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1934- . Born in Tokyo, Ikeda graduated in art from Nihon University in 1959, joining Toei Animation that same year and rising to director within 12 months. His first major work, however, did not appear for almost a decade, with the release of his feature-length adaptation of Shotaro Ishinomori's Flying Ghost Ship. He also worked on a number of popular TV shows, including Little Witch Sally and Secret Akko-chan. He became head of Toei's Animation Research Department (a training division) and later became a lecturer in animation at both the Tokyo Polytechnic University and Nihon University Graduate School of Art.