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Sunao Katabuchi
片渕 須直
Sunao Katabuchi in 2019
Born (1960-08-10) August 10, 1960 (age 63)
Hirakata, Japan
Alma materNihon University
Years active1982–present
Known forBlack Lagoon
Mai Mai Miracle
In This Corner of the World
SpouseChie Uratani

Sunao Katabuchi (片渕 須直, Katabuchi Sunao, born in August 10, 1960) is a Japanese animation director, screenwriter, and storyboard artist. He is director of Contrail Co. Ltd.[1] He has been a part-time lecturer at Nihon University College of Art since 2006, and a Project Professor at the college of Art of at the same university since 2018.[2][3] He has also served as a part-time lecturer at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts since 2013.[2] He is married to a fellow director of anime Chie Uratani.


Sunao Katabuchi's signature, 2016

Katabuchi was born in Hirakata, Osaka in 1960.[1]

While studying at Nihon University College of Art's Department of Cinema, he participated in the writing team of Sherlock Hound directed by Hayao Miyazaki.[1][2]

After graduating, he joined Telecom Animation Film.[4] In the same year, Hayao Miyazaki asked him to participate in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind as a scriptwriter, but he had to decline for various reasons.[4] He traveled to the U.S. several times to work on Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, a Japan-U.S. co-production of an animated film produced by Telecom, but decided to leave the company after becoming fed up with the project going astray as it was being pushed around by the American side.[5][6] Then he started working at Mushi Production.

He was seconded to Studio Ghibli from Mushi Productions to work as an assistant director for Hayao Miyazaki on Kiki's Delivery Service in 1989.[1][2] Katabuchi was originally going to direct the film, but when the sponsoring company made it clear that they had no intention of investing in anything other than a film directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Katabuchi stepped aside.[7]

Katabuchi joined Studio 4°C in 1992. Around this time, he was asked to train new directors and animators for Studio Ghibli, which had changed from a system of recruiting freelance staff for each production to a proper company structure and began hiring new employees.[8][9] When he finished his work at Ghibli, they wanted him to stay on, but he refused.[10]

He made his directorial debut with the Nippon Animation TV series Famous Dog Lassie in 1996.[1]

He made his feature film directorial debut with Princess Arete.[1] After working on various outside projects, he returned to Studio 4 °C and began work on Princess Arete in 1998. The film was released in 2001 and won Excellent Works of the Year in the Domestic Feature Film Category at Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2002.

After Princess Allyte, Katabuchi moved his main activities to Madhouse.

He directed, composed and wrote the screenplay for Black Lagoon series since 2006.[1]

In 2016, Katabuchi directed In This Corner of the World produced by MAPPA, which was released on November 12, 2016 in Japan, and planned to be released in fifteen countries including UK, France, Germany, Mexico and US.[11]



  • Kiki's Delivery Service - Assistant Director, 1989
  • Upon The Planet (この星の上に, Kono Hoshi no Ue ni) - Director, 1998[12]
  • Princess Arete (アリーテ姫, Arīte Hime) - Director, Writer, 2001
  • Mai Mai Miracle (マイマイ新子と千年の魔法, Maimai Shinko to Sennen no Mahō) - Director, Writer, 2009
  • In This Corner of the World (この世界の片隅に, Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) - Director, Writer, 2016
  • In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World (この世界の(さらにいくつもの)片隅に, Kono Sekai no (Sarani Ikutsumono)Katasumi ni) - Director, Writer, 2019
  • The Mourning Children: Nagiko and the Girls Wearing Tsurubami Black (TBA)[13]

Television productions[edit]


Video games[edit]


  • Panasonic 3CCD lovery size - Animation Director, 2004
  • Toyota ITS Ha:mo Concept movie Road to promise - Director, 2012
  • NHK Flowers blossom (花は咲く, hana wa saku) PV of animation version - Director, 2013[15][16]



  1. ^ Founder and director (取締役)


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