Birth Date: November 21 1961 Websitehttp://ninelives.co.jp/ Twitterhttps://twitter.com/akaitakami Akai attended Osaka University of Arts majoring in fine art . While studying there Akai created the character designs for the Daicon III opening animation. The main staff for the Daicon III and Daicon IV opening animations went on to create the animation studio Gainax. Akai was in the same class as Hiroyuki Yamaga and Hideaki Anno. He is married to mangaka Higuchi Kimiko.