Jump to content

Shinichi Watanabe

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shinichi Watanabe dressed in the style of his 'Nabeshin' character.

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.[1]

Watanabe stated that the nickname Nabeshin (a name blending of "nabe" in Watanabe and "shin" in Shinichi) came to him from God.[1]

About his unique appearance (dressing similar to the character Lupin III) Watanabe said he grew out his afro and started wearing bright clothing in order to stand out and get attention.[2]



Directorial Works[edit]

Episode Directing and Storyboards[edit]



  1. ^ a b Zac Bertschy (May 24, 2007). "Nabeshin in Houston". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  2. ^ none (August 12, 2011). "Shinichi Watanabe "Nabeshin" Exclusive Interview - Investigating Anime". Martell Brothers Studios, LLC. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  3. ^ Anime Expo Hosts Excel Saga Director Shinichi Watanabe, Anime News Network, February 18, 2010
  4. ^ "Staff". tobe-hero.com (in Japanese). Retrieved April 25, 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  • Zac Bertschy (May 24, 2007). "Interview: Shinichi "Nabeshin" Wantanabe". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
  • "Shinichi Watanabe Anime Interview". Active Anime. 26 October 2007. (Note that the audio links are missing.)

External links[edit]