Akiyuki Shinbo

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Akiyuki Shinbo
Native name 新房 昭之
Born (1961-09-27) September 27, 1961 (age 55)
Fukushima, Japan
Occupation Animator, director, producer

Akiyuki Shinbo (新房 昭之 Shinbō Akiyuki?), born September 27, 1961 in Fukushima, Japan, is a Japanese animator, director and producer. Shinbo started his career as an animator in 1981 at Studio One Pattern. He then made his directorial debut with Metal Fighter Miku in 1994. He is most notable for his involvement in a number of Shaft works since 2004.


Early career[edit]

Akiyuki Shinbo started his career after graduating from Tokyo Design Institute as an animator in 1981 for the anime series Urusei Yatsura. Shinbo participated with Studio Pierrot in 1990 as a unit director in Karakuri Kengouden Musashi Lord and started to provide storyboards for YuYu Hakusho in 1992 . His first full directorial debut was 1994's Metal Fighter Miku, produced by J.C.Staff. He continued his directional career with several OVA series starting with Devil Hunter Yohko 6: Double Jeopardy in 1995, followed by Galaxy Fraulein Yuna: The Abyssal Fairy in 1996, Debutante Detective Corps and New Hurricane Polymar. That year and in 1997, he directed the two Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko OVA series, which led to his second TV anime series directorial job in 1999 (the Yamamoto Yohko TV series). He then served as a director for Tatsunoko Production's The SoulTaker in 2001.

Recent work[edit]

Shinbo participated with Seven Arcs starting with Triangle Heart: Sweet Songs Forever in 2003, and then become a director for 2004's spin-off Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. In the same year, he directed Le Portrait de Petit Cossette by Daume and Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase by Shaft. He has since participated in most of Shaft's works as a director or supervisor. His most notable works since includes Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Nisemonogatari, the 1st, 2nd and 5th best selling anime since 2000 (average per volume).[1]


Year Title Award Category Result
2011 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Newtype Anime Awards Best Director Won
2012 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Tokyo Anime Awards Best Director Won


  1. ^ "2000-Present, TV Anime Sales 10k+". Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  • "Negima!?". (November 2006) Newtype USA. p. 10.

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