Junichi Sato

Junichi Sato (佐藤 順一 Satō Jun'ichi, born March 11, 1960) is a Japanese anime director, best known for working on shōjo-based anime and the magical girl genre. He is associated with TYO Animations (formerly Hal Film Maker).

Born in Ama, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, his first major work was directing the first two seasons of Sailor Moon for Toei Animation, after which he handed the position over to Kunihiko Ikuhara, although he continued to storyboard and direct episodes for the later seasons. He later went on to co-direct Ojamajo Doremi, as well as the critically acclaimed Princess Tutu. Sato served as chief director for long-runner Sgt. Frog, and in recent years has become more known for his "healing anime" such as Aria and Tamayura.

Junichi Sato
BornMarch 11, 1960 (age 58)
OccupationAnime director
Spouse(s)Yasuno Sato


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1986 in anime

The events of 1986 in anime.

1993 in anime

The events of 1993 in anime.

Concerto Moon

Concerto Moon (コンチェルト・ムーン, Koncheruto Mūn) is a Japanese Neoclassical metal / Power metal band formed in 1996 and led by guitarist Norifumi Shima.

The band's first two albums were reissued by InsideOut Music in 2003.

Goldfish Warning!

Goldfish Warning! (きんぎょ注意報!, Kingyo Chūihō!) is a shōjo manga by Neko Nekobe (猫部ねこ, Nekobe Neko) which ran in Nakayoshi. A 54-episode anime series produced by Toei Animation aired on TV Asahi from January 12, 1991 through February 29, 1992. Each episode of the anime contained two 11-minute stories, often unconnected with each other. A short movie (OVA?) was released in 1992. The anime was made into an anime comic format with six episodes per volume. The first volume was released on July 25, 1991.After the end of the series, many of the anime's staff moved on to Sailor Moon, including director Junichi Sato and music composer Takanori Arisawa. Many references to Goldfish Warning! are made in Sailor Moon's first season.A complete DVD set of the series was released on March 24, 2005.

Hal Film Maker

Hal Film Maker (株式会社ハルフィルムメーカー, Kabushiki gaisha Haru Firumu Mēkā) was a Japanese animation studio founded in August 1993 by former Toei Animation staff.

Hal Film Maker's parent company, TYO Inc., merged its two anime studio subsidiaries—Yumeta Company and Hal Film Maker—on July 1, 2009. Yumeta Company absorbed Hal Film Maker and changed its name to TYO Animations before reverting to Yumeta Company on December 1, 2017.

Junkers Come Here

Junkers Come Here (ユンカース・カム・ヒア, Yunkāsu Kamu Hia) is an anime movie about a girl, Hiromi Nozawa (野沢ひろみ), and her Miniature Schnauzer, Junkers (pronounced Yoon-kers).

Hiromi appears on the outside to be a mature, resilient girl, but on the inside she feels like she's falling apart. She hardly sees her parents at all, as they are always busy with work. Then she learns that her parents are considering a divorce and she may have to make the heartrending choice of deciding which parent to live with. On top of that, Hiromi's tutor, Keisuke (on whom Hiromi has a crush), is getting married, and Hiromi fears that she soon will be completely alone. She finds herself comforted by Junkers, an unusual dog with the ability to speak and grant her three wishes.

The film, directed by Junichi Sato of Sailor Moon fame and shown in small chunks on Japanese TV before being released theatrically, was based on a story by singer-songwriter Naoto Kine (who also performed the film's opening song and acted in the film as Shintaro, Hiromi's father). The late Kazuo Komatsubara also worked on the film as a character designer and animation director. It won Best Animation Film at the 1995 Mainichi Film Awards.

Kaleido Star

Kaleido Star (カレイドスター, Kareido Sutā) is a Japanese anime series animated by Japanese studio Gonzo. The series was created by Junichi Sato, who also directed the first season, and written by Reiko Yoshida. Kaleido Star: New Wings was directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike.

Kaleido Star follows Sora Naegino, a young Japanese girl, who travels to the United States to fulfill her dream of performing at the world-famous Kaleido Stage.

Three original video animations have been produced, as well as a manga series and a novel.

Kunihiko Ikuhara

Kunihiko Ikuhara (幾原 邦彦, Ikuhara Kunihiko, born December 21, 1964), also known as Ikuni, is a Japanese creative artist who has collaborated on several famous anime and manga series. He is best known for creating and directing Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum and, more recently, Yurikuma Arashi.

List of slice of life anime

This is a list of slice of life anime.

Magic User's Club

Magic User's Club (魔法使いTai!, Mahō Tsukai Tai!) is a magical girl/boy anime, released as a six-part OVA in 1996 and then a 13-episode TV series in 1999, which was broadcast by WOWOW, and then by the anime television network, Animax, across its respective networks worldwide, including Southeast Asia, South Asia and other regions. The original plan was done by anime director Junichi Sato, with animation produced by Triangle Staff and Bandai Visual. There were also two manga series made, a shōjo manga version by Tammy Ohta (太田 多美 Ōta Tami) and shōnen manga version by Shamneko (紗夢猫). The Magic User's Club anime was released in North America by Media Blasters.

Maple Town

Maple Town, also known as Maple Town Stories (Japanese: メイプルタウン物語, Hepburn: Meipuru Taun Monogatari), is a 1986 Japanese slice of life anime series created by Chifude Asakura and directed by Junichi Sato. The series, animated by Toei Animation, consists of 52 half-hour episodes, which aired on TV Asahi in Japan from January 19, 1986 to January 11, 1987. It focuses on the adventures of Patty Rabbit, Bobby Bear and their families, in a small utopian anthropomorphic city named Maple Town. The series was followed by a 50-episode sequel, New Maple Town Stories: Palm Town Chapter, which retained only Patty Rabbit (and her voice actor, Maya Okamoto) from both series, although Maple Town's citizens made cameos from time to time. To date, this has not had an official English release.

The program spawned collectable figurines with changeable clothing, as well as houses, furniture and vehicles. Tonka was the US licensee and manufacturer.VHS compilations of Maple Town appeared in North America, Europe and Japan during the late 1980s and early 1990s. As of 2013, official DVDs of the show had surfaced in Japan, Spain and Hungary, with no release plans announced for other territories.

One-off (disambiguation)

A one-off is something made or occurring only once, independent of any pattern. It may also refer to:

One-off housing, individual houses built outside of towns and villages, especially in Ireland

One Off (OVA), a video animation by Junichi Sato

One Offs... Remixes & B-Sides, a 2002 compilation album by British musician Bonobo

One Off (miniseries)

One Off (わんおふ -one off-, Wan Ofu) is an animated series directed by Junichi Sato and produced by TYO Animations in collaboration with Honda. The four-episode series was aired on AT-X on August 5, 2012 and October 7, 2012. It was released in two volumes on DVD and Blu-ray on November 28, 2012 and December 21, 2012. The opening theme is "That Promised Place" (約束の場所, Yakusoku no Basho) whilst the ending theme is "Memories" (メモリーズ, Memorīzu), both performed by Round Table featuring Nino.

Slayers Premium

Slayers Premium (スレイヤーズぷれみあむ, Sureiyāzu Puremiamu) is a 2001 Japanese anime short film written and directed by Junichi Satō. Premium, the fifth and latest Slayers film, was first released in Japan on December 22, 2001, along with Sakura Wars: The Movie, Di Gi Charat - A Trip to the Planet and Azumanga Daioh: The Animation.

This is the only Slayers movie so far to feature the characters of Gourry Gabriev, Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun, Zelgadis Greywords and Xellos. Naga the Serpent also has a small role, as "the octopus sorceress".


Tamayura (たまゆら) is a Japanese anime series written and directed by Junichi Sato. The initial four-episode original video animation (OVA) series was produced by Hal Film Maker and released over two Blu-ray Disc and DVD volumes in November and December 2010. A 12-episode anime television series produced by TYO Animations, titled Tamayura: Hitotose, aired in Japan between October and December 2011. A second TV anime season, Tamayura: More Aggressive, aired between July and September 2013. A four-part animated film series, Tamayura: Sotsugyō Shashin, was released between April 4, 2015 and April 6, 2016. Two manga adaptations illustrated by Momo have been published by Mag Garden.

Tokyo Two

The Tokyo Two are Greenpeace anti-whaling activists Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki, who were arrested for stealing whale meat which they believed was embezzled, from a shipping depot in Aomori Prefecture, Japan in 2008.

Umi Monogatari

Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~ (うみものがたり 〜あなたがいてくれたコト〜, lit. "Sea Story: That You Were There For Me") is a 12 episode anime series, directed by Yuu Kou and Junichi Sato and produced by Zexcs. It began airing on Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting on June 24, 2009. An unaired 13th episode was featured in the final DVD volume, released on March 26, 2010. The anime is based on a pachinko game manufactured by Sanyo Bussan.

Yoshimasa Hiraike

Yoshimasa Hiraike (平池芳正, Hiraike Yoshimasa) is a Japanese anime director. He has collaborated with famed director Junichi Sato in series like Aria, Kaleido Star, and Prétear.

Yumeta Company

Yumeta Company (ゆめ太カンパニー), formerly known as TYO Animations Inc. (株式会社TYOアニメーションズ, Kabushiki gaisha TYO Animēshonzu) is a Japanese animation studio formed in 1990. It was originally formed as a merger of Hal Film Maker and Yumeta Company.

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