Naoko Yamada

山田尚子, Ryuu Andou (安堂隆)
Birth:Nov 28, 1984
Years active:2004-Present
Hometown:Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Wiki jp Wiki en Naoko Yamada is a Japanese animator and director. She worked at Kyoto Animation from 2004 to 2020. Yamada enjoyed drawing as a child and would copy images from the Patlabor and Dragon Ball series. She joined the volleyball club in primary school and the tennis and photography clubs in high school. At the Kyoto University of Art and Design she studied oil painting and was a member of the special effects club. She intended to work in film after university but instead decided to join Kyoto Animation after seeing an advertisement. Her first assignment at the studio was drawing in between frames for Inuyasha which Kyoto Animation helped produce. She was eventually promoted to a key animator for Air After working as an episode director of Clannad she was asked to make her chief directorial debut with KON an adaptation of a sliceoflife manga. The series was very successful spurring a second season and a film. In 2013 she directed Tamako Market and followed it with the film Tamako Love Story in 2014. For Tamako Love Story she was awarded the New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival. She storyboarded the entire film herself and also wrote the lyrics for the opening theme song Everybody Loves Somebody. Yamadas next project was the feature film A Silent Voice an adaptation of Yoshitoki Ooima manga by the same name. The film reflected on elements of bullying and physical impairment in Japan. The film opened at 2 in the Japanese Box Office and grossed a total of 2.3 billion 21.7m USD the 19th highestgrossing film in Japan in 2016. The film also received multiple award nominations including Best Animation Film in the Mainichi Film Awards and the Excellent Animation of the Year in the Japan Academy Prize. For Yamada the most important part of being a director is to observe people. She describes herself as a method director emphasizing the minds of the characters. On July 18 2019 a man started a fire at the main studio of Kyoto Animation killing 36 of Yamadas colleagues and wounding 33 others. Yamada was reported not to have been hurt in the fire. Source: Wikipedia