Hiroki Hayashi

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Hiroki Hayashi
Native name 林 宏樹
Born Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Director
Years active 1987–present
Notable work Sol Bianca, Tenchi Muyo, El-Hazard, Black Heaven, Magical Play

Hiroki Hayashi (林 宏樹, Hayashi Hiroki) is a Japanese animation director associated with AIC Studios. He was a creator for the El-Hazard anime series and the co-creator for the Tenchi Muyo! series in the 1990s.[1]


Hayashi got started in animation on ThunderCats and Silverhawks.[2] He joined AIC when he was 21 years old. His first anime was Gall Force in 1987.[3] In 1988 he worked on the storyboard for the fourth OAV episode of Bubblegum Crisis, along with Masaki Kajishima. His first directed title was Sol Bianca of which he would also be credited for the original concept in the second OVA.[3] In his interview with AIC, he said that Sol Bianca was originally a game production proposal when it was brought to AIC; he thought it would make a good OVA, and created the story base for the series.[4]

His breakout title was with Kajishima as co-creator and co-producer of the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki OAV series, which he also served as the director.[2] They wanted to create a series much like Gall Force and Bubblegum Crisis where there were many guys with one girl and vice versa, but with more comedy than Bubblegum Crisis since the latter was rather serious. Bubblegum's Mackey was the prototype for Tenchi but he would become the main character in contrast to the girls in Bubblegum. He and Kajishima also created Ryoko as an inspiration from I Dream of Jeannie. Following the first OVA series, he left the second series to the producers.[4]

Hayashi's next major production was the first El-Hazard OVA series. In his AIC interview, he said that he wanted to carefully produce it, learning from his experience from Tenchi Muyo!. He was influenced by the sci-fi novel A Princess of Mars and used some of those ideas towards El-Hazard. He was later asked to work on the 3rd OVA series but declined as he thought it was best if the series ended at its peak and sequels would end up as average as those in the of Mars series. [4]

Hayashi was inspired to create Black Heaven after hanging out with his friend at a 24-hour udon restaurant where he noticed many middle-aged businessmen and their interest and enthusiasm over the Lupin the 3rd film. He also enjoyed music and was inspired by a pub owner who gave up his dream of being a pro guitar player to do his business. The title character was inspired by a manga called Shooting Star Manager in which that character used to play guitar when he was young and now just takes the commuter train a lot.[4]

At Sakura-Con 2001, he previewed his anime series Magical Play.[2] The series was his first 3D animation project, which he worked with CG director Mitsutaka Iguchi. In his AIC interview, he said that it started as some experimental CG work, but he thought it would be better to present it as a story, and so he developed that. In the series, Padudu's companion Uokichi double as a food supply; Hayashi said that he got that idea from a comic book he was reading in a waiting room about an alien who was so devoted to his master that he used his own body as food.[4]

He was also the lead director on other Pioneer titles such as Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 TV series, Battle Athletes, and Battle Programmer Shirase.[3]


Year Title Crew role Notes Source
1984 Story of the Soya Design [5]
1985 ThunderCats Artist American TV series [6]
1987 Gall Force Assistant Director Ep. 2 [3]
1987 Wanna-Be's Assistant staff [3]
1987 Black Magic M-66 Animation Director [5]
1988 Bubblegum Crisis Storyboard Ep. 4: "Revenge Road" [2][7][5][3]
1989 Explorer Woman Ray Director [5][3]
1990 Iczer Reborn Storyboard Ep. 2, 4 [3]
1990 Sol Bianca Storyboard
Original concept, Director
1992 Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki Storyboard, Story concept, Director OAV1 series [8][9][5][3]
1994 Tenchi Muyo: Mihoshi Special Executive producer, story concept OVA1 bonus episode [8]
1995 El-Hazard: The Magnificent World Storyboard, Director OVA1 [3]
1995 El-Hazard: The Magnificent World Original concept, Series construction TV series [1][5][3]
1995 Magical Girl Pretty Sammy Story concept OVA1 [3]
1995 Magical Project S Original concept TV series [3]
1997 Battle Athletes Original concept, Director Also music/lyrics "Dream of Matoroyurinngo" [5][3]
1997 Battle Athletes Director Sega Saturn game [3]
1997 El-Hazard: The Magnificent World Original concept OVA2 [3]
1998 Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 Director [2][5][3]
1999 Black Heaven Original concept, Director [2][3]
2001 Magical Play Original concept, Storyboard, Director First 3D animation [2][5]
2003 Battle Programmer Shirase Creator, Director [10][5]
2004 Burn-Up Scramble Director [5]
2005 Girls Bravo Storyboards Eps. 11 and 12 [11]
2005 Shuffle! Episode Director Ep. 14 [12]
2012 Khronos Gear Director [10]


  1. ^ a b "NanDesukan Convention Announcement". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sakura Con 2002 Press Release". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Mr. Hayashi Hiroki". AIC Anime English Website. Anime International Company. Archived from the original on July 5, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Interview with Hiroki Hayashi". AIC Anime English Website. Anime International Company. February 2011. Archived from the original on July 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Clements & McCarthy 2012
  6. ^ Furniss, Maureen (2009). Animation, Art and Industry. Indiana University Press. p. 42. ISBN 9780861969043. 
  7. ^ "Bubblegum Crisis". AnimEigo. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "AIC Nan-Desu-Kan News". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ms. Answerman: Summer Heat". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Game Firm G-mode, Studio AIC Make Khronos Gear Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Bravo at the Swimming Pool". Girls Bravo. Season 1. Episode 12. 
  12. ^ "Lycoris". Shuffle!. Season 1. Episode 14. 
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