Famous Anime Creators: The Minds That Keep the Anime Story Rolling

Japanese anime’s popularity cannot be questioned, and it keeps on growing. It symbolizes society’s love for storytelling and fills the void that was left by the death of those fireside stories grannies used to narrate to their grandkids.

So, who are these people storytelling in modern society? Here are some famous names behind the writing and illustration of some of the hilarious animes:

Satoshi Kon

(The late) Satoshi was a graphic design graduate from Musashino University. He worked on Jojo’s and Kimyouna Bouken’s screenplays in the 1990s. His works were highly lauded because of the exquisite storytelling and high-quality graphics he used.

Hideaki Anno

Osaka Arts’ university graduate Anno began his work with the Macross series which he created himself. He then went on to write and illustrate a huge and largely successful portfolio that includes Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa, Hotaru No Haka, Appleseed, and Mobile Suit Gundam.

Hayao Miyazaki

A political scientist cum economist who went the way of anime. Wow! He began as an animator and worked on Heidi at the beginning of his career. His productions are mostly emotional and include the likes of Mononoke Hime, Mimi wo sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart) and a partial involvement in Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa.

Akira Toriyama

Akira is quite the veteran in the game, having been around since 1978. He was born in 1955 and came to light with his creation, Dr. Slump. His most famous work, however, is the Dragon Ball Z. He has also designed characters for video games like Blue Dragon and Dragon Quest.

Eiichiro Oda

43-year-old Eiichiro Oda is the mind behind the creation of manga’s all-time bestseller, One Piece. The father of two reveals that his decision to delve into art came as early as when he was four years old. He decided to pursue creation in order to stay away from what he calls a ‘real job’. He has always looked up to Akira Toriyama.

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