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.

Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue.
Director (監督): Kaoru Suzuki

Kaoru Suzuki made her full series debut as a director on an adaption of the sports novel series Dive!! in 2017. She also directed the short series Pupipo in 2013. Prior to her debut, she also worked as assistant director on a number of series including Cat Planet CutiesDate-A-LiveAcchi Kocchi, and Etotama.

Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue (abbreviated Hizaue) is a manga following the story of a young novelist who adopts a cat. The series also employs kotringo (Rieko Miyoshi) who has also composed music for the series Koufuku Graffiti and the film In this Corner of the World.

B-PROJECT ~Zecchou Emotion~
Director (監督): Makoto Moriwaki

The new season of B-PROJECT gets a significant staff changes, with veteran director Makoto Moriwaki taking the helm. The boys idol series also moves to BN Pictures with character design adaptions from Yumiko Hara (Cute High Earth Defense Club sequel). In addition to directing, Moriwaki is also handling series composition for the anime (under the pseudonym Nozomu Ooshima).

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.

Mannaka no Rikkun
Director (監督): Akiko Seki

Mannaka no Rikkun is a comedy that follows the titular boy Rikkun and his family. The manga ended in early 2018, written by the Masahiro Totsuka creator of Bamboo Blade.

Akiko Seki directs the series at former Ghibli animator Hideki Itou’s Sakura Create, typically a sub-contracting studio. She had also directed a web short series of Totsuka’s previous work Kare Baka: Wagahai no Kare wa Baka de R. Seki has provided key animation for a number of series including Fullmetal AlchemistEureka Seven, and Soul Eater. She has also directed of provided storyboards for episodes of Magic Kaito 1412ReLIFE, and Yowamushi Pedal. Most recently, she also contributed to Hugtto Precure.

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