Akiyuki Shinbo

Akiyuki Shinbo is a Japanese animator, director, writer, and storyboard artist. Best known for his works with Shaft, he has attained international recogniation with the studio for his unique visual style and storytelling methods. Born in Koori, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Shinbo expressed interest in animation at a young age, and he joined Studio Oz in 1985. At Studio Oz, he worked for several years as a key animator working extensively as a subcontractor for Pierrot and Madhouse.