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Kunihiko Ikuhara
Just Ikuni being Ikuni.

This is just between you and me, but when I was fourteen, I saw a UFO.
That UFO telepathically told me this prophecy:"When you grow up, you will direct an anime about girls revolutionizing various things."
Surely you jest.
"You must not tell anyone about me. If you ever do..."
Wh-What will happen to me?
"People will call you a sketchy guy."

Kunihiko Ikuhara (born December 21, 1964) is a Japanese eccentric and anime auteur. He is basically the David Lynch of shōjo, most famous for directing the TV series Revolutionary Girl Utena and its movie The Adolescence of Utena, plus the first four seasons of Sailor Moon (directed several episodes in the first season, and became the series director for the R, S, and SuperS seasons) as well as the R movie. Also notoriously evasive about giving straight answers to his more surreal works. Kanashimi No Belladonna has been cited as an influence of his, which is quite easily seen in Utena.

Another of his works, Mawaru-Penguindrum, aired from July to December 2011 as part of that year's summer anime lineup. His next project, Yuri Kuma Arashi, was announced in March 2013; the manga is currently being serialised by Comic Birz, and the anime will begin airing as part of the Winter 2015 season.

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alternative title(s): Ikuhara Kunihiko
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