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1941- . Pseudonym for Masayuki Hayashi, often miscredited outside Japan as Taro Rin. Born in Tokyo, Rintaro graduated from Takada Middle School and began working in 1958 for Toei Animation. Subsequently, he has managed to turn up on the credits listings for most of the landmark anime of the latter half of the twentieth century, beginning with Panda and the Magic Serpent (1958). He moved to Mushi Production in 1963 in time to work on both Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. After going freelance in the late 1960s, he worked on Captain Harlock, before gaining his feature direction debut with one of the Galaxy Express 999 spin-offs in 1979. He was one of three directors of note deemed worthy of inclusion in the Neo Tokyo anthology (1987), and subsequent work has included further feature films and video work, such as Dagger of Kamui, Final Fantasy, Doomed Megalopolis, and Metropolis.