Yutaka Izubuchi (出渕 裕 Izubuchi Yutaka?, born August 12, 1958 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese anime designer and director. Izubuchi is credited for designing costumes, characters and creatures, but most of his designs are mechanical (both robots and other vehicles). He created and directed the RahXephon series and also created a manga story called Rune Masquer.
The ADV Films promotional materials for RahXephon and some reviews note that Gasaraki is an Izubuchi credit, but although he did mecha design on that show he was not responsible for writing or directing.
Izubuchi designed the costume for one of the characters of the Cutie Honey live action movie (2004), directed by Hideaki Anno of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame; earlier, Anno and Izubuchi (called "Bu-chan" by Anno) both had their mecha designs appear on Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (1988).
As of 2006, Izubuchi said that the design work he was most proud of was on WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3.
Izubuchi is the creative producer of Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode (2008).
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- Solomon, Charles. "RahXephon - Threshold (Vol. 1): Editorial Reviews". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2006-10-12.