Kazuko Tadano

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Kazuko Tadano
Born (1959-03-14) March 14, 1959 (age 61)
Other namesKAZZ
OccupationAnimator, Character Designer, Illustrator, Animation Director
Years active1980-present
Spouse(s)Hiromi Matsushita

Kazuko Tadano (只野 和子, Tadano Kazuko) is a Japanese character designer, animator, illustrator and animation director.[1] She's mostly known for her design work for the first two seasons of the 1990s Sailor Moon anime.


Tadano first worked on as an animation director for an episode of 1980s Saint Seiya anime. She then became a character designer for Dancouga – Super Beast Machine God, and Crystal Triangle.

In the 1990s, after working on various episodes for Goldfish Warning!, she the became a character designer for the first two seasons of the Sailor Moon TV series (Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon R), she provided some animation direction for many episodes. She also provided the designs for its first movie, Sailor Moon R: The Movie.

From the late 1990s to 2000s, after Sailor Moon, she designed the characters in Wedding Peach, Petite Princess Yucie, Jūsō Kikō Dancouga Nova, Valkyria Chronicles 3: An Unrecorded Chronicle, and Nobunagun.

In June 2018, it was announced that Tadano was chosen as a character designer for Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie,[2] a two-part anime film project that takes place as a "fourth season" of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime series, adapting the Dream arc of the original manga (Subtitled Dead Moon arc). She has stated that the designs for the films are "reminiscent of the past while bringing with them a modern nuance, all while being faithful to Ms. Takeuchi’s original imagery".[3]

In December 2019, both Tadano and her husband, Hiromi Matsushita, were chosen as character designers for the upcoming sixth spin-off of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She married Hiromi Matsushita, who was also an animation director on Sailor Moon.[5]

Her favorite hobbies are going to karaoke, traveling, and her dislikes are exercising (though she prefers to walk).[3]



Year Show Role Note
1985 Dancouga – Super Beast Machine God Character Design (Shinobu, Masato, Laura), Animatio Director (eps. 4, 19, 24), Key Animation (eps. 2, 17) [5]
1986 Saint Seiya Animation Director (eps. 65)
1991-1992 Goldfish Warning Animation Director (eps. 14, 19, 25, 30, 35, 40, 43, 50)
1992-1993 Sailor Moon Character Design, Animation Director (eps. 6, 12, 17, 21, 28, 34, 39, 46) [5]
1993-1994 Sailor Moon R Character Design, Animation Director (eps. 53, 58, 64, 69, 88), Key Animation (eps. 53) [5]
1995-1996 Wedding Peach Character Design
2002-2003 Petite Princess Yucie Character Design, Animation Director (OP), Key Animation (eps. 8, 25)
2003 The World of Narue Eyecatch Illustration
2007 Dancouga Nova – Super God Beast Armor Character Design Under the name of "KAZZ"
2011 Hunter x Hunter Key Animation (eps. 23, 31, 38, 45, 53, 75, 81)
2014 Nobunagun Character Design Under the name "KAZZ-T"
2014-2015 Mysterious Joker Animation Director (eps. 13, 19, 24, 26)
2017 The Royal Tutor Chief Animation Director (eps. 3, 11-12)
2018 Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Chief Animation Director
2020 Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens Character Design, Chief Animation Director (OP, ED; eps. 4), Animation Director (eps. 1), Key Animation (eps. 1)
2020 Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Season 2 Chief Animation Director, Animation Director (eps. 1), Key Animation (eps. 1)

Anime Film[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1993 Sailor Moon R: The Movie Character Design, Animation Director
2021 Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie -Part 1&2- Character Design 2-Part Film, Season 4 of Sailor Moon Crystal[6][7]


Year Title Role Note
1985 Vampire Hunter D Key Animation
1987 Crystal Triangle Character Design [5]
1995 Graduation Character Design
1996-1997 Wedding Peach DX Character Design
2011 Valkyria Chronicles 3: Unrecorded Chronicles Character Design, Chief Animation Director


  1. ^ Muell, Jason (July 4, 2018). "What is Kazuko Tadano's Secret to Drawing Sailor Moon?". Tuxedo Unmasked.
  2. ^ "Sailor Moon Crystal Films Bring Back Original Sailor Moon Character Designer Kazuko Tadano". Anime News Network. June 30, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Muell, Jason (April 23, 2019). "What Did Kazuko Tadano's Interview Reveal About The Sailor Moon Crystal Movie?". Tuxedo Unmasked.
  4. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens Anime Reveals April 2020 Debut, Staff, Cast". Anime News Network. December 20, 2019. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Otakon to Host Sailor Moon Designer, Animation Director". Anime News Network. 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
  6. ^ "「美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal」 劇場版アニメのキャラクターデザイナーが決定!". Sailor Moon Official (in Japanese). 2018-06-30. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  7. ^ "劇場版『美少女戦士セーラームーンEternal』". Sailor Moon Official (in Japanese). 2019-06-30. Retrieved 2019-06-30.

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