Yutaka Yamamoto

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Yutaka Yamamoto
Yutaka Yamamoto at Anime Central 20140529.jpg
Native name 山本 寛
Born (1974-09-01) September 1, 1974 (age 43)
Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Occupation anime director, blogger
Years active 1998–present
Notable work Fractale
Watashi no Yasashiku nai Senpai
Wake Up, Girls! (1st Season)

Yutaka Yamamoto (山本 寛, Yamamoto Yutaka, born September 1, 1974) is a Japanese anime director from Osaka Prefecture. He was once previously a member of Kyoto Animation and Ordet.


Yutaka Yamamoto's signature at 2016 Taipei International Comics & Animation Festival

As a member of Kyoto Animation, Yamamoto rose to prominence within the company after serving as assistant director on Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time. In 2006, he was selected to be the series production director of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, after which he became well-known among anime fans for the ending dance theme he choreographed. He was to make his full directorial debut with Lucky Star, but was replaced after four episodes due to "performance issues".[1] In a later radio interview, Yamamoto confirmed he was fired by Kyoto Animation and unsuccessfully attempted to win back his job.[2] He later assumed the position of Ordet's president.[3] In 2008, he directed Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens with Ordet and A-1 Pictures.

In 2009, he directed a 90-second short film for inclusion in the fourth volume of the Tonari no 801-chan manga. The short was produced by A-1 Pictures and featured character designs by Satoshi Kadowaki.[4] Production of the short came after the announcement that Kyoto Animation would be producing a Tonari no 801-chan television series.[5] However, less than two weeks later, the series was canceled without explanation by its broadcaster, TBS.[6] Yamamoto wrote that the short was a chance to "avenge myself" on his blog.[4] His next project was Black Rock Shooter, an OVA released in July 2010. Yamamoto was the supervising director for the project, Ordet's first solo production as the main animation studio, while Shinobu Yoshioka, another former Kyoto Animation member, directed it.[7] Yamamoto attended the American anime convention Otakon in 2009. In early 2011, Yamamoto directed the anime Fractale with production by A-1 Pictures and Ordet. His most recent work, Wake Up, Girls!, began airing on Japanese television on January 10, 2014 as a television movie; this was followed by a 13-episode TV series that began airing the next day. Yamamoto was fired by Ordet & Inc. USP on March 25, 2016[8]. On February 25, 2017, he announced his next work would be an original anime film titled Twilight. Yamamoto will serve as writer and director on the film, which is set to be released in the spring of 2018.[9] Yutaka Yamamoto directed Twilight (2018) by himself. He will make his own animetion for the first time.[10]


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Attributed to Yutaka Yamamoto[edit]

  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006): Series Production Director, Script (ep 1, 3, 5, 12), Storyboard (ep 1, 9, 12. ED), Episode Director (ep 1, 12, ED) [11]
  • Lucky Star (2007): Director (ep 1 - 4), Episode Director (ep 1), Storyboard (ep 1, 2, 18), Script (ep 4, 10, 23)[12]


  1. ^ "Lucky Star Changes Director After Four Episodes". Anime News Network. 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Director Yutaka Yamamoto Talks About Lucky Star Firing". Anime News Network. 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Kannagi/Lucky Star Director Yutaka Yamamoto at Otakon". Anime News Network. 2009-06-13. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  4. ^ a b "Tonari no 801-chan Anime Short Green-Lit (Update 3)". Anime News Network. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Haruhi's Kyoto Animation to Produce Tonari no 801-chan". Anime News Network. 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  6. ^ "TBS Acknowledges Tonari no 801-chan's Cancellation". Anime News Network. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  7. ^ "Black Rock Shooter Anime with Yutaka Yamamoto Confirmed for Spring (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  8. ^ "Order was bought out for 20 million Yen". Yutaka Yamamoto. 2017-10-08. Retrieved 2017-10-08. 
  9. ^ "Wake Up, Girls' Yutaka Yamamoto Reveals 2018 Twilight Anime Film Project". Anime News Network. 2017-02-25. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  10. ^ "Yutaka Yamamoto's blog". Yutaka Yamamoto's Blog. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2017-11-30. 
  11. ^ "Kyoto Animation deleted credit of Yutaka Yamamoto". Kyoto Animation. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  12. ^ "Kyoto Animation deleted credit of Yutaka Yamamoto". Kyoto Animation. 2017-03-18. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  • Maeda, Hisashi et al. "Lucky☆Star". (May 2007) Newtype USA. p. 67.

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