Hiroyuki Kitakubo

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Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Born Hiroyuki Kitakubo
北久保 弘之
(1963-11-15) November 15, 1963 (age 53)
Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Director, animator, screenwriter
Nationality Japanese
Notable works Robot Carnival, Roujin Z, Golden Boy, Blood: The Last Vampire
Notable awards "Individual Award": The 6th Animation Kobe (2001)

Hiroyuki Kitakubo (北久保 弘之, Kitakubo Hiroyuki, born November 15, 1963[1]) is a Japanese director, animator, and screenwriter.

Kitakubo began work in the anime industry as a teenager, having worked on the 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam television series.[2][3] He debuted as a director with the Cream Lemon episode "Pop Chaser" in 1985, then worked on films including Black Magic M-66 with Masamune Shirow and Akira with Katsuhiro Otomo.[1] Kitakubo went on to direct the "A Tale of Two Robots" segment from Robot Carnival, the original video animation (OVA) series Golden Boy, and the films Roujin Z and Blood: The Last Vampire.[1][4][5] In 2001, Kitakubo won the "Individual Award" at The 6th Animation Kobe for the latter film.[6] Blood: The Last Vampire also won grand prize at the 2000 Japan Media Arts Festival and first prize the 2001 World Animation Celebration.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b c d "2000 Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Division Grand Prize BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE". Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  2. ^ Ruh, Brian (June 12, 2004). Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 160. ISBN 978-1-4039-6334-5. 
  3. ^ Pacific Friend Volume 29, Issues 1-12. Jiji Gaho Sha, Inc. 2001. p. 46. 
  4. ^ Camp, Brian; Davis, Julie (2007). Anime Classics Zettai!: 100 Must-See Japanese Animation Masterpieces. Stone Bridge Press. pp. 318–9. ISBN 978-1-933330-22-8. 
  5. ^ Beck, Jerry (October 28, 2005). The Animated Movie Guide. Chicago Review Press. pp. 235–6. ISBN 978-1-55652-591-9. 
  6. ^ "アニメーション神戸-これまでの記録(第1回~10回)" [Animation Kobe - the previous record (Parts 1~10)] (in Japanese). Animation Kobe. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  7. ^ "Blood Awarded First Prize at World Animation Festival". Anime News Network. August 24, 2001. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 

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