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List of notable or famous animators from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top animators born in Japan and even some popular animators who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese animators then this list is the perfect resource for you. These animators are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known animator from Japan is included when available.

The list you're viewing is made up of different people like Hayao Miyazaki and Hideaki Anno.

This historic animators from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese animators of note?" and "Who are the most famous animators from Japan?" These prominent animators of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese animators.

Use this list of renowned Japanese animators to discover some new animators that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (65 items)
Akemi Ôta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
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Akemi Ôta


Akemi Ôta is an animator, and the wife of Hayao Miyazaki. ...more

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Akio Watanabe is a Japanese animator, character designer and animation director currently living in Tokyo, Japan. He often goes by the pseudonym Poyoyon Rock. He is also a member of the dōjinshi circle Pokopii. ...more

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Age: 47

Profession: Animator, Animation Director, Anime character designer

Credits: Hoshizora Kiseki

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Akira Yasuda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
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Akira Yasuda is a Japanese animator, character designer, game designer and mecha designer, who works under the pen name "Akiman". Yasuda was formerly an employee of the video game company Capcom and has worked on many Capcom games, taking on various design roles for works such as the Final Fight ...more

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Kushiro, Japan

Profession: Mangaka, Video game development, Illustrator, Character Designer, Animator

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Atsuko Ishizuka is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
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Atsuko Ishizuka is a Japanese animator and director at Madhouse, one of the leading animation production companies in the world. She was born on September 3, 1981 and has been with Madhouse since 2004. ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Okazaki, Japan

Profession: Animator, Film Director

Credits: Tsuki no Waltz

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