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Hideaki Anno is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Editor, Sound Designer, Mechanical & Creature Designer and Creator Japonais born on 22 may 1960 at Ube (Japon)

Hideaki Anno

Hideaki Anno
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Nationality Japon
Birth 22 may 1960 (59 years) at Ube (Japon)
Creator of Khara
Creator of Gainax

Hideaki Anno (庵野 秀明, Anno Hideaki, born May 22, 1960 in Ube, Yamaguchi) is a Japanese animator, film director and actor. He is best known for his part in creating the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. His style has become defined by the bits of postmodernism he instills into his work, as well as the extensive portrayal of characters' thoughts and emotions, often through unconventional scenes incorporating the mental deconstruction of those characters. He married manga artist Moyoko Anno on April 27, 2002.

Anime directed by Anno that have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award have been Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water in 1990, Neon Genesis Evangelion in 1995 and 1996, and The End of Evangelion in 1997.

Biography

Childhood and personal life
Anno was born in Ube City; he attended Wakō Kindergarten, Unoshima Municipal Elementary School, Fujiyama Municipal Junior High School, and Yamaguchi Prefectural Ube High School where he was noted for his interest in artwork and making short films for Japanese Cultural Festivals.

Anno is an agnostic and has stated that he has found Japanese spiritualism to be closest to his beliefs. Anno is also a vegetarian.


Early work

Anno began his career after attending Osaka University of Arts as an animator for the anime series The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (1982–1983). Wrapped up in producing the DAICON III and IV Opening Animations with his fellow students, he was eventually expelled from Osaka.

Anno did not gain recognition until the release of his work on Hayao Miyazaki's 1984 film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Running short on animators, the film's production studio posted an ad in the famous Japanese animation magazine Animage, announcing that they were in desperate need of more animators. Anno, in his early twenties at the time, read the ad and headed down to the film's studio, where he met with Miyazaki and showed him some of his drawings. Impressed with his ability, Miyazaki hired him to draw some of the most complicated scenes near the end of the movie, and valued his work highly.

Anno went on to become one of the co-founders of Gainax in December 1984. He worked as an animation director for their first feature-length film, Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (1987), and ultimately became Gainax's premiere anime director, leading the majority of the studio's projects such as Gunbuster (1988) and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990–1991). However, Anno fell into a four-year depression following Nadia — the series was handed down to him from NHK from an original concept by Hayao Miyazaki (of which Castle in the Sky is also partly based upon) and he was given little creative control.


Neon Genesis Evangelion

Anno's next project was the anime TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン, Shin Seiki Evangerion) (1995–1996), which would be touted as an influential animated series.

Anno's history of clinical depression was the main source for many of the psychological elements of the series and its characters, as he wrote down on paper several of the trials and tribulations of his condition. During the show's production, Anno became disenchanted with the Japanese "otaku" lifestyle. For this and other reasons (although perhaps by design as well), Evangelion's plot became increasingly dark and psychological as the series progressed, despite being broadcast in a children's television timeslot. Anno felt that people should be exposed to the realities of life at as young an age as possible, and by the end of the series all attempts at traditional narrative logic were abandoned, with the final two episodes taking place within the main character's mind.

The show did not garner high ratings in Japan at its initial time slot, but after being moved to a later, more adult-oriented venue, it gained considerable popularity. Budgeting issues at Gainax also forced Anno to replace the planned ending of Evangelion with two episodes set in the main characters' minds. After these last two episodes were aired, Anno received numerous letters and emails from fans, both congratulating him on the series and criticizing the last two episodes. Among these were death threats and letters of disappointment from fans who thought Anno had ruined the series for them. In 1997, Gainax launched a project to re-adapt Evangelion's scrapped ending into a feature-length film. Once again, budgeting issues left the film unfinished, and the completed 27 minutes of animation were included as the second act of Evangelion: Death and Rebirth. Eventually, the project culminated in The End of Evangelion, a three-act film that served as a proper finale to Neon Genesis Evangelion.

In September 1999, Anno appeared on the NHK TV-documentary "Welcome Back for an Extracurricular Lesson, Sempai!", answering some Evangelion related questions, including the origin of the name Evangelion, and teaching children about animation production.


Subsequent work

After Evangelion, Anno directed a significant portion of the 1998 anime series Kareshi Kanojo no Jijō (known in English as His and Her Circumstances or Kare Kano for short) — the first Gainax work to be directly adapted from previously-written material — until disputes with both the show's sponsors and the original manga author ended in the director's departure, leaving the show in the hands of his protégé, Kazuya Tsurumaki (see also FLCL). Since that dispute, Anno has gone on to work with Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli on several short films which have been shown at the Ghibli Museum. He also voiced the main character Jiro Horikoshi in Miyazaki's 2013 feature film The Wind Rises.

The director has also made forays into live-action films, beginning with Love & Pop (1998), a cinéma vérité-style film about enjo kosai ("compensated dating", a form of teenage prostitution) in Japan, of which a major portion was shot on miniature digital cameras with constantly shifting aspect ratios. He won Best New Director Award at 1998 Yokohama Film Festival for the film. Asumi Miwa who played the lead role won Best New Talent award respectively. His second live-action film, Shiki-Jitsu (2000) ("Ritual Day" or "Ceremonial Day"), is the story of a burnt-out former animation director (played by popular indie director Shunji Iwai) who falls in love with a woman disconnected from reality. Though an experimental work like Love & Pop, this film was shot using the more traditional 2.35:1 aspect ratio and has a generally more polished presentation, eschewing the cinéma vérité grittiness of Anno's first live-action film. This movie earned him Best Artistic Contribution Award at Tokyo International Film Festival and very positive reviews.

Anno's third live-action film was Cutie Honey, released in the summer of 2004. A stark contrast to his earlier, more realist live-action works, Cutie Honey is a lighthearted fantasy/superhero movie. Later in 2004, Anno supervised but did not direct the three-part OVA, Re: Cutie Honey. The directors are Hiroyuki Imaishi (part 1), Takamichi Itō (part 2), and Masayuki (part 3). The movie is based from Go Nagai's 1973 manga and anime Cutie Honey.

Also released in 2004 was the movie Funky Forest (ナイスの森, Nice no Mori), in which Anno makes several acting cameos: as the student in the front row of the "Home Room!" skit sitting next to Hataru, in "Who's the Director?" as an animator who feels he is being overworked, and finally in "Singles Picnic" he is among the men awaiting females who never come.

On August 1, 2006, Hideaki Anno's official website was updated with job listings for key animators and production staff at a company he founded, Studio Khara. In September 2006, it is reported by the October edition of the Japanese animation magazine Newtype. On September 9, 2006, GAINAX's official website confirmed that Rebuild of Evangelion was in the works. The first three movies would be an alternate retelling of the TV series (including many new scenes, settings, backgrounds, characters), and the fourth movie would be a completely new conclusion to the story. Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masayuki would direct the movies while Yoshiyuki Sadamoto would provide character designs and Ikuto Yamashita would provide mechanical designs. Shinji Higuchi would provide storyboards for the first movie. The first was launched in Summer 2007, and the second and third were planned to be launched in 2008, however, the second installment was released by itself on June 27, 2009. The third movie was to be released simultaneously with the fourth, instead, the third movie was released on November 17, 2012 and a release date for the fourth movie has yet to be announced. On February 17, 2007, Anno published an official statement on the Japanese Yahoo Portal for the films regarding his personal involvement and goals in their production.

In October 2007, Hideaki Anno resigned from Gainax. In 2011 Anno co-produced the Koinobori Pictures movie Kantoku Shikkaku ("Failed Director"), directed by Katsuyuki Hirano featuring Yumika Hayashi.

In 2012, Anno was the curator of an exhibit entitled Tokusatsu- Special Effects Museum-Craftsmanship of Showa and Heisei Eras Seen Through Miniatures, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, featuring actual props and suits from many of Japan's tokusatsu films and TV shows. Anno also produced a short live-action film for the exhibit, entitled A Giant Warrior Descends on Tokyo, featuring the Giant Warrior-God from Studio Ghibli’s animated film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

Anno designed the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 sci-fi anime TV series opening sequence. In 2014, Anno and Studio Khara launched Japan Animator Expo, a series of original net animations made by various directors.

In March 2015, it was announced that Anno will team up with close friend and Gainax cofounder Shinji Higuchi to direct the 2016 reboot of Toho's Godzilla franchise.

Best films

The Wind Rises (2013)
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Filmography of Hideaki Anno (21 films)

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Actor

Shin Godzilla, 2h
Directed by Hideaki Anno
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films
Actors Satomi Ishihara, Yutaka Takenouchi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Kengo Kora, Ren Osugi, Akira Emoto
Roles Bus Driver
Rating66% 3.348853.348853.348853.348853.34885
Le retour de Godzilla dans une nouvelle aventure, qui menace le Japon, trois personnages uniront leurs forces pour tenter de l’arrêter. Dans ce nouveau film, Godzilla mesure 118 m de haut (dépassant ainsi le Godzilla de Gareth Edwards qui avait déjà des mensurations très respectables : 108 m de haut), la plus grande incarnation du personnage selon la Toho. Pour Hideaki Anno, l'ambition est de réaliser, selon ses termes "le plus terrifiant Godzilla jamais vu", le film mélangerait les techniques traditionnelles de costumes, et des effets 3D.
The Wind Rises, 2h6
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Adventure, Historical, Animation
Themes Feminist films, La fin du monde, Seafaring films, Peinture, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Children's films, Disaster films, Films about earthquakes
Actors Hideaki Anno, Jun Kunimura, Mirai Shida, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Morio Kazama
Roles Jirô Horikoshi (voice)
Rating77% 3.899753.899753.899753.899753.89975
In 1918, the young Jiro Horikoshi longs to become a pilot, but his nearsightedness prevents it. He reads about the famous Italian aircraft designer Giovanni Battista Caproni, and dreams about him that night. In the dream, Caproni tells him that building planes is better than flying them.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, 1h58
Genres Documentary, Animation
Actors Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki, John Lasseter, Isao Takahata, Hideaki Anno, Joe Hisaishi
Roles Himself
Rating77% 3.894833.894833.894833.894833.89483
The documentary delves into the life of Hayao Miyazaki and the productions of the animated films The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, including various footage of said productions. The footage shown includes the choosing of Hideaki Anno as the voice actor for the character Jiro Horikoshi in The Wind Rises as well as the extensive and detailed amount of storyboarding sketched, inked, and painted by Miyazaki. It notes Miyazaki's opinions on subjects such as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and Zero planes, and shows his tensions with some of the other staff, including Isao Takahata, and his memories of his father. The film illustrates the importance of Miyazaki, Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki's works altogether to help Studio Ghibli be successful, and concludes with mention of Miyazaki's supposed official retirement.
Welcome to the Quiet Room
Directed by Suzuki Matsuo
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Actors Yuki Uchida, Kankurō Kudō, Ryō, Yu Aoi, Hideaki Anno, Yūko Nakamura
Roles Dr Matsubara
Rating71% 3.5874253.5874253.5874253.5874253.587425
Une femme se réveille attachée sur un lit d’hôpital, sans savoir ce qu’elle fait là. On lui apprend qu’elle est internée en unité psychiatrique à la suite d’une tentative de suicide dont elle n’a aucun souvenir…
Japan Sinks, 2h15
Directed by Shinji Higuchi
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Adventure
Themes La fin du monde, Volcanisme, Films based on science fiction novels, Films about volcanoes, Disaster films, Films about earthquakes
Actors Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Kō Shibasaki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Akira Emoto, Hideaki Anno, Mayuko Fukuda
Roles Yamashiro's Son in Law
Rating57% 2.852192.852192.852192.852192.85219
Submersible pilot Toshio Onodera wakes up pinned inside his car in Numazu after an earthquake wreaks havoc in the city and nearby Suruga Bay. As aftershock triggers an explosion, a rescue helicopter led by Reiko Abe saves him and a young girl named Misaki.
Funky Forest: The First Contact, 2h30
Directed by Katsuhito Ishii
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy
Actors Tadanobu Asano, Susumu Terajima, Ryō Kase, Rinko Kikuchi, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Hideaki Anno
Rating67% 3.3964253.3964253.3964253.3964253.396425
Si l’on voit les éléments les plus banals de la vie quotidienne de façon individuelle, ils peuvent sembler profondément bizarres à tout moment. À contre terme, les choses les plus inimaginable sont parfois plus faciles à comprendre. Il ne serait tardé à rentrer dans Funky Forest afin de comprendre ce qu'est l'absurdité pure et dure. Vous ne verrez point entre ces lignes le synopsis sensé d'un film avec un début et une fin. Funky Forest est un grand mélange de fondus, d’absurdités, de retours en arrière, d’ellipses et de rêves lucides où les moments magiques et insensés s'enchaînent toujours d’une façon audacieuse et aléatoire. En parcourant Funky Forest, on y découvre un spectacle d'un surréalisme psychédélique de première eau. Multitude d’anomalies biologiques inexplicables, personnages extraterrestres, bio-curiosités s'entrechoquant avec toute la logique chaotique d’un vidéoclip seront liés au malaise des balbutiements amoureux et autres déceptions du genre.
Cutie Honey, 1h34
Directed by Hideaki Anno, Shingo Araki
Origin Japon
Genres Martial arts, Comedy, Action, Martial arts
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films
Actors Eriko Sato, Jun Murakami, Mayumi Shintani, Ryō Kase, Kyusaku Shimada, Suzuki Matsuo
Roles Office Worker
Rating63% 3.1519653.1519653.1519653.1519653.151965
Honey Kisaragi, modeste employée de bureau très naïve, est en fait une gynoïde capable de se transformer en Cutie Honey, la Guerrière de l'Amour. Quand Sister Jill et son organisation criminelle Panther Claws apparaît, Cutie Honey s'oppose à elle. Elle sera aidée par une inspectrice, et un mystérieux journaliste.
Otakus in Love, 1h54
Directed by Suzuki Matsuo
Origin Japon
Genres Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Ryūhei Matsuda, Suzuki Matsuo, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Shinya Tsukamoto, Hideaki Anno, Hitomi Miwa
Roles Hideaki Anno
Rating68% 3.442043.442043.442043.442043.44204
Est-ce qu'être un otaku peut mener à l'amour ? Aoki Mon est un « geek » obsédé par les mangas qui crée son propre manga en arrangeant des pierres colorées dans des boîtes en bois. L'amour le frappe littéralement lorsqu'il rencontre Akashi Koino, une dessinatrice de manga amateur, et une fan de cosplay qui décide que Mon est le parfait partenaire pour ses jeux farfelus de cosplay fantastique. Mais après avoir été habillé dans le costume de son héros de jeu vidéo préféré, Mon décide que les tendances « geek » de Koino sont même de trop pour un otaku comme lui. Néanmoins, ce n'est pas assez pour décourager Koino de chasser le chevalier qu'elle a choisi.
The Taste of Tea, 2h23
Directed by Katsuhito Ishii
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about families
Actors Tadanobu Asano, Tomokazu Miura, Anna Tsuchiya, Rinko Kikuchi, Tomoko Nakajima, Kenichi Matsuyama
Roles Kasugabe
Rating77% 3.8960153.8960153.8960153.8960153.896015
The film is concerned with the lives of the Haruno family, who live in rural Tochigi Prefecture, the countryside north of Tokyo. Nobuo is a hypnotherapist. He teaches his son, Hajime, Go. Hajime becomes an excellent Go player, but he has a rough time with girls and puberty. Yoshiko refuses to be an average housewife and works on animated film projects at home. She uses assistance from grandfather Akira, an eccentric old man who is a former animator and occasional model.

Director

Shin Godzilla, 2h
Directed by Hideaki Anno
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films
Actors Satomi Ishihara, Yutaka Takenouchi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Kengo Kora, Ren Osugi, Akira Emoto
Rating66% 3.348853.348853.348853.348853.34885
Le retour de Godzilla dans une nouvelle aventure, qui menace le Japon, trois personnages uniront leurs forces pour tenter de l’arrêter. Dans ce nouveau film, Godzilla mesure 118 m de haut (dépassant ainsi le Godzilla de Gareth Edwards qui avait déjà des mensurations très respectables : 108 m de haut), la plus grande incarnation du personnage selon la Toho. Pour Hideaki Anno, l'ambition est de réaliser, selon ses termes "le plus terrifiant Godzilla jamais vu", le film mélangerait les techniques traditionnelles de costumes, et des effets 3D.
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, 1h33
Directed by Hideaki Anno, Mahiro Maeda
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Action, Animation
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yūko Miyamura, Māya Sakamoto, Takehito Koyasu, Akira Ishida
Rating70% 3.50423.50423.50423.50423.5042
Asuka Langley Shikinami and Mari Illustrious Makinami, pilots of giant Evangelion cyborgs, are sent into in space to retrieve a container in which Evangelion Unit 01 and its pilot Shinji Ikari are sealed. When Asuka grabs the container with her Evangelion unit, it releases attack drones. Unit 01 awakens and destroys the drones, then deactivates and descends back to Earth. Kaworu Nagisa watches and says he has been waiting for Shinji.
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, 1h48
Directed by Hideaki Anno
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Action, Animation
Themes Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yūko Miyamura, Māya Sakamoto, Fumihiko Tachiki, Kotono Mitsuishi
Rating79% 3.996443.996443.996443.996443.99644
The resuscitated skeleton of the Third Angel escapes its confinement and tries to break out of NERV's arctic Bethany Base, but Mari Illustrious Makinami, a new pilot, launches Evangelion Provisional Unit-05 and destroys the Angel by self-destructing the EVA and safely ejecting at the last moment.
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, 1h41
Directed by Hideaki Anno
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Action, Animation
Themes Political films, Dystopian films
Actors Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Fumihiko Tachiki, Akira Ishida
Rating77% 3.897593.897593.897593.897593.89759
In 2015, fifteen years after a global cataclysm known as the Second Impact, Shinji Ikari is summoned to Tokyo-3 by his estranged father Gendo, the commander of the mysterious NERV organization. Shinji is caught in the crossfire between UN forces and an angel, an alien lifeform, colonel Misato Katsuragi rescues him and brings him to NERV headquarters. Gendo demands Shinji pilot Evangelion Unit 01, a giant mecha cyborg, against the angel. Shinji concedes when Gendo threatens to send Rei Ayanami, a wounded Evangelion pilot, into battle instead. Shinji and wins the fight after Unit 01 goes berserk and destroys the Angel.