Masaaki Yuasa at Anime Expo 2013
March 16, 1965|
|Occupation||Animator, director, artist, screenwriter|
The Tatami Galaxy
Ping Pong: The Animation
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. His most recent work as of January 2018 is the animated series Devilman Crybaby.
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:
- a film by Tex Avery
- another by Ladislas Starevich
- extracts from Yellow Submarine
- Fantastic Planet
- The Fox and the Hound
- The Wrong Trousers
- a Batman pilot from Lightbox Animation
- the 1971 Tōei Dōga film Ali Baba to Yonjuppiki no Tōzoku
- a Masaaki Ōsumi-directed episode of the first Lupin III television series
- part 4 of The Hakkenden: Shinshō
- the Tiger Mask and Mrs. Pepper Pot opening and ending titles respectively.
- 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.[non-primary source needed])
- Ping Pong: The Animation (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"
- Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2017) – Director
- Lu Over the Wall (2017) – Director and screenplay
- Devilman Crybaby (2018) – Director
- Chibi Maruko-chan (1990) – OP and ED animation (first season)
- Crayon Shin-chan (1992) – OP animation (fifth and sixth seasons) and ED animation (third and fourth seasons), animation director on episodes 48, 126, 260, 291 and specials
- The Hakkenden (1994) – Animation director on episode 10, "Hamaji's Resurrection" (浜路再臨)
- Noiseman Sound Insect (1997) – Animation direction, character design, layout
- My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999) – Animation
- Cat Soup (2001) – Animation producer, screenplay, planning
- Samurai Champloo (2004) – Animation on episode 9
- Welcome to The Space Show (2010) – Opening titles for The Space Show (in story)
- Wakfu (2010) – Character design for "Noximilien" special episode
- "Masaaki Yuasa and Eunyoung Choi found Science Saru, a new japanese studio". sciencesaru.com. Hummingbird. Archived from the original on 1 July 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- Tsuka (1 November 2008). "[Event] Yuasa en france : infos++" (in French). Catsuka. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- Masaaki Yuasa on IMDb
- Complete 1990–2005 filmography at Pelleas.net
- Masaaki Yuasa at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Interview with Yuasa's about Mind Game
- Yojōhan Shinwa Taikei official website (in Japanese)
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