The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival announced at Cannes that its Animation Focus section will highlight the works of director Masaaki Yuasa this year.
Yuasa started as a key animator for such anime as Doraemon: Nobita’s Animal Planet and The Legend of the Dog Warriors: The Hakkenden. He moved on to Crayon Shin-chan where he was animation director on a number of episodes, and did animation work on the franchise films.
He made his film director debut with the 2004 Mind Game film. Yuasa went on to direct television anime such as Kemonozume, Kaiba, and Ping Pong. He also directed the Kick-Heart anime short in 2013. Yuasa adapted Tomihiko Morimi’s The Tatami Galaxy novel into an anime, and also directed a film adaptation of another Morimi novel, Night is Short, Walk On Girl. Yuasa also worked on the original film Lu over the wall, and recently directed the DEVILMAN crybaby anime series.
He and fellow animator Eunyoung Choi co-founded the Science SARU anime studio.