5pb. Inc.is a Japanese video game manufacturer and record label for video game and anime music. 5pb. formed on April 6, 2005 after Chiyomaru Shikura left Scitron to begin the company as its executive director, the position he still holds.
The company name is derived from the phrase "The Five powered & basics.". The company is divided into two parts, 5pb. Games for the manufacturing of video games, and 5pb. Records for the record label. 5pb. was a wholly owned subsidiary of the TYO Group until Shikura purchased the remaining rights from the TYO Group on April 15, 2009. Shikura co-owns 5pb. with AGOne, an affiliate of Dwango Japan.
5pb is now MAGES. In a time of rapid technological development, MAGES strives to provide the appropriate contents to the appropriate audiences on the most suitable platforms. With a strong focus on visual novels, 5pb has developed and created several well-received IPs including the Steins; Gate and Chaos; Head in its native country of Japan.