Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅 政明, Yuasa Masaaki, born March 16, 1965) is a Japanese animator, storyboard artist, screenwriter, anime television and film director known for his wild, freeform style. In June 2014, he announced that he, along with his close affiliate Eunyoung Choi, had founded an animation studio by the name of Science Saru. Yuasa retired as the president of Science Saru on March 25, 2020.
|Born||March 16, 1965|
|Occupation||Animator, director, artist, screenwriter|
|Known for||Kaiba |
The Tatami Galaxy
Ping Pong: The Animation
For a presentation in February 2009 on the eve of that year's Image par image animation festival in Val-d'Oise, France, for which he also illustrated the poster, Yuasa selected and commented on some examples of animated works that have been an influence on his. These were:
- a film by Tex Avery
- another by Ladislas Starevich
- extracts from Yellow Submarine
- Fantastic Planet
- The Fox and the Hound
- The Wrong Trousers
- a Batman pilot from Lightbox Animation
- the 1971 Tōei Dōga film Ali Baba to Yonjuppiki no Tōzoku
- a Masaaki Ōsumi-directed episode of the first Lupin III television series
- part 4 of The Hakkenden: Shinshō
- the Tiger Mask and Mrs. Pepper Pot opening and ending titles respectively.
- Vampiyan Kids pilot film (1999) – Director, storyboard, layout
- Mind Game (2004) – Director, screenplay, character designer
- Kemonozume (2006) – Series director and composition; episode screenplays, storyboards, direction and key animation
- Genius Party (2008) – Director on "Happy Machine" segment
- Kaiba (2008) – Series director and creator; episode screenplays, storyboards and direction
- The Tatami Galaxy (2010) – Series director and screenplay; episode storyboards and direction
- Kick-Heart (2013) – Director (Introduced "Kickstarter" crowd source funding for anime.[non-primary source needed])
- Ping Pong: The Animation (2014) – Series director, series composition, screenplay, storyboards and direction
- Adventure Time (2014) – Director, writer and storyboard artist for the season 6 episode "Food Chain"
- Space Dandy (2014) – Director, writer, animation supervisor and storyboard artist for the episode 16, "Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Baby"
- Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2017) – Director
- Lu over the Wall (2017) – Director and screenplay
- Devilman Crybaby (2018) – Director
- Ride Your Wave (2019) – Director
- Super Shiro (2019–20) – Director
- Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (2020) – Director
- Japan Sinks (2020) – Director
- Inu-Oh (2021) – Director
- Chibi Maruko-chan (1990) – OP and ED animation (first season)
- Crayon Shin-chan (1992) – OP animation (fifth and sixth seasons) and ED animation (third and fourth seasons), animation director on episodes 48, 126, 260, 291 and specials
- The Hakkenden (1994) – Animation director on episode 10, "Hamaji's Resurrection" (浜路再臨)
- Noiseman Sound Insect (1997) – Animation direction, character design, layout
- My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999) – Animation
- Cat Soup (2001) – Animation producer, screenplay, planning
- Kujiratori (2001) – Character design
- Samurai Champloo (2004) – Animation on episode 9
- Welcome to The Space Show (2010) – Opening titles for The Space Show (in story)
- Wakfu (2010) – Character design for "Noximilien" special episode
|2013||Short Films in Competition||Kick-Heart||Nominated|
|2017||Cristal for Best Feature film||Lu over the Wall||Winner|
|2019||Cristal for Best Feature film||Ride Your Wave||Nominated|
|2013||Best Animated Short Film||Kick-Heart||Winner|
|2013||Best Animated Short Film||Kick-Heart||Nominated|
|2005||Ofuji Noburo Award||Mind Game||Winner|
|2019||Best Animation||Ride Your Wave||Winner|
|2019||Best Animation Feature||Ride Your Wave||Winner|
- "Masaaki Yuasa and Eunyoung Choi found Science Saru, a new japanese studio". sciencesaru.com. Hummingbird. Archived from the original on July 1, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
- Harding, Daryl. "Masaaki Yuasa Retires as President of Anime Studio Science SARU". Crunchyroll News.
- Tsuka (November 1, 2008). "[Event] Yuasa en france : infos++" (in French). Catsuka. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- "Devilman Crybaby Director Masaaki Yuasa Unveils Inu-Oh Anime Film for 2021". Anime News Network. June 12, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
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- Masaaki Yuasa on IMDb
- Complete 1990–2005 filmography at Pelleas.net
- Masaaki Yuasa at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Interview with Yuasa's about Mind Game
- Yojōhan Shinwa Taikei official website (in Japanese)
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