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Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. (株式会社スクウェア・エニックス・ホールディングス Kabushiki-gaisha Sukuwea Enikkusu Hōrudingusu?) is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company. It was formed as the result of an April 1, 2003, merger between two companies: Square and Enix.[1] Among its publications and productions are Soul Eater and Soul Eater NOT! and their anime adaptations.

Its headquarters are located in the Shinjuku Eastside Square Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo.[2][3]

PropertiesEdit

Video Games, Online Gaming, and Aracade GamingEdit

It is known for role-playing video game franchises, including Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing game series.[4]

The company also owns Taito Corporation, known for arcade games such as Space Invaders and Bubble Bobble, and game publisher Eidos Interactive, publisher of video games such as Tomb Raider, Hitman, Deus Ex, Legacy of Kain, and Thief.[5]

Square Enix publishes video games based on Soul Eater, including Monotone Princess.

Anime and Manga Edit

Gangan Comics, originally part of Enix, publishes content for the Japanese market, with digital manga stores in North America.[6] Many of its comics are licensed and published by Yen Press.

In addition to publishing and producing Atsushi Ōkubo's Soul Eater and Soul Eater NOT!, as well as publishing his B. Ichi and Fire Brigade of Flames, Gangan also publishes or produces the following manga and anime:

  • Black God
  • Durarara
  • Papuwa
  • Haré+Guu
  • Pani Poni
  • Spiral
  • He is My Master
  • Yumekui Kenbun
  • Doubt
  • Bamboo Blade
  • Heroman
  • Pandora Hearts
  • Black Butler
  • Sumomomo Momomo
  • Zombie Loan
  • Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Space Dandy
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

FilmsEdit

In addition to film adaptations of its manga and anime, Square Enix has produced films based on its Final Fantasy franchise, including Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)[7] and Final Fantasy VII Advent Children (2005).[8][9]

ToysEdit

Square Enix created figures for franchises such as Mass Effect and Halo.[10]

Smartphone Edit

Square Enix has a smartphone subsidiary, HipposLab.[11]

TriviaEdit

  • Atsushi Ōkubo has alluded to Square Enix's headquarters in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, setting his first manga series, B. Ichi, partially in the similarly named Chinjuku, Toykyo, Japon.
  • Ōkubo and fellow Gangan mangaka Hiromu Arakawa have created artwork for each other featuring characters from Soul Eater, Soul Eater NOT!, and Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Soul Eater shares many of the same actors who perform in other anime produced by Square Enix, both in Japan and in English-language North American dubs produced by Funimation, including Black Butler, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Space Dandy.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Square Enix: 2004 Annual Report" (PDF). Square Enix. 2004-08-06. p. 15. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
  2. "Corporate Profile." Square Enix Corporation. Retrieved on September 3, 2013. "SHINJUKU EASTSIDE SQUARE 6-27-30 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku,Tokyo 160-8430, Japan"
  3. "Map." Square Enix Corporation. Retrieved on September 3, 2013. "SHINJUKU EASTSIDE SQUARE 6-27-30 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku,Tokyo 160-8430, Japan"
  4. "Interview: Square Enix's National Manager of Merchandise, Kanji Tashiro". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  5. Andy Chalk (October 27, 2014). "The $200 Eidos Anthology arrives on Steam". PC Gamer.
  6. Square Enix Launches Online Manga Store | Square Enix
  7. 1 p. 31 and 55
  8. "Deus Ex Movie in the Works". Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  9. "CBS Films Targets ‘Deus Ex’ Video Game For Feature". Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  10. "From Mass Effect to Metal Gear, This is a Symphony in Plastic". Kotaku.
  11. Mike Rose. "Square Enix Forms New Japanese Mobile Studio Hippos Lab". Gamasutra.

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