Yasushi Nirasawa helped revitalize Kamen Rider in the ’00s, but could he have done it without the influence of Joel Schumacher?
Before he started working for Gainax and ARTMIC, a young Kenichi Sonoda illustrated a series of popular advertisements for a hobby shop in Osaka.
Long before Gunsmith Cats or Gall Force, Kenichi Sonoda got his break thanks to doujin he published with a group named Comic Circle VTOL.
The shop that Daicon III built spent ten years selling garage kits, posters, t-shirts, and doujinshi to the otaku generation.
The legendary animator that mentored Takahata and Miyazaki has another passion beyond animation: four-wheeled vehicles.
Decades of accolades for directing genre-warping projects like Aim for the Top! Gunbuster, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Shin Godzilla have obscured an important fact — Hideaki Anno really knew how to draw.
Known best for creating Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump, Toriyama is also a fantastic mechanical designer.
There’s been no shortage of creative people who’ve put their touch on the Gundam franchise over the last forty years, few are as under appreciated as Kazuhisa Kondo.
Long before Evangelion changed everything, Gainax’s inaugural decade was filled with missteps, cancelled projects, head-scratching ventures doomed to failure, and… porn.
Though he’s been out of the manga game for well over a decade, Masamune Shirow’s work continues to be tapped for adaption by the Japanese animation industry.