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Tensai Okamura (岡村 天斎 Okamura Tensai?), birth name Yutaka Okamura (岡村 豊 Okamura Yutaka?, born on December 13, 1961, in Fukushima Prefecture) is a Japanese anime director and animator. Okamura grew up in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. He is a graduate of Waseda University's department of science and engineering. In 1991, he changed his first name to Tensai.


During his university days at Waseda University, Okamura was a part of Waseda's manga research society and together with other budding animators, produced his first independent anime there. Upon graduating from university, Okamura joined the animation production studio Madhouse as an animator with the recommendation of a friend. Lensman was the first series he worked on as an animator. The first anime movies that he worked on were Kamui no Ken and Bobby ni Kubittake. In 1989, he made his debut as an episode director with Yawara! and soon made his full directorial debut in 1995 with Memories. He later left Madhouse and went freelance, working on several projects along the way.


TV anime

Anime movies

  • Ninja Scroll (1993, key animation)
  • Ghost in the Shell / Kōkaku Kidōtai (1995, key animation)
  • Memories Episode 2: Stink Bomb (1995, director)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion Gekijōban: The End of Evangelion (1997, #25 key animation)
  • Spriggan (1998, gun art)
  • Jin-Roh (2000, key animation)
  • Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door (2001, western scene storyboards, key animation, animation direction coordinator)
  • Gekijōban Naruto: Daikatsugeki! Yukihime Ninpōchō Dattebayo!! (2004, director)
  • Gekijōban Naruto: Daigekitotsu! Maboroshi no Chiteiiseki Dattebayo (2005, key animation)


  • Junk Boy (1987, key animation)

Video games

  • Tales of Destiny (1997, opening animation direction)
  • Tales of Phantasia (1998, opening animation direction)
  • Wild Arms 2: 2nd Ignition (1999, opening animation direction)

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