Company Info

■ History

From the founding (Junya Okabe)

1984

CEO Junya Okabe participates in the SFX Exhibition (International Tokusatsu Film Art Exhibition) held at Ikebukuro Tobu Department Store in summer as one of the staff.
Subsequently, Junya takes part in numerous events related to SFX tokusatsu visuals held in the country.

1985

A special effects film production group is formed by gathering the participants of the independent special effects screening at Ikebukuro Bungeiza.
Green Requiem, Sanrio Film Gakidama, Tsuburaya Productions Junya Okabe took charge of special models for films, television advertisements, and shows independently.
Film, Teito Monogatari (He was in charge of the underpass and a part for a creature, Shikigami.)

1986

Packaged diorama for Eggerland and Air Fortress, HAL Laboratory.
Video, Noriko Sakai Debut Disk.
Television drama, Tuesday Suspense Theater: Darekaga Miteiru.

1987

Production of a commentary character for Fuji TV’s show, Kyo no Bangumi.
Monthly Magazine Nanda: Design and the modeling of characters on the cover.
Television show, Yu Hayami, American Kids: Design and the modeling of characters.
Acquires the rights for figures of a film, RoboCop. Produces and sells soft vinyl figures (HUIA Label).
Introduces Imagica Personal Links. Begins the production of CG work.

The Buildup

1988

Establishes Buildup Inc.
Godzilla vs. Biollante, Toho Movie: General modeling art of Biollante.
Kerberus, Bandai Movie: Overall modeling of protection gear suits.
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War in the Pocket; Production of mobile suits soft vinyl kit (12 figures.)

1989

Changes from a limited private corporation to a joint stock corporation.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Toho Movie: Modeling art of characters
TM Network’s live: Design and modeling of characters
Produces a number of television advertisement.

1990

Stage art costumes for the band, Kome Kome Club (Junya took charge of their costumes for the next five years.)
TBS’s show, Shizen ga Ichiban! Chikyu-Juku: Opening and time-lapse visuals.
Television advertisement, Nissin Foods Yakisoban: Modeled suits of characters

Television advertisement, Renown in Express: Special modeling of characters

1991

Film, Kappa: Character modeling of Kappa.
Television show, Macross 7: Opening CG visuals
Television show, Hammer Price: Opening visuals
Television advertisement, Sega Phantasy Star: Special modeling art for television advertisement.

1992

Giant Dinosaur Exhibition: Dino-A-Live: Production of overall automated control robot (collaborative production with Kaiyodo)
Fuji TV’s show, Saigo no Kyoryu Okoku 2: Production of interactive dinosaur robot and the overall management of dinosaurs for the facilities.
NHK Special, Seimei: Swimming robot of Anomalocaris and CG visuals
Television advertisement, Panasonic Batteries, Special modeling art
Television advertisement, South Korean Samsung Bio TV: CG visuals
Television advertisement, Asahi Beer Kuronama: CG visuals
And many more.

1993

Wins the Emmy Award for the part Junya took part for NHK Special, Seimei.
Movie, Acri: Modeling art of characters
Television advertisement, Shinken Zemi: Modeling art of characters
Television advertisement, Gakken: CG visuals
Television advertisement, Sega Virtual On: CG visuals
Television advertisement, Sony Crash Bandicoot: CG visuals
Television advertisement, National Katekinpepa: CG visuals
Television advertisement, Kirin Beverage Su-Water: CG visuals
Television advertisement, FromA: CG visuals
Television advertisement, Dunlop Water-Repellent Tire, Special modeling art
Television advertisement, South Korean Samsung Any Call: CG visuals
Television advertisement, Shiseido Reciente: CG visuals
Game, Virtua Fighter, CG visuals
Game, Sakura Taisen, CG visuals
Game, Virtual Pro-Wrestling: CG visuals
Game, Ace Combat 2: CG visuals
And many more.

1994

Wins the Young Entrepreneur Award by the New Business Conference (NBC).
Forms a capital alliance with Sega Enterprises Co., Ltd. (Current Sega Co., Ltd.) (50% share)
Television advertisement, Nippon Life, CG portion
Television advertisement, Goki jet: Character design, special modeling and CG visuals.
Television advertisement, Compaq Presario: CG visuals
Television advertisement, Chelsea: Special modeling art
Television advertisement, Apricot: Special modeling art
Television advertisement, Sony Crash Bandicoot 2: CG visuals
Game, Kaze no Klonoa: CG visuals
And many more.

1995

Establishes Buildup in the U.S.A.
Develops Lawrence Gordon for a planned program with an American network, Speed Fighter with Dark Horse.
CG film, GUNDAM Mission to the Rise (Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo): CG visuals
Television advertisement, CommuniCase: CG visuals
Game, Sakura Taisen 2: Opening CG visuals
Game, Wachenröder, Opening visuals
Game, Seventh Cross, Opening CG visuals
And many more.

1999

First film directed by Junya Okabe, V Cinema, D: Production, scriptwriting, and direction (Gaga Communication)
Game, Cyber Troopers Virtual On: Opening CG visuals

2000

Television advertisement, EZ-Web Ayumi Hamasaki: Special modeling
Television advertisement, Prestige D: Special modeling
Television advertisement, Sharp Zaurus: Character design and special modeling
Game, Sonic Shuffle: Opening CG visuals
And many more.

2001

Candy toys for Uchuu Daisakusen Choco Vader (collaboration with Sony Creative): Planning and development, character design, figure modeling, game development,
and the production of television show (broadcasted on CX)
NHK’s educational show, Eigo de Asobo: Character design, modeled suits, and the production of opening visuals.
Game, Moto GP: CG still images for package.
And many more.

2002

NHK’s educational show, Eigo de Asobo: Character development, design, modeling, art, CG and show’s opening visuals.
NHK’s educational show, Hitori de Dekirumon: Character modeling and opening visuals.
Fuji TV’s show, Warau Inu no Jonetsu: Development and the design of all characters and opening visuals.
Game, Xenosaga (Namco): CG visuals and data for the game console.
Game, Doshin the Giant (Nintendo): CG visuals.
Game, Panzer Dragoon (Sega), Opening CG visuals.
Television show, Uchuu Daisakusen Choco Vader (CX), total 26 episodes: Program production.
And many more.

2003

Newly opens an incubation office inside the digital visual facilities, Skip City, in Nishi-Kawaguchi, Saitama.
(Secures a tie-up environment for HD 24P production equipment.)
Television advertisement, Kagome Vegetable Juice: Character design and special modeling.
Television advertisement, Eishogen Apricot Cocktail, Character design and special modeling.
Game, Soulcalibur II (Namco): CG visuals
Game, Tales of Symphonia (Namco): CG visuals
Game, Let’s Make Professional Soccer Clubs! III, (Sega): CG visuals
Game, Quest of D (Sega): Production and the design of characters (100 types)
Production of visuals for the distribution of Kaiki Seibutsu no Sekai (10 episodes) (Distributed at diners and through Internet service providers and KDDI)
And many more.

2004

Game, Gunslinger (Taito): Opening CG visuals
Game, Transformer (Atari): Opening CG visuals
Included novelty for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Shagohod prototype and mass production)
Television advertisement, Metal Gear Solid: Character art modeling (Crocodile cap)
DVD, Ultraman Series: Artwork for promotion (collaboration with Alex Ross)
PV, Asian Kung-Fu Generation: Characters for filming.
And many more.

2005

Konami, SPECTOR, Original V cinema: Planning, production, scriptwriting, and direction (Directed by Junya Okabe)
Konami, SPECTOR: Development of figures for the main character, prototype, and production.
NHK’s television show, Tensai Televi-Kun: Planning, production, scriptwriting, and direction (Directed by Junya Okabe)
V Neck, Yakuza 23-Ku, Shinjuku Version, Shinjuku Gyo-en: Scriptwriting and direction (Directed by Junya Okabe)
Television advertisement, Nintendo, Screwbreaker Drillero: VFX and character modeling
The group joins TYO Inc. (Stock code: 4358) (stock sales).
Concurrently, Junya Okabe continues as CEO and the company starts as a group company.

2006

Theatrical movie, Samurai Zombie (USEN)
Theatrical movie, Freesia: Effects director (Junya Okabe)
Theatrical movie, Negative Happy Chain Saw: Model production (Junya Okabe)
Theatrical movie, Shaolin Girl: Model production (Junya Okabe)
Animatronics, Tamanoi Vinegar Corporate Theater: Planning, facility design, vinegar robot, and HD visuals.

2007

Buildup Inc. merges with Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.
Junya Okabe assumes the position of executive vice president to oversee the creative division at Tsuburaya Productions.
Junya Okabe assumes the position of non-executive director for Dwarf Inc. (NHK characters, Domo-kun, Koma Neko, etc.)
He starts various internal projects at Tsuburaya Productions.

2008

Television show, Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey (Total 13 episodes): Production supervision: Junya Okabe
Tsuburaya’s official video distribution website, Ultra Channel (Google and YouTube) opens and starts distributing videos.
Tsuburaya’s official online shopping site, Kaiju Depart (Amazon) opens and begins the sale of goods.
Tsuburaya’s fan video-sharing website, Niko Niko Tokusatsu (Dwango) opens and starts distributing videos.
Television show, Maison de Castle: Production and direction (Directed by Junya Okabe) (CS broadcasting)

2009

Film, Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend The Movie: Production, scriptwriting, and visual direction: Junya Okabe.
Ultra Q: Film colorization (adds color to black-and-white) planning and production (Junya Okabe).
In December of the same year, Junya Okabe resigns from the position of executive vice president in the creative division.
In the same month, he also resigns from the position of non-executive director for Dwarf Inc. He left the TYO Group.

From IDA to Blast

2010

Feb.
Establishes IDA Inc. (Daiba, Minato, Tokyo)
Jun.
Opens the IDA Channel on YouTube (Premium partner)
Jul.
Founds an affiliate company in Los Angeles, the United States of America.
Releases Cat Shit One-The Animated Series- for free on YouTube.
(The first free rollout of the entire HD video for YouTube Japan)
Aug.
Opens a branch office in visual facilities, Skip City in Kawaguchi, Saitama.
Oct.
Cat Shit One wins the TCM Award 2010 at the Tokyo Content Market (Current CTM) Becomes a member of LIMA (Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association)
Dec.
Begins the direct sales of Blast’s first own products, Cat Shit One, on the official website shop and Amazon in Japan.

Exhibitions

Jul.
Wonder Festival 2010 Summer
Oct.
Tokyo Content Market 2010
TIFFCOM 2010

2011

Feb.
Begins the direct sales of Cat Shit One on Amazon in the U.S.A.
Cat Shit One was nominated in the short animation category in the Ninth Annual VES
hosted by the Visual Effects Society (VES)
for the first time for Japanese films.
May.
Sets up an office in visual facilities Skip City in Kawaguchi, Saitama,
to gather and reinforce Blast’s production structure.

Exhibitions

Jan.
Hong Kong International Licensing Show
Feb.
Wonder Festival 2011 Winter
Jul.
ANIME EXPO 2011
Aug.
Shanghai Licensing Show

2012

Jan.
Increases the capital to 20 million yen.
Establishes a VFX production company, Light & Shadow
Establishes special modeling studio, Zeppet
Feb.
Begins previz operations for CG visual content and production system.
Apr.
Begins the direct sales of Cat Shit One on Amazon in the U.K.
May.
Acquires a license for fee-based employment placement services (No. 11-yu-300414)
Jun.
Acquires a license for general worker employment placement services (No. 11-300577)
Jul.
Begins agent services for creators.
Dec.
Establishes an affiliated company in Bangkok, Thailand.


Exhibitions

Jan.
Hong Kong International Licensing Show
Jul.
Digital Taipei
Oct.
TIFFCOM 2012

2013

Jan.
Relocates the headquarters to Sotokanda, Chiyoda (3331 Arts Chiyoda).
Apr.
Relocates the visual production department and the modeling department to Komae.
Jun.
Plans and produces an exhibition, Work Exhibition of Takayuki Takeya (3331 Arts Chiyoda).

Exhibitions

Jul.
Production Expo 2013

2014

Jan.
Forms a capital alliance with Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation.

Exhibitions

Feb.
Wonder Festival 2014 Winter
Mar.
MONSTERPALOOZA 2014
May.
Game & Creative Content Networking Bangkok 2014
Jul.
Bangkok International Digital Content Festival 2014
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer

2015

Jul.
Changes the company name to Blast Inc.
Dec.
Dissolves the affiliate company in Los Angeles, the United States of America.

Exhibitions

Feb.
JAPAN EXPO IN THAILAND 2015
Mar.
MONSTERPALOOZA 2015
Apr.
Bangkok International Digital Content Festival 2015
May.
Thailand Comic-Con 2015
Jun.
MONSTER Exhibition 2015
Jul.
Production Expo 2015
Theme Park Expo 2015
Oct.
Leisure & Service Industry Fair 2015

2016

Jul.
Introduces a large high-definition 3D printer for the first time in the special modeling industry in Japan.

Exhibitions

Mar.
Hong Kong Filmart 2016
Jun.
Production Expo 2016
Aug.
Design Festa Summer 2016
Oct.
Tokyo Design Week 2016

2017

Jan.
Begins accepting commission projects of the first Animals As Art, Polar Bear Parent and Cub.
Apr.
Dissolves a capital alliance with Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation.
Nov.
BRAVESTORM, a special effects movie, goes on a nationwide release in TOHO Cinemas theatres, etc.
Dec.
Worldwide release of a fictitious film trailer, ZVP, on the Internet.
Wins Staff Pick for the first time for Japanese film by Vimeo, an American video-sharing website.

Exhibitions

Mar.
Art Fes Tokyo 2017
Hong Kong Filmart 2017
Apr.
Marche du Film (Cannes Film Market) 2017
Jun.
Content Tokyo 2017
Oct.
TIFFCOM 2017
Nov.
American Film Market 2017

2018

Jan.
Begins accepting commission projects of animal art, Clone Wanko.
Mar.
Wins an award as one of the “Vibrant HABATAKU Small and Medium Enterprises 300” by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Jun.
ZVP is screened at GOSH! Film Festival in Paris and CEO Junya Okabe wins the Best Director Award.

Exhibitions

Feb.
Wonder Festival 2018 Winter
Mar.
Hong Kong Filmart 2018
Oct.
MIPCOM / MIP Junior2018(Cannes)
TIFFCOM 2018
Nov.
Digital Contents EXPO2018
Dec.
SIGGRAPH Asia 2018

2019

Exhibitions

Feb.
Wonder Festival 2019 Winter
Jul.
Wonder Festival 2019 Summer

2020

Feb.
10th anniversary of Blast Inc.

Exhibitions

Jan.
Super Festival 83
Feb.
Wonder Festival 2020 Winter

■ Corporate Profile

Company name:Blast Inc. (formerly, IDA)
Founded:1984
Established:February 2010
Capital:20 million yen
CEO:Junya Okabe
Address:Ito Bldg. 6-11-18, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
TEL: 03-6803-2035 (main)
FAX:03-6803-2045

Parent company:DEN Inc. >> Official Website

Main Clients
(in random order)

Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)
Nippon Television AX-ON
Takashimaya
Horipro Inc.
AOI Pro. Inc.
Tokyu Bunkamura, Inc.
Robot Communications Inc.
Irem Software
Engineering Inc.

Dentsu Live Inc.
Dentsu Tec Inc.
Yamaha Corporation
CJ E&M
ADK Arts Inc.
XM Studios Pte Ltd.
Taiyo Kikaku Co., Ltd.
NTT Advertising, Inc.
Bell Rock Media Co., Ltd.

Business Description

・Planning and production of visual content for film, television, and the Internet

・Planning, production, and sale of visual content and related products in general

・Development, production, and sale of special modeling for visuals, events, and exhibitions

・Development and production of special effects, CG, and VFX

・Planning and production of visual content for games and amusement devices

・Planning and production of amusement parks, large-scale visuals, and three-dimensional visuals

・Planning, production, and sale of goods and toys

・Management, agent services, and marketing for artists and creators

Main Financing Banks
(in random order)

Risona Bank Toranomon Branch
Mizuho Bank Fukagawa Branch
Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Iidabashi Branch

Number of Personnel

Total 25 (including regular employees and contract employees)

Approvals and Licenses

License for fee-based employment placement services: No. 11-yu-300414
License for general worker employment placement services: No. 11-300577

In-house department

Special modeling studio, Zeppet
>> Official Website

■ Access

Four-minute walk from Suehirocho Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Five-minute walk from Yushima Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Ten-minute walk from JR Ochanomizu Station
Ten-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station