Kazuhiro Furuhashi (古橋 一浩 Furuhashi Kazuhiro?, June 9, 1960-) is a Japanese anime director and supervisor, born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. He is amongst anime's most foremost directors, having directed and helmed the entire Rurouni Kenshin series (including the original television series, and its subsequent much-lauded OVA iterations), the You're Under Arrest series, GetBackers, Hunter x Hunter, Zipang, Le Chevalier D'Eon, Real Drive and most recently, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
Early career and biography
He began his career as an animator with the anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura and subsequently into episode direction and as a director with Studio Deen's anime adaptation of another Rumiko Takahashi work, Ranma ½. Furuhashi is particularly well-known for realistic portrayals and first person views shown in his directorial and storyboard works and has obtained a good reputation as a director. Furuhashi has often collabored and supervised numerous extensive and high quality anime productions with animators Norio Matsumoto, Atsuko Nakajima and Hirofumi Suzuki. Over the years, he has worked in numerous productions with Studio Deen and began his directorial career with the studio.
- Urusei Yatsura (1981–1986; animation director)
- Maison Ikkoku (1986–1988; key animation)
- F (1988; key animation)
- Ranma ½ (first series and nettō-hen) (1989; storyboards, episode direction)
- Super Zugan (1994; ending animation)
- Battle Fighters: Garō Densetsu (1992; storyboards, episode direction)
- Battle Fighters: Garō Densetsu 2 (1993; director, episode direction)
- Kuma no Pūtarō (1995–1996; storyboards)
- Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkyaku Rōmantan (1996–1997; director, storyboards, episode direction)
- Hunter x Hunter (1999–2001; director)
- GetBackers: Dakkan'ya (2002–2003; director, storyboards) - direction assistance by Keitarō Motonaga
- Gunslinger Girl (2004; storyboards of episode 12)
- Genshiken (2004; storyboards of episodes 2 and 4)
- Maria-sama ga Miteru (2004; storyboards)
- Maria-sama ga Miteru ~Haru~ (2004; storyboards, episode direction)
- Kyō Kara Maō! (2004; key animation of episode 2)
- Zipang (2004–2005; director, screenplay)
- Noein: Mō Hitori no Kimi e (2005–2006; storyboards of episode 12)
- Binchō-tan (2006; director, series composition, screenplay, storbyoards, episode director, direction and storyboards of OP and ED)
- Le Chevalier D'Eon (2006–2007; director, storyboards, episode direction)
- Mo No No Ke (2007; storyboards)
- Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha (2007, storyboards of second opening theme)
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (2007; storyboards of episode 13)
- Real Drive (2008; director, storyboards, episode direction, OP direction)
- Amatsuki (2008; director, series composition, screenplay, storyboards of episode 1, key animation of episode 13)
- Chōjin Locke: Lord Reon (1989; storyboards)
- Ranma ½: Nettō Utagassen (1990; director)
- Ranma ½: Kessen Tōgenkyō! Hanayome wo Torimodose!! (1992; director)
- Taiho Shichauzo (1994–1995; director, storyboards, episode direction)
- Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkyaku Rōmantan: Tsuioku-hen (1999; director)
- Reinō Tantei Miko (2000; director, storyboards)
- Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkyaku Rōmantan: Seisō-hen (2001; director)
- Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (2009; director)
- Tales of Rebirth (2004; director, storyboards and direction of game OP movie)
- Tales of the Abyss (2005; director and storyboards of game OP movie)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Les 24 Chevaliers Part XXIV: Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Director) (01)". Production I.G. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- ↑ "Rurouni Kenshin OAV - Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- ↑ "Kazuhiro FURUHASHI". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "Les 24 Chevaliers Part XXIV: Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Director) (02)". Production I.G. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- ↑ "Hirofumi SUZUKI". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 (Japanese) "古橋一浩". Retrieved 2008-11-12.