Anime Directors

by miho86 | created - 21 Jan 2018 | updated - 21 Jan 2018 | Public

1. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan.

Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tôkyô on January 5, 1941. He ...

2. Satoshi Kon

Writer | Sennen joyû

Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z (1991) by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film ...

3. Makoto Shinkai

Writer | Kimi no Na wa.

Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer.

Shinkai studied Japanese literature at Chuo University where he was a member of juvenile literature club where he drew picture books. In 1999, Shinkai ...

4. Isao Takahata

Director | Hotaru no haka

Isao Takahata was born on October 29, 1935 in Ise, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Grave of the Fireflies (1988), The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013) and Only Yesterday (1991). He died on April 5, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

5. Hideaki Anno

Director | Shin Gojira

Hideaki Anno was born on May 22, 1960 in Ube, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Shin Godzilla (2016), Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007) and The Wind Rises (2013). He has been married to Moyoco Anno since March 26, 2002.

6. Rintarô

Director | Metoroporisu

Rintarô was born on January 22, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan. He is a director, known for Metropolis (2001), Ninja Scroll (1993) and Neo Tokyo (1987).

7. Mamoru Oshii

Director | Kôkaku Kidôtai

Mamoru Oshii is a Japanese filmmaker, television director and screenwriter. Famous for his philosophy-oriented storytelling, Oshii has directed a number of popular anime, including Urusei Yatsura (1981-1984), Angel's Egg (1985), Patlabor: The Movie (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995), and Ghost in ...

8. Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Writer | Akira

Katsuhiro Ôtomo is a Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film director. He is best known as the creator of the manga Akira and its animated film adaptation.

In 1979, after writing multiple short-stories for the magazine Action, Otomo created his first science-fiction work, titled Fireball. ...

9. Shin'ichirô Watanabe

Director | The Animatrix

Shin'ichirô Watanabe is known for The Animatrix (2003), Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) and Carole & Tuesday (2019).

10. Mahiro Maeda

Art_department | Mad Max: Fury Road

Mahiro Maeda was born on March 14, 1963 in Tottori, Japan. He is known for Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time (2021).

11. Gorô Miyazaki

Director | Kokuriko-zaka kara

Graduated from Shinshu University, Faculty of Agriculture, Goro Miyazaki started his career as a construction consultant, and he designed parks or public institutions. Because his father, Hayao Miyazaki, is a world-famous filmmaker, he always had complex feeling towards his father. He decided not ...

12. Kazuya Tsurumaki

Director | Shin seiki Evangelion Gekijô-ban: Air/Magokoro wo, kimi ni

Kazuya Tsurumaki was born on February 2, 1966 in Gosen, Japan. He is a director, known for Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997), Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time (2021) and FLCL (2000).

13. Yoshifumi Kondô

Director | Mimi wo sumaseba

Yoshifumi Kondô was born on March 31, 1950 in Niigata, Japan. He was a director, known for Whisper of the Heart (1995), Princess Mononoke (1997) and Only Yesterday (1991). He died on January 21, 1998 in Tokyo, Japan.

14. Mamoru Hosoda

Director | Samâ uôzu

Mamoru Hosoda is a Japanese film director and animator. Formerly employed at Toei Animation, he went to work at Madhouse from 2005 to 2011. Hosoda left Madhouse in 2011 to establish his own animation studio, Studio Chizu. He first came to public attention in the early 2000s with the first two films...

15. Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Director | Omoide no Marnie

Hiromasa Yonebayashi was born on July 10, 1973 in Nonoichi, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for When Marnie Was There (2014), The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) and Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017).

16. Shôgo Furuya

Animation_department | Tôkyô goddofâzâzu

Shôgo Furuya is known for Tokyo Godfathers (2003), Summer Wars (2009) and Ninja Scroll (1993).

17. Hiroyuki Okiura

Animation_department | Jin-Rô

Okiura left high school at the age of 16 and entered the animation industry as a member of the studio Anime R, where he studied under Moriyasu Taniguchi and which Taniguchi superintends.He is known for his detailed effects animation in, for example, the chopper attack scene in Patlabor 2: The Movie...

18. Tensai Okamura

Animation_department | Kôkaku Kidôtai

Tensai Okamura was born on December 13, 1961 in Fukushima, Japan. Tensai is a director, known for Ghost in the Shell (1995), Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) and Darker Than Black (2007).

20. Masayuki

Animation_department | Shin seiki Evangelion Gekijô-ban: Air/Magokoro wo, kimi ni

Masayuki was born on January 3, 1961 in Nagano, Japan. He is an assistant director, known for Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997), Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) and Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007).

21. Keiichi Sugiyama

Director | Gin-iro no kami no Agito

Keiichi Sugiyama is known for Origin: Spirits of the Past (2006), Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) and Halo Legends (2010).

22. Hiroyuki Morita

Director | Neko no ongaeshi

Hiroyuki Morita was born on June 26, 1964 in Fukuoka, Japan. He is a director, known for The Cat Returns (2002), Akira (1988) and Perfect Blue (1997).

23. Hironobu Sakaguchi

Producer | Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Hironobu Sakaguchi was born on November 25, 1962 in Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan. He is a producer and writer, known for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001), Final Fantasy Chronicles (2001) and Final Fantasy IV (1991).

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