Yutaka Izubuchi

Yutaka Izubuchi

Yutaka Izubuchi at Japan Expo 2008
Born (1958-08-12)August 12, 1958
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Character designer

Yutaka Izubuchi (出渕 裕 Izubuchi Yutaka, born August 12, 1958 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese anime designer and director. Izubuchi is credited for designing costumes, characters and creatures, but most of his designs are mechanical (both robots and other vehicles). He created and directed the RahXephon series[1] and also created a manga story called Rune Masquer.[2]

Among Izubuchi's design credits are the mecha from Panzer World Galient as well as some Gundam and Patlabor shows. He also created the Protect-Gear armor used in the Kerberos saga (Jin-Roh, etc.).

The ADV Films promotional materials for RahXephon[3] and some reviews[4] Gasaraki is an Izubuchi credit, but although he did mecha design on that show he was not responsible for writing or directing.

Izubuchi designed the costume for one of the characters of the Cutie Honey live action movie (2004), directed by Hideaki Anno of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame; earlier, Anno and Izubuchi (called "Bu-chan" by Anno) both had their mecha designs appear on Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (1988).

Izubuchi did some additional design work for Tomoki Kyoda's Eureka Seven. Kyoda was an assistant director and episode director on RahXephon and directed its theatrical adaptation.

Izubuchi's work also extends to tokusatsu, doing monster designs for Kagaku Sentai Dynaman, Choudenshi Bioman, Dengeki Sentai Changeman, Choushinsei Flashman, Kamen Rider Agito, and Kamen Rider OOO.

As of 2006, Izubuchi said that the design work he was most proud of was on WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3.[2]

Izubuchi is the creative producer of Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode (2008).

Notes and references

  1. Wong, Amos (February 2003). "Interview with Yutaka Izubuchi". Newtype USA. 2 (2): 14–15.
  2. 1 2 Broestl, Sean (2006). "Anime Expo 2006 - Yutaka Izubuchi Focus Panel". Anime News Network. Retrieved 11 July 2006.
  3. "Anticipation continues to build for release of RahXephon 1: Threshold". ADV Films. 2003-03-20. Archived from the original on 2006-03-25. Retrieved 2006-08-07.
  4. Solomon, Charles. "RahXephon - Threshold (Vol. 1): Editorial Reviews". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2006-10-12.
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