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 Summer 2019

How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?
Director (監督): Mitsue Yamazaki
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How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? is Mitsue Yamazaki’s 5th series in the lead director role, following her original series Tada Never Falls in Love. She debuted as a series director on the Hakkenden TV anime, but worked as an ssistant director on Kurenai and Mawaru Penguindrum. Her most well known directorial project was Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. Yamzaki’s wost recent work can be found in storyboards for the Wataten.

For this series, Yamazaki is adapting an informative comedic manga about weightlifting and exercise, somewhat of a deviation of her previous work. She is also handling sound direction for the series for the first time.


Given
Driector (監督): Hikaru Yamaguchi
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Hikaru Yamaguchi makes her TV anime debut as a director with an adaption of the manga Given, after directing short web anime EschaChron in 2017. In her career, she has contributed to series including Aikatsu! and Gintama, and was a regular storyboard artist and episode director for Osomatsu-san, including participating in the film.

Given is a musical BL series that will be broadcast on the NoitaminA block. Yamaguchi is supported in the series by a number of female creators including series composer Yuniko Ayana, character designer and animation director Mina Oosawa, and music composer Michiru.


Wasteful Days of High School Girls
Assistant Director (監督補佐): Saori Tachibana
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Serving under chief driector Takeo Takahashi and director Sanpei Hijiri, Saori Tachibana works as the assistant director for Joshikousei no Mudazukai, a comedy about high school girls with various rotten personalities. Typically working as “橘さおり” she is credited as “橘紗央莉” for this project.

Tachibana’s director work has been limited to a couple of shorts: Miss Bernard Said and Love is Like a Cocktail, both with studio Creators in Pack. She also contributed as an episode director for Little Witch Academia and Citrus.

Female TV Anime Directors Spring 2018

Tada-kun wa Koi o Shinai
Director (監督) : Mitsue Yamazaki
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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 animefollowed 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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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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