Osamu Dezaki

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Osamu Dezaki
Born Shinagawa, Tokyo
(1943-11-18)November 18, 1943
Died April 17, 2011(2011-04-17) (aged 67)
Occupation film director, screenwriter

Osamu Dezaki (出﨑 統 Dezaki Osamu?, November 18, 1943 – April 17, 2011[1]), also known as Makura Saki (崎 枕, さきまくら Saki Makura?), 斉九洋, Matsudo Kan (松戸 完 Matsudo Kan?) or Yabuki Toru (矢吹 徹 Yabuki Toru?), was a Japanese anime director, born on November 18, 1943 in Shinagawa, Tokyo.[2][3]


Dezaki started out as a manga artist while still in high school. In 1963 he joined Mushi Production, which was founded by manga and anime pioneer Osamu Tezuka. His made his debut as a director in 1970 with Ashita no Joe.[3]

Dezaki was known for his distinct visual style, which makes use of split screen, stark lighting, extensive use of dutch angle, and pastel freeze frames that he called "postcard memories",[4] which may be his most famous trademark. They feature a process whereby the screen fades into a detailed "painting" of the simpler original animation. Many of his techniques became popular and came to be seen as special techniques of Japanese animation. He particularly influenced Yoshiaki Kawajiri,[5] Yoshiyuki Tomino,[6] Ryūtarō Nakamura, Kunihiko Ikuhara,[7] Akiyuki Shinbo,[8] and Yutaka Yamamoto.[8]

Desaki was known to be a notorious chain smoker, and as a result, he died from lung cancer on April 17, 2011, at the age of 67.[9]

Personal life[edit]

His older brother, Satoshi Dezaki, is also an anime director.


Anime television series[edit]

Title Position Year
Astro Boy Animator and Episode Director 1963-1966
悟空の大冒険, Goku no Dai-bouken / Great adventure of Goku' (Based on Hsi Yu Chi) Episode Director 1967
わんぱく探偵団, Wanpaku Tanteidan / Naughty Detective Corps Episode Director 1968
Dororo Episode Director 1969
Ashita no Joe Director, Screenplay, and Episode Director 1970-1971
Lupin the 3rd Storyboard Artist (episodes 7, 13, and 17) 1971-1972
Jungle Kurobe Director 1973
Aim for the Ace! / Ace o Nerae! Director 1973-1974
First Human Giatrus, (Hajime Ningen Gyatoruz / Giatrus, The Dawn of Mankind') Director 1974-1976
Ganba no Bōken (ガンバの冒険 Adventures of Ganba?) Director and Episode Director 1975
Ganso Tensai Bakabon Episode Director 1975-1977
Ie Naki Ko / Nobody's Child (based on Hector Malot's novel, Sans Famille / Nobody's Boy Director and Episode Director 1977-1978
Takarajima (based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel: Treasure Island Director 1978-1979
The Rose of Versailles Director (from episode 19 onward) 1979-1980
Tomorrow's Joe 2 Director 1980-1981
Space Adventure Cobra Director (with Yoshio Takeuchi) 1982-1983
Rainbow Brite Joint Director 1984
The Mighty Orbots Director 1984
Bionic Six Director 1987
Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light Creative Consultant 1987
Oniisama e Director 1991-1992
In the Beginning: The Bible Stories Director 1997
Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick (Based on Moby-Dick by Herman Melville) Director 1997-1999
The Snow Queen (Based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen) Director and Storyboard Artist 2005-2006
Ultraviolet: Code 044 Director, Screenplay, and Storyboard Artist 2008
Genji Monogatari Sennenki (Based on Genji Monogatari by Murasaki Shikibu) Director and Screenplay 2009

Television specials[edit]

Title Position Year
Frosty the Snowman Animation Director December 7, 1969
Botchan Supervisor June 13, 1989
Lupin III: Bye-Bye Liberty Crisis Director April 1, 1989
Lupin III: Mystery of the Hemingway Papers Director July 20, 1990
Lupin III: Steal Napoleon's Dictionary! Director August 9, 1991
Lupin III: From Russia With Love Director July 24, 1992
Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure Director August 4, 1995
Koushi-den (孔子傳) (Confucius tradition) Director October 15, 1995

Original video animations[edit]

Title Position Year
Aim for the Ace! 2 / Ace o Nerae! 2 Total Supervisor and Storyboard Artist 1988
One Pound Gospel Director 1988
Sinter Starlit Night Music Director 1989
Aim for the Ace! / Ace o Nerae! Final Stage Director 1989-1990
B.B. Director 1990-1991
Syura-no-suke Zan-ma-ken・Shirenmon no Otoko Director 1990
'Sohryuden: Legend of the Dragon Kings Director 1991-1993
Treasure Island (Takarajima) Memorial, The man who was called an "evening calm" Director 1992
Black Jack Director 1993-2000
Golgo 13 : Queen Bee Director 1998


Title Position Year
A Thousand & One Nights Animator 1969
Belladonna Key Animator 1973
Aim for the Ace! The Movie: Jump High, Hiromi!' Director 1979
Tomorrow's Joe: The Movie Director 1980
Nobody's Child/Ie Naki Ko: The Movie Director 1980
Tomorrow's Joe: The Movie 2 Director 1981
Space Adventure Cobra Director 1982
Golgo 13: The Professional Director 1983
冒険者たち ガンバと7匹のなかま Bōkensya-tachi Ganba to 7hiki no Nakama / Venturers "Gamba and seven friends" (Ganba no Bōken: The Movie Director 1984
Treasure Island (Takarajima): The Movie Director 1987
Black Jack: The Movie' Director 1996
Hamtaro: The Movie 1, 2, 3, and 4 Director 2001-2004
Air Director 2005
Clannad Director 2007


  1. ^ "「あしたのジョー」「ベルばら」アニメ監督の出崎統さんが死去 67歳、肺がん". MSN Sankei News. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Dei, Shirou; Kodayashi, Akemi. "AIR The Movie". Newtype USA. 6 (12) pp. 54–55. December 2007. ISSN 1541-4817.
  3. ^ a b "Longtime anime director Osamu Dezaki dead at 67". forum.bcdb.com, April 18, 2011
  4. ^ Black Jack: OAV Audio Commentary.[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Sutajio yū (2008). Plus Madhouse 02 - Yoshiaki Kawajiri (PLUS MADHOUSE 2 川尻善昭?). Inc./Hatsubai Kinemajunpōsha. ISBN 978-4-87376-304-0. OCLC 233684835. Japanese edition
  6. ^ "出崎統さん通夜:富野 由悠季さん、ちばてつやさん、りんたろうさんインタビュー紹介". NHK KabunBlog. April 20, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ Ikuhara, Kunihiko. "Twitter / ikuni_noise: 残念です。業界に多大な影響を与えてくれました。僕の仕 ...". Twitter. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  8. ^ a b アニメーション監督 出崎統の世界 ---「人間」を描き続けた映像の魔術師 ISBN 978-4309272917
  9. ^ "The Mike Toole Show". www.animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 

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