After fifty years of Japanese animation, I was told by a legend in the anime world. Listen to the famous producer Masao Maruyama!

We begin with Osamu Tezuka, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Mamoru Hosoda, Sunao Katabuchi, Rintaro, and many other masterpiece animations created by meeting many masters and creators.

What is behind the scenes revealed by Mr. Maruyama, who has been involved as a producer from the encounter to the process of completing one work? What is the job of an anime producer? What is “produce” in the first place?

Please look forward to the stories of professionals who established animation production companies such as the legendary “Madhouse” and “MAPPA.”

Japanese animation is now trendy all over the world. Masao Maruyama, a producer who has been active for more than 50 years from the dawn to the present, will appear in the online course.

His works include “Princess Knight” and “Ashita no Joe” in the early days of anime, and recent years “Paprika,” “Summer Wars,” and “In This Corner of the World.”

His involvement with the anime world began when he joined Mushi Production, led by Osamu Tezuka. After that, he became independent and launched the legendary production company “Madhouse” known for “Genma Taisen,” “Millennium Actress,” “Cardcaptor Sakura,” “DEATH NOTE,” “Chihayafuru,” and “Death Parade.”

After that, he launched “MAPPA,” a production company that handles popular works such as “Jujutsu Kaisen,” and is still involved in the field as a representative of Studio M2.

Mr. Maruyama has been involved in the front lines of Japanese animation, discovered the talents of many creators, and supported Japanese animation by planning and producing works.

This time, based on my own experience of turning 80 years old, I will talk about behind the scenes of the Production that has sent animation to the world for more than half a century and the DNA of Japanese animation.

The listener is Masahiro Haraguchi, an animation history researcher.

Masao Maruyama

Born in 1941, from Miyagi prefecture. Graduated from Hosei University. Animation producer. Former President of Madhouse Co., Ltd., Current Chairman of MAPPA, President of Studio M2.

Since joining Mushi Production in 1965, he has been active since the dawn of the Japanese animation industry. Related works: Theatrical works “Perfect Blue,” “Millennium Actress,” “Tokyo Godfathers,” “Paprika,” “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” “Summer Wars,” “In This Corner of the World,” and many other TV works.