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Masayuki Kojima

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Name  Masayuki Kojima

Role  Animation Director
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Nominations  Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year
Movies and TV shows  The Perfect World of Kai, The Tibetan Dog, Monster
Similar People  Ryosuke Nakamura, Mayuko Fukuda, Tsutomu Isobe, Chizuru Ikewaki, Hidenobu Kiuchi

Masayuki Kojima (小島 正幸, Kojima Masayuki) is a Japanese animator and director who worked with Madhouse before leaving the company and joining Kinema Citrus in 2011. He was born on March 11, 1961 in Yamanashi, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, and is a twenty-year-plus veteran of the anime industry.


Personal history

Kojima first got his start in the animation business in the 1980s, where he worked primarily project-to-project for a number of different companies, including Knack Productions and Tatsunoko Production. During this time, he was involved in television products as an episode director. In the 1990s, Kojima joined Madhouse as a permanent member, where he has remained since. During his years at Madhouse, he has been involved in dozens of productions as an animator, as well as helming several TV series, two movies, a theatrical short, and a TV special.

Directorial style

Since coming to work for Madhouse, Kojima has been primarily a drama director, and one who specializes in lengthy series. He has adapted two of Naoki Urasawa's manga, Master Keaton and Monster, both of which received critical acclaim. Piano no Mori, his first full-length theatrical film, was released in Japan on July 21, 2007.


  • Azuki-chan series (1995–1998) - Series director, animation director, storyboard artist
  • DNA Sights 999.9 movie (1998) - Director, Storyboard Artist
  • Master Keaton series (1998–1999) - Series director, episode director (2, 13), storyboard artist (1-2, 4, 13)
  • Leave it to Kero! Theatrical Version short (2000) - Director
  • Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi series (2002) - Series director, episode director (episode 2), storyboard artist (episodes 2, 10, 12)
  • Hanada Shōnen Shi series (2002) - Series director
  • Monster series (2004–2005) - Director
  • A Spirit of the Sun TV special (2006) - Director, storyboard artist
  • Piano no Mori movie (2007) - Director
  • The Tibetan Dog movie (2011) - Director
  • Black Bullet series (2014) - Director
  • Made in Abyss series (2017) - Director
  • Other

  • Cybot Robotchi series (1982–1983) - Episode director
  • Okawari-Boy Starzan S series (1984) - Episode director, storyboard artist
  • Aru Kararu no Isan OVA series (1993) - Storyboard artist
  • Cardcaptor Sakura series (1998–2000) - Storyboard artist (episode 2)
  • Reign: The Conqueror series (1999) - Storyboard artist
  • Sakura Wars series (2000) - Animation director
  • Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars series (2001) - Storyboard artist
  • Space Pirate Captain Herlock The Endless Odyssey OVA series (2002) - Storyboard artist (episodes 7 - 8)
  • Trava OVA series (2003) - In-Between animator
  • Gungrave series (2003–2004) - Key animator
  • Gunslinger Girl series (2003–2004) - Storyboard artist
  • The Gokusen series (2004) - Storyboard artist
  • Trinity Blood series (2005) - Storyboard artist
  • References

    Masayuki Kojima Wikipedia