Naoko Yamada — At The Entrance To The Universe
Between K-On, Tamako Love Story, and most recently, Koe no Katachi, Naoko Yamada has amassed a portfolio some could make a career out of. Her remarkably quick journey from in-betweener to studio leader is almost unheard of in the industry. Yamada’s unique style reminiscent of techniques you’d find in live-action more so than anime gives her work a lifelike quality, which aims to display the emotion, thrill, and magic of the everyday. Today, Under The Scope profiles the career of my favorite active anime director, Naoko Yamada, to see how her style has evolved over time.