Female TV Anime Directors Spring 2018

Tada-kun wa Koi o Shinai
Director (監督) : Mitsue Yamazaki

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.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi
Director (監督): Yoshiko Okuda

Yoshiko Okuda makes her debut as a series director with Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi. Okuda graduated from Tokyo Animation College and began her career with Madhouse in the 1990s. While most directors tend to come from storyboard artists and episode directors, Okuda comes from the animation supervision side of anime production. However, her only role as a series animation supervisor was for The Perfect Insider. She also adapted the character designs for The Perfect Insider and Say I Love You.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi is an adaption of Midori Yuuma’s light novels. It tells the story of a young woman, Aoi, who gets taken to the underworld to pay her grandfather’s debt as a bride. Instead, she chooses to work at the local underworld inn to pay off the debt.

Lostorage Conflated Wixoss
Director (監督): Risako Yoshida

The second iteration of Wixoss gets a change of captains as Risako Yoshida takes over the director’s chair for Lostorage Conflated Wixoss. While the Katsushi Sakurabi is no longer directing the project, all the remaining original main creative staff for the Lostorage series returns to join Yoshida. The series continues the story from 2016’s Lostorage Incited Wixoss, about two old friends who got caught in a card game that will steal their memories if they lose too many times. While Yoshida did not contribute to the Lostorage series until now, she was an episode director and storyboard artist for the Selector Wixoss series.

Risako Yoshida first became a series director on the semi-shot TV anime Diabolik Lovers, as an assistant director under Shinobu Tagashira for the first time, then taking over the second season herself. Her next major project was much bigger – she was hire to direct the 2017 Mahouka film.

Amanchu! Advance
Director (監督): Kiyoko Sayama

While Junichi Sato takes on the role and title of chief director (総監督), Kiyoko Sayama steps in as the series director for Amachu! Advance, the second season of Aria creator Kozue Amano’s manga. Much like Amano’s popular Aria series, Amanchu! falls into “iyashi-kei” (“healing” genre). The story follows a timid girl, after transferring to a new school by the coast, makes a strange friend and learns diving. Sayama had worked as a storyboard artist on the first season of the series, but has worked a number of other times with Junichi Sato, including previously working as the director under Sato’s chief director for Pretear way back in 2001 at the studio Hal Film Maker (later TYO Animations). Sayama would work as an episode director and storyboard artist on many of Sato’s iyashi-kei projects, including AriaSketchbook, and Tamayura.

Sayama’s earliest work as director was on the second half of Harimogu Harry in 1997, a ten minute short Takashi Murakami creation. At Hal Film Maker, in addition to Pretear, Sayama would also direct Saber Marionette J to X (as チーフディレクター), a three episode OVA for Angel Sanctuary, and Skip Beat! She also directed the split-cour adaption of the Vampire Knight manga. Sayma’s most recent directorial work was in 2012, an adaption of the manga Brave 10.

Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori
Director (監督): Tomomi Kamiya

Tomomi Kamiya kind of makes her debut as a series director Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori. She was part of Team Nico, a team of five animators who collectively took on the director, character designer, and chief animation supervisor roles for the anime A Good Librarian Like a Good Shephard. Kamiya’s work primarily comes from key animation and animation supervisor roles, but does also have some experience as an episode director. She also directed a short to promote the suburb of Kariya called Hikari ~Kariya wo Tsunagu Monogatari~.

Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori is an adaption of a manga by You Shimizu. The manga covers a Japanese-style cafe and the four men who work there.

Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin
Director (監督/チーフディレクター): Yumi Kamakura

The upcoming new season of Inazuma Eleven has had a bit of a rough go with it’s production schedule, with its premier delayed twice, originally set for the summer of 2017.  While her exact title isn’t clear (she’s listed as 監督 on some sites and チーフディレクター from a recent event), Yumi Kamakura is the effective anime director of the new season. Level-5 founder Akihiro Hino is officially credited as the chief director (総監督, though in the past chief supervisor: 総監修) but is a video game designer and producer. Kamakura will likely be working with the video game’s creator to match up closely with the original vision of the games. The associated game is due out in Summer 2018.

Kamakura has spent much of her career working as an assistant director on the all the previous Inazuma Eleven TV anime. She was promoted to director for the Inazuma Eleven: Outer Code web shorts along with helming the new series. Her first assistant director job was for 2007’s adaption of the Deltora Quest fantasy series by Emily Rodda. She debuted as a director on Kenji Itoso’s Kickstarted Santa Company project in 2014. She then went on to take over the Working!! franchise, taking over the third season and staing on to direct the spin-off WWW.Working!!

Tachibana-kan to Lie Angle
Chief Episode Director (チーフ演出): Yurika Tsushima

Tachibana-kan to Lie Angle is a comedy yuri manga about a girl who returns to her hometown to start high school. She moves into a luxurious dormitory for her school but ends up in a sort of relationship triangle with her childhood friend and a mysterious girl. Based on the track record of the studio Creators in Pack, the series is likely a short.

Yurika Tsushima is serving as the chief episode director for the series, with Creators in Pack regular Hisayoshi Hirasawa as the chief director (総監督). Tsushima has worked as an episode director for Shouhoku no Altair and Netsuzou Trap series.

Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katri no Nazotoki File
Assistant Director (助監督): migmi

Layton’s Mystery Journey is a spin-off video game series of Professor Layton focusing on Katrielle “Kat” Layton, daughter of Professor Hershel Layton.

The mononymous migmi serves as assistant director for the series with Susumu Mitsutaka as the general director.  Previously, migmi became one of several assistant directors for the 2011 Hunter x Hunter adaption, beginning on episode 80. She has worked as an episode director and storyboard artist on many other franchises including Milky HolmesGintama, and Classicaloid. Her real name is 安美錦, choosing to go by “migmi” because her name was too similar to sumo wrestler Aminishiki Ryouji (安美錦竜児).

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