Yutaka Izubuchi

Birth:Dec 8, 1958
Years active:1978-Present
Hometown:Tokyo, Japan
A notable mechanical and character designer for both anime and tokusatsu series. He aspired a career in the industry after having seen Space Battleship Yamatohttps://anilist.co/anime/1650/ a franchise in which he would eventually serve as a director in 2012https://anilist.co/anime/12029/. His career began in 1978 debuting as a mechanical designer on Toushou Daimoshttps://anilist.co/anime/2816/ designing the enemy robots. Few years later in 1981 he made his tokusatsu debut on Robot 8chan. The following decade he worked on industry shaping series such as Gundamhttps://anilist.co/anime/86/ Macrosshttps://anilist.co/anime/1089/ and Patlaborhttps://anilist.co/anime/324/. During this time he also had ties to Parallel Creation a creative group led by scifi writer Aritsune Toyotahttps://anilist.co/staff/220367/. This led him to work as an illustrator on novels such as Record of Lodoss Warhttps://anilist.co/manga/92655/ in which his designs were deeply influential for Japanese fantasy series. In 2002 he directed RahXephonhttps://anilist.co/anime/165/ an anime original created by him. Izubuchi said that his attempt was to set a new standard for mecha anime as well as to bring back aspects of 70s mecha shows like Brave Raideenhttps://anilist.co/anime/2128/. A trademark in his mechanical designs is the Buchihole a series of round holes embedded usually in a cluster pattern of three holes above and two below located somewhere on the mecha.