Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2021

SK∞ the Infinity
Director (監督): Hiroko Utsumi
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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. Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2021”

Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2019

Endro~!
Director (監督): Kaori
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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 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.

With Endro~! Kaori gets her first completely original series. She also gets a stellar supporting cast with series composition from comedy expert Takashi Aoshima, (Yuru YuriHimouto! Umaru-chan), original character designs by Namori, the creator of Yuru Yuri, and adapted character designs by Haruko Iizuka (Umi Monogatari, Tamayura). The original fantasy story follows girls studying at an academy to defeat the demon king. Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2019”

Addendum: Female TV Director Debuts 2011-2016

As an addendum to the previous post, and to really illustrate a point of how unusual 2013 was, here is a brief list of female director debuts, excluding assistant directors.  Continue reading “Addendum: Female TV Director Debuts 2011-2016”

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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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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