Creator: Akiyuki Shinbo

Akiyuki Shinbo is a Japanese anime director most noteworthy for being the primary director for Studio SHAFT 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 Shifts, Beat Panels (despite the fact that his work is animated), Kabuki sound effects, textures that remain stationary when the textured object moves, showing symbols or defining parts of a character (Ahoge, Hair Decs, 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: