Anime Directors

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1. Akiyuki Shinbo

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

Is a freelance director but frequently works with Studio Shaft.

Bakemonogatari 9 Saynoara Zetsubo Sensei 8

2. 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...

Summer Wars 9 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time 8 Wolf Children 8 The Boy And The Beast 7.5

3. 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.

Evangelion 9 His And Her Circumstances 8.5

4. 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.

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya 7 Only Yesterday 7.5

5. Tetsurô Araki

Director | Shingeki no kyojin

Graduated from Senshu University with a degree in literature.

Attack On Titan 8.5 Death Note 9

6. 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 ...

7. 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 ...

Your Name 7 5 Centimeters Per Second 7 The Garden Of Words 6

8. 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).

Space Dandy 8.5 Samuari Champloo 8 Cowboy Bebop 7.5

9. Takeshi Koike

Director | Redline

Takeshi Koike is known for his work on Redline (2009), Ninja Scroll (1993) and The Animatrix (2003).

Redline 8

11. 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.

Space Patrol Lulluco 8.5 Kill La Kill 7.5

12. 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.

A Silent Voice 8.5 Tomoko Love Story 7 Tomoko Market 6

13. Yô Yoshinari

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

Twin brother of Kou Yoshinari.

Little Witch Academia 9

Baccano 9 Durarara 7.5 Samuari Flamenco 7

15. Mamoru Oshii

Director | Inosensu: 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 ...

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16. 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 (...

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