Female TV Anime Directors Summer 2019

How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?
Director (監督): Mitsue Yamazaki

How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? is Mitsue Yamazaki’s 5th series in the lead director role, following her original series Tada Never Falls in Love. She debuted as a series director on the Hakkenden TV anime, but worked as an ssistant director on Kurenai and Mawaru Penguindrum. Her most well known directorial project was Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. Yamzaki’s wost recent work can be found in storyboards for the Wataten.

For this series, Yamazaki is adapting an informative comedic manga about weightlifting and exercise, somewhat of a deviation of her previous work. She is also handling sound direction for the series for the first time.

Driector (監督): Hikaru Yamaguchi

Hikaru Yamaguchi makes her TV anime debut as a director with an adaption of the manga Given, after directing short web anime EschaChron in 2017. In her career, she has contributed to series including Aikatsu! and Gintama, and was a regular storyboard artist and episode director for Osomatsu-san, including participating in the film.

Given is a musical BL series that will be broadcast on the NoitaminA block. Yamaguchi is supported in the series by a number of female creators including series composer Yuniko Ayana, character designer and animation director Mina Oosawa, and music composer Michiru.

Wasteful Days of High School Girls
Assistant Director (監督補佐): Saori Tachibana

Serving under chief driector Takeo Takahashi and director Sanpei Hijiri, Saori Tachibana works as the assistant director for Joshikousei no Mudazukai, a comedy about high school girls with various rotten personalities. Typically working as “橘さおり” she is credited as “橘紗央莉” for this project.

Tachibana’s director work has been limited to a couple of shorts: Miss Bernard Said and Love is Like a Cocktail, both with studio Creators in Pack. She also contributed as an episode director for Little Witch Academia and Citrus.