Masaaki Yuasa(湯浅 政明,Yuasa Masaaki?) is an animetelevision and film director, screenwriter, storyboard artist and animator known for his wild free form style. He was born on March 16, 1965 in Fukuoka, Japan. His most recent work as of September 2014 is the animated adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto's manga Ping Pong. In June of 2014 he announced that he, along with his close affiliate Eunyoung Choi, had founded a new animation studio by the name of Science Saru. They have yet to announce any works in production.
For a presentation in February 2009 on the eve of that year's Image par image animation festival in Val-d'Oise, France, for which he also illustrated the poster, Yuasa selected and commented on some examples of animated works that have been an influence on his. These were: