Female TV Anime Directors Spring 2019

Hey! Your Cat Ears are Showing Season 2
Director (監督・演出) : Chiaki Kanno

Hey! Your Cat Ears are Showing is an adaption of a Chinese comic. The story follows and unsuccessful comic creator who suddenly meets a boy with cat ears.

The first season of this short series was Chiaki Kanno’s debut as a series director. Much of her earliest work came as an in-between animator for a number of Studio Deen projects including SankareaHakkenden, and Sakura Trick. Kanno wrote a Japanese manual for the animation program TVPaint, developed by a French Company. Fittingly, she works on this project with the Japanese studio monofilmo which specializes in using TVPaint.

Assistant Director (助監督) : Maimu Matsushima

Maimu Matsushima receives her first opportunity as an assistant director on Kunihiro Ikuhara’s new project, Sarazanmai. She is third on the senority chart with Ikuhara has the main director (監督) and Nobuyuki Takeuchi as Chief Director (チーフディレクター). Prior to working on Sarazanmai, most of Matshima’s work was key animation on series like the Idolmaster and Wake Up, Girls! She also did some costume design work for Wake Up, Girls! Additionally, Matsushima was an animation supervisor for an episode of Jinsei.

Sarazanmai is an original anime following three middle school students who get transformed into kappa and are tasked with taking shirikodama from zombies.

Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2018

Anima Yell!
Director (監督) : Masako Sato

While Anima Yell! is Masako Sato’s first time helming a TV anime, she brings with her a resume filled with high-profile works. She has contributed to a number of films, including ones from Studio Ghibli such as Spirited Away and Ponyo, mostly as an animator. Her work as a storyboard artist and episode director for TV anime have largely come within the last decade, most notably Welcome to the Ballroom. Her biggest role, however, was as the assistant director (演出助手) for the 2015 film Miss Hokusai.

In her debut foray as a series director, Sato adapts the 4-panel comic Anima Yell!, a member of Hobunsha’s Manga Time family that includes titles like K-On! and Hidamari SketchAnime Yell! follows in the footsteps of these other girls’ club series, this time with a focus on cheerleading. Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2018”