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Megazone 23 - Staff Profiles


Noboru IshiguroNoboru Ishiguro - Director/Original Story
Noboru Ishiguro has directed many of anime fandom's favourite anime titles since the late 1960's including "Space Cruiser Yamato II", the second film in the Yamato franchise, "Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato", "Super Dimensional Fortress Macross", "Macross: Do You Remember Love?", "Super Dimensional Century Orguss", "Legend of the Galactic Heroes" and one of my personal favourites, the 1980 TV series of "Astroboy". Ishiguro owned his own animation studio called Artland which was still making animation as recently as 2017. "Megazone 23" was the Artland's first original production not based off a manga or novel. Noburo Ishiguro passed away at the age of 73 on 21 March 2012 due to a lung infection. One of his last projects was was the TV series "Tytania".

Haruhiko MikimotoHaruhiko Mikimoto - "Eve" Character Designer
Also known by his distinctive "HAL" trademark signature, Haruhiko Mikamito first came to prominence with his beloved and distinctive character designs for the original 1982 "Macross" TV series. He would late go on to provide the character designs for the follow up "Macross" series and films "Macross: Do You Remember Love?", "Macross II", and "Macross 7". Since "Macross", Mikamito has been a very in demand character designer, and has provided designs for "Gunbuster (Aim for the Top!)", "Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket", "Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash", "Tytania", "Super Dimensional Century Orguss" and the 1990's sequel OVA "Orguss 02". Mikamoto also written several manga series including "Marionette Generation" and "Macross 7: Trash".

Toshihiro HiranoToshihiro Hirano - Character Designer/Storyboard/Animation Director
Most recently going by the name Toshiki Hirano, Toshihiro Hirano came to prominence in the mid 1980's by directing and providing the character designs for the OVA hits "Dangaioh" and "Vampire Princess Miyu", as well as creating the "Iczer" franchise; "Iczer-One", "Iczer 3" and "Iczelion". He also proved the storyline for "Shaolin Sisters" and "Vampire Princess Miyu" manga series which were illustrated by his wife Narumi Kakinouchi. Hirano also directed "Magic Knight Rayearth" and provided character designs for "Ninja Warrior Tobikage", better known in English speaking countries as "Ninja Robots". His work appears to be as director for the anime adaptation of "Angel Heart", the follow up series to "City Hunter".

Shinji AramakiShinji Aramaki - Mechanical Designer
Originally an employee of the design and planning company Artmic, Shinji Aramaki soon became a well regarded and highly in demand mechanical designer. His work is prominently featured in "Genesis Climber Mospeada", the 1980's "Transformers" TV series, "M.A.S.K.", "Bubblegum Crisis", "Genesis Survivor Gaiarth" and "Gasaraki". He began directing anime in the 1980's with the OVA "Metal Skin Panic Madox-01" and would later go on to direct the third "Megazone 23" OVA, "Genesis Survivor Gaiarth" and starting in 2004 a string of CG animated films including the "Appleseed" and "Starship Troopers" films and "Space Pirate Captain Harlock". He also directed the "Evangelion: Another Impact" short for the Japan Animator Expo project. Recent projects include the TV series "The Ultraman" and the forthcoming "Blade Runner - Black Lotus", both co-directed with Kenji Kamiyama.

Ichiro ItanoIchiro Itano - Animation Director/Storyboard/Action Sequence Director
Best known for his incredibly detailed action sequences in the "Macross" series, including the original TV series, "Macross Do You Remember Love?" and "Macross Plus", Ichiro Itano sequnces are known to fans as the "Itano Circus". This because of his trademark highly detailed aerial action sequences which include scenes of masses of missiles launched by Zentradi and Valkayre craft. Apart from specialising in action sequences in anime, Itano has directed "Angel Cop", "Violence Jack", "Gantz" and "Blassreiter". He also was the director on the sequel to "Megazone 23", "Megazone 23 Part II".

ArtlandArtland - Planning/Animation Production
Formed in September 1978 by director Noboru Ishiguro, Artland produced or co-produced a number of anime TV series, films and OVAs over the years including "Macross", "Orguss", "Mushishi" and it's sequel TV series and OVAs, "Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino-", "Tantei Opera Milky Holmes", "Legend of the Galactic Heroes", "Gall Force: The Revolution", "Appleseed" and of course the first two "Megazone 23" OVAs. During the 1980's and 1990's, Haruhiko Mikimoto was a staff member of the company. In 2010 the company was split up between the production business, Artland Inc, and the animation studio, Animation Studio Artland Inc. Artland Inc was shut down in 2017 after financial difficulties.

ArtmicArtmic - Design/Animation Production
Short for Art and Modern Ideology for Creation, Artmic was a production company formed in 1978 by producer Toshimitsu Suzuki after leaving Tatsunoko Productions. The company produced or co-produced many of the best anime OVAs during the 1980's and 1990's including "Bubblegum Crisis", "Bubblegum Crash", "Genesis Climber Mospeada: Love, Live, Alive", "Casshan: Robot Hunter", "Gatchaman" OVA, "Wanna-Be's", "Gall Force", "Dangaioh", "Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01", "Hades Project Zeorymer", "Riding Bean", "A.D. Police", "Detonator Orgun", "Genesis Survivor Gaiarth", "Scramble Wars", "Techno Police 21C" and of course all three "Megazone 23" OVAs. The studio also provided mechanical, logo and title designs for other anime. Members of the studio included Kenichi Sonoda, Shinji Aramaki, Kimitoshi Yamane, Hideki Kakinuma and Rey Lumeno. Artmic filed for bankruptcy in 1997 with the majority of the titles it owned being transferred to anime studio AIC.

AICAIC - Animation Production
Founded in July 1982, much like Artmic, Animation International Company (AIC) was responsible for some of fandom's most loved OVA and TV series of the 1980's and 1990's. Most of their early titles were mecha based OVAs, but they soon ventured into other genres such as harem and ero anime. Some of their more successful franchises and titles include "Gall Force", "Tenchi Muyo", "Bubblegum Crisis", "Vampire Princess Miyu", "Sol Bianca", "Oh My Goddess!", "Armitage III", "El Hazard", "Heaven's Lost Property", "Space Battleship Yamato 2199" and of course all three "Megazone 23" OVAs. Though the studio hasn't produced or co-produced many anime of late, they have tested the waters with crowd funded pilot films of reboots their properties including "Tenchi Muyo", it's spin off "Pretty Sammy", "El Hazard" and of course "Megazone 23 XI" and "Megazone 23 Sin".

Yasuomi UmetsuYasuomi Umetsu - Storyboard/Sub-Character Designer
Character designer Yasuomi Umetsu is now best known in anime fandom for his ero anime OVA series "Kite" and "Mezzo Forte" which he wrote, provided the character designs and directed for ero anime producer Green Bunny. Both franchises are essentially violent action films intercut with some explicit sex scenes. However "Kite" found more success in English speaking countries in an edited format which removed all sex scenes and "Mezzo Forte" was remade as the TV series "Mezzo DSA". Umetsu's character designer credits include "Lily C.A.T.", most of the 1990's Tatsunoko series OVA remakes including "Casshan: Robot Hunter", "Gatchaman" and "Hurricane Polymar", "Kimera", "Kokkoku: Moment by Moment" and of course "Megazone 23 Part II". Apart from the "Kite" and "Mezzo" franchises, his directing credits include the "Presence" segment of "Robot Carnival", "Galilei Donna" and "Wizard Barristers".

Shiro SagisuShiro Sagisu - Music Production
Best known to anime fans for his music for the "Evangelion" franchise, Shiro Sagisu works mainly as a music producer and composer and has produced records for British musician Mike Wyzgowski as well as Japanese artists Misia, Satoshi Tomiie, and Ken Hirai. His anime soundtracks include "Leda: The Fantastic Adventure of Yohko", "Ai City", "Kimagure Orange Road", "Nadia of the Mysterious Seas", "Macross II", "His and Her Circumstances", "Bleach", "Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic", "SSSS.Gridman" and of course all three parts of "Megazone 23". He has also composed the scores of the live action films "Attack on Titan" and "Shin Godzilla". In 2010 he won the Tokyo Anime Award for Best Music for "Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance".

Other Notable Staff
Hideaki Anno (director of "Evangelion", "Nadia of the Mysterious Seas"), Nobuteru Yuki (character designer for "Record of Lodoss Wars") and Narumi Kakinouchi (manga artist for "Princess Vampire Miyu") worked on the film as assistant directors and also did key animation. Though not credited in the film at all, Masami Obari (mecha designer extraordinaire and director of "Battle Arena Toshinden", "Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer", "Gravion") also did some key animation.

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