Yasuhiro Takemoto

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Yasuhiro Takemoto
武本 康弘
KyotoAni Yasuhiro Takemoto.jpg
Born(1972-04-05)April 5, 1972
DiedJuly 18, 2019(2019-07-18) (aged 47)[1]
Cause of deathArson -- Kyoto Animation arson attack
Years active1994–2019
EmployerKyoto Animation
Known forKyoto Animation employee

Yasuhiro Takemoto (Japanese: 武本 康弘, Hepburn: Takemoto Yasuhiro, April 5, 1972 – July 18, 2019) was a Japanese animator and television and film director. He worked at Kyoto Animation for almost his entire animation career after joining the company in 1996 until his death in 2019.


After graduating, he entered at the prestigious Yoyogi Animation Institute, a specialized animation academy located in Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo.[citation needed] Upon graduation, he joined the animation studio Kyoto Animation, where he became one of the most important members.[citation needed]

His first major job as a director came in 2003 with Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. Two years later he directed his sequel: The Second Raid. In 2007, Takemoto replaced Lucky Star director Yutaka Yamamoto after his dismissal.[2] He led The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya and Nyorōn Churuya-san original net animation series, and was co-director with Tatsuya Ishihara of the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, broadcast in 2009, as well as the film The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.[3]

In 2012 he was in charge of directing Hyouka, based on a series of mystery novels by Honobu Yonezawa. In the series collaborated as screenwriter Shoji Gatoh, author of Full Metal Panic!. Two years later, in 2014, Takemoto was commissioned to direct another series of Gatoh novels, Amagi Brilliant Park.[4]

Takemoto had a great knowledge of classical music. His usage of Shostakovich's 7th symphony in episode 11 ("The Day of Sagittarius") of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and the choice of Erik Satie's pieces for the film The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya were his ideas.[citation needed]


Four days after the Kyoto Animation arson attack on July 18, 2019, Takemoto was declared missing by his father, who stated "he was untraceable".[5][6] His death was later confirmed by his relatives and authorities.[1][7][8]





  1. ^ a b c "武本さんの悲報、親族に 「らき☆すた」監督 京都アニメ放火" [Bad news of Mr Takemoto's from his family: The director of Lucky Star died from the Kyoto Animation fire]. The Nikkei (in Japanese). 2019-07-26. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  2. ^ "Lucky Star Changes Director After Four Episodes". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Staff for "Renewed" Airing of Haruhi Suzumiya Announced". Anime News Network. February 2, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  4. ^ "Yasuhiro Takemoto dirigirá el anime de Amagi Brilliant Park, que será una serie de televisión" (in Spanish). Koi-nya. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  5. ^ 安否不明 武本康弘さんの父親は [Yasuhiro Takemoto's father told NHK reporter that his son is missing]. NHK (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2019-07-21. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  6. ^ "Kyoto Animation Arson Attack: Leading Anime Director Feared Among Dead". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2019-07-25. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  7. ^ "「らき☆すた」武本監督の悲報、親族に 京アニ放火". The Nikkei (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  8. ^ "犠牲者10人氏名公表、京アニ事件で府警 「ハルヒ消失」監督も : 京都新聞". www.kyoto-np.co.jp. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  9. ^ Miya, Shotaro et al. "Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid". Newtype USA. 5 (11) 46–47. November 2007. ISSN 1541-4817
  10. ^ "Lucky Star & Hyōka's Yasuhiro Takemoto Directs Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Anime". Anime News Network. October 24, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2019.

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