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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.

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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.

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Akemi Ôta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
Akemi Ôta is an animator, and the wife of Hayao Miyazaki.
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Akio Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 49
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 ...more
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Akira Yasuda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 54
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 ...more
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Atsuko Ishizuka is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 37
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 ...more
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Atsuko Nakajima is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
Atsuko Nakajima age 58
Atsuko Nakajima is a Japanese animator, character designer, and illustrator. She is married to anime director and animator Tomohiro Hirata, with whom she also collaborated in the Trinity Blood ...more
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Atsushi Wada is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 39
Atsushi Wada is an animator, a film director and a screenwriter.
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Bob Kuwahara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
Dec. at 63 (1901-1964)
Rokuro "Bob" Kuwahara was a Japanese-born American animator best known for his work with Walt Disney and Terrytoons between the 1930s and 1960s. Kuwahara was born in Tokyo on August ...more
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Eiichi Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 78
Eiichi Yamamoto is a Japanese film director and screenwriter of Anime. He is known directing the Animerama film series for Osamu Tezuka. Yamamoto directed ten films between 1962 and 1986. His ...more
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Fumitoshi Oizaki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
Fumitoshi Oizaki
Fumitoshi Oizaki is a Japanese anime director, character designer, and animator. He is primarily associated with Gonzo, which produced his series directorial debut, Romeo x Juliet, and with ...more
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Hajime Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
Hajime Watanabe age 62
Hajime Watanabe is a Japanese animator and character designer. His debut as a chief character designer was with Hime-chan's Ribbon, and he has frequently worked with Akitaro Daichi on anime
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Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 78
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international ...more
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Hideaki Anno is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 58
Hideaki Anno is a Japanese animator, film director and actor. Anno is best known for his work on the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. His style has come to be defined by the touches ...more
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Hirayama Shiho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 40
Hirayama Shiho is an animator.
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Hiromasa Yonebayashi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 45
Hiromasa Yonebayashi, nicknamed Maro, is a Japanese animator and director for Studio Ghibli. After his directorial debut with Studio Ghibli, he became the youngest director of a theatrical film ...more
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Hiroshi Ōsaka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
Hiroshi Ōsaka Dec. at 44 (1963-2007)
Hiroshi Ōsaka was a Japanese animator, character designer and illustrator, born in Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture. He was a graduate of the Kyoto Saga University of Arts. He was the co-founder of ...more
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Hiroshi Saitô is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 82
Hiroshi Saitô is an animator and film director.
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Hiroyuki Kitazume is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 57
Hiroyuki Kitazume is a Japanese animator, manga artist, and illustrator. He is often noted for his work with anime studio Sunrise. Helen McCarthy in 500 Essential Anime Movies commented that he ...more
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Hiroyuki Morita is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 54
Hiroyuki Morita is a Japanese animator and director. He has worked as an animator on projects such as Akira and Lupin III. He is best known for working as director on the Studio Ghibli film The ...more
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Hiroyuki Okiura is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 52
Hiroyuki Okiura is a Japanese animation director and animator working for Production I.G.
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Johji Manabe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
Johji Manabe age 54
Johji Manabe is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known in the English-speaking world for Caravan Kidd, Outlanders, and Capricorn. His later works are often pornographic in nature, though he ...more
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Katsuya Kondō is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 55
Katsuya Kondō is a Japanese manga artist, character designer, animator and animation director. He is best known for his character design work on the Studio Ghibli films Kiki's Delivery Service ...more
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Kazuhiro Furuhashi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 58
Kazuhiro Furuhashi is a Japanese anime director and supervisor, born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. He is amongst anime's most foremost directors, having directed and helmed the entire ...more
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Kazuo Komatsubara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
Kazuo Komatsubara Dec. at 57 (1943-2000)
Kazuo Komatsubara was a Japanese animator, animation director and character designer born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. He worked as an independently contracted character designer for ...more
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Kazuto Nakazawa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 50
Kazuto Nakazawa is a Japanese character designer and director of numerous anime series and video games who also goes by the pseudonym Takeshi Tsuji. His directorial work includes Parasite Dolls, ...more
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Kazuya Tsurumaki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Animators from Japan
age 53
Kazuya Tsurumaki is a Japanese anime director. He was born on February 2, 1966 in the city of Gosen, located in the Niigata Prefecture. He is the protégé of Hideaki Anno, and a ...more