Masami Hata

Masami Hata was born in 1942 in Toyama Prefecture Japan. He debuted as an animator in 1965 at Mushi Pro with Wonder 3 and while there directed his first two TV series. After Mushi Pro folded in 1973 he worked a bit for Tokyo Movie Shinsha drawing storyboards and directing episodes in a handful of TV series. Around 1975 he began working at Sanrio which was just moving into the anime market and wound up staying there for over a decade going on to direct several of Sanrios lavish fullanimation films. Since the breakup of Sanrios animation department Sanrio Films in 1985 following the release of the film Fairy Florence he has been working freelance directing and writing storyboards for TV series and movies at various studios. Source: AniDB Wikipedia