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.