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

This is a list that features people like Shintaro Katsu and Kensuke Yamamoto.

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Akiyuki Shinbo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Akiyuki Shinbo age 56 Akiyuki Shinbo, born September 27, 1961 in Fukushima, Japan, is a Japanese animation director. Shinbo started his career as an animator in 1981 at Studio One Pattern. He then made his ...more

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Ben Ousaka is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Ben Ousaka Ben Ousaka is a television director and playwright.

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Chiaki J. Konaka is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Chiaki J. Konaka age 57 Chiaki J. Konaka, born April 4, 1961 is a Japanese writer and scenarist best known for Serial Experiments Lain, and later for the Digimon season, Digimon Tamers. He is also known to be the ...more

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Eiichi Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Eiichi Yamamoto age 77 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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Hideo Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Hideo Tanaka Died at 78 (1933-2011) Hideo Tanaka was a Japanese filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. He is known for his work in several adaptations of Shinji Wada's manga series Sukeban Deka as well as television series and movies ...more

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Hirô Matsuda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Hirô Matsuda age 85 Hiro Matsuda is a film writer and television director.

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Hiroshi Fukutomi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Hiroshi Fukutomi age 67 Hiroshi Fukutomi is an anime director born July 25, 1950 in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. After leaving Tokyo Designer Gakuin in the middle of his studies, he joined A Production. In 1982, with some ...more

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Hiroshi Saitô is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Hiroshi Saitô age 82 Hiroshi Saitô is an animator and film director.

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Hiroshi Sasagawa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Hiroshi Sasagawa age 81 Hiroshi Sasagawa is a creator of several anime and manga series. His name is romanized in some sources as Hiroshi Sasakawa.

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Isao Takahata is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Isao Takahata age 82 Isao Takahata is a Japanese film director, animator, screenwriter and producer who has earned critical international acclaim for his work as a director of anime films. Takahata is the co-founder ...more

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Katsumi Ohyama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Katsumi Ohyama age 86 Katsumi Ohyama is a television producer and director.

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Kenji Kamiyama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Kenji Kamiyama age 52 Kenji Kamiyama, born on March 20, 1966 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, is a Japanese anime director. He has worked regularly with the anime studio and production enterprise, Production I.G, such ...more

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Kensuke Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Kensuke Yamamoto Kensuke Yamamoto is a screenwriter and TV director.

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Kōichi Mashimo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Kōichi Mashimo age 65 Kōichi Mashimo is a well-known Japanese anime director and the founder of the animation studio Bee Train. Since the creation of the studio, Mashimo directed or otherwise participated in all its ...more

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Kōnosuke Uda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Kōnosuke Uda age 52 Kōnosuke Uda is a Japanese director of anime. He directed several of the One Piece works created by Toei Animation,from 1999 to 2006, including the television series and the similarly titled ...more

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Kunihiko Ikuhara is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Kunihiko Ikuhara age 53 Kunihiko Ikuhara, also known as Ikuni, is a Japanese creative artist who has collaborated on several famous anime and manga series. He is best known for creating and directing Revolutionary Girl ...more

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Mamoru Hosoda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Mamoru Hosoda age 50 Mamoru Hosoda is a Japanese film director and animator. Formerly employed at Toei Animation, he went to work at Madhouse from 2005 to 2011. Hosoda left Madhouse in 2011 to establish his own ...more

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Mamoru Oshii is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Mamoru Oshii age 66 Mamoru Oshii is a Japanese filmmaker, television director, and writer. Famous for his philosophy-oriented storytelling, Oshii has directed a number of popular anime, including Urusei Yatsura, ...more

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Masaaki Yuasa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Masaaki Yuasa age 53 Masaaki Yuasa is an anime television and film director, screenwriter, storyboard artist and animator known for his wild free form style. He was born on March 16, 1965 in Fukuoka, Japan. His most ...more

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Masamitsu Hidaka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Masamitsu Hidaka age 57 Masamitsu Hidaka is a television director.

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Masayuki Ochiai is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Masayuki Ochiai age 60 Masayuki Ochiai is a Japanese film director, mostly famous for Kansen and Saimin.

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Mizuho Nishikubo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Mizuho Nishikubo age 65 Mizuho Nishikubo is a film and television director.

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Morio Asaka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Morio Asaka age 51 Morio Asaka is a Japanese anime director working for Madhouse. A graduate of the Osaka Designers' College, he is a member of the studio Madhouse. His noted works include, among others, ...more

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Noboru Iguchi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Noboru Iguchi age 48 Noboru Iguchi is a Japanese film director, screenwriter and actor. He has worked as a director in adult video as well as in the horror and gore genres.

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Noriyuki Abe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Noriyuki Abe age 56 Noriyuki Abe is a Half Filipino-Japanese anime director, storyboard artist, and sound director. He is best known for working with Studio Pierrot on major hits such as Ninku, Flame of Recca, ...more

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Osamu Tezuka is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Osamu Tezuka Died at 61 (1928-1989) Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese cartoonist, animator, film producer, and activist. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of the comics series Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and ...more

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Rintaro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Rintaro age 77 Rintaro is the pseudonym of Shigeyuki Hayashi, a well-known director of anime. He works frequently with the animation studio Madhouse, though he is a freelance director not employed directly by ...more

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Ryuta Tasaki is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Ryuta Tasaki age 53 Ryuta Tasaki is a Japanese film director from Tokyo. Tasaki is most known for directing episodes of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Cutie Honey: The Live, and the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider

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Satoshi Isaka is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Satoshi Isaka age 58 Satoshi Isaka is a film and television director.

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Satoshi Kon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Satoshi Kon Died at 47 (1963-2010) Satoshi Kon was a Japanese film director, animator, screenwriter and manga artist from Kushiro, Hokkaidō and a member of the Japanese Animation Creators Association. He was a graduate of the ...more

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Seijun Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Seijun Suzuki age 94 Seijun Suzuki, born Seitaro Suzuki on 24 May 1923, is a Japanese filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. His films are known for their jarring visual style, irreverent humour, nihilistic cool and ...more

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Shintaro Katsu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Shintaro Katsu Died at 66 (1931-1997) Shintaro Katsu was a Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director.

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Shunichi Okamura is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Shunichi Okamura age 56 Shun'ichi Okamura is a film, television and theatre director.

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Tadao Nagahama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Tadao Nagahama Died at 44 (1936-1980) Tadao Nagahama was a director of both puppet shows and animation. He is best known as the director of Sunrise and Toei Company's Robot Romance Trilogy, which added human drama to the Super Robot ...more

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Takaaki Ishiyama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Takaaki Ishiyama age 57 Takaaki Ishiyama is a film and television director.

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Takahiro Hamano is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Takahiro Hamano Takahiro Hamano is a film and television producer, television director and screenwriter.

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Takashi Miike is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Takashi Miike age 57 Takashi Miike is a highly prolific and controversial Japanese filmmaker. He has directed over ninety theatrical, video, and television productions since his debut in 1991. Miike is credited with ...more

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Takeshi Mori is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Takeshi Mori age 54 Takeshi Mori is a Japanese anime director, storyboard artist, and script writer born October 10, 1963 in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Waseda University, Mori began working in the anime ...more

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Tatsuo Satō is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Tatsuo Satō age 53 Tatsuo Satō is a Japanese anime director most famous for Martian Successor Nadesico.

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Tatsuya Ishihara is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Tatsuya Ishihara age 51 Tatsuya Ishihara is a Japanese anime director from Maizuru, Kyoto working for the Japanese animation studio Kyoto Animation.

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Tetsurō Amino is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Tetsurō Amino age 62 Tetsurō Amino is a Japanese anime director, born on October 10, 1955 in Chiba Prefecture. In 1988, he started using his name in katakana. He has directed noted anime series as Bakusō Kyōdai ...more

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Tonkō Horikawa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Tonkō Horikawa age 80 Tonkō Horikawa is a television producer and television director.

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Toshio Masuda is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Toshio Masuda age 90 Toshio Masuda is a Japanese film director. He developed a reputation as a consistent box office hit-maker. Over the course of five decades, 16 of his films made the yearly top ten lists at the ...more

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Tôya Satô is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Tôya Satô age 58 Tôya Satô is a television director.

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Tsuneo Tominaga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Tsuneo Tominaga Tsuneo Tominaga is a Japanese TV and film director.

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Umanosuke Iida is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Umanosuke Iida Died at 49 (1961-2010) Umanosuke Iida Japanese anime creator, director, screenwriter. Iida died due to lung cancer.

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Yasuhiro Imagawa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Yasuhiro Imagawa age 56 Yasuhiro Imagawa is a Japanese anime director and screenwriter.

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Yasuhiro Takemoto is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Yasuhiro Takemoto age 45 Yasuhiro Takemoto is a Japanese director of anime series and original video animations. He has worked at Kyoto Animation for his entire animation career.

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Yugo Serikawa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Yugo Serikawa Died at 69 (1931-2000) Yugo Serikawa is a film and television director.

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Yukihiko Tsutsumi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Television Directors from Japan
Yukihiko Tsutsumi age 62 Yukihiko Tsutsumi is a Japanese television and film director. He began directing commercials and music promotion videos as an employee of Nihon Television. After spending time abroad, he ...more