Shinichi Watanabe(渡邊 慎一?,Watanabe Shin'ichi, born September 6, 1964) is a Japanese anime director and voice actor. He is best known for his over-the-top adaptation of Rikdo Koshi's Excel Saga, in which he appears as the character Nabeshin.
Watanabe stated that the nickname Nabeshin (which is a combination of "nabe" in Watanabe and "shin" in Shinichi) came to him from Kami-sama.
About his unique appearance (dressing similar to the character Arsène Lupin III) Watanabe said he grew out his afro and started wearing bright clothing in order to stand out and get attention.
Bonaminio, Salvan (1 October 2009). "Anime Review: The Wallflower". The Escapist. Alexander Macris. While a series filled with "beautiful men" who take advantage of costume changes at every opportunity might not be your cup o' tea, there is no need to fret fellas, it's directed by Shinichi Watanabe - the man responsible for the madness in Excel Saga and Puni Puni Poemi - so how bad can it be?
Aoki, Deb (30 June 2010). "Anime Expo 2010: Thursday's Manga Highlights". About.com. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 6 December 2011. Meet top anime director Shinichi Watanabe(Excel Saga, Tenchi Muyo, The Wallflower), a guy who's so famous and well-respected in the field, his likeness (and you-can't-miss-it-even-if-you-tried giant 'fro) has even been immortalized in anime series such as Eyeshield 21, Hayate the Combat Butler and Excel Saga.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)