Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (貞本 義行, Sadamoto Yoshiyuki, born January 29, 1962, in Tokuyama (now Shunan), Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese character designer, manga artist, and one of the founding members of the Gainax anime studio.

Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
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Yoshiyuki Sadamoto at J-Popcon in Copenhagen, 2007
Born (1962-01-29) January 29, 1962 (age 58)
OccupationCharacter designer, manga artist
Known forNeon Genesis Evangelion (manga)
Sample of Sadamoto's art, featuring Rei Ayanami of Neon Genesis Evangelion

Personal lifeEdit

Before Gainax was founded under the official name (it was originally called Daicon Film), Yoshiyuki served as animator on the second animated project, the Daicon IV opening animation. His first assignment as character designer in Gainax was for Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, released in 1987. Sadamoto has since had many works credited to him, one of the most notable being Neon Genesis Evangelion where he worked as a designer for the characters. Yoshiyuki's three most recent films include: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Summer Wars (2009), and Wolf Children (2012) for which he was the character designer.

According to Yasuo Otsuka, who guided Sadamoto as a newcomer, there are only three people whom he regarded as more skillful than himself that he has met during his career. One of them is Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. The other two are Sadao Tsukioka who became a visual creator, and award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. When Otsuka met the three men, he seems to have felt that he was taking off his hat to them at once. However, he thinks that only Miyazaki completely mastered a genuinely superior animation technique at present. He guesses, "A too excellent person might despair in the group work".[citation needed]

During an interview with Japanese Entertainment website Nihongogo done in 2013, it was revealed that Sadamoto is a stickler for details and wouldn't feel comfortable illustrating anything too unfamiliar to him. "In general, I don’t want to draw something that I have to study further in order to draw. For example, I could not draw a medical manga because it’s impossible for me to make a lie about medicine. Also things like Soccer and Baseball. I am unfamiliar with these worlds so it would be too difficult to show the actual plays." When asked about dream collaborations he revealed an interest in working with Robert Westall and Philip K. Dick but apologized "These are all deceased people, sorry."[1]


On August 9, 2019, Sadamoto received criticism for his comments on Statue of Peace (2011), a statue by Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sang. The statue depicted a comfort woman. Comfort women were sex slaves used by the Japanese imperial army. Sadamoto claimed it was propaganda as he called the statue "dirty" and "vulgar". His comments have been viewed as offensive and nationalistic.[2]


Year Title Role Media Source
1983 Daicon IV Animator Short film [3]
1987 Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise Character designer Film [4]
1988 Gunbuster Animation director OVA [4]
1990–1991 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Character designer Anime [4]
1994–2013 Neon Genesis Evangelion Artist/Story Manga
1995–1996 Neon Genesis Evangelion Character designer Anime [4]
1997 Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth Design director Film [4]
1997 The End of Evangelion Character designer Film [4]
1998 Pilgrim Artist Album
2000, 2018 FLCL Character designer OVA [4][5]
2002 .hack//Sign Character designer Anime [6]
2002–2005 .hack (video game series) Artist Video game
2004–2006 Gunbuster 2 Animation director OVA [4]
2006 Gunbuster vs Diebuster: Aim for the Top Character designer Film [4]
2006 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Character designer Film
2007 Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone Character designer Film [4]
2009 Summer Wars Character designer Film
2012 Wolf Children Character designer Film
2013 Short Peace (Gambo) Character designer Film
2018 Starwing Paradox Character designer Video game
2020 Great Pretender Character designer Anime [7]


  1. ^ David Chang (September 11, 2013). "Yoshiyuki Sadamoto x Nihongogo Interview @ Japan Expo USA 2013 1st Impact". nihongogo.com. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  2. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-08-12/evangelion-character-designer-yoshiyuki-sadamoto-attracts-criticism-over-dismissive-tweet-about-korean-comfort-women-statue/.149952
  3. ^ Eng, Lawrence. "Daicon III and IV Opening Animations - Trivia". Cornell Japanese Animation Society. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Dani Cavallaro (Oct 28, 2008). The Art of Studio Gainax: Experimentation, Style and Innovation at the Leading Edge of Anime. McFarland. pp. 205–207. ISBN 978-0-7864-3376-6.
  5. ^ "Character Designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Rock Band The Pillows to Return for FLCL Sequel Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  6. ^ Toole, Mike (October 16, 2003). ".hack//Sign Review". Anime Jump. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved January 20, 2007.
  7. ^ "WIT Studio Announces Great Pretender Anime for 2020". Anime News Network. July 5, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  • Yuki, Masahiro. "The Official Art of .hack//Roots". (May 2007) Newtype USA. pp. 101–107.

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