Yamada, Naoko

Given name: 尚子
Family name: 山田
Birthday: Nov 28, 1984
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Naoko Yamada (山田 尚子 Yamada Naoko, born November 28, 1984) is a Japanese animator, television and film director. Working at Kyoto Animation, she directed the K-On!, Tamako Market anime series and the anime films A Silent Voice, Tamako Love Story and Liz and the Blue Bird.
Naoko Yamada joined Kyoto Animation in 2004 and was first tasked with drawing in-betweens for Inuyasha. She later made her debut as KA (key animator) on Air episode 9 and working as key animator on some episodes of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, followed by directing an episode on Clannad (episode 17 marked her directorial debut) and within a short time rose in the ranks to debut as director on K-ON! in 2009.
Naoko Yamada's most noticable signature direction quirk is using legs to show the spectrum of human emotion. Her contributions to series led by her peers are often considered some of the best moments in their respective series, like Hyouka #14, Free! Eternal Summer #12, or Violet Evergarden #5.

In 2020, Yamada left KyoAni to join Science SARU, where she directed 2021's Heike Monogatari.


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Etherius_ZS | May 12, 1:19 PM
Hopefully, Saru conditions are a bit better now. I wonder whether the Heike core staff will be on this or not.


Lavi_kun | May 4, 12:45 AM
Finally new project announce,it's Short but looking forward to it...


VanishingKira | May 2, 12:51 PM


VanishingKira | May 2, 11:01 AM
https://twitter.com/OlivierFallaix/status/1521181266888073217
Garden of remembrance, the next film by Naoko Yamada (Silent Voice) produced by Science Saru in work in progress! #annecy2022]


Etherius_ZS | Apr 28, 3:43 AM
So umm..., what happened to the KitKat CM? Anyone any info?


Bruno- | Apr 19, 11:00 PM
Thank you sou much for your hard work, Yamada-san ♥


poolside | Apr 19, 3:46 PM
GOAT


ryo-san | Apr 10, 11:22 AM
Naoko yamada has the same name as yukie nakama's character.. the character name is so famous it has become a joke in every drama she appears in...hahaha


Mohammad_Thanish | Apr 6, 6:56 AM
Thank you for your amazing works in KyoAni especially Tamako market ,A silent voice ,K-on These are by far one of my favourite slice of life anime.Hope To see more in near future


tatsumi78 | Apr 1, 5:56 AM
Goddess


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