Arias, Michael

Arias, Michael

Birthday: Feb 2, 1968
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Michael Arias is an American-born filmmaker active primarily in Japan. He is best known as the director of Tekkon Kinkreet, which made him the first non-Japanese director of a major anime film.

Although Arias is a Southern California native, he has lived in Tokyo, Japan since he was 24 and speaks fluent Japanese. He is married to a Japanese woman and they have two children.
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Xeah | 09-09-14, 6:51 AM
I LOVE tekkon kinkreet!! More anime please!

LayedBack | 06-19-14, 2:05 PM
I've always thought it was really cool that an American went and directed an anime film and it actually turned out really good. Of course, much thanks has to be given to the source work, the mangaka himself seems to quite good.

millo | 01-07-12, 12:47 AM
he is my ROLE MODEL!!!!! will he make more anime?!! pleaseeeee

Nyctian | 04-15-11, 10:52 PM
it's nice to see non-japanese working on anime and master his work.

earendil | 02-10-11, 7:51 PM
I hope this guy goes far. Tekkon Kinkreet felt like Akira if it had been directed by Miyazaki.

ahegao | 08-25-10, 10:46 PM
His work on Tekkon Krinkreet was seriously fucking incredible. I hope to see more from him in some form or another.

Somehow it's really heartening that he's foreign

fertygo | 05-30-10, 3:25 AM
what the hell this guy do on KAA forums ?

Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi | 10-11-09, 4:51 PM
Mm. I'm not a diehard fan of his films and his personality and style are clearly very different from mine, but as an American who became a film director and landed a job working in anime, he's someone whose example I need to look at since I have similar ambitions.

ColdBeans | 08-07-09, 5:09 PM
kinda my hero

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