Toyoo Ashida

Toyoo Ashida (芦田 豊雄, Ashida Toyoo, April 21, 1944 – July 23, 2011) was an anime character designer, animation director and director. He was most notable for directing the original Vampire Hunter D anime, as well as for providing character designs for Vifam, Mashin Hero Wataru, Minky Momo and F-Zero GP Legend. He is the founder of the anime production studio, Studio Live and as well as the Japanese Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) along with Satoshi Kon.

Toyoo Ashida
Born(1944-04-21)April 21, 1944
Chiba, Japan
DiedJuly 23, 2011(2011-07-23) (aged 67)
Other namesMonta Ibu (伊武 紋太 Ibu Monta)
Yutaka Egota (江古田 豊 Egota Yutaka)
Occupationanime director, character designer, animator, screenwriter
Years active1965–2009

His designs are similar to those of Akira Toriyama. Toyoo got his style while working on Dr. Slump.

He was also heavily inspired by Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, the Fleischer Brothers, Harvey Kurtzman and Jack Davis.

Notable works as character design and animatorEdit

Notable works as directorEdit

Notable works as a producer and production managerEdit


  1. ^ 禁断の黙示録 クリスタル・トライアングル(1987). (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2013-11-17.

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