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”

Enshutsu: A-1 Pictures

がんばって!Previously, we looked at the Fall 2013 season of anime and the history of Kyoto Animation.

Whereas Kyoto Animation is known for it’s in-house production practices, A-1 Pictures is known for being the exact opposite: its productions are comprised nearly entirely of freelancers. Their website itself only lists producers, CG directors, composite directors, and color designers on its staff page. However, the nature of hiring freelancers is still dependent on relationships, and the A-1 rolodex calls on the same names regularly.

A-1 Pictures has also served as a small locus of opportunities for women to direct anime series, including Kotomi Deai, Yumi Kamakura, and former Kyoto Animation staff Noriko Takao. Miyuki Kuroki is also set to co-direct The Idolm@ster Side M anime in the fall. Women have also been hired to direct films with Takao’s Saint Young Men and Shoko Nakamura’s Doukyuusei. Additionally, a number of women have been hired to work as assistant directors on a number of TV series, theoretically preparing them to helm a series on their own (a list that includes Kuroki and Deai). While A-1 Pictures has a relatively extreme (and potentially varied) production model with its nearly pure freelance hiring, the studios has been comparatively willing to hire on more women to direct its projects.

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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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