Rintaro Filmography

Compiled by Richard Llewellyn.
June 6, 2009

Introduction

Rintaro [りんたろう] has one of the most distinguished records among anime directors, yet finding information about his works (much less about him) has proven to be difficult. Gathering the following information meant going to many sources: from the smattering of information contained in the English language anime magazines to Internet sites maintained by devoted fans of his work (see below). Fortunately, Phillippe Christin has made an excellent French source available to me. This has made it possible to complete this filmography.

Shigeyuki Hayashi was born on January 22, 1941. He began his career in animation with Toei Doga in the late 1950s. In the early sixties he went to work for Osamu Tezuka's Mushi Productions. While with Tezuka he adopted the pseudonym of Rintaro. At Mushi he worked on a number of different television series. Since 1971 he has been a freelancer but has worked extensively with Group TAC, then with Madhouse. During the seventies he cemented his positition as one of the best television anime directors. In the eighties and nineties he has worked primarily on movies and oavs (original animated videos).

Although I believe the following list of titles is now substantially complete I still need information on some of the entries. And, of course, I would still appreciate any corrections of mistakes and any additional information about Rintaro and his work.

Each entry contains:
  • date of first showing (or broadcast dates for television series)
  • Japanese title
  • title translation(s)
    • first title is a literal English translation of the Japanese title
    • other titles in English and other languages are versions released in other countries
  • production studio(s)
  • type of production
    • movie (theatrical movie)
    • oav (original animated video, a program made to be released to the home video market on video tape, laser disc, and/or digital video disc)
    • television (either television series or special, television series will have the range of dates of original airing)
  • program timings for movies, oavs, and television specials; number of episodes in television series (television series episodes are normally about 23 minutes long)
  • Rintaro's role(s) in the production of the anime

Filmography

  • October 22, 1958
    Hakujaden
    (The Great White Snake or Panda and the Magic Serpent)
    Toei Doga
    movie (79 minutes)
    inbetweener

  • December 25, 1959
    Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke
    (The Boy Sasuke Sarutobi, Magic Boy)
    Toei Doga
    movie (83 minutes)
    inbetweener

  • August 14, 1960
    Saiyuki
    (Voyage to the West, Alakazam the Great)
    Toei Doga
    movie (88 minutes)
    inbetweener

  • January 1, 1963-December 31, 1966
    Tetsuwan Atom
    (Iron-Armed Atom, Astro Boy)
    Mushi Productions
    television series (193 episodes)
    animator, director (episode #4)

  • October 6, 1965-September 28, 1966
    Jungle Taitei
    (Jungle Emperor, Kimba, The White Lion)
    Mushi Productions
    television series (52 episodes)
    art director (as Shigeyuki Hayashi)

  • October 5, 1966-March 27, 1967
    Shin Jungle Taitei, Susume Leo!
    [ジャングル大帝進めレオ!]
    (New Jungle Emperor, Go Ahead Leo!)
    Mushi Productions
    television series (26 episodes)
    chief director (as Shigeyuki Hayashi)

  • July 31, 1966
    Jungle Taitei
    (Jungle Emperor)
    Mushi Productions
    movie (75 minutes)
    art director (as Shigeyuki Hayashi)

  • February 1, 1968-September 26, 1968
    Wanpaku Tanteidan
    (Naughty Detective Club)
    Mushi Productions
    television series (35 episodes)
    director (as Shigeyuki Hayashi), art director

  • October 3, 1968-September 24, 1969
    Sabu to Ichi Torimonocho
    (Sabu and Ichi's Investigations)
    Mushi Productions and Toei Animation
    television series (52 episodes)
    series director, art director

  • October 5, 1969-December 27, 1970
    Moomin
    [ムーミン]
    (Moomins)
    Mushi Productions
    television series (65 episodes)
    chief director for episodes 27-65, art director (using the pseudonym Kuruma Hino)
    ((Note: The first 26 episodes of the series were made by Tokyo Movie Shinsha.))

  • January 9, 1972-December 31, 1972
    Moomin
    [ムーミン]
    (Moomins)
    Mushi Productions
    television series (52 episodes)
    chief director

  • April 5, 1974-September 27, 1974
    Hoshi no Ko Chobin
    [星の子チョビン]
    (Chobin the Starchild)
    Studio Zero
    television series (26 episodes)
    animation supervisor, storyboard

  • October 4, 1974-March 28, 1975
    Jim Botan
    Eiken
    television series (26 episodes)
    episode director

  • October 3, 1975-March 26, 1976
    Wanpaku Omukashi Kum Kum
    (Naughty Ancient Kum Kum)
    Sunrise
    television series (26 episodes)
    series director

  • October 7, 1976-March 28, 1979
    Manga Sekai Mukashi Banashi
    [まんが世界昔ばなし]
    (Animated Stories of World Folklore)
    Dax International
    television series (195 episodes)
    episode director

  • February 3, 1977-September 15, 1977
    Jetter Mars
    [ジェッターマルス]
    (Jet Mars)
    Mushi Productions and Toei Animation
    television series (27 episodes)
    chief director

  • September 22, 1977-August 31, 1978
    Arrow Emblem: Grand Prix no Taka
    [アローエンブレム グランプリの鷹]
    (Hawk of the Grand Prix )
    Toei Animation
    television series (44 episodes)
    chief director, art director

  • March 14, 1978-February 13, 1979
    Uchu Kaizoku Captain Harlock
    [宇宙海賊キャプテンハーロック]
    (Space Pirate Captain Harlock)
    Toei Animation
    television series (42 episodes)
    series director, art director

  • July 22, 1978
    Uchu Kaizoku Captain Harlock: Arcadia Go no Nazo
    (Space Pirate Captain Harlock: The Mystery of Arcadia; Vengeance of the Space Pirate)
    Toei Animation
    movie (151 minutes)
    director

  • August 4, 1979
    Ginga Tetsudo 999
    [銀河鉄道999]
    (Galaxy Express 999)
    Toei Animation
    movie (120 minutes)
    director

  • July 16, 1980-April 1, 1981
    Ganbare! Genki
    (Genki, The Boy Champ)
    Toei Animation
    television series (35 episodes)
    chief director, art director, storyboard

  • August 8, 1981
    Sayonara Ginga Tetsudo 999: Andromeda Shuchakueki
    [さよなら銀河鉄道999 アンドロメダ終着駅]
    (Adieu Galaxy Express 999: Andromeda Terminus)
    Toei Animation
    movie (120 minutes)
    director

  • February 17, 1982
    Wagahai wa Neko de Aru
    (I'm A Cat)
    Toei Animation
    television special (84 minutes)
    art director

  • July 1982
    Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo Uchu Daiboken
    (Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Adventures in Space)
    Toei Animation
    movie (35 minutes)
    collaboration (planning ?)

  • 1982
    Lupin Hassei
    (Lupin the Eighth)
    Tokyo Movie Shinsha
    television series pilot (58 minutes)
    director

  • March 12, 1983
    Genma Taisen
    [幻魔大戦]
    (The Great War of the Demon of Illusions; Harmagedon)
    Madhouse
    movie (125 minutes)
    director

  • March 16, 1985
    Bobby Ni Kubittake
    [ボビーに首ったけ]
    (Bobby's Girl)
    Madhouse
    movie (44 minutes)
    planning

  • March 16, 1985
    Kamui no Ken
    [カムイの剣]
    (Dagger of Kamui; Revenge of the Ninja Warrior; The Blade of Kamui)
    Madhouse
    movie (132 minutes)
    executive producer, director

  • December 20, 1986
    Hi no Tori: Houou Hen
    [火の鳥 鳳凰編]
    (Phoenix: Karma Chapter)
    Madhouse
    movie (60 minutes)
    producer, director

  • December 20, 1986
    Toki no Tabibito Time Stranger
    (The Time Travelers, Time Stranger)
    Madhouse
    movie (90 minutes)
    producer

  • August 1, 1987
    Hi no Tori: Yamato Hen
    (Phoenix: Yamato Chapter)
    Madhouse
    oav (48 minutes)
    executive producer

  • October 10, 1987
    Meikyu Monogatari
    (Labyrinth Story)
    section of Mani Mani Meikyu Monogatari (Neo-Tokyo)
    Project Team Argos and Kadokowa Shoten
    movie (approximately 10 minutes)
    director, story, and character designer

  • November 6, 1987
    X Densha Deiko
    (Take the X Train)
    Argos
    oav (50 minutes)
    director, writer

  • December 12, 1987
    Hi no Tori: Uchu Hen
    (Phoenix: Space Chapter)
    Madhouse
    oav (48 minutes)
    executive producer, director

  • August 20, 1988
    Kaze no Matasaburo
    (Matasaburo of the Winds)
    Project Team Argos
    oav (30 minutes)
    director

  • August 31, 1988
    Deimos no Hanayome Ran no Kukikyoku
    (Bride of Deimos: The Orchid Smile)
    Madhouse
    oav (30 minutes)
    director

  • August 27, 1989
    Tezuka Osamu Monogatari Boku wa Son Goku
    (Osamu Tezuka: I Am Son Goku)
    Madhouse, Tezuka Productions
    television special (85 minutes)
    director, writer

  • January 25, 1990
    Eguchi Hisashi no Nantoka Narudesho!
    [江口寿史のなんとかなるでショ!]
    Madhouse
    oav (40 minutes)
    supervisor, art director, character designer

  • June 30, 1990
    "Prologue" of Lodoss no Senki
    (Record of Lodoss Wars)
    Madhouse
    oav (approximately 3 minutes)
    director

  • September 30, 1990
    Lodoss no Senki (Volume 3): Kokui no Kishi
    (Record of Lodoss Wars: The Black Knight)
    Madhouse
    oav (30 minutes)
    storyboard

  • February 28, 1991
    Lodoss no Senki (Volume 7): Eiyu Sensou
    (Record of Lodoss Wars: The War of Heroes)
    Madhouse
    oav (30 minutes)
    storyboard

  • September 27, 1991-September 25, 1992
    Teito Monogatari
    (Imperial City Story)
    (Doomed Megalopolis)
    Madhouse
    oav series (4 episodes, 45 minutes each)
    series director

  • October 17, 1991-September 24, 1992
    Dragon Quest: Dai no Bouken
    (Dragon Quest)
    Toei
    televison series
    director

  • September 25, 1992
    Teito Monogatari (Volume 4): Kessen Hen
    (Doomed Megalopolis: Battle Story)
    Madhouse
    oav series (45 minutes)
    storyboard

  • December 18, 1992
    Download: Namu Amida Butsu wa Ai no Uta
    (Download: Song in Loving Homage to Amida Buddha; Download: Devil's Circuit)
    Madhouse
    oav (47 minutes)
    director, writer

  • June 21-August 21, 1993
    Gunnm
    (Battle Angel)
    Madhouse
    oav series (2 episodes, 35 minutes each)
    supervisor

  • November 21, 1993
    X2: Double X
    oav (30 minutes)
    director

  • December 12, 1993
    Kaze no Na wa Amnesia
    (A Wind Named Amnesia)
    Madhouse
    movie (81 minutes)
    supervisor

  • March 21-August 1, 1994
    Final Fantasy
    (Final Fantasy)
    Madhouse
    oav series (4 episodes, 30 minutes each)
    series director, director (episodes 1 and 4)

  • April 25-May 25, 1994
    Shin Kujaku-Oh
    (New Peacock King)
    Madhouse
    oav series (2 episodes, 45 minutes each)
    director

  • August 3, 1996
    X
    (X 1999)
    Madhouse
    movie (100 minutes)
    director, writer, storyboard

  • 1998
    Satanika Anime Project Pilot
    Madhouse
    oav (3 minutes)
    storyboard

  • 1998
    Alexander
    Madhouse
    movie (75 minutes)
    producer
    compilation of early episodes of the Alexander Senki television series

  • March 1, 1999-March 22, 1999
    Pet Shop of Horrors
    Madhouse
    television series (4 episodes)
    director (opening animation), character designer?

  • September 14-December 1999
    Alexander Senki
    (Reign: The Conqueror)
    Madhouse
    television series (13 episodes)
    producer
    (There is also a movie version of this series, consisting of the first four episodes.)

  • May 26, 2001
    Metropolis
    Madhouse
    movie
    director

  • December 21, 2002-December 12, 2003
    Space Pirate Captain Herlock Outside Legend--The Endless Odyssey
    Madhouse
    oav series (13 episodes)
    director

  • June 25, 2004
    48 x 61
    oav
    director

  • October 5, 2005-March 29, 2006
    Tohai Densetu Akagi Yamini Maiorita Tensai
    [闘牌伝説アカギ 闇に舞い降りた天才]
    Madhouse
    television series
    opening sequence director

  • October 13, 2005-December 29, 2005
    Paradise Kiss
    [パラダイス キス]
    Madhouse
    television series (1 episode of 12)
    storyboard artist

  • December 29, 2009
    Yona Yona Penguin // Yona, la légende de l'oiseau sans aile
    [よなよなペンギン] Madhouse and Denis Friedman Productions (France)
    feature film
    director
    This is Rintaro's first all cgi film. Yona Yona Penguin image

Sources

This is a very short, and, unfortunately, partial list of the sources I used to compile this bibliography. My thanks to their creators.

Last update: January 23, 2010
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