Biography

Mahiro Maeda (前田 真宏 Maeda Mahiro) born March 14, 1963 is one of the most prominent Japanese anime creators working today, having worked as director, character designer, and animator for many of Japan's top series. Helen McCarthy in 500 Essential Anime Movies called him "one of the most imaginative visualists in anime". He also worked on Concept Art and Design for Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), which won six Academy Awards.

He has been one of the top contributors at the anime studio GONZO for many years, having directed Blue Submarine No. 6, Final Fantasy: Unlimited and Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo.

His design work ranges from 2 of the "Angels" in Neon Genesis Evangelion to production and mechanical design for such series as Magic User's Club (魔法使いTai! Mahō Tsukai Tai!), The Vision of Escaflowne and Last Exile. He was also the designer of the invaders in Gatekeepers 21.

His earlier years were spent mostly at the famed Studio Ghibli, where he helped animate classics such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, and Porco Rosso.

Maeda is also one of the select Japanese directors to actively collaborate with the international film media on various projects. He provided key animation for the animation sequence in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1. His directorial work has also been featured in such exclusive package films as The Animatrix (segment: "The Second Renaissance Parts I and II"), Genius Party Beyond (segment: "Gala"), and Ani*Kuri15 (segment: "Princess Onmitsu").

He has also visited the American Anime Expo convention in 2000 and 2003.

Mahiro Maeda (前田 真宏 Maeda Mahiro) born March 14, 1963 is one of the most prominent Japanese anime creators working today, having worked as director, character designer, and animator for many of Japan's top series. Helen McCarthy in 500 Essential Anime Movies called him "one of the most imaginative visualists in anime". He also worked on Concept Art and Design for Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), which won six Academy Awards.

He has been one of the top contributors at the anime studio GONZO for many years, having directed Blue Submarine No. 6, Final Fantasy: Unlimited and Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo.

His design work ranges from 2 of the "Angels" in Neon Genesis Evangelion to production and mechanical design for such series as Magic User's Club (魔法使いTai! Mahō Tsukai Tai!), The Vision of Escaflowne and Last Exile. He was also the designer of the invaders in Gatekeepers 21.

His earlier years were spent mostly at the famed Studio Ghibli, where he helped animate classics such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, and Porco Rosso.

Maeda is also one of the select Japanese directors to actively collaborate with the international film media on various projects. He provided key animation for the animation sequence in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1. His directorial work has also been featured in such exclusive package films as The Animatrix (segment: "The Second Renaissance Parts I and II"), Genius Party Beyond (segment: "Gala"), and Ani*Kuri15 (segment: "Princess Onmitsu").

He has also visited the American Anime Expo convention in 2000 and 2003.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 23

Birthday 1963-03-14

Place of Birth Yonago, Tottori, Japan

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Also Known As

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2020 Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Director
2015 Hammerhead Director
2015 Kanón Director
2014 20min Walk from Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed Director
2013 Peaceful Times (F02) Petit Film Director
2008 Ani*Kuri15 Director
2004 Gankutsuou (24 episodes)Director
2003 The Second Renaissance Part II Director
2003 The Animatrix Director
2003 The Second Renaissance Part I Director
2001 Final Fantasy: Unlimited (25 episodes)Director
1998 Blue Submarine No. 6 Director
1991 Route 20: Galactic Airport Director

Visual Effects

2015 Mad Max: Fury Road Animation
2015 Kanón Key Animation Character Designer
2008 Genius Party Beyond Animation Director Character Designer
2003 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Animation
1998 Blue Submarine No. 6 Mechanical Designer Key Animation
1995 Gunsmith Cats Animation
1987 Battle Royale High School Key Animation
1987 Robot Carnival Animation

Writing

2015 Kanón Storyboard
2006 Brave Story Storyboard
1998 Blue Submarine No. 6 Storyboard

Art

2016 Shin Godzilla Art Direction
2004 Gankutsuou (2 episodes)Storyboard Designer

Creator

2004 Gankutsuou Creator
2003 The Animatrix Creator

Crew

2012 Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo Special Effects

Production

2004 Gankutsuou (24 episodes)Executive Producer

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