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Yutaka Yamamoto
山本 寛
Born September 1, 1974 (1974-09-01) (age 35)
Osaka, Japan
Occupation Film director
Years active 2004–present

Yutaka Yamamoto (山本 寛 Yamamoto Yutaka ?, born September 1, 1974) is a male Japanese anime director from Osaka, Japan. He is the founder of the Ordet animation studio, and is formerly of Kyoto Animation.


Personal history

Originally a member of Kyoto Animation, Yamamoto rose to prominence within the company after serving as assistant director on Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time. In 2006, he was selected to be the production director of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, after which he became well-known among anime fans for the ending dance theme he choreographed. He was to make his full directorial debut with Lucky Star, but was replaced after four episodes due to "performance issues."[1] In a later radio interview, Yamamoto confirmed he was fired by Kyoto Animation and attempted to win his job back without success.[2] Subsequent to the firing, he founded his own studio, Ordet.[3] In 2008, he directed Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens with Ordet and A-1 Pictures. In 2009, he directed a 90-second short film for inclusion in the fourth volume of the Tonari no 801-chan manga. The short was produced by A-1 Pictures and featured character designs by Satoshi Kadowaki, also formerly of Kyoto Animation.[3] Production of the short came after the announcement that Kyoto Animation would be producing a Tonari no 801-chan television series.[4] However, less than two weeks later, the series was canceled without explanation by its broadcaster, TBS.[5] Yamamoto wrote that the short was a chance to "avenge myself" on his blog.[3] His next project will be an anime based on the Hatsune Miku Vocaloid song Black Rock Shooter, to be released in spring 2010. Yamamoto will be the supervising director, while Shinobu Yoshioka, another former Kyoto Animation member, will direct. Black Rock Shooter is set to be Ordet's first solo production as the main animation studio.[6]

Yamamoto attended the American anime convention Otakon in 2009.[3]



  • Maeda, Hisashi et al. "Lucky☆Star". (May 2007) Newtype USA. p. 67.

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