The History of Madhouse


While Madhouse was certainly no slouch in the 1970s and 80s, the company would really start making a major name for itself in the 90s and early 2000s with series like the fantasy epic Lodoss-tou Senki (Record of Lodoss War), Toonami-broadcasted space western Trigun, boxing classic Hajime no Ippo (Fighting Spirit), bizarre supernatural mystery Boogiepop Phantom, and underrated rock anime Beck (Mongolian Chop Squad), along with the aforementioned, widely acclaimed, Monster.

During this time, the studio would form a strong relationship with famous manga group CLAMP to produce adaptations of their work, probably most famously with Cardcaptor Sakura which started in 1998. Other CLAMP works animated by Madhouse include Tokyo Babylon, X (film, OVA, and TV series), Chobits, and the CLAMP in Wonderland animated music videos.

On the movie front, Yoshiaki Kawajiri would continue work with the studio, directing Juubee Ninpuuchou (Ninja Scroll) and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and Rintaro would direct the anime adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga Metropolis, it itself based on the 1927 German film of the same name. Madhouse also created two parts of The Animatrix film anthology, a series of shorts produced by The Wachowskis based on their Matrix film series, and cycling anime Nasu: Andalusia no Natsu (Nasu: Summer in Andalusia) which became the first Japanese animated film ever to be selected for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Nasu was directed by Kitarou Kousaka, who had previously also worked on Yawara with Madhouse and also had key positions on many Ghibli movies and Akira. He would work with the studio again as the character designer for Monster and director on a Nasu sequel film called Nasu: Suitcase no Wataridori (Nasu: A Migratory Bird with Suitcase).

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