Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2020

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
Director(監督): Mitsue Yamazaki
Assistant Director(副監督): Sumie Noro
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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle is Mitsue Yamazaki’s 6th series in the lead director role, following her adaption of How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? She debuted as a series director on the Hakkenden TV anime, but worked as an assistant director on Kurenai and Mawaru Penguindrum. Her most well known directorial project was Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. She got her first original project in Tada Never Falls in Love in 2018.

Sumie Noro fits into her first assistant director role, having contributed significantly to Yamazaki’s Tada Never Falls in Love and How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? She has been a regular contributor to Dogakobo productions including New Game!! and Sing Yesterday for Me.

The two of them are adapting a comedy manga about a princess captured by the demon lord. While held captive, all she wants is a good night’s rest, and explore the Demons’ castle for ways to improve her sleep. Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2020”

Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2020

Healin’ Good ❤ Precure
Director (シリーズディレクター): Yoko Ikeda
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This year’s new Precure series marks a surprising first – a woman is directing the year-long television series. While a number of Precure movies have been directed by women – including the talented Rie Matsumoto, industry constant Chiaki Kon, and even Yoko Ikeda herself – the girls’ anime series have never had a woman at the helm. It’s not just the director role – almost all the current roles listed are women, with the ABC Animation producer as the lone exception.

Ikeda has been in the industry for decades, with The Case File of Young Kindaichi Returns as her most recent TV series director role. She has also directed Suite Precure film and more recently the Hugtto Precure era all stars film Precure Super Stars! Continue reading “Female TV Anime Directors Winter 2020”

Female TV Anime Directors Fall 2018

Anima Yell!
Director (監督) : Masako Sato
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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”