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Morio Asaka (浅香 守生 Asaka Morio?, born March 11, 1967 in Hyōgo Prefecture) is a Japanese anime director.

A graduate of the Osaka Designers' College[1], he is a member of the studio Madhouse. His noted works include, among others, Cardcaptor Sakura (his directorial TV anime debut), Galaxy Angel, Gunslinger Girl, Last Order: Final Fantasy VII and Nana.

Directorial style

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Asaka has covered a wide range of genres in the shows and films he has worked on, from magical girl (Cardcaptor Sakura) to feminine drama (Nana) to sports (Yawara!, Kattobase! Dorīmāzu - Kāpu Tanjō Monogatari), sci-fi (Galaxy Angel), and action (Last Order -Final Fantasy VII-, Gunslinger Girl). Many of his works take on a female perspective for the telling of the story, with a feminine protagonist as the central focus. This has contributed to him becoming the main director at Madhouse for handling the more serious series featuring female characters or targeting the female market. However, his works are also known for often elaborate action sequences, and even his most serious stories are frequently laced with comedy.


TV anime

TV specials

Anime films


  • Junk Boy (1987; assistant director)
  • Pops (1993; director)
  • Ningyo no Kizu (1993; director)
  • BRONZE KoJI NANJo cathexis (1994; director)
  • Clamp in Wonderland (1994; director, storyboards)
  • Yōgen Kaisha (1994–1995; director)
  • Birdy the Mighty (1996–1997; storyboards, episode direction)

Other works

  • Attack! Future's Challenge! J League (1996; artbook)
Tankōbon: Shiobunsha, art: Akihiko Tanaka, ISBN 4811302990
  • Noel (1996; game, storyboards)
PlayStation game.
  • Ryūjin Numa (2001; storyboards)
Special anime museum screening by Shotaro Ishinomori.
Limited-edition special DVD production included in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.


  1. "大阪デザイナー専門学校". Osaka Designers' College. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 

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