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.
Director (監督): Ai Yoshimura
Since her debut as a director in 2013, Ai Yoshimura has helmed a project every year, continuing with this year’s Kabuki-chou Sherlock. This series is Yoshimura’s second anime original project, after the mixed-media Dance with Devils. As the title suggests, Kabuki-chou Sherlock follows an iteration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character investigating mysteries in the Kabuki-chou district of Shinjuku – specifically Jack the Ripper murders.
Yoshimura has come a long way since debuting with an adaption of the male fantasy harem light novel Oregairu. Her initial project is an odd exception to the rest of her career, focusing on titles appealing to female audiences such as the shoujo manga Blue Spring Ride and an adaption of Ryou Asai’s Cheer Boys!! Her most recent project was an adaption of Yarichin Bitch-bu with the nascent boys’ love focused studio Grizzly. With even a theatrical film under her belt (Dance with Devils: Fortuna), it seems like Ai Yoshimura is a regular of the anime industry.
Keishichou Tokumu Bu Tokushu Kyouakuhan Taisaku Shitsu Dai Nana Ka: Tokunana
Director( 監督): Harume Kosaka
With a career spanning four decades, Harume Kosaka returns to the director’s chair for the original anime Tokunana, with Takayuki Kuriyama in the Chief Director (総監督). It has been a while since her last time with a director credit – 2009’s 51-episode girls’ anime Gokujou!! Mecha Mote Iinchou. Since then, she has a couple assistant director jobs on Humanity has Declined and Daybreak Illusion. More recently she has participated as a storyboard artist for a number of series, most notably Aikatsu! and Aikatsu Stars (though not Aikatsu Friends!).
Tokunana appears to be a modern fantasy crime procedural series, somewhat of a departure from most of anything Kosaka has worked on previously.
Director (監督): Makoto Moriwaki
With Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun, Makoto Mariwaki once again gets to flex her kids comedy chops. 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. Her most recent project was the second season of B-Project.
Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia
Assistant Director (副監督)): Miyuki Kuroki
With yet another iteration of the Fate franchise, Miyuki Kuroki serves as the assistant director for this adaption of the mobile game featuring iterations of historical figures assigned RPG classes. She works under direct (監督)) Toshifumi Akai.
Kuroki has long been a part of Cloverworks (formerly known as a particular portion of A-1 Pictures staff) before earning her directorial debut on The Idolmaster: Side M. She had also served as assistant director for Occult;Nine. Kuroki served as an episode director for Your Lie in April, Cinderella Girls, and The Perfect Insider.