Junji Nishimura

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Junji Nishimura
Born (1955-12-23) December 23, 1955 (age 61)
Yobuko, Saga, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Animation director
Years active 1980–present

Junji Nishimura (西村 純二 Nishimura Junji?, born December 23, 1955) is a male Japanese animation director and producer from Yobuko, Saga, Japan, though currently resides in Karatsu, Saga. After graduating from Meiji Gakuin University in 1980, Nishimura entered into the anime studio Nishiko Production. Nishimura had his first job as a producer for Baldios in 1980, and went on to be in charge of production in other series such as Six God Combination Godmars, and Magical Princess Minky Momo in 1982. An episode of Urusei Yatsura he directed in 1982, "After You've Gone" (episode #44), was voted the favorite episode of the TV series by Japanese fans. In 1984, Nishimura resigned from Nishiko and in 1985 had his director debut with Pro Golfer Saru. Since then, he has worked as the director on many anime produced by Studio Deen, notably Ranma 1/2 (serving as series director on later television seasons and for the OVA series as well) and Kyo Kara Maoh!.

Nishimura has also animated several episodes of the animated show South Park for its 11th and 12th seasons as well as being credited in several episodes in earlier seasons.

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