Female TV Anime Character Designers 2011-2016


Animation character designers are tasked with taking the original character designs – often from mangaka, light novel, or doujin artists – and making a faithful design that’s also workable to animate on a tight production schedule. Rarely are the animation character designers and the original character designers the same person, even for original series. Additionally, it’s common for the animation character designers to also serve as the sakuga kantoku (作監), or chief animation supervisor. 

While, as with other roles, the number of women working as the character designer has increased, the proportion of women in the role has remained between 34% and 42% of late night anime.

The distribution of female character designers among studios is fairly even among studios. A-1 Pictures and Deen have the greatest number, though both studios also put out a lot of anime.

Both Haruko Iizuka and Kyuta Sakai have adapted character designs for eight series over the five year period. Rounding out the top ten most active designers are Yukiko Aikei and Naomi Ide. Aike debuted in 2011 as one of several designers for the Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere series. Ide debuted in 2013 on the Mondaiji series.

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