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 Productionhttps://anilist.co/studio/234/. 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 Ghiblihttps://anilist.co/studio/21/ alongside famed director Hayao Miyazakihttps://anilist.co/staff/96870/ of whose work he is an admitted fan. In 2003 he directed the cycling anime film Nasu: Summer in Andalusiahttps://anilist.co/anime/1209/ set on the Vuelta a Espaa road bicycle race adapted from Iou Kurodahttps://anilist.co/staff/97910/s manga Nasuhttps://anilist.co/manga/31245/ 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 Madhousehttps://anilist.co/studio/11/ including adaptations of noted mangaka Naoki Urasawahttps://anilist.co/staff/96867/s works with the studio including Yawarahttps://anilist.co/anime/691/ Master Keatonhttps://anilist.co/anime/1483/ and Monsterhttps://anilist.co/anime/19/ and short film adaptations of two of CLAMPhttps://anilist.co/staff/96877/s works including Cloverhttps://anilist.co/anime/1890/ and Double Xhttps://anilist.co/anime/2729/.