Female TV Anime Directors Spring 2021

Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun 2nd Season
Director (監督): Makoto Moriwaki

Makoto Mariwaki continues to flex her kids comedy chops with the second season of Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun. The series follows the titular Iruma whose parents sell him to a demon. The demon adopts him as his grandson and sends him to the local school for demons.

Moriwaki has been active in the anime industry for decades, much of it with kids series including Onegai My Melody and PriPara. She was also director of the first two seasons of the crude comedy series Tantei Opera Milky Holmes. Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Spring 2021”

Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2021

SK∞ the Infinity
Director (監督): Hiroko Utsumi

SK∞ the Infinity is Hiroku Utsumi’s third directorial projects and second since leaving Animation Do. While Free! was a sequel to the High Speed! novels from Kyoto Animation’s KA Esuma Bunko imprin and Banana Fish was a modern adaption of the influential 1980s manga, SK∞ is a wholly original story, granting Utsumi more creative freedom. The story follows two teenagers, including a snowboarder from Canada, participating in dangerous skateboarding races.

Utsumi was a regular contributor to a number of Kyoto Animation projects – including ClannadK-On!, and Tamako Market – before getting the chance to helm a series on her own. Since leaving Animation Do, Utsumi has been freelance, mostly working on Bones and MAPPA projects. Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2021”

Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2020

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
Director(監督): Mitsue Yamazaki
Assistant Director(副監督): Sumie Noro

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle is Mitsue Yamazaki’s 6th series in the lead director role, following her adaption of How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? She debuted as a series director on the Hakkenden TV anime, but worked as an assistant director on Kurenai and Mawaru Penguindrum. Her most well known directorial project was Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. She got her first original project in Tada Never Falls in Love in 2018.

Sumie Noro fits into her first assistant director role, having contributed significantly to Yamazaki’s Tada Never Falls in Love and How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? She has been a regular contributor to Dogakobo productions including New Game!! and Sing Yesterday for Me.

The two of them are adapting a comedy manga about a princess captured by the demon lord. While held captive, all she wants is a good night’s rest, and explore the Demons’ castle for ways to improve her sleep. Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2020”

Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2020

Healin’ Good ❤ Precure
Director (シリーズディレクター): Yoko Ikeda

This year’s new Precure series marks a surprising first – a woman is directing the year-long television series. While a number of Precure movies have been directed by women – including the talented Rie Matsumoto, industry constant Chiaki Kon, and even Yoko Ikeda herself – the girls’ anime series have never had a woman at the helm. It’s not just the director role – almost all the current roles listed are women, with the ABC Animation producer as the lone exception.

Ikeda has been in the industry for decades, with The Case File of Young Kindaichi Returns as her most recent TV series director role. She has also directed Suite Precure film and more recently the Hugtto Precure era all stars film Precure Super Stars! Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2020”

Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2019

Pokemon (2019)
Director (監督): Maki Kodaira

Maki Kodaira makes her debut as an anime series director for the upcoming new season on Pokemon. She takes the reigns from previous director Daiki Tomiyasu, who now serves in the chief director role (総監督). The new series will coincide with the release of the Pokemon Sword & Shield but rumors suggest the series will visit multiple regions.

Kodaira was assistant director for the previous season, Pokemon Sun & Moon. She began her career at Seven Arcs working on series such as Nanoha, Dog Days, and Asura Cryin’. She has also worked on other kids anime including Yugiohi, Naruto, and Boruto. Her work with Pokemon began with the XY series. Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2019”

Female TV Anime Directors Summer 2019

How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?
Director (監督): Mitsue Yamazaki

How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? is Mitsue Yamazaki’s 5th series in the lead director role, following her original series Tada Never Falls in Love. She debuted as a series director on the Hakkenden TV anime, but worked as an ssistant director on Kurenai and Mawaru Penguindrum. Her most well known directorial project was Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. Yamzaki’s wost recent work can be found in storyboards for the Wataten.

For this series, Yamazaki is adapting an informative comedic manga about weightlifting and exercise, somewhat of a deviation of her previous work. She is also handling sound direction for the series for the first time.

Driector (監督): Hikaru Yamaguchi

Hikaru Yamaguchi makes her TV anime debut as a director with an adaption of the manga Given, after directing short web anime EschaChron in 2017. In her career, she has contributed to series including Aikatsu! and Gintama, and was a regular storyboard artist and episode director for Osomatsu-san, including participating in the film.

Given is a musical BL series that will be broadcast on the NoitaminA block. Yamaguchi is supported in the series by a number of female creators including series composer Yuniko Ayana, character designer and animation director Mina Oosawa, and music composer Michiru.

Wasteful Days of High School Girls
Assistant Director (監督補佐): Saori Tachibana

Serving under chief driector Takeo Takahashi and director Sanpei Hijiri, Saori Tachibana works as the assistant director for Joshikousei no Mudazukai, a comedy about high school girls with various rotten personalities. Typically working as “橘さおり” she is credited as “橘紗央莉” for this project.

Tachibana’s director work has been limited to a couple of shorts: Miss Bernard Said and Love is Like a Cocktail, both with studio Creators in Pack. She also contributed as an episode director for Little Witch Academia and Citrus.

Female TV Anime Directors Spring 2019

Hey! Your Cat Ears are Showing Season 2
Director (監督・演出) : Chiaki Kanno

Hey! Your Cat Ears are Showing is an adaption of a Chinese comic. The story follows and unsuccessful comic creator who suddenly meets a boy with cat ears.

The first season of this short series was Chiaki Kanno’s debut as a series director. Much of her earliest work came as an in-between animator for a number of Studio Deen projects including SankareaHakkenden, and Sakura Trick. Kanno wrote a Japanese manual for the animation program TVPaint, developed by a French Company. Fittingly, she works on this project with the Japanese studio monofilmo which specializes in using TVPaint.

Assistant Director (助監督) : Maimu Matsushima

Maimu Matsushima receives her first opportunity as an assistant director on Kunihiro Ikuhara’s new project, Sarazanmai. She is third on the senority chart with Ikuhara has the main director (監督) and Nobuyuki Takeuchi as Chief Director (チーフディレクター). Prior to working on Sarazanmai, most of Matshima’s work was key animation on series like the Idolmaster and Wake Up, Girls! She also did some costume design work for Wake Up, Girls! Additionally, Matsushima was an animation supervisor for an episode of Jinsei.

Sarazanmai is an original anime following three middle school students who get transformed into kappa and are tasked with taking shirikodama from zombies.

Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2019

Director (監督): Kaori

Kaori made her debut as a series director an adaption of Mikami Komata’s Yuyushiki comedy manga in 2013. Since then, she also directed the cute series How to Keep a Mummy and served as assistant director for the high energy Scorching Ping-Pong Girls. She was also involved as a director for the Bottom Biting Bug shorts.

With Endro~! Kaori gets her first completely original series. She also gets a stellar supporting cast with series composition from comedy expert Takashi Aoshima, (Yuru YuriHimouto! Umaru-chan), original character designs by Namori, the creator of Yuru Yuri, and adapted character designs by Haruko Iizuka (Umi Monogatari, Tamayura). The original fantasy story follows girls studying at an academy to defeat the demon king. Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2019”

Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2018

Anima Yell!
Director (監督) : Masako Sato

While Anima Yell! is Masako Sato’s first time helming a TV anime, she brings with her a resume filled with high-profile works. She has contributed to a number of films, including ones from Studio Ghibli such as Spirited Away and Ponyo, mostly as an animator. Her work as a storyboard artist and episode director for TV anime have largely come within the last decade, most notably Welcome to the Ballroom. Her biggest role, however, was as the assistant director (演出助手) for the 2015 film Miss Hokusai.

In her debut foray as a series director, Sato adapts the 4-panel comic Anima Yell!, a member of Hobunsha’s Manga Time family that includes titles like K-On! and Hidamari SketchAnime Yell! follows in the footsteps of these other girls’ club series, this time with a focus on cheerleading. Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2018”