Tetsuya Nishio

Tetsuya Nishio (西尾 鉄也, Nishio Tetsuya, born 23 June 1968 in Aichi Prefecture) is a Japanese animator and character designer.

Nishio began his career as an inbetweener for the TV series Osomatsu-kun (1988).[1] He worked for Studio Pierrot on Ninku (1995-1996).[2] Since he was hired to work on Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999), he has worked for Production I.G., having previously done freelance work.[3] Minipato came about because Nishio made some promotional character illustrations which Patlabor series creator Oshii liked.[4] Nishio has been described as a member of director Mamoru Oshii's "core team".[5]

Nishio headed the animation team for The Sky Crawlers (2008) in addition to creating the character designs for that film.[3] He was the key animator for Jin-Roh, Millennium Actress (2001), and The Cat Returns (2002).[6] He won the Tokyo Anime Award for best character design at the Tokyo International Anime Fair for his work on The Sky Crawlers in 2009.[7] Nishio is particularly noted for his designs of older men.[8]

Masashi Kishimoto requested that Tetsuya Nishio oversee the character designs of Naruto when the manga was adapted into an anime series.[9]

An artbook has been released of his works, called The Art of Tetsuya Nishio: Full Spectrum.[10]


  1. ^ "Tetsuya Nishio receives Best Character Design Award at the 8th Tokyo Anime Awards". Production I.G. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  2. ^ "株式会社ぴえろ 公式サイト" (in Japanese). Studio Pierrot. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Plan de Vol #5". Cahiers du Cinema (in French). Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  4. ^ Ruh, Brian (2016). Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii (second ed.). Springer. p. 122. ISBN 9781137437907.
  5. ^ "Chicks On Anime - Animators Turned Directors". Anime News Network. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  6. ^ Camp, Brian; Davis, Julie (2007). Anime Classics Zettai! : 100 must-see Japanese animation masterpieces. Berkeley, California: Stone Bridge Press. p. 237. ISBN 9781933330228.
  7. ^ "Ponyo Wins Tokyo Anime Fair's Animation of the Year". Anime News Network. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  8. ^ "WEBアニメスタイル_アニメの作画を語ろう". www.style.fm (in Japanese). Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  9. ^ Gan, Sheuo Hui (2013). "Auteur and Anime as Seen in the Naruto TV Series". In Berndt, Jacqueline; Kümmerling-Meibauer, Bettina (eds.). Manga's Cultural Crossroads. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-134-10283-9.
  10. ^ "Style Publishes "The Art of Tetsuya Nishio: Full Spectrum"". Crunchyroll. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2017.

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