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1[[quoteright:320:]]˛˛Koichi Mashimo (born June 21, 1952) is the founder and CEO of Creator/BeeTrain Productions Inc. He is also the leading director for the studio and has directed most of it's productions. Little known fact that Mashimo also has a staple in live action production from his early studies in his university days after interestingly enough, studying Jurisprudence at Sophia University.˛˛In the mid 70's Mashimo joined up at Creator/TatsunokoProduction as a director and assistant director on the TV series ''Anime/TimeBokan'' and would go on and direct many more projects for the studio. In the mid 80's Mashimo was reported to have suffered an extreme alpine skiing accident which left him hospitalized for a lengthy duration. It is said during his stay in the hospital he got the idea for a small studio that would act as a "Hospital for Animators", a studio that would nurture the creative spirit of it's staff rather than focus on financial or commercial success. Sometime later he formed a group of freelance animators and worked on more projects through the 80s and 90s. Mashimo stated later at Anime Expo that he was also approached to direct for'' Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' with Creator/ProductionIG but he turned the offer down. ˛˛Around 1997, Mashimo was ready to form a studio of his own, he then took his idea a small independent studio to Creator/ProductionIG president Mitsuhisa Ishikawa. Ishikawa was impressed and agreed to support Mashimo and I.G took his company as its own subsidiary company. Since 2001, Mashimo directed all series produced for the studio with the exception of ''VideoGame/MeineLiebe Weider'', ''VideoGame/BatmanGothamKnight'', ''Anime/MurderPrincess'' and ''Literature/PsychicDetectiveYakumo''. He's also become famous for working with acclaimed composer Music/YukiKajiura.˛˛Although no official statement has been released, Mashimo appears to have retired from the industry upon completion of his last series, the adaptation of ''Manga/HyougeMono'', with no new releases credited to him since 2012. His [[ filmography]] can be found on Wiki/TheOtherWiki.˛----˛!!Notable tropes in include:˛˛* ActionGirl: The Girls With Guns Trilogy, ''Anime/{{Avenger}}'', ''Anime/MurderPrincess'' (though not directed by him personally), ''Anime/HaloLegends'' ˛* BadassAdorable˛* ContemplateOurNavels: .hack//SIGN especially infamous for this.˛* {{Expy}}: Start a head count of how many amnesiacs are in his various works. ˛* DoingItForTheArt: Essentially the whole purpose of his studio, Creator/BeeTrain.˛* FanService: A fair share.˛* TheKenBurnsEffect: Infamous for this trick in his series.˛* SceneryPorn: Almost always! Really the art direction in most Bee Train anime surpasses your average series. Only [[Creator/MakotoShinkai the master]] tops it. ˛* SchoolGirlLesbians: Really have you seen the Girls With Guns Trilogy? ˛* ShoutOut: He loves dropping references to notable Western films. ˛* SignatureStyle: Girls and guns, subtext, ambiguous sexual identities, amnesiacs, badass cuties. As stated above he's particularly famous for working with Music/YukiKajiura but not so much these days. But his loyal fans still hope for the day the two team up again on a new project.˛* TeasingCreator: So much so his [[ fans]] have made it a [[ point of discussion]] and community motto. ˛* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: A great deal of his works take place several years into the future. The Girls With Guns Trilogy, .hack// etc.˛* WeirdMoon: Paint it red and make it big in the sky.˛----


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