My Favourite People in the Anime Industry

by miraiwaifu-83110 | created - 12 Aug 2016 | updated - 12 Aug 2016 | Public

There's no particular order to this list.

1. Hideaki Anno

Director | Shin Gojira

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

4. Shin'ichirô Watanabe

Director | The Animatrix

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

5. 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. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the ...

6. Yôko Kanno

Composer | Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex

Yôko Kanno was born on March 18, 1964 in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. She is known for her work on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002), Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) and Wolf's Rain (2003).

7. Satoshi Kon

Writer | Tôkyô goddofâzâzu

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 ...

10. Shôji Kawamori

Writer | Macross Zero

Shôji Kawamori was born on February 20, 1960 in Toyama, Japan. He is known for his work on Macross Zero (2002), Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Escaflowne (1996).

11. Kana Hanazawa

Actress | Koto no ha no niwa

Kana Hanazawa was born on February 25, 1989 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Garden of Words (2013), Your Name. (2016) and Oreimo: My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute? (2010).

12. Kunihiko Ikuhara

Director | Shôjo kakumei Utena

Kunihiko Ikuhara was born on December 21, 1964 in Komatsushima, Tokushima, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997), Mawaru-Penguindrum (2011) and Yuri Kuma Arashi (2015).

13. Masaaki Yuasa

Director | Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta

He cites various animated works as an influence: the works of animators Tex Avery and Irene Starewicz, the Japanese animated features Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1971) and Hakkenden shin sho (1993), the adventure series Lupin the 3rd (1971), the psychedelic sci-fantasy films Yellow Submarine (...

14. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Animation_department | Toki o kakeru shôjo

Co-founder of studio Gainax.

15. Naoko Yamada

Art_department | Koe no katachi

Naoko Yamada s a Japanese animator, television and film director. Working at Kyoto Animation, she directed the K-On!, Tamako Market anime series and the anime film A Silent Voice.

Yamada was born in Gunma Prefecture. As a child she enjoyed drawing images from the Patlabor and Dragonball anime series.

16. Mamoru Oshii

Director | Innocence

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 ...

17. Kenji Kawai

Composer | Yip Man

Kenji Kawai was born on April 23, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan. He is a composer, known for Ip Man (2008), Ghost in the Shell (2017) and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004).

19. Hiroyuki Imaishi

Director | Tengen toppa gurren lagann

He cites animator Yoshinori Kanada and action film directors John Woo, Robert Rodriguez, and Stephen Sommers as inspirations for his work.

21. Shichirô Kobayashi

Art_director | Venus Senki

Shichirô Kobayashi was born on August 30, 1932 in Hokkaido, Japan. He is known for his work on Venus Wars (1989), Space Adventure Cobra (1982) and Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie (1999).

22. Aoi Yûki

Actress | Kimi no na wa.

Aoi Yûki was born on March 27, 1992 in Chiba, Japan as Aoi Yabusaki. She is an actress, known for Your Name. (2016), Erased (2016) and A Silent Voice: The Movie (2016).

23. Mamoru Hosoda

Director | Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki

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...

24. Akiyuki Shinbo

Director | Gekijouban Mahou shojo Madoka magika Shinpen: Hangyaku no monogatari

Directed a few direct-to-video adult only titles under the name Juuhachi Minamizawa, Minmaizawa meaning 18 in Japanese.

26. The Pillows

Soundtrack | FLCL

27. Isao Takahata

Director | Hotaru no haka

Isao Takahata was born on October 29, 1935 in Ise, Mie, 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.

28. Jun'ichi Satô

Director | Junkers Come Here

Jun'ichi Satô was born on March 11, 1960 in Aichi, Japan. He is known for his work on Junkers Come Here (1995), Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997) and Magic User's Club! (1996).

31. 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. ...

32. Yoshiyuki Tomino

Writer | Kidô senshi Z Gandamu: Hoshi o tsugu mono

Yoshiyuki Tomino was born on November 5, 1941 in Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan. He is a writer and director, known for Mobile Suit Z Gundam: A New Translation - Heirs to the Stars (2004), Mobile Suit Z Gundam 2: A New Translation - Lovers (2005) and Gundam Reconguista in G (2014).

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