Shichiro KOBAYASHI is an illustrator, painter and art director in the field of animation. He’s a brilliant artist who joined in 1963 the studio Toei Dôga, which will become Toei Animation, famous for producing shows such as Goldorak, Dragon Ball, or more recently One Piece.
Yet, Shichiro KOBAYASHI soon preferred to back out from Toei and create an independent studio: Kobayashi Productions. The company, created in 1968, gave him the proper environment to make his own artistic choices. The main characteristic of the studio is to be specialized in hand drawing anime settings.
Then he became the art director of many significant series of Japanese animation such as Ganba no bôken, Treasure Island, Ashita no Joe 2, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Cobra, High School! Kimengumi, Kimagure Orange Road, Berserk or Nobody’s Boy: Remi, to mention only a few. All those symbolic works are famous for their striking atmospheres, the quality of their settings and their freeze frames, due to Shichiro KOBAYASHI’s astounding work.
In 1986, he received the first prize of art direction of the Japanese animation Grand Prix. He’s been rewarded for his lifetime work in 2009 at Tokyo International Anime Fair, and in 2011 by the Agency for Cultural Affairs with the prize of cinematographic credit.
Today, Shichiro KOBAYASHI dedicates himself to painting abstract artworks. He also works to transmit and share his skills. Since 2008, he’s been a design teacher at Kobe’s university.
In 2015, it was an honor for Japan Expo to welcome Shichiro KOBAYASHI and the festival paid a tribute to his work through an exhibit. We’re delighted to have him again as a guest to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Japanese animation. He will be part of Animé 100 celebrations and will be meeting you at panels and signings!
Japanese animation is 100 years old: come celebrate with us!