Kunihiko Yuyama

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Yuyama.
Kunihiko Yuyama
Born (1952-10-15) October 15, 1952 (age 64)
Nationality Japanese
Occupation anime director

Kunihiko Yuyama (湯山 邦彦 Yuyama Kunihiko?, born October 15, 1952) is a Japanese director of anime films, television, and video series.[1] His best-known work involves Pokémon productions. Other anime he has directed include Leda: The Fantastic Adventure of Yohko, Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning, Plawres Sanshiro, Wedding Peach.

Career[edit]

Developing an interest in animation while still at high school, Yuyama worked as an animator's assistant on episodes of Star Blazers and Brave Raideen. He was a sketch artist and storyboard artist on the foreign co-production Barbapapa (1973) and joined Aoi Productions in 1978. The same year, he had his directorial debut while working for Aoi on Galaxy Express 999, and soon struck up a successful working partnership with the screenwriter Takeshi Shudo on GoShogun. In 1982, he promoted to "chief director", an overseeing role on Magical Princess Minky Momo. While remaining in TV during the 1980s, he also played a leading role in anime's exodus into video. His work also showed a mastery of elements for a female audience, most obvious in his Three Musketeers spin-off, Aramis' Adventure. After working on Ushio and Tora, he gained true fame through his involvement with later works on Pokémon.

Filmography[edit]

  • Anime Sanjushi (TV) : Series Director
  • Anime Sanjushi: Aramis no Bōken (movie) : Director
  • Apfel Land Story (OAV) : Director
  • Barbapapa (TV) : Storyboard
  • Camp Pikachu (movie) : Director
  • Chikkun Takkun (TV) : Storyboard, Episode Director
  • Dancougar - Super Beast Machine God (TV) : Storyboard (ep 19)
  • Fairy Princess Minky Momo (TV) : Series Director
  • Fairy Princess Minky Momo: La ronde in my dream (OAV) : Director
  • Galaxy Express 999 (TV) : Unit Director
  • GoShogun: The Time Étranger (OAV) : Director
  • Ippatsu Kanta-kun (TV) : In-Between Animation
  • Kenyū Densetsu Yaiba (TV) : Director, Storyboard
  • Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning (movie) : Director, Storyboard
  • Kujira no Josephina (TV) : Director
  • Kyōryū Bōkenki Jura Tripper (TV) : Series Director
  • Leda - The Fantastic Adventure of Yohko (OAV) : Director, Script
  • Machine Robo: Revenge of Chronos (TV) : Storyboard (ep 18)
  • Machine Robo: The Running Battlehackers (TV) : Storyboard (ep 18)
  • Mahō no Princess Minky Momo: Yume o Dakishimete (TV) : Director
  • Majokko Tickle (TV) : Script, Storyboard
  • Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade (movie) : Director
  • Mewtwo ~Kakusei e no Prologue~ (special) : Director, Storyboard
  • Minky Momo in Tabidachi no Eki (OAV) : Director
  • Minky Momo in Yume ni Kakeru Hashi (OAV) : Director
  • Odoru Pokémon Himitsu Kichi (movie) : Director
  • Ogon Senshi Gold Raitan (TV) : Episode Director
  • Once Upon a Time (movie aka Windaria) : Director
  • Pikachu and Pichu (movie) : Director
  • Pikachu Kōri no Daibōken (special) : Director
  • Pikachu no Fushigina Fushigina Daibōken (special) : Director
  • Pikachu no Kirakira Daisōsaku! (special) : Director
  • Pikachu no Natsumatsuri (special) : Director
  • Pikachu no Obake Carnival (special) : Director
  • Pikachu no Summer Bridge Story (special) : Director
  • Pikachu Tanken Club (special) : Director
  • Pikachu to Evee Friends (movie) : Director
  • (Pikachu to Pokémon Ongakutai (movie) : Director
  • Pikachu's Island Adventure (special) : Director
  • Pikachu's Rescue Adventure (movie) : Director
  • Plawres Sanshiro (TV) : Director, Storyboard, Episode Director
  • Pocket Monster Crystal: Raikou Ikazuchi no Densetsu (special) : Chief Director
  • Pocket Monster XY Pikachu the Movie 1 Jikan Special : Chief Director
  • Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl (TV) : Chief Director, Executive Director
  • Pocket Monsters: Pikachu no Fuyuyasumi (OAV) : Director
  • Pocket Monsters: Pikachu no Fuyuyasumi 2000 (OAV) : Director
  • Pocket Monsters: Pikachu no Fuyuyasumi 2001 (OAV) : Director
  • Pokémon (TV) : Chief Director, Storyboard, Executive Director
  • Pokémon - Pikachu's PikaBoo (movie) : Director
  • Pokémon The Movie 2000: Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon 3 - The Movie : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon 3D Adventure 2: Pikachu no Kaitei Daibōken (movie) : Director
  • Pokémon 3D Adventure: Mew o Sagase! (movie) : Director
  • Pokémon 4Ever (movie) : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon Advanced (TV) : Chief Director, Executive Director
  • Pokémon Heroes - Latias & Latios (movie) : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness (special) : Director
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate! (special) : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Toki to Yami o Meguru Saigo no Bōken (special) : Director
  • Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (movie) : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (special) : Chief Director
  • Pokémon the Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram : Director
  • Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened : Director
  • Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages : Director
  • Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom : Director
  • Pokémon XY (TV) : Chief Director
  • Pokémon Zoroark: Master of Illusions (movie) : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (movie) : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon: Black and White (TV) : Chief Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon: Black and White: Rival Destinies (TV) : Chief Director
  • Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys (movie) : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon: Giratina & The Sky Warrior (movie) : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker (movie) : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (movie) : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns (special) : Executive Director
  • Pokémon: The First Movie : Director, Storyboard
  • Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (special) : Chief Director, Executive Director
  • Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai (movie) : Director, Storyboard
  • Roots Search (OAV) : Supervision
  • Sasuga no Sarutobi (TV) : Storyboard
  • Sengoku Majin Goshōgun (TV) : Director
  • Sherlock Hound (TV) : Storyboard (ep 17)
  • Slayers Great (movie) : Chief Director, Storyboard, Executive Director
  • Slayers Return (movie) : Chief Director, Storyboard
  • Slow Step (OAV) : Director
  • Space Warrior Baldios (TV) : Episode Director
  • Star Blazers (TV) : In-Between Animation
  • Tekkamen o Oue - D'Artagnan Monogatari yori (special) : Director
  • Time Patrol Bon (special) : Director, Storyboard
  • Time Trouble Tondekeman! (TV) : Director, Episode Director
  • Tondemo Senshi Muteking (TV) : Episode Director
  • Urashiman (TV) : Episode Director
  • Ushio & Tora (OAV) : Director, Storyboard
  • Ushio & Tora: Comically Deformed Theater (OAV) : Director, Script, Storyboard ("Brave Fighter","Idaten")
  • Weather Report Girl (OAV) : Director, Script
  • Wedding Peach (TV) : Series Director
  • Wedding Peach DX (OAV) : Director
  • Yattodetaman (TV) : Episode Director
  • Yuusha Raideen (TV) : In-Between Animation
  • Zendarman (TV) : Episode Director
  • Zukkoke Knight - Don De La Mancha (TV) : Series Director, Episode Director

References[edit]

  1. ^ "湯山邦彦 ゆやま・くにひこ". allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 

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