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Kadokawa Corporation
The Kadokawa logo

Type Media conglomerate
Status Active
Led by Takeshi Natsuno
Founded October 1, 2014
2-13-3 Fujimi, Chiyoda
Tokyo, Japan 102-0071
Also known as Kadokawa Dwango
Corporation (2014-2019)
Subsidiary companies
  • Kadokawa Future Publishing
  • Kadokawa Shoten
  • Media Factory
  • ASCII Media Works
  • Kadokawa Daiei Studio, etc.
Preceded by Kadokawa Shoten Publishing, Dwango
Website https://group.kadokawa.co.jp/
This page includes the film company once known as Kadokawa Daiei Pictures. For the two film companies which preceded Kadokawa Daiei, see Daiei and Daiei Film.

The Kadokawa Corporation (株式会社KADOKAWA,   Kabushiki Gaisha Kadokawa, stylized KADOKAWA CORPORATION) is a Japanese media conglomerate formed on October 1, 2014 through the merger of the original Kadokawa and Dwango Co., Ltd. It was preceded by Kadokawa Shoten Publishing (株式会社角川書店,   Kabushiki Gaisha Kadokawa Shoten), a publishing company initially established as a bookstore by Kenyoshi Kadokawa in 1945 and later incorporated as a company on April 2, 1954. Kadokawa Shoten underwent various restructurings in the coming decades, eventually merging with one of its subsidiaries in 2013 and being renamed to the first "Kadokawa Corporation." Kadokawa and Dwango established the present-day Kadokawa Corporation under the name Kadokawa Dwango Corporation (株式会社KADOKAWA・DWANGO,   Kabushiki Gaisha Kadokawa Dowango), with it receiving the Kadokawa Corporation name in July of 2019; consequently, the first Kadokawa Corporation became Kadokawa Future Publishing (株式会社KADOKAWA Future Publishing,   Kabushiki Gaisha Kadokawa Fyūchā Paburisshingu), Kadokawa's publishing arm.

Kadokawa Daiei Studio Co., Ltd. (株式会社角川大映スタジオ,   Kabushiki Gaisha Kadokawa Daiei Sutajio) is currently the Kadokawa Corporation's only film studio. As its name implies, its roots trace back to former film company Daiei, specifically its Tokyo Studio. Declaring bankruptcy in 1971, Daiei's assets were acquired by Tokuma Shoten, who established Daiei Film in its place in 1974. This Daiei was itself acquired by Kadokawa in 2002, becoming Kadokawa Daiei Pictures, Inc. (角川大映映画株式会社,   Kadokawa Daiei Eiga Kabushiki Gaisha) and later simply Kadokawa Pictures, Inc. (角川映画株式会社,   Kadokawa Eiga Kabushiki Gaisha). Meanwhile, in 2005, Kadokawa acquired the film company Nippon Herald Films, and merged it with Kadokawa Pictures in 2006 to form Kadokawa Herald Pictures, Inc. (角川ヘラルド映画株式会社,   Kadokawa Herarudo Eiga Kabushiki Gaisha). This incarnation of the company produced Kadokawa's first, and so far only, feature-length Gamera film: Gamera the Brave. Kadokawa Herald Pictures, which was renamed back to Kadokawa Pictures in 2007, merged with another of Kadokawa's subsidiaries in 2009, and finally with another in 2011, dissolving Kadokawa Pictures in the process.

Also of interest are Media Factory (メディアファクトリー,   Media Fakutorī) and ASCII Media Works (アスキー・メディアワークス,   Asukī Media Wākusu), imprints of Kadokawa Future Publishing.

Selected filmography

Production company



Selected home video releases

Unmade films

Selected publications

Kadokawa has published numerous kaiju- and tokusatsu-related books and manga through Kadokawa Shoten (three separate companies which bore the name) and its imprints.


See also

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This is a list of references for Kadokawa. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Saint John, Robert (2006). "A Double Dose of Takashi Miike News". SciFi Japan. Retrieved 4 February 2022.


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