Hiroyuki Imaishi

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Hiroyuki Imaishi
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Native name 今石 洋之
Born October 4, 1971
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation anime director, animator, character designer
Years active 1995–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[edit]

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, Diebuster, Oval X Over, and the ending animation of Paradise Kiss. Imaishi was also known for his "manga" scenes in Kare 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.

Director[edit]

His series director debut was Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (2007).[1] The anime received an Excellence Prize at the 2007 Japan 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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