Kitarou Kousaka

Date of Birth: February 28 1962 Place of Birth: Kanagawa Prefecture Japan An animator and film director. He began his career in 1979 with the studio Oh Production He left the studio in 1986 to become a freelancer and soon went on to work on numerous projects as a key and supervising animation director for Studio Ghibli alongside famed director Hayao Miyazaki of whose work he is an admitted fan. In 2003 he directed the cycling anime film Nasu: Summer in Andalusia set on the Vuelta a Espaa road bicycle race adapted from Iou Kuroda manga Nasu which Miyazaki a fan of cycling had recommended to Kousaka. The film soon went on to become the first Japanese anime film ever to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival. He has worked on numerous other projects for studio Madhouse including adaptations of noted mangaka Naoki Urasawa works with the studio including Yawara Master Keaton and Monster and short film adaptations of two of CLAMP works including Clover and Double X