Masaaki Yuasa

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Masaaki Yuasa
湯浅 政明
Yuasa Masaaki from "The World of Masaaki Yuasa" at Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2018 (30678155317).jpg
Born (1965-03-16) March 16, 1965 (age 54)
Fukuoka, Japan
OccupationAnimator, director, artist, screenwriter
Years active1987–present
Known forKaiba
The Tatami Galaxy
Ping Pong: The Animation
Devilman Crybaby

Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅 政明, Yuasa Masaaki, born March 16, 1965) is a Japanese animator, storyboard artist, screenwriter, anime television and film director known for his wild, freeform style. 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]




Festival International du Film d'Animation d'Annecy
Year Category Work Result
2013 Best Short Kick-Heart Nominated
Fantasy Festival
Year Category Work Result
2013 Best Animated Short Film Kick-Heart Winner
Sitges Film Festival
Year Category Work Result
2013 Best Animated Short Film Kick-Heart Nominated
Mainichi Film Award
Year Category Work Resultado
2005 Ofuji Noburo Award Maindo Gēmu Ganador
Shanghai International Film Festival
Year Category Work Result
2019 Best Animated Film Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara Winner


  1. ^ "Masaaki Yuasa and Eunyoung Choi found Science Saru, a new japanese studio". Hummingbird. Archived from the original on July 1, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Tsuka (November 1, 2008). "[Event] Yuasa en france : infos++" (in French). Catsuka. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "Devilman Crybaby Director Masaaki Yuasa Unveils Inu-Oh Anime Film for 2021". Anime News Network. June 12, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2019.

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