• Yamaguchi Yasuo 
  • By this author: 2 Latest posted: 2013.12.20
Animation history researcher. Born in 1935 in Sado, Niigata Prefecture. Joined film company Tōei’s Tokyo studio in 1958 where he worked as an assistant director before switching to Tōei Dōga (the forerunner of Tōei Animation) in 1963. Directed numerous episodes of animated television series, including Ken the Wolf Boy and Gegege no Kitarō. Also worked as a planning producer on such series as Candy Candy and Sailor Moon. Helped found the Tōei Animation Institute, an animator-training facility. Author of Nihon no Anime Zenshi: Sekai o Sei shita Nihon Anime no Kiseki (Complete History of Japanese Animation: The Miracle of Japan’s World-conquering Animation, Ten-Books, 2004). Previously served as executive director of the Association of Japanese Animations.
The Evolution of the Japanese Anime Industry2013.12.20

In recent years, Japanese animation has become popular around the world. Industry veteran Yamaguchi Yasuo, who has been involved in anime production for half a century, traces the history of Japanese animation, from its birth to today.

Future Unclear for Japanese Animation after Miyazaki Hayao’s Retirement2013.12.19

In early September, the legendary animator Miyazaki Hayao announced his retirement as feature filmmaker for Studio Ghibli. This news story, which was covered globally, raises questions about the future direction of Japanese animation. Industry veteran Yamaguchi Yasuo takes a look at the state of Japanese animation at this major turning point and ponders its future.

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