Masaaki Oosumi

おおすみ正秋, 大隅正秋
Birth:Nov 26, 1934
Hometown:Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Twitter Website Oosumi graduated from School of Media Science at the Tokyo University of Technology. He got his start in the entertainment industry as the leader of a puppet theater in Kobe. This led to an association with Tokyo Movie Shinsha one of the first Japanese animation studios. In 1969 Oosumi collaborated with animator Yasuo Otsuka in the Moomin TV series which was an immediate hit. But Finnish author Tove Jansson creator of the Moomin books objected strongly to the depiction of the characters in the series. According to Jansson My Moomin is No car No fight and No money. The series was shifted to another studio after 26 episodes. Also in 1969 he collaborated with Otsuka on the classic Lupin III TV series. This series opened to poor ratings and was cancelled after only 23 episodes. Oosumi directed the first seven episodes and episodes nine and twelve with the remaining episodes being directed jointly by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata Oosumi was fired by the studio for refusing to adapt the sophisticated series for a childrens audience. He went on to direct film and television animations for a number of other studios and for the national broadcaster NHK. In 1993 he returned to direct one more Lupin episode entitled Voyage to Danger Source: Wikipedia