Mari Okada

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Mari Okada
Born1976[citation needed]

Mari Okada (岡田 麿里, Okada Mari) is a Japanese anime screenwriter, live-action screenwriter and anime director. She is one of the most prolific writers currently working in the anime industry. She won the 16th Animation Kobe Award for her work.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Chichibu, Okada had a difficult early childhood. She was often bullied at primary school and began skipping days to avoid her tormentors and as a way to deal with increasingly crippling social anxiety.[2] During middle school, she stopped attending and would spend most of her time confined in her bedroom, reading books and playing video games. In spite of this, her proficiency at writing helped to get her into high school, although her social anxiety remained a problem. Nobody had high hopes for her, and as she was nearing graduation, she was constantly told that she “wouldn't survive in the real world.”[3] This made her determined to leave Chichibu as soon as she could. When she eventually graduated, she moved to Tokyo and enrolled at the Amusement Media School to study games scenario writing.


Through her game scenario studies, Okada developed a passion for screenwriting, but found it difficult to find screenwriting jobs due to her anxieties. Her earliest screenwriting jobs included creating scenarios for direct-to-video pornography and transcribing interviews for a magazine. It was through this latter job that she met Tetsurō Amino, who asked her to contribute some of her ideas for the plot of DT Eightron. She went on to write the script for five episodes, and the connection made with Amino helped in kickstarting her career. At age twenty-two, she pitched an idea for her first original anime which was based off her own experiences as a child. The screenplay was never published, but several elements of it would be used in some of her later works. After several years, her reputation within the anime industry had grown considerably, with the screenplay for numerous successful series. Okada wrote the script for her directorial anime film Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms.[4]

Notable works[edit]


TV productions[edit]




  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 13 January 2013
  2. ^ "Mari Okada: from teenage recluse to anime superstar". The Irish Times. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  3. ^ "How Mari Okada Went From Shut-In to Anime Director". Anime News Network. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Interview: Mari Okada on Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms". Anime News Network. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Girls & Panzer's Mizushima, Anohana's Okada Make Mayoiga TV Anime".
  6. ^ "VIDEO: Junji Nishimura and Mari Okada Team Up On Saga Prefecture Anime".
  7. ^ "ポニーキャニオンが「佐賀県を巡るアニメーション」を制作。監督に西村純二、脚本協力として岡田麿里も参加 - 記事詳細|Anime Recorder|アニメレコーダー".
  8. ^ "anohana Team Airs Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da Film's Ad". Anime News Network. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  9. ^ "REVIEW: Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms". Anime News Network. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.

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