Enshutsu: Kyoto Animation

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Special thanks to ultimatemegax for reviewing and adding to my data for this subject.

Back in October, we took a look at the Fall 2013 season of anime to get a general idea of the gender inequality among enshutsu, or episode director, roles across the industry. In that season, across all companies, just 10 percent of episodes were directed by women. As one of many follow-ups to that project, we’re focusing on Kyoto Animation. Known for its earlier success with many popular series like Clannad and K-On!, and its modern business practice of being the primary financier of its many series, Kyoto Animation has also developed a reputation of having many women on its staff. At the series director level, Naoko Yamada has become a mainstay of the company. Hiroko Utsumi was tagged to direct the very popular Free! TV series. After leaving the company, Noriko Takao also became a series and movie director with her years of experience at the company. However, this project focuses on enshutsu, a level down from the series director role, but also a likely step for the many who could become a series director. If Kyoto animation is among the better animation companies for hiring women, then that should translate at the enshutsu level as well.

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Female Anime Directors 2011-2016

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With an ever-increasing amount of anime getting made each year, so had the number of directors. And with that increase, even more female animators have been given opportunities to direct anime. In 2011, only four series had women directing anime in a lead or series role, including two seasons of Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi directed by Chiaki Kon. In 2013 the pool increased to 16. Since that year, at least ten series has been directed by women each year. These trends follow when you exclude anime shorts and only look at full-length episode TV series, as well as when looking at just Otaku TV series. However women did direct a sizable chunk of anime shorts.
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An Attempt to Aggregate the Annual Total Number of Anime

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In the near future will be a series of posts about the number of women in certain leadership roles for TV anime productions between the years 2011 and 2016. Instead of simple raw totals, the percentage of the women comprising these roles among anime productions would be better for gauging relative opportunity for women in the anime workforce. As the production of anime has increased and continues to increase, the amount of women has also increased. But it is unclear whether women have also increased their percentage share of production leadership roles. Over the next year, I’ll be returning to the numbers discussed in this totals for current and future research projects. Continue reading “An Attempt to Aggregate the Annual Total Number of Anime”

A Test Case on Enshutsu: Fall 2013

The Director’s Guild of America puts out annual reports aggregating the proportion of episodes directed by women and people of color among TV shows. Naturally, it would be interesting to see this practice applied to anime as well. (Thus far, I’ve only collected data regarding directing overall anime projects, rather than episodes). Continue reading “A Test Case on Enshutsu: Fall 2013”

There’s a lot of women directing Fall 2016 anime, a preview

The Fall 2016 anime has 5 women in a “Director” role, 1 in a “Series Director” role, and 5 in an “Assistant Director” role, for a total of 11 women directing kids and TV anime series. For comparison, 12 is the annual average number of women in these role for late night TV series for the past four years. There’s a lot of women directing this season. Here’s a list of the TV anime and the women directing them.
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