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Years active  1984–present
Employer  Madhouse
Education  Waseda University
Role  Animator
Name  Tensai Okamura

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Full Name  Okamura Yutaka 岡村豊
Born  December 13, 1961 (age 61) (1961-12-13) Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
Alma mater  Waseda University's department of science and engineering
Occupation  Anime director and animator
Movies and TV shows  Darker than Black, Naruto the Movie: Ninja Cla, Memories, Darker Than Black: Vol, Darker Than Black: Vol
Similar People  Koji Morimoto, Junko Takeuchi, Hidenobu Kiuchi, Chie Nakamura, Katsuhiro Otomo

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Tensai Okamura (岡村 天斎, Okamura Tensai), born Yutaka Okamura (岡村 豊, Okamura Yutaka) on December 13, 1961, in Fukushima Prefecture, is a Japanese anime director and animator. Okamura grew up in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. He is a graduate of Waseda University's department of science and engineering. In 1991, he changed his first name to Tensai.



During his university days at Waseda University, Okamura was a part of Waseda's manga research society and together with other budding animators, produced his first independent anime there. Upon graduating from university, Okamura joined the animation production studio Madhouse as an animator with the recommendation of a friend. Lensman: Secret of The Lens was the first he worked on as an animator. In 1989, he made his debut as an episode director with YAWARA! a fashionable judo girl! and soon made his full directorial debut in 1995 with Memories. He later left Madhouse and went freelance, working on several projects along the way.

Anime television series

  • Galactic Patrol Lensman (1984, in-between animation)
  • YAWARA! A Fashionable Judo Girl! (1989, episode overview and storyboards)
  • Blue Seed (1994, key animation)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995, episode direction, storyboards and key animation)
  • Cowboy Bebop (1998, storyboards)
  • Medabots (1999, director, episode direction and storyboards)
  • Kikaider: The Animation (2000, director, episode direction, storyboards)
  • Full Metal Panic! (2002, storyboards and episode direction)
  • RahXephon (2002, storyboards)
  • Wolf's Rain (2003, director, storyboards, episode direction)
  • Samurai Champloo (2004, storyboards)
  • Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd Gig (2004, storyboards)
  • Victorian Romance Emma (2005, storyboards)
  • Ouran High School Host Club (2006, storyboards)
  • Project Blue Earth SOS (2006, director)
  • Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha (2007, director, original concept, series composition)
  • Soul Eater (2008, storyboards, episode direction, second opening theme storyboards and direction)
  • Nijū Mensō no Musume (2008, storyboards)
  • Real Drive (2008, storyboards)
  • Kannagi (2008, storyboards)
  • Canaan (2009, storyboards)
  • Darker Than Black: Ryūsei no Gemini (2009, director)
  • Blue Exorcist (2011, director)
  • Hanasaku Iroha (2011, storyboards)
  • Guilty Crown (2012, storyboards)
  • Tari Tari (2012, storyboards)
  • Sword Art Online (2012, storyboards)
  • Vividred Operation (2013, script)
  • Nagi no Asukara (2013, storyboard)
  • World Conquest Zvezda Plot (2014, director, series composition)
  • Nanatsu no Taizai (2014, director)
  • Kuromukuro (2016, director)
  • Anime movies

  • Lensman: Secret of The Lens (1984, in-between animation)
  • The Dagger of Kamui (1985, in-between animation)
  • Neo Tokyo (1986, in-between animation)
  • Toki no Tabibito -Time Stranger- (1986, in-between animation)
  • Wicked City (1987, key animation)
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars (1988, key animation)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988, key animation)
  • City Hunter: Bay City Wars (1990, key animation)
  • Urusei Yatsura: Always, My Darling (1991, key animation)
  • Hashire Melos! (1992, key animation)
  • Ninja Scroll (1993, key animation)
  • Ghost in the Shell / Kōkaku Kidōtai (1995, key animation)
  • Memories Episode 2: Stink Bomb (1995, director)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion Gekijōban: The End of Evangelion (1997, #25 key animation)
  • Spriggan (1998, gun art)
  • Jin-Roh (2000, key animation)
  • Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door (2001, western scene storyboards, key animation, animation direction coordinator)
  • Naruto: Snow Princess' Book of Ninja Arts (2004, director)
  • Naruto: Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005, key animation)
  • OVA

  • Junk Boy (1987, key animation)
  • The Phoenix -Space- (1987, key animation)
  • Demon City Shinjuku (1988, key animation)
  • Goku: Midnight Eye (1989, animation direction, key animation)
  • Cyber City Oedo 808 (1990, key animation)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (1991, key animation)
  • Darker Than Black: Gaiden (2010, director, writer)
  • Video games

  • Tales of Destiny (1997, opening animation direction)
  • Tales of Phantasia (1998, opening animation direction)
  • Wild Arms 2: 2nd Ignition (1999, opening animation direction)
  • References

    Tensai Okamura Wikipedia