Closing Logo Group

Background: Aniplex (formerly known as Sony Pictures Entertainment Visual Works and Sony Music Entertainment Visual Works) is a Japanese anime and music production and distribution enterprise owned by Sony Music Entertainment that was established in January 1997. Aniplex has been involved in the planning, production and distribution of several anime series and films. Additionally, Aniplex produces and distributes music and soundtrack records, including the original soundtracks for all of Sony Interactive Entertainment's computer and video games.

SPE/SME Visual Works[]

(January 1997-April 2003)[]

Logo: On a white background, we see a connected blue letter "VW". Inside it has two eyes looking at the left. Below it was either "SPE Visual Works Inc." (1997-January 2001) or "SME Visual Works Inc." (January 2001-April 2003) in a sans-serif font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on many early anime titles from the era.

Aniplex, Inc.[]

(April 2003- )[]

Nickname: "Aniplex Squares"

Logo: Outlined squares of various colours (starting blue, purple, pink and then red, then going back pink, purple and blue) spin from the left side of the screen to the right. Each square as it goes past reveals a letter that spells out the company name "ANIPLEX". The squares and letters spin around a little as they come on before eventually stopping. Each letter is surrounded by the squares. The blue boxes are facing straight forward, the purple squares are slightly tilted to their respective sides, the pink squares are almost fully tilted, and the red square only shows a red line that goes through the "P".

Variant: A earlier version was used from April 2003 to September 2005. Here, the logo fades in.

FX/SFX: The letters and squares spinning.

Music/Sounds: A warping/spinning noise as the squares/letters spin into view, which is followed by a tired-sounding and stuttering robotic voice saying the company name.

Availability: Common.

  • This logo is found on just about all DVD releases of Aniplex programs, being them distributed by Aniplex themselves or other companies.
  • It can also be seen on Kill la Kill and Sword Art Online on Adult Swim.
  • Shows mainly produced by Aniplex feature a simple in-credit logo with no animation, although in any of the shows where the credits are translated into English, such as Fullmetal Alchemist, it is replaced by simply "ANIPLEX, Inc."