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Yoshiyuki Sadamoto at J-Popcon in Copenhagen, 2007
|Occupation||Character designer, manga artist|
|Known for||Neon Genesis Evangelion (manga)|
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (貞本 義行 Sadamoto Yoshiyuki, born January 29, 1962, in Tokuyama (now Shunan), Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese character designer, manga artist, and one of the founding members of the Gainax anime studio.
Before Gainax was founded under the official name (it was originally called Daicon Film), Yoshiyuki served as animator on the second animated project, the Daicon IV opening animation. His first assignment as character designer in Gainax was for Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, released in 1987. Sadamoto has since had many works credited to him, one of the most notable being Neon Genesis Evangelion where he worked as a designer for the characters. Yoshiyuki's three most recent films include: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Summer Wars (2009), and Wolf Children (2012) for which he was the character designer.
According to Yasuo Otsuka, who guided Sadamoto as a newcomer, there are only three people whom he regarded as more skillful than himself that he has met during his career. One of them is Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. The other two are Sadao Tsukioka who became a visual creator, and award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. When Otsuka met the three men, he seems to have felt that he was taking off his hat to them at once. However, he thinks that only Miyazaki completely mastered a genuinely superior animation technique at present. He guesses, "A too excellent person might despair in the group work".
During an interview with Japanese Entertainment website Nihongogo done in 2013, it was revealed that Sadamoto is a stickler for details and wouldn't feel comfortable illustrating anything too unfamiliar to him. "In general, I don’t want to draw something that I have to study further in order to draw. For example, I could not draw a medical manga because it’s impossible for me to make a lie about medicine. Also things like Soccer and Baseball. I am unfamiliar with these worlds so it would be too difficult to show the actual plays." When asked about dream collaborations he revealed an interest in working with Robert Westall and Philip K. Dick but apologized "These are all deceased people, sorry."
|1983||Daicon IV||Animator||Short film|||
|1987||Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise||Character designer||Film|||
|1990–1991||Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water||Character designer||Anime|||
|1994–2013||Neon Genesis Evangelion||Artist/Story||Manga|
|1995–1996||Neon Genesis Evangelion||Character designer||Anime|||
|1997||Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth||Design director||Film|||
|1997||The End of Evangelion||Character designer||Film|||
|2000, 2018||FLCL||Character designer||OVA|||
|2002–2005||.hack (video game series)||Artist||Video game|
|2004–2006||Gunbuster 2||Animation director||OVA|||
|2006||Gunbuster vs Diebuster: Aim for the Top||Character designer||Film|||
|2006||The Girl Who Leapt Through Time||Character designer||Film|
|2007||Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone||Character designer||Film|||
|2009||Summer Wars||Character designer||Film|
|2012||Wolf Children||Character designer||Film|
|2013||Short Peace (Gambo)||Character designer||Film|
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- "Character Designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Rock Band The Pillows to Return for FLCL Sequel Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
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- Yuki, Masahiro. "The Official Art of .hack//Roots". (May 2007) Newtype USA. pp. 101–107.