Female TV Anime Music Composers 2011-2016

The pool of people hired to compose music is fairly small, akin to directors and series composers. While they often will compose the pop songs for OP and ED sequences, that’s typically separate project from the regular soundtrack. For most anime, the music will fill one or two albums. Yukari Hashimoto’s eight volumes of music for Mawaru Penguindrum (in addition to rearranging ARB’s songs for the in-universe idol group Triple H), is not the norm. Many composers are part of music groups, such as Maiko Iiuchi of I’ve Sound. It’s also not uncommon to have multiple composers work on a single series. Asami Tachibana composed songs for Haikyu!! and Gundam Build Fighters Try along with Yuuki Hayashi. While second seasons will use the same themes from the first with some additions, hey a counted as their own independent entry in this data.

The percentage of women composing music for Otaku TV series has had significant variance over the five year period from 2011 to 2016, though with the increasing number of series, the proportion trends towards a decrease. The debuts in this time period include Ruka Kawada (2013, Senran Kagura), kotringo (2015, Koufuku Graffiti), Asami Tachibana (2012, Robotics;Notes), Minako Seki (2012, Kingdom), and Yui Isshiki (2011, Dog Days).

Among the most active composers are Yukari Hashimoto (Mawaru Penguindrum, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Sore ga Seiyuu!) and I’ve Sound member Maiko Iiuchi (Wixoss franchise, RewriteHeavy Object). The next two are both composers who debuted in anime during this time period, Asami Tachibana and Ruka Kawada. The next for are generally well regarded composers have have been working on music composition for anime for a decent while longer.






Female TV Anime Color Designers 2011-2016

Coloring and painting is a less frequently interrogated role by anime fandom, but it is also one of the fields in the industry dominated by women. While formerly largely done by hand, the process is now typically done digitally after scanning the frames. The color designer works with the director to determine the color palette for the anime.

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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.  Continue reading “Female TV Anime Character Designers 2011-2016”

A Gender History of the Young Animator Training Project

On March 11, there will be a screening in Ikebukuro of the four newest short films produced by the Young Animator Training Project, now called “Anime Tamago.” The project is was launched in 2010 and funded with support from the Agency of Cultural Affairs, part of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Since 2011, four short films have been produced each year by various studios, the most prominent of which is Little Witch Academia, now a full-fledged TV series. Another short, Death Billiards, also got its concept taken into a full TV series, Death Parade. However, the primary purpose of the project is to train animators. Continue reading “A Gender History of the Young Animator Training Project”

Female TV Anime Series Composers 2011-2016


Previously, Female TV Anime Directors.

The series composer works with the director to structure the story of an anime. The composer will also write a significant number of episode scripts for the series – though occasionally they will script every episode themselves. Since 2011, the number of projects with female series composers has generally increased, with the bulk coming along with the trend in anime shorts.

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