Mitsuo Iso

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Mitsuo Iso
Native name 磯 光雄
Born 1966
Aichi, Japan
Occupation Anime Director, Animator, Screenwriter
Years active 1985-present
Known for Dennō Coil

Mitsuo Iso (磯 光雄 Iso Mitsuo?, born 1966 in Aichi, Japan) is a Japanese animation director, animator and screenwriter.

His work mainly includes key animation starting in the late 1980s.[1] Iso is known for his offbeat key animation in the prologue of Gundam 0080, large portions of Asuka's battle in The End of Evangelion and the first half of Ghost in the Shell's tank battle. He also did some design work and worked on visual effects for Blood: The Last Vampire and RahXephon. Iso has co-written an episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion ("Liliputian Hitcher") and wrote, directed, and largely animated the RahXephon episode "The Children's Night". He wrote and directed the 2007 TV series Dennō Coil.

Mitsuo Iso is known for his jerky yet detailed animation, full of dense sophisticated motion. He refers to his own style as "full limited". In traditional animation, animation with a drawing count below one drawing every two frames (or "on twos") is considered limited animation. Mixing twos, threes and fours in a balanced form of timing, Iso draws every keyframe without passing his work to an in-betweener, allowing him full control to create the most detailed motion possible with a balanced and efficient number of drawings, hence the term "full limited".[2][3]

His work was discussed at Sakuga, where the presenter showed snippets of the previous cited work. [4]


Year Title Type Role Note
1985 Ninja Senshi Tobikage TV Key animation (eps 35, 40)
1986 Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos TV Key animation (eps 18, 38)
1987 Metal Armor Dragonar TV Key animation (eps 29, 32, 36)
1987 GeGeGe no Kitarō TV Key animation (eps 97, 99, 102, 104)
Inbetween animaton (ep 88)
ep 99: ballet scene in the beginning
ep 102: classroom scene after the title
1987 Mashin Hero Wataru TV Key animation (ep 27) ep 27: workers panicing
1988 Transformers: Super-God Masterforce TV Key animation (eps 6, 12, 18, 24) ep 12: from cancer raging from the bed to computer exploding
1989 Peter and Wendy TV Key animation (ep 20) uncredited
1993 Ocean Waves (film) TV film Key animation
1995 Neon Genesis Evangelion TV Script (ep 13)
Setting assistance (eps 13, 15)
Key animation (eps 1, 19, 21(video version))
ep 21: pre-title sequence
1996 Rurouni Kenshin TV Key animation (OP1)
2002 RahXephon TV Digital work and CGI (eps 2, 3)
After effects (eps 4-10, 12, 14-26)
Episode director (ep 15)
Screenplay (ep 15)
Storyboard (ep 15)
Key animation (eps 2, 15)
In-between animation (ep 15)
ep 15 known as "the episode of Iso"
2007 Dennō Coil TV Original creator
Digital Effects
Art setting (ep 2)
Cinematography (ep 26)
Storyboard (OP, ED, eps 1, 12, 17, 19, 26)
Key Animation (eps 1, 4, 12, 26)
1989 Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket OVA Key animation (eps 1, 4, 5)
1989 Explorer Woman Ray OVA Key animation (ep 1)
1989 Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai! OVA Key animation (eps 4, 6)
1990 The Hakkenden OVA Key animation (ep 1)
1990 Like the Clouds, Like the Wind OVA Key animation
1991 Teito Monogatari OVA Key animation (ep 2)
1991 Yumemakura Baku Twilight Gekijō OVA Key animation
1993 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OVA Key animation (ep 13(original 6))
1993 Super Dimension Century Orguss OVA Key animation (ep 5)
1994 Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals OVA Effects animation supervisor
Key animation (ep 2)
under the pseudonym 贄田秀雄 (Hideo Nieda)
1994 Giant Robo (OVA) OVA Key animation (ep 5)
1994 Mighty Space Miners OVA Key animation (ep 2)
1995 Golden Boy OVA Key animation (ep 4)
1997 Voogie's Angel OVA Key animation (ep 3) under the pseudonym 小田川幹雄 (Mikio Odagawa)
1998 Blue Submarine No. 6 OVA Key animation (ep 1)
2000 FLCL OVA Key animation (ep 6)
1988 Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack Film Animation supervisor
Key animation
under the pseudonym Mikio Odagawa
1991 Only Yesterday (1991 film) Film Key animation
1991 Roujin Z Film Mechanical design
1992 Porco Rosso Film Key animation
1992 Hashire Melos! Film Key animation
1994 Kattobase! Dreamers Film Layout assistance
Key animation(uncredited)
under the pseudonym Nieda Hideo
1995 Junkers Come Here Film Key animation(under the pseudonym Mikio Odagawa) monologue scene in the end
1995 Ghost in the Shell (film) Film Weapon design
Key animation
1995 Memories (1995 film) Film Key animation
1997 The End of Evangelion Film Key animation
1998 Perfect Blue Film Key animation
1999 Digimon Adventure Film Key animation under the pseudonym Mikio Odagawa
2000 Blood: The Last Vampire Film Key animation
Visual effects
2001 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Film Digital work (under the pseudonym Mikio Odagawa)
Key animation(uncredited)(presumed)
2003 RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio Film Digital work
2004 Steamboy Film Pre-production conceptual development
2010 Welcome to the Space Show Film Key animation under the pseudonym Mikio Odagawa
2014 Giovanni's Island Film Key animation(uncredited)
2015 The Case of Hana & Alice Film Animation assistance
2003 Kill Bill Live-action film Key animation
1996 Popolocrois Game Key animation


  • The Excellence Award in the Animation Division of the 2007 Japan Media Arts Festival (2007年度文化庁メディア芸術祭アニメーション部門優秀賞)
  • 第7回東京アニメアワードTVアニメ部門優秀賞
  • 第39回星雲賞メディア部門
  • The 29th Nihon SF Taisho Award (第29回日本SF大賞)
  • 第13回アニメーション神戸個人賞

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