Akitarou Daichi

大地丙太郎, Akira Koike (小池彰)
Birth:Jan 13
Years active:1978-Present
Hometown:Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/akitarohle Websitehttp://www5c.biglobe.ne.jp/akitaroh/ Wiki jphttps://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ He is a Tokyo Polytechnic University graduate. Although Daichi was an aspiring stage photographer he instead joined animation photography company Tokyo Animation Film where he continued to work for 5 years although he temporarily changed jobs and shot liveaction karaoke videos instead. In 1991 he left his employer worked at a game production for half a year and returned to the animation industry where he would study under animation director Tetsuo Yasumihttps://anilist.co/staff/111207/. Daichi would advance into episode direction and caught the eyes of Tatsuo Satouhttps://anilist.co/staff/100391/ and Hiroaki Sakuraihttps://anilist.co/staff/101153/ who were impressed with his work on Akazukin Chachahttps://anilist.co/anime/103/AkazukinChacha. Daichi made his solo directorial debut in 1995 with Nurse Angel Ririka SOShttps://anilist.co/anime/616/NurseAngelRirikaSOS. Since 2015 he serves as scriptwriter and director for Kodomo no Omochahttps://anilist.co/anime/1486/KodomonoOmocha/s stage version of which he directed the anime as well. Presently hes a freelance director. Style He specializes in hightension comedy and often includes comedy and lighthearted moments even in more serious works. In his comedies he often smoothly deforms the characters far beyond their design inspired by gag manga king Fujio Akatsukahttps://anilist.co/staff/97141/. His directing work tends to include liveaction images or brief flashbacks from past episodes. Since childhood Daichi became affected and inspired by the works of famous jidaigeki actor Joushirou Konoe inspiring him to make more historical samurai works. Daichi is particular about choosing voice actors and has discovered several talents such as Ayaka Saitouhttps://anilist.co/staff/95222/ Nozomi Sasakihttps://anilist.co/staff/95580/ and Reiko Yasuharahttps://anilist.co/staff/95373/. Accolades Ojarumaruhttps://anilist.co/anime/4459/Ojarumaru won the 1999 Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Excellence Award. Maksete Irukahttps://anilist.co/anime/2791/MakaseteIruka/ won the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Excellence Award. Gyagu Manga Biyorihttps://anilist.co/anime/1196/GyaguMangaBiyori was recommended by the Japan Media Arts Festival Animation committee in 2005. Controversies In 2018 and 2019 voice actress Hiroko Konishihttps://anilist.co/staff/96545/HirokoKonishi alleged that she was propositioned by her manager to enter a mixed bath with Daichi in the nude and was blacklisted from the voice acting industry when she refused.