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1940- . Born in Shizuoka Prefecture, he left school at sixteen and had many jobs, eventually joining Toei Animation in 1958. By 1961, he was working at Mushi Production, where he became a key animator and then director on Astro Boy. He left Mushi in 1967 to found Art Fresh with the Dezaki brothers, in which capacity he contributed as a key animator to shows including Journey to the West and Dororo, on which he was a supervising director. In 1969, he was one of the founding members of Group Tac, although he subsequently went fully freelance in 1985. Although his directorial work incorporates everything from The Tale of Genji to Touch, arguably his most long-standing influence on the medium is his work on the first Streetfighter II movie, which established a series of tropes and traditions for game adaptations that remain much imitated to this day.