Masaaki Yuasa

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Masaaki Yuasa
湯浅 政明
Masaaki Yuasa at Anime Expo 2013.jpg
Masaaki Yuasa at Anime Expo 2013
Born (1965-03-16) March 16, 1965 (age 52)
Fukuoka, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Animator, director, artist, screenwriter
Years active 1987–present
Known for Kaiba
The Tatami Galaxy

Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅 政明?, Yuasa Masaaki) is an anime television and film director, screenwriter, storyboard artist and animator known for his wild free form style. He was born on March 16, 1965 in Fukuoka, Japan. His most recent work as of September 2014 is the animated adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto's manga Ping Pong. In June 2014 he announced that he, along with his close affiliate Eunyoung Choi, had founded a new animation studio by the name of Science Saru.[1]


For a presentation in February 2009 on the eve of that year's Image par image animation festival in Val-d'Oise, France, for which he also illustrated the poster, Yuasa selected and commented on some examples of animated works that have been an influence on his. These were:

Selected works[edit]


  • Vampiyan Kids pilot film (1999) – Director, storyboard, layout
  • Mind Game (2004) – Director, screenplay, character designer
  • Kemonozume (2006) – Series director and composition; episode screenplays, storyboards, direction and key animation
  • Genius Party (2008) – Director on "Happy Machine" segment
  • Kaiba (2008) – Series director and creator; episode screenplays, storyboards and direction
  • The Tatami Galaxy (2010) – Series director and screenplay; episode storyboards and direction
  • Kick-Heart (2013) – Director (Introduced "Kickstarter" crowd source funding for anime.[1])
  • Ping Pong (2014) – Series director, series composition, screenplay, storyboards and direction
  • Adventure Time (2014) – Director, writer and storyboard artist for the season 6 episode "Food Chain"
  • Space Dandy (2014) – Director, writer, animation supervisor and storyboard artist for the episode "Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Baby"
  • The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (2017) – Director
  • Lu Over the Wall (2017) – Director and screenplay
  • Devilman crybaby (2018) - Director



  1. ^ "Masaaki Yuasa and Eunyoung Choi found Science Saru, a new japanese studio". Hummingbird. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Tsuka (1 November 2008). "[Event] Yuasa en france : infos++" (in French). Catsuka. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 

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