SK∞ the Infinity
Director (監督): Hiroko Utsumi
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 Clannad, K-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”
Tada-kun wa Koi o Shinai
Director (監督) : Mitsue Yamazaki
Tadakoi is an original love story about a photographer boy and a girl from a foreign country. Mitsue Yamazaki directs the series at Dogakobo studio, including much of the creative staff that helped her make her previous work with the studio, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. For this project, however, Chieko Nakamura joins as art director. Yamazaki also has an assistant director for this series, Yoshiyuki Fujiwara, director of GJ-Bu and New Game!
Mitsue Yamazaki made her debut as director on the adaption of the Hakkenden manga, though working under chief director Osamu Yamasaki. Previously, she had been groomed for the director role, serving as an assistant director on Kurenai, the 2008 iteration of Yozakura Quartet, and Mawaru Penguindrum. Her first series as the sole director was the popular Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun anime, followed by 2016’s Magic-Kyun! Renaissance. Since then, Yamazaki assisted her assistant director for Tadakoi on New Game by working as a storyboard artist and episode director on the second season.
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