Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2021

SK∞ the Infinity
Director (監督): Hiroko Utsumi

SK∞ the Infinity is Hiroku Utsumi’s third directorial projects and second since leaving Animation Do. While Free! was a sequel to the High Speed! novels from Kyoto Animation’s KA Esuma Bunko imprin and Banana Fish was a modern adaption of the influential 1980s manga, SK∞ is a wholly original story, granting Utsumi more creative freedom. The story follows two teenagers, including a snowboarder from Canada, participating in dangerous skateboarding races.

Utsumi was a regular contributor to a number of Kyoto Animation projects – including ClannadK-On!, and Tamako Market – before getting the chance to helm a series on her own. Since leaving Animation Do, Utsumi has been freelance, mostly working on Bones and MAPPA projects.

The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬
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 the original fantasy adventure series Endro~, as well as 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.

The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ changed significant portions of staff for the second season, including changing studio and hiring Kaori as the director. The series follows a smart but poor student tutoring his five quintuplet classmates who constantly fail their exams. The romantic comedy manga also revolves around the mystery of which quintuplet he met in the past and will eventually marry.

Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town?
Director (監督): migmi

migmi makes her debut as a series director on an adaption of the light novel series LasDan. As the title suggests, Lloyd is a young man from a town near the fanatsy equivalent of a video game’s final dungeon who moves to the Capital. However, by virtue of growing up near the last dungeon, he is significantly stronger than anyone else.

Previously, migmi became one of several assistant directors for the 2011 Hunter x Hunter adaption, beginning on episode 80 She also served as assistant director for Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katri no Nazotoki File. 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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