Female TV Anime Directors Spring 2021

Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun 2nd Season
Director (監督): Makoto Moriwaki
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Makoto Mariwaki continues to flex her kids comedy chops with the second season of Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun. The series follows the titular Iruma whose parents sell him to a demon. The demon adopts him as his grandson and sends him to the local school for demons.

Moriwaki has been active in the anime industry for decades, much of it with kids series including Onegai My Melody and PriPara. She was also director of the first two seasons of the crude comedy series Tantei Opera Milky Holmes. Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Spring 2021”

Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2019

Pokemon (2019)
Director (監督): Maki Kodaira
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Maki Kodaira makes her debut as an anime series director for the upcoming new season on Pokemon. She takes the reigns from previous director Daiki Tomiyasu, who now serves in the chief director role (総監督). The new series will coincide with the release of the Pokemon Sword & Shield but rumors suggest the series will visit multiple regions.

Kodaira was assistant director for the previous season, Pokemon Sun & Moon. She began her career at Seven Arcs working on series such as Nanoha, Dog Days, and Asura Cryin’. She has also worked on other kids anime including Yugiohi, Naruto, and Boruto. Her work with Pokemon began with the XY series. Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2019”

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”

Female TV Anime Directors Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 season has a couple of directors returning to their respective franchises, and a few fresh faces.

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Female Anime Directors 2011-2016

femaledirectors2011-2016

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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