadian content credits with the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
Les Studios Drillimation
In 2000, Drillimation opened up a Canadian subsidiary in Montreal, Quebec - named Les Studios Drillimation. It is responsible for assisting the American subsidiaries with localization and is also in charge of localizing Drillimation's games into Canadian French. All of Drillimation's Canadian French localized projects are dubbed at Difuze in Montreal, receiving Canadian content credits with the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC).
Drillimation Studios Latin America
Prior to 2006, Hispanic Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese localization for Drillimation games was handled by Drillimation Studios California, who outsourced the Latin Spanish dubbing duties to Audiomaster 3000 in Mexico City and occasionally to Etcétera Group in Caracas whilst outsourcing Brazilian Portuguese dubbing duties to Alamo in São Paulo, but in 2001 Latin Spanish dubbing duties were switched to Alcatraz Digital in Santiago de Chile. According to Hiroki Takajima, this was due to the rise in popularity of animes such as Pokemon in Mexico causing the dubbing industry there to become more busier than usual and because it was cheaper to dub in Chile than in Mexico.
In 2006, Drillimation Studios Latin America was founded to localize games into Latin American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese and to assist Drillimation Studios Europe with Castilian Spanish localization. The subsidiary is based in Guadalajara, Mexico with offices in Miami, Florida and São Paulo, Brazil.
Drillimation Studios Europe
Prior to 1994, various publishers such as U.S. Gold and Ocean Software released Drillimation games in Europe. In 1994, Drillimation Studios Europe was founded in Monaco. The following years, offices were established in London and Madrid.
Originally, Drillimation Studios Europe produced the European French dubs of the company's animes in Monaco using local Monégasque actors, but later on began outsourcing European French dubs to companies in Paris and Belgium.
Other things by Drillimation
Studios founded by former Drillimation Employees
- Shaft, studio founded by former Drillimation animator Hiroshi Wakao
- Kyoto Animation, studio founded by former Drillimation animator Hideaki Hatta
- PopCap Games, studio founded by former Drillimation Studios California programmers John Vechey, Brian Fiete, and Jason Kapalka
- LTS Garðbær Studios, entertainment company co-founded by former Drillimation Studios Europe programmer Raymond P. Le Gué
- Golden Films, studio founded by former Drillimation Studios California animator and director Diane Eskenazi
|The Drillimation Series by Drillimation Studios and Bandai Namco Holdings|
|Franchises||Angry German Kid • Angry Video Game Nerd • Chuhou Joutai • Driller Engine Grand Prix • HotShots Party1 • Killer Minecraft • Lucky Star • Mr. Driller • Patry1 • Star Trigon • Super Smash Keyboards • Touhou Project|
|Developers||Edret Games • Seymour Games • Team Shanghai Alice • Twilight Frontier|
|Former/Defunct||Amusement Software • Bladesteel Games • Storer Enterprises • Tenma Games|