Hiroko Utsumi

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Hiroko Utsumi
Native name
OccupationDirector, animator
Known forFree!
Banana Fish

Hiroko Utsumi (内海紘子, Utsumi Hiroko) is a Japanese anime director, animator, storyboard artist, and mangaka. She is best known for her work with Kyoto Animation, particularly as the original director of Free!, and for her later work at MAPPA, where she directed Banana Fish. She is a graduate of the Osaka Municipal College of Design.[1]


Television animation[edit]

Original video animation[edit]

Film animation[edit]


Short animation[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "June and July Activity information on TV broadcast animation graduates (in Japanese)". OCDAnime. June 11, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2018.