Sakurai, Hiroaki

Sakurai, Hiroaki

Given name: 弘明
Family name: 桜井
Birthday: Dec 15, 1958
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Birth place: Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Hiroaki Sakurai (桜井 弘明, Sakurai Hiroaki, born December 15, 1958) is a Japanese anime director and bassist who is known for his work in UFO Baby and the Di Gi Charat series.[1][2] He has served as the director for series such as Nanaka 6/17, Cromartie High School, Les Misérables: Shōjo Cosette, GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class, Maid Sama!, Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Jewelpet Happiness, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., and The Demon Girl Next Door. He is married to Sayuri Ōba, an anime screenwriter.

Career:

Sakurai was in college for 5 and a half years and spent his time playing in bands and bassist auditions. One day, he suddenly became interested in animation, and after graduating from the department of literature and science at Nihon University, he worked at Yoyogi Animation Academy and joined Studio World, which was looking for assistant directors, at the age of 25. The first work he was involved in as an assistant director was Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and the first time his name appeared in the credits was in Yoroshiku Mechadock. When he was in charge of Mechadock, Masayuki Kojima and Ken Baba served as his seniors. In the spring of 1988, Studio World disbanded and Sakurai moved to Film Magic, which was founded by Baba. In the middle of Akazukin Chacha, Film Magic went bankrupt due to reasons mentioned below, and after that he went freelance.

According to Hatsuki Tsuji, Sakurai is described as someone who has good qualities, but who can be conceited. He often uses voice actors such as Mika Kanai and Kaori Nazuka in his directorial projects.

Style:

Inspired by the direction of Akitaro Daichi and Tatsuo Sato, who were part of Akazukin Chacha's rotation of directors, Sakurai was too elaborate in his direction and was unable to adhere to the limited number of sheets, resulting in constant deficits and driving Film Magic into bankruptcy. However, Takaaki Wada, who was in charge of key animation in certain episodes, claims that Sakurai, Wada and the other animators ignored the president's advice and got carried away, and that the bankruptcy was their own fault.

Sakurai is known for his love of the ukulele and for carrying one with him at all times, even to the studios. In addition, the soundtrack for Cromartie High School features music by the progressive rock band Bi Kyo Ran, who are from the same town as him and of whom he was a fan for many years, and also worked with the band as a bassist, later becoming a full member. He also played bass in the ending song "Dynamite★I-N-G" for TV Tokyo's Di Gi Charat Nyo! and performed a solo part. He stated that he had nine left-handed basses at the time.

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Akazukin Chacha
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Akazukin Chacha
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Akihabara Dennou-gumi
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Akihabara Dennou-gumi: 2011-nen no Natsuyasumi
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Akihabara Dennou-gumi: 2011-nen no Natsuyasumi
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Animation Seisaku Shinkou Kuromi-chan 2
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Azuki-chan
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Azuki-chan
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Azuki-chan
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Azumanga Daioh
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Chicchana Yukitsukai Sugar
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Chikyuu SOS Sore Ike Kororin
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Daa! Daa! Daa!
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Di Gi Charat
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Di Gi Charat
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Di Gi Charat
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Di Gi Charat
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Di Gi Charat Christmas Special
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Di Gi Charat Natsuyasumi Special
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Di Gi Charat Nyo
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Di Gi Charat Nyo
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Di Gi Charat Ohanami Special
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Di Gi Charat Summer Special 2000
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Di Gi Charat: Hoshi no Tabi
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Di Gi Charat: Hoshi no Tabi
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Di Gi Charat: Hoshi no Tabi
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Eigo de Asobo: Tanken Goblin Tou
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Eigo de Asobo: Tanken Goblin Tou
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FLCL
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GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class
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GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class: Aozora ga Kakitai
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Genji Tsuushin Agedama
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Gerotan
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Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
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Hidari no O'Clock!!
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Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri
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Hime-chan no Ribbon
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Hime-chan no Ribbon
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Jewelpet Happiness
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Jewelpet Happiness
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Jewelpet Happiness
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Jewelpet Happiness
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Jewelpet Kira☆Deco!
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Jewelpet Movie: Sweets Dance Princess
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Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
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Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
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Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
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Kidou Senkan Nadesico
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Kidou Senkan Nadesico
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Kidou Senkan Nadesico
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Kodomo no Omocha (TV)
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Kyuuketsuhime Miyu (TV)
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Les Misérables: Shoujo Cosette
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Les Misérables: Shoujo Cosette
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Little Witch Academia (TV)
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Machikado Mazoku
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Machikado Mazoku
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Mahou no Angel Sweet Mint
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Mahou Sensei Negima!
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Majokko Tsukune-chan
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Majutsushi Orphen: Revenge
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Mewkledreamy
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Mizuiro Jidai
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Mushishi
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Mushishi Zoku Shou
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Nagasarete Airantou
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Nanaka 6/17
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Nekogami Yaoyorozu
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Nekogami Yaoyorozu Specials
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Nekogami Yaoyorozu: Ohanami Ghostbusters
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Nurse Angel Ririka SOS
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Nurse Angel Ririka SOS
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Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho
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Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho
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Ouran Koukou Host Club
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Parappa the Rapper
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Parappa the Rapper
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Petit Eva: Evangelion@School
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Piace: Watashi no Italian
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Piyoko ni Omakase pyo!
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Piyoko ni Omakase pyo!
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PriPara
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Reiwa no Di Gi Charat
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Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan
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Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 2
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Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan: Ψ-shidou-hen
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Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan: Kanketsu-hen
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Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou
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Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou
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Shoujo Kakumei Utena
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Shoujo Kakumei Utena
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Sweet Valerian
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Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD
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Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
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Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Dai 2 Maku
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Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Arsene Karei naru Yokubou
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Tenshi ni Narumon!
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Tenshi ni Narumon!
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Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku
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Winter Garden
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Winter Garden
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Winter Garden
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Winter Garden
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Winter Garden
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bhaktivinoda | Jun 24, 7:14 AM
The god of Mahou Shoujo! Seriously, check out this guys lesser known works he is incredible!


WAIAOK | Apr 19, 1:13 AM
Di Gi Charat chad


Shuurei | Dec 2, 2020 2:24 PM
king. mewkledreamy so good


cythraul | Apr 30, 2020 7:38 AM
Good job on saiki k and machikado mazoku.


haydenluvsanime | Apr 10, 2020 1:54 AM
Anyone know where I can watch Gerotan?


BISSSs | Jan 9, 2020 6:22 PM
Great work on all the seasons from Saiki!


Ahegyao | Jul 25, 2019 2:00 PM
He directs like a boss.


LikTinn | Jun 30, 2019 1:35 PM
petit eva is the worst thing I've ever seen, thanks


haydenluvsanime | Jun 6, 2019 11:11 AM
Parappa the Raper


rufyy15 | May 23, 2018 11:21 AM
director please release a season 2 of KAICHOU WA MAID SAMA!!! PLEASE!


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