Yamada, Naoko

Given name: 尚子
Family name: 山田
Birthday: Nov 28, 1984
Website:
Member Favorites: 4,635
More:
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.


(Source: Sakugablog & wiki)


Voice Acting Roles

No voice acting roles have been added to this person. Help improve our database by adding a voice acting role here.

Add PositionAnime Staff Positions
Air
add Key Animation (9, 11, 12)
Air
add In-Between Animation (ep 8, 10)
Air in Summer
add Key Animation
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
add Episode Director (ED)
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
add Key Animation (ep 2)
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
add Storyboard (ED)
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren
add Storyboard (ED, ep 5)
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren
add Episode Director (ED)
Clannad
add Key Animation (OP)
Clannad
add Episode Director (ep 17, 23)
Clannad
add Storyboard (ep 23)
Clannad: After Story
add Key Animation (OP)
Clannad: After Story
add Episode Director (ep 3, 10, 16, 22)
Clannad: After Story
add Storyboard (ep 3, 10, 16, 22)
Free!
add Episode Director (ep 7)
Free!
add Storyboard (ep 7)
Free!
add Key Animation (ED)
Free!: Dive to the Future
add Episode Director (ep 6)
Free!: Dive to the Future
add Storyboard (ep 6)
Free!: Eternal Summer
add Episode Director (ep 12)
Free!: Eternal Summer
add Storyboard (ep 12)
Free!: Eternal Summer
add Assistant Director (OP)
Free!: Eternal Summer
add Animation Director (ED)
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid
add Key Animation (ep 9, 13)
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid: Wari to Hima na Sentaichou no Ichinichi
add Key Animation
Hibike! Euphonium
add Series Production Director
Hibike! Euphonium
add Episode Director (ED)
Hibike! Euphonium
add Storyboard (ED)
Hibike! Euphonium 2
add Series Production Director
Hibike! Euphonium 2
add Episode Director (ep 13)
Hibike! Euphonium 2
add Storyboard (ep 12, 13)
Hibike! Euphonium Movie 1: Kitauji Koukou Suisougaku-bu e Youkoso
add Episode Director
Hyouka
add Storyboard (ep 9, 14)
Hyouka
add Episode Director (ep 9, 14)
InuYasha
add In-Between Animation
K-On!
add Director
K-On!
add Storyboard (ED)
K-On!
add Episode Director (ep 1)
K-On!
add Key Animation (ep 12)
K-On! Movie
add Director
K-On! Movie
add Storyboard
K-On!!
add Director
K-On!!
add Storyboard (ED1, ED2, OP2, ep 1, 3, 24)
K-On!!
add Episode Director (ep 1, 24)
Kanon (2006)
add Key Animation (ED)
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
add Storyboard (ep 8)
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
add Episode Director (ep 8)
Koe no Katachi
add Storyboard
Koe no Katachi
add Director
Kyoukai no Kanata
add Storyboard (ep 5)
Kyoukai no Kanata
add Key Animation (ED)
Kyoukai no Kanata
add Episode Director (ep 5)
Liz to Aoi Tori
add Episode Director
Liz to Aoi Tori
add Storyboard
Liz to Aoi Tori
add Director
Liz to Aoi Tori
add Theme Song Lyrics (girls,dance,staircase)
Lucky☆Star
add Key Animation (ep 2, 8, 13, 14, 20, 24)
Lucky☆Star: Original na Visual to Animation
add Episode Director
Munto: Toki no Kabe wo Koete
add In-Between Animation
Musaigen no Phantom World
add Storyboard (ep 6)
Nichijou
add Episode Director (ep 5, 17)
Nichijou
add Key Animation (ED1)
Nichijou
add Storyboard (ep 5, 17)
Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu
add Episode Director
Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu
add Key Animation
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
add Key Animation (ep 2, 7, 10, 12)
Tamako Love Story
add Director
Tamako Love Story
add Storyboard
Tamako Market
add Storyboard (OP)
Tamako Market
add Director
Tamako Market
add Episode Director (ep 1)
Tenjoubito to Akutobito Saigo no Tatakai
add Key Animation
Tsurune: Kazemai Koukou Kyuudoubu
add Episode Director (ep 6)
Tsurune: Kazemai Koukou Kyuudoubu
add Storyboard (ep 6)
Violet Evergarden
add Storyboard (ep 5)
Is there a staff position here that shouldn't be? Request to have it removed.


Add WorkPublished Manga
No published manga have been added to this person. Help improve our database by adding a published manga here.

Recent News

Comments Only the latest 10 comments are displayed.
haydenluvsanime | Oct 18, 6:18 AM


RedMoonProject | Oct 15, 4:51 PM
Just finished Sound! Euphonium and Liz and the Blue Bird. A very talented director. Will be watching more of her work.


Yukihi_Eii | Oct 10, 4:01 PM
thanks for directing the anime of my life.


R3inn | Sep 9, 5:59 AM
I admired her for all her works especially Hibike and Liz & the blue bird.


EndyEnvy | Sep 4, 8:54 AM
She is so talented!


EarthB | Aug 25, 2:36 PM
This is what a prodigy means.


cythraul | Aug 23, 7:27 AM
She creates only kino stuff and masterpieces.


KittenBuns1 | Aug 2, 4:24 PM
Love her work! My favorite director!


HowanNyaa | Aug 2, 5:25 AM
Thank you so so vewy much for K-On! <3

It has changed my life and made me feel a lot better about who I am and who I could be. You are amazing and I can't thank you enough ^w^


iDeViL360 | Jul 31, 9:16 AM
The real BEST girl of all


Write a Comment