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1962- . Born in Niigata Prefecture, Yamaga was an obsessive fan whose love of film found new directions at Osaka University of Arts. After making a live-action wine commercial, he made the inaugural movie for the 1981 Daicon III SF convention with fellow students Hideaki Anno and Takami Akai. Yamaga was only 24 years old when work began on Wings of Honneamise (1987), which he was to direct, before becoming the president of the Gainax animation company formed in expectation of profits. Despite acclaimed directorial work on Gunbuster (1988), Yamaga soon disappeared behind the scenes as Gainax involved itself in computer games. He was technically "president-at-large" for 14 years, only returning actively to direction with Mahoromatic (2001).