Shinji Aramaki

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Shinji Aramaki
荒牧 伸志
Ready Player One Japan Premiere Red Carpet Aramaki Shinji (40893745414).jpg
Aramaki at the Ready Player One Japan premiere in 2018
Born (1960-10-02) 2 October 1960 (age 61)
Alma materOkayama University
OccupationAnime director and mechanical designer

Shinji Aramaki (荒牧 伸志, Aramaki Shinji, born 2 October 1960) is a Japanese anime director and mechanical designer from Fukuoka Prefecture. He graduated from Fukuoka Prefectural Fukuoka High School and Okayama University. He was a member of Artmic and is currently the Chief Creative Officer (CCO) at SOLA DIGITAL ARTS.[1] He is a leading figure in 3DCG animation in Japan.[2][3]


From middle school through high school, Aramaki was influenced by Space Battleship Yamato, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Star Wars, and aspired to a career in the visual arts.[4] During his time at Okayama University, he was a member of the manga club. One of his best-known works from his time in the manga club was the self-produced animation Moonstruck Artemis.

Aramaki himself stated that he did not have a particular desire to work in the animation industry, but rather went into it because he could draw pictures and because the industry had a wide range of opportunities.[4] He does not distinguish between animation and live-action genres, and says that the spread of digital technology has made it easier for him to work in the animation and live-action fields, as the boundary between the two has disappeared.[4] He is particularly well known for his work on anime featuring mecha of the sort that can transform into powered exoskeletons and motorcycles.[5]

In 2004, he directed Appleseed, the world's first 3D live anime that introduced motion capture, which had a great impact on creators not only in Japan but also around the world.

On October 27, 2011, Aramaki participated in a panel discussion at the VFX-JAPAN Kickoff Meeting.[6][7]

On 29 November 2018, it was announced that he and Kenji Kamiyama will direct the initial season of Blade Runner: Black Lotus, an anime for Adult Swim and Crunchyroll.[8][9][10]


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  1. ^ 満を持して世界に挑む! 映画『スターシップ・トゥルーパーズ インベイジョン』荒牧伸志監督インタビュー | FEATURE |
  2. ^ 日本における3DCGアニメの第一人者
  3. ^ "3DCG の夜明け 〜日本のフル CG アニメの未を探る〜". AREA JAPAN. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Yōta Kojō (May 2004). "トクサツ遺伝子研究所 荒牧伸志インタビュー". Uchusen. Vol. 112. Asahi Sonorama. p. 111. 01843-05.
  5. ^ "Midnight Eye interview: Shinji Aramaki". Retrieved 20 April 2007.
  6. ^ VFX-JAPANの設立目指す キックオフミーティング
  7. ^ 「VFX-JAPAN」キックオフミーティングをふりかえる | FEATURE |
  8. ^ Otterson, Joe (29 November 2018). "Blade Runner Anime Series". Variety. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  9. ^ Gurwin, Gabe (29 November 2018). "BLADE RUNNER ANIME SERIES COMING TO CARTOON NETWORK, CRUNCHYROLL". IGN. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  10. ^ Yoo, Noah (29 November 2018). "Adult Swim Announces New "Blade Runner" Anime Series". Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Appleseed Ex Machina" Newtype USA 6 (12) 20. December 2007. ISSN 1541-4817.
  12. ^ "Official website and blog states him as director".
  13. ^ "Captain Harlock's New CG Pilot Images, Staff Revealed". Anime News Network.
  14. ^ Young, Al. "First Trailer for SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK". Twitch.
  15. ^ "Work in progress 2011". Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  16. ^ "Appleseed Alpha CG Anime Film's 1st Trailer Posted". Anime News Network.
  17. ^ | 'Evangelion:Another Impact' Short by Appleseed's Aramaki Streamed
  18. ^ Alt, Matt. "Machine Logic". Otaku USA. Posted 2 November 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2010. Archived page at the Wayback Machine.

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