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 ''Anime/MetalFighterMiku'' in 1994. His work at 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 head-turning cinematography.

He was the director for the following series:
* ''Anime/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'': 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}}''
* ''Manga/MariaHolic''
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
* ''Anime/TheSoulTaker''
* ''Manga/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.
* ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge''
* ''LightNovel/GroundControlToPsychoelectricGirl''
* ''Manga/SoreDemoMachiWaMawatteiru''
* ''Manga/NatsuNoArashi!''
* ''Manga/KatteniKaizo''
* ''LightNovel/SasamisanAtGanbaranai''
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors''

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