Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2019

Endro~!
Director (監督): Kaori
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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”

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Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2018

Anima Yell!
Director (監督) : Masako Sato
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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”

Female TV Anime Directors Spring 2018

Tada-kun wa Koi o Shinai
Director (監督) : Mitsue Yamazaki
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Tadakoi is an original love story about a photographer boy and a girl from a foreign country. Mitsue Yamazaki directs the series at Dogakobo studio, including much of the creative staff that helped her make her previous work with the studio, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. For this project, however, Chieko Nakamura joins as art director. Yamazaki also has an assistant director for this series, Yoshiyuki Fujiwara, director of GJ-Bu and New Game!

Mitsue Yamazaki made her debut as director on the adaption of the Hakkenden manga, though working under chief director Osamu Yamasaki. Previously, she had been groomed for the director role, serving as an assistant director on Kurenai, the 2008 iteration of Yozakura Quartet, and Mawaru Penguindrum. Her first series as the sole director was the popular Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun animefollowed by 2016’s Magic-Kyun! Renaissance. Since then, Yamazaki assisted her assistant director for Tadakoi on New Game by working as a storyboard artist and episode director on the second season.


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Anime Tamago 2018

Anime Tamago will hold a screening in Ikebukuro of this year’s four new shorts to train young animators this March. Historically, a majority of the animators trained by this project have been women, though most of the upper level staff are men. This year’s projects are:

  • Time Driver – Directed by Junichi Yamamoto, a joint production of Imagica Imageworks and Studio Robot
  • Engimon – Directed by Hiromasa Sato, with Studio Nanahoshi and Usagi-ou
  • Milky Panic Twelve – Directed by Shinosuke Numata and animated at Tomason
  • Midnight Crazy Trail – Directed by Kazushige Yusa with Picona Creative Studio

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