Born in 1943 in Tokyo. In 1964, he began his career with Mushi Production and served as director of many of their early TV animations. After leaving Mushi Production he directed the science fiction animation Zero Tester, produced during the start-up phase of the Sunrise Studio, Limited, and which defined the entire direction of the company. Among his most representative works are Fang of the Sun Dougram (writer/director, 1981), Armored Trooper VOTOMS (writer/director, 1983), Hi no Tori (director, 2004), NHK's Morizo and Kiccoro (director, 2004), Aniplex's FLAG (writer/general director, 2006), Intrigue in the Bakumatsu—Irohanihoheto (writer/general director, 2006), and the television program Ozuma (general director, 2012), which was produced for the 20th anniversary of the broadcaster WOWOW. Recently he has also held a position as a professor at Osaka University of Arts, where he educates the next generation of creators.