Which makes sense! If this is going to be an insider’s look at anime, then it should be filled with insiders, no?
When characters obviously inspired by real people appear on the show, they’re given slightly different names. So, for example, Hideaki Anno becomes “Mitsuaki Kanno”.
Anime director Seiji Mizushima has helmed shows like Fullmetal Alchemist and Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
Yoshikazu Iwanami is a sound director who has worked on an array of anime, including Blood-C, Ghost in the Shell: Arise, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and many more.
Hideaki Anno is probably best known for Neon Genesis Evangelion. Currently, he is working on the new Godzilla movie.
The multi-talented Ichiro Itano is famous for his elaborate mecha action sequences, known by Macross fans as “Itano circus”.
Mai Nakahara is a voice actor who might be best known for voicing Nagisa in Clannad.
Shizuka Ito is prolific voice actor. More recently, she’s been recording music.
Likewise, Ai Kayano is another voice actor and singer.
Shiro Hamaguchi is a composer, who has scored the One Piece anime and, more recently, Shirobako. He’s also done arrangements for Final Fantasy VII and Monster Hunter.
Hirokazu Hamamura was previously the Editor-in-Chief of game mag Famitsu. He is now the president of the magazine’s parent company, Enterbrain.
Naoyuki Onda is an anime vet with a long list of credits and a buff look.
Yuji Matsukura has produced anime Azumanga Daioh, Bakuman, and Ikki Tousen — among, many, many others.
Takeshi Nogami is a manga artist.
Takashi Ikebata has worked as a storyboard artist and an anime director.
Masayuki Yoshihara is an anime vet with credits on everything from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex to Crayon Shin-chan.
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa co-founded Production I.G and oversaw Kill Bill‘s anime sequence.