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 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 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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