Born on April 15th, 1955.
Worked as an artist at the animation production company "Madhouse" until
1986 when he became a freelance movie producer/director.
Artwork and Production of classics like "The Rose of
Versailles (Versailles no Bara)" (TV) and "Get an Ace!
(Ace Wo Nerae!)" (Movie) while also working on projects
as diverse as "Anpanman" and "PATLABOR".
Directed the following animated feature films: "Kurisutania
/ The First Adventurers", Kenji Miazawa's memorial
movie, "The Biography of Gusukobudori", "The Star of
the Twins" and game software including "The Poporokuroisu
Story" and "NoeL3".
[ Comment ] "lain" was a very extreamly sad
Until recently, I have been avoiding television so
I want to ask the people who see "lain" what they think
about watching television.
When you watch this work you will experience strong
feelings of anticipation and fatigue.
It's hard to say how people will respond to our work
but I know that the production staff worked with enthusiasm
[ Reason for Award ] This work follows a junior high
school girl, Lain, as she explores the often fuzzy
borders between the wired and the real world.
We were impressed with its willingness to question
the meaning of contemporary life as it explored the
development of the computer and the ways in which real
Much of the content is made up of down-to-earth school
friendships and family relationships, but the questions
this work asks are extraordinarily philosophical and