Akiyuki Shinbo is a Japanese anime director most noteworthy for being the primary director for Creator/StudioSHAFT since 2004, before that he was a freelance director, beginning with his direction of ''Metal Fighter Miku'' in 1994. His work SHAFT has been characterized by extensive experimentation with the visual medium of animation, and often includes pictures taken from real life cut into scenes, as well as {{Art Shift}}s, {{Beat Panel}}s (despite the fact that his work is animated), Kabuki sound effects, [[UnmovingPlaid textures that remain stationary when the textured object moves]], showing symbols or defining parts of a character ({{Ahoge}}, {{Hair Dec|orations}}s, foreheads, or more bizarre symbols) in place of characters during dialogue, written text in place or in opposition to dialogue, downright surgical use of FanService, and overall excellent cinematography.

He was the director for the following series:
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': The first season only, both A's and Strikers were directed otherwise. Shinbo also directed Nanoha's predecessor, Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever.
* ''[[Anime/TsukuyomiMoonPhase Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase]]'': His first work with SHAFT and with voice actors Creator/ChiwaSaito and Creator/HiroshiKamiya, who he would work with extensively in his succeeding series.
* ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'': The first to showcase his trademark mixed-medium style (most visible during the opening sequences, with various characters possessing real world images as part of their bodies).
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch''
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''
* ''Anime/NegimaSecondSeason''
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}''
* ''MariaHolic''
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
* ''Anime/TheSoulTaker''
* ''LePortraitDePetiteCossette'': This was the first time he worked with Creator/YukiKajiura. Because ''Madoka Magica'' writer, Creator/GenUrobuchi liked the music from it he suggested Kajiura to Shinbo.
* ''ArakawaUnderTheBridge''
* ''DenpaOnnaToSeishunOtoko''
* ''SoreDemoMachiWaMawatteiru''
* ''Manga/NatsuNoArashi!''
* ''KatteniKaizo''
* ''LightNovel/SasamisanAtGanbaranai''
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors''

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