Birth:Jul 31, 1966
Hometown:Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
A prominent director and a key member of Kyoto Animationhttps://anilist.co/studio/2/. After graduating from Osaka Designers College in the late 80s Ishihara joined Kyoto Animation and began his career as an animator. In 1991 he made his debut as a director with Shiawasette Naanihttps://anilist.co/anime/13441/. After that he switched his focus to directing. Back then Kyoto Animation was still a subcontracting studio so therefore Ishihara could only get a handful of opportunities directing. Some of the shows in which Ishihara got to direct multiple episodes were Tenchi Muyouhttps://anilist.co/anime/696/ Akachan to Bokuhttps://anilist.co/anime/1485/ Hyper Policehttps://anilist.co/anime/1180/ and Inuyashahttps://anilist.co/anime/249/. He also storyboarded the majority of the episodes he directed. In 2003 Kyoto Animation started their transformation into a fullfledged animation studio producing their first anime series Fullmetal Panic? Fumoffuhttps://anilist.co/anime/72/. Ishihara directed and storyboarded the 7th episode of the show. Two years later in 2005 he made his proper directorial debut directing the studios second TV show Airhttps://anilist.co/anime/101/. The following year he directed the award winning anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiyahttps://anilist.co/anime/849/. From here Ishihara has gone on to direct multiple of Kyoto Animations acclaimed works.