Birth:Jan 26, 1968
Home town:Kaminoyama, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/koiketakeshi Wiki jphttps://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Wiki enhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TakeshiKoike Koike aspired to become an animator after having seen Yoshinori Kanadahttps://anilist.co/staff/106398/s work on Galaxy Express 999https://anilist.co/anime/1301/. During his third year of high school Koike came to Tokyo and quickly got a job at Madhousehttps://anilist.co/studio/11/ and got thrown straight into Yoshiaki Kawajirihttps://anilist.co/staff/100812/s projects. He made his debut as an inbetweener on Phoenix: Karma Chapterhttps://anilist.co/anime/2997/ and as a key animator on Goku: Midnight Eyehttps://anilist.co/anime/1879/. His first venture into directing was in year 2000 when he got to direct the opening of Party 7 a film directed by Katsuhito Ishiihttps://anilist.co/staff/102102/. Koike also acted as the character designer and animation director on the film getting to fully display his influences from abovementioned legendary animator Yoshinori Kanada as well as Mike Mignola an American comic artist of Hellboy fame. Some time after this began the notoriously lengthy seven year production of Redlinehttps://anilist.co/anime/6675/. The film was eventually released in August 2009. Despite the positive critical response with particular praise for its animation Redline didnt have a successful run at the box office. It did however see a much greater success after its home release and has since been recognised as a cult film.