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Takeshi Koike (小池健, Koike Takeshi) (born January 26, 1968) is a Japanese animator, illustrator and film director.

Takeshi Koike
Born (1968-01-26) January 26, 1968 (age 51)
Occupationfilm director, animator

Something of a protégée of Yoshiaki Kawajiri,[1] he was also influenced by Yoshinori Kanada,[2] Frank Miller,[3][4] Mike Mignola,[3] and Katsuhito Ishii.[1] He went straight from a high school education to beginning his career at Madhouse as an in-betweener on works directed by Kawajiri after being interviewed by him.[5] His first professional work as director is the title sequence of the 2000 film Party 7; while his first feature film is Redline, which premiered in 2009 and was released in 2010. He served as character designer and animation director for 2012's Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine,[6] and directed a film continuation called Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone for 2014.[7] Work outside of animation includes the artwork for the 2004 Dreams Come True single "Yasashii Kiss o Shite".[8]




Year Title Type Notes
2000 Party 7 Title sequence Opening animation of the live-action film Party 7
2000 Smanime Short film Three short animated films for a SMAP concert
2003 Trava: Fist Planet OVA
2003 World Record Short film Part of the Animatrix anthology
2003 Afro Samurai: Pilot Television pilot
2005 The Taste of Tea Animated sequence Animated sequence in the live-action film The Taste of Tea
2005 Funky Forest Animated sequence Animated sequence in the live-action film Funky Forest
2009 Iron Man: Pilot Television pilot
2009 Redline Feature film
2014 Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone Feature film
2017 Lupin the IIIrd: The Blood Spray of Ishikawa Goemon Feature film

Other WorkEdit


  1. ^ a b TS60 : Takeshi Koike - Tokyo Source Page2
  2. ^ TS60 : Takeshi Koike - Tokyo Source Page1 (Japanese)
  3. ^ a b OUTSIDE IN TOKYO : Takeshi Koike & Katsuhito Ishii (Japanese)
  4. ^ Why You Can’t Miss Redline: An Interview with Director Takeshi Koike
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  6. ^ "New Lupin III TV Anime's Staff, Cast, Title Revealed". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  7. ^ "Redline's Koike to Direct Lupin the IIIRD: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone Film". Anime News Network. 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  8. ^ "Focus on – Takeshi Koike". Catsuka. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010.

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