Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅 政明 Yuasa Masaaki) is an anime television and film director, screenwriter,
storyboard artist and animator known for his wild free form style.
He was born on March 16, 1965 in Fukuoka, Japan. (source form Wikipedia)
His most recent work as of September 2014 is the animated adaptation of
Taiyo Matsumoto’s manga Ping Pong.
He also worked on (just to mention few of them):
Cat Soup (2001) – Animation producer, screenplay, planning
Mind Game (2004) – Director, screenplay, character designer
Kemonozume (2006) – Series director and composition; episode screenplays, storyboards, direction and key animation
Wakfu (2010) – Character design for “Noximilien” special episode
Ping Pong (2014) – Director
Adventure Time (2014) – Director, writer and storyboard artist for the season 6 episode “Food Chain”
Space Dandy (2014) – Director, writer, animation supervisor and storyboard artist for the episode “Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Baby”
This book is giving an idea of Maasaki’s entire career. All the concept design are done in watercolor.
You can see how talented this man is by this book…
Quirky, crazy design it’s quite a feast for the eyes.
He directed “Mind Games” which is one of my favorite animation movie which was animated by Madhouse.
Kemonozume an excellent short TV serie.
Ah…Cat Soup (Neko Jiro)
I love his work so this a great, great book, full of surprising design.
Full of watercolor design, characters, environment design.
Very creative and inspiring, the entire book is a little jewel that we would wish to see more around, so rich in content.
Release Date: September 20, 2014
Number of Pages: 400 pages
You can buy it Here