Prolific director Keiichi Hara may be the director you've seen the most but never heard of. His hand has been in works such as Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan, and Esper Mami. This year, the Tokyo International Film Festival is celebrating his body of work with a new collectible book, titled The World of Keiichi Hara.
The 36-page full-color book is an updated version of 2005's Animation Director Keiichi Hara, intended as a guide for anime fans to discover (or perhaps rediscover) Hara's works. And it's a massive career to take in. Hara was director and storyboard for Doraemon between 1983-1986 and Crayon Shin-chan from 1992-2004, also directing each franchise's annual specials during his tenure. His work also expands notably beyond franchises and into his own feature films -- including Coo and Miss Hokusai.
The guidebook will be given as a gift to attendees of the film festival's Keiichi Hara retrospective, which makes up part of this year's Japanese animation spotlight.
Source: Anime! Anime!
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