Friday, 18 July 2014

Hiroyuki Imaishi [今石 洋之]

Hiroyuki Imaishi (今石 洋之 Imaishi Hiroyuki, born October 4, 1971) is a Japanese key animator and anime director. His style is marked by fast and frantic animation combined with elaborate storyboarding and punchy direction. A former animator and director at Gainax, he is currently the co-founder of Trigger.

Hiroyuki Imaishi

Native name今石 洋之
BornOctober 4, 1971
Tokyo, Japan
Occupationanime director, animator, character designer
Years active1995–present Hiroyuki Imaishi (今石 洋之 Imaishi Hiroyuki, born October 4, 1971) is a Japanese key animator and anime director. His style is marked by fast and frantic animation combined with elaborate storyboarding and punchy direction. A former animator and director at Gainax, he is currently the co-founder of Trigger.

Early career

Imaishi began his career at Gainax in 1995 as a key animator on Neon Genesis Evangelion. Some of his early works include animation direction, storyboarding, and key animation in FLCL episode 5, DiebusterOval X Over, and the ending animation of Paradise Kiss. Imaishi was also known for his "manga" scenes inKare Kano (His and Her Circumstances) and FLCL. He went on to direct Dead Leaves, a 2004 anime film produced by animation studio Production I.G., and the first episode of Re: Cutie Honey.


His series director debut was Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (2007).[1] The anime received an Excellence Prize at the 2007Japan Media Arts Festival,[2] and Imaishi himself received an individual award at the twelfth Animation Kobe Festival.[3] In 2008, the anime received both "best television production" and "best character design" from the Tokyo International Anime Fair.[4] Later he went on to work as director in the 2010 anime series, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. His main influence of being an animator and director are Yoshinori Kanada and his works, in which all his anime titles such as Dead Leaves,Gurren Lagann, and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt pay special tributes to him and his art.
In 2011, Imaishi left Gainax to form a new studio, Trigger, alongside Masahiko Ohtsuka and others.[5][6] His first directorial work at the studio is Kill la Kill.[7]

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Family name (in kanji): 今石
Given name (in kanji): 洋之
Date of birth: 1971-10-04
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
(1995) Starts out his animation career by joining GAINAX and working on Neon Genesis Evangelion as an in-betweener
(2004) Makes his directorial debut with Dead Leaves
(2011) Leaves GAINAX to found Trigger with Masahiko Otsuka and Kazuya Masumoto
American Adult Animation
Animator: Yoshinori Kanada
Film Directors: John Woo, Robert Rodriguez and Stephen Sommers
Web Diary / Blog:
Non-anime staff credits:
Director: Opening Animation for "Musashi: Samurai Legend" (VG) (Japanese)
Illustrator: Animated Movies for "Tales of Symphonia" (VG) (Japanese)
Original Artist: Opening Movie for "Wild Arms 3" (VG) (Japanese)

Staff in:

(English version)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (live-action movie) : Special Thanks To

Staff in:
Anime Tenchō (OAV) : Screenplay, Art Director, Animation Character Design, Continuity
Battle Athletes Victory (TV) : Key Animation (eps 8, 23)
Black Cat (TV) : Storyboard (ep 18), Key Animation (OP; ep 18)
Black Rock Shooter (TV) : Storyboard (OP; eps 1-3, 7-8), Episode Director (eps 1-4, 7-8), Unit Director (OP), CG Battle Director, Key Animation Layout (eps 1-2)
Captain Kuppa (TV) : Key Animation (ep 4)
Chiisana Kyojin Microman (TV) : Animation Director (ep 26), Key Animation (eps 39, 52)
Corpse Princess (TV) : Key Animation (OP+Ep. 5)
Cromartie High School (TV) : Storyboard (OP)
Dai-Guard (TV) : Storyboard (ep 3), Key Animation (OP)
Dead Leaves (OAV) : Director, Character Design, Animation Director, Continuity, Drawing Supervisor , Key Animation
EUREKA SEVEN AO (TV) : Illustration (by Elena; ep 12)
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (movie) : Key Animation
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (movie) : Key Animation
FLCL (OAV) : Storyboard (eps 1, 5-6), Animation Director (eps 2, 5)Art Layout, Assistant Animation Director (eps 1, 3), Key Animation(eps 1, 3-6), Key Animation Supervisor, Setting (eps 2, 5)
Fullmetal Alchemist (TV) : Key Animation (eps 4, 22)
Gad Guard (TV) : Storyboard (ep 5), Key Animation (ep 24)
Gaiking: Legend of Daikū-maryū (TV 2/2005) : Key Animation (eps 1, 13)
GaoGaiGar: King of the Braves (TV) : Key Animation (eps 28, 30)
Generator Gawl (TV) : Key Animation (eps 1-2)
Geobreeders (OAV) : Key Animation
Getter Robo: Armageddon (OAV) : Animation (Key Animation for ep. 2)
Gunbuster 2: Diebuster (OAV) : 2nd Key Animation (ep 3), Key Animation (eps 1-2, 5), Mechanical animation Director (ep 4)
Gunbuster vs Diebuster Aim for the Top! The GATTAI!! Movie : Key Animation
Gurren Lagann (TV) : Director, Storyboard (eps 1, 8, 27), Episode Director (ep 27), Episode Title Font Design (eps 1-8), Eyecatch Illustration (ep 1), Key Animation (5 episodes), Mechanical animation Director (ep 27)
Gurren Lagann the Movie – The Lights in the Sky Are Stars : Director, Storyboard, Animation Director (Mecha), Key Animation
Gurren Lagann the Movie –Childhood's End- : Director, Storyboard, Animation Director (Mecha), Eyecatch Illustration, Key Animation
Hayate the Combat Butler (TV) : Key Animation (ep 39)
He Is My Master (TV) : Storyboard (ep 4)
Hellsing (TV) : Key Animation (OP)
Heroman (TV) : Key Animation (ep 26)
His and Her Circumstances (TV) : Script (ep 19), Storyboard (1,3,8,19,24 Chapters), Animation Director (eps 3, 11, 19), Key Animation (6 episodes)
(The) IDOLM@STER (TV) : Storyboard (1 episodes)
Inferno Cop (ONA) : Director 
Jubei-Chan 2: The Counterattack of Siberia Yagyu (TV) : Key Animation (ep 7)
Kamisama Dolls (TV) : Key Animation (ep 13)
Kill la Kill (TV) : Director, Storyboard (OP 1-2, ED 1-4; 5 episodes), Episode Director (ep 24), Unit Director (ED 1, 3), Key Animation (2 episodes)
Knight Hunters (TV) : Animation (OP 2), Opening Animation (OP2)
Kodocha (TV) : Key Animation (eps 54, 75)
LBX (TV) : Key Animation (OP 2)
Little Witch Academia (movie) : Story Cooperation
Lupin III: Alcatraz Connection (special) : Key Animation
Lupin III: Crisis in Tokyo (special) : Key Animation
Lupin III: Island of Assassins (special) : Key Animation
Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure (special) : Key Animation
Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (TV) : Key Animation (ep 12)
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (TV) : Storyboard (eps 3, 12), Episode Director (ep 3), Animation Director (eps 3, 12), Creative Design (ep 12)
Mahoromatic - Automatic Maiden (TV) : Key Animation (OP; ep 4)
Mahoromatic: I'm Home! (special) : Key Animation (ep 1)
Medabots (TV) : Storyboard (ep 14), Episode Director (ep 14), Animation Director (ep 14), Key Animation (2 episodes)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (TV) : Key Animation (ep 25)
Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi (TV) : Key Animation (OP 1-2)
(The) Mystic Archives of Dantalian (TV) : Storyboard (ep 6)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV) : In-Between Animation (12 episodes), Key Animation (DC of ep. 23)
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (movie) : Key Animation (Death & Rebirth)
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (movie) : Key Animation (eps 25-26)
Night Warriors - Darkstalkers' Revenge (OAV) : Key Animation (ep 4)
Ojamajo Doremi # (TV) : Key Animation (OP)
One Piece: Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima (movie 6) : Key Animation
OVAL X OVER (OAV) : Director, Storyboard, Animation Director
Panty & Stocking in Sanitarybox (OAV) : Director, Storyboard (eps 1-3, 5-8), Episode Director (eps 1-3, 5-8)
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (TV) : Director, Script (5 episodes), Storyboard (OP, ED; 5 episodes), Episode Director (4 episodes), Unit Director (OP, ED), 2nd Key Animation (ep 11), Key Animation (eps 1-2, 28)
Paradise Kiss (TV) : Key Animation (ED)
Parappa the Rapper (TV) : Storyboard (ED 1; eps 5, 11, 18), Unit Director (ED 1), Key Animation (all for ED 1)
Petite Princess Yucie (TV) : Storyboard (ep 7), Key Animation (ep 7)
PoPoLoCrois (TV) : Key Animation (ep 6)
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (movie) : Storyboard
Re: Cutie Honey (OAV) : Director (ep 1), Episode Director (ep 1), Unit Director (OP), Key Animation (OP; eps 1, 3)
Redline (movie) : Key Animation
Rosario + Vampire (TV) : Key Animation (ep 10)
Samurai Champloo (TV) : Storyboard (ep 9)
Shaman King (TV) : Key Animation (OP 1-2)
Shikabane Hime: Kuro (TV) : Key Animation (OP)
Shoka (special) : Key Animation
Slayers Next (TV) : Key Animation (eps 22, 26)
Slayers Try (TV) : Key Animation (eps 1, 6, 14)
Space Dandy (TV) : Guest Mechanical Design Draft (ep 7)
Speed Racer X (TV) : Key Animation (OP 1-2; eps 4, 34)
Star Driver (TV) : Key Animation (ep 25)
Street Fighter Alpha: Generations (OAV) : Key Animation
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World (TV) : Key Animation (OP, ED 1; ep 7)
Trava (OAV) : Storyboard (ep 2), Key Animation (eps 2-3)
Virus Buster Serge (TV) : Key Animation (eps 1, 4, 11)
Wild Arms - Twilight Venom (TV) : Key Animation (OP; ep 3)
Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life (TV) : End Card (ep 8)
Yatterman (TV 2008) : Key Animation (eps 12, 54)
Zettai Shonen (TV) : Key Animation (ep 23)
Zoku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei (TV) : Storyboard (Zetsubou Fight)

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