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Kajishima during an interview in 1992.

Masaki Kajishima (梶島 正樹) is a director and animator affiliated with AIC. He is one of the co-creators of Tenchi Muyo! alongside Hiroki Hayashi. The Tenchi Muyo! characters and core concepts partially stem from sketches and ideas that he had been refining since high school.[1] Kajishima is known for his ever-evolving animation style, doujin work, novel work, and anime work. His first name is the namesake for the Masaki family, including Tenchi Masaki, Nobuyuki Masaki, Katsuhito Masaki, etc.

Kajishima was born on March 16, 1962 in Okayama Prefecture. He entered Studio Junio after he graduated from Osaka Design College. Kajishima admired the characters of Kenichi Sonoda, (Gunsmith Cats, Bubblegum Crisis, Cannon God Exaxxion) and came to Tokyo to join the Gall Force production team at AIC. After Gall Force, he worked as freelance for AIC and became a co-creator of the Tenchi Muyo! universe with Hayashi.

Since Hayashi's departure from Tenchi Muyo! following the completion of the original six-episode OVA series, Kajishima has continued overseeing the development and enlargement of the series, including several sequel OVA series and animated spinoffs of his creation, including Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar, Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, Photon: The Idiot Adventures, and Spaceship Agga Ruter all of which have some connection to Tenchi Muyo!. Conversely, he had minimal to no involvement in the making of the many Tenchi Muyo! spinoff series not related to the OVA series, such as Tenchi Universe, Tenchi in Tokyo, or Ai Tenchi Muyo!.

Kajishima has additionally authored many works for the series. Along with Yōsuke Kuroda, he co-wrote the True Tenchi Muyo! light novel trilogy, which sheds light on events that happened long before the series began. He additionally wrote the Paradise War trilogy, which ties into Tenchi Muyo! through the most recent OVA series. However, his largest contribution to the series in this capacity is the creation of Tenchi Muyo! GXP—originally an anime series directed by Shinichi Watanabe—that has since been superseded by a series of seventeen and counting light novels penned by Kajishima which have expanded well beyond the scope of the original series.

Kajishima also regularly publishes Tenchi Muyo! doujinshi at the semi-annual Comiket convention. Released as part of his circle "Kajishima Onsen", these doujinshi typically consist of manga pages with limited text, unused storyboards, interviews, and other miscellaneous information. Given that Kajishima does not make public appearances or statements, his doujinshi are his primary method of communicating with his fanbase.

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Anime Credit highlights[]

  • Ai Tenchi Muyo (TV) : Original creator
  • Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure (TV) : Original creator, original character design
  • Masquerade (OAV) : Script, Original creator, original character design
  • Moldiver (OAV) : Animation director (Ep. 6)
  • Photon: The Idiot Adventures (OAV) : Original creator, original character design
  • Puttsun Make LOVE (OAV) : Character Design, animation director
  • Rhea Gall Force (OAV) : Key animation director
  • Silent Möbius (movie) : Animation director, key animation
  • Spaceship Agga Ruter (OAV) : Director, script, original creator, original character design
  • Tenchi in Tokyo (TV) : Original character design
  • Tenchi Muyo! GXP (manga) : Original character design
  • Tenchi Muyo! GXP (TV) : Original character design, concept
  • Tenchi Muyo! Mihoshi Special : Original character design
  • Tenchi Muyo Movie 1: Tenchi Muyo! in Love : Original character design
  • Tenchi Muyo Movie 2: Tenchi Muyo! Daughter of Darkness : Original character design
  • Tenchi Muyo Movie 3: Tenchi Forever! : Original character design, supervising animation director
  • Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (OAV) : Original creator, character design, planning, supervising animation director
  • Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki OAV 2 : Character design, story concept, supervising animation director
  • Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki OAV 3 : Original creator, animation supervisor, executive animation director, supervising editor
  • Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki OAV 4 : Chief Director, Original creator, Original Character Design
  • Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki OAV 5 : Chief Director, Original creator, Original Character Design
  • Tenchi Muyo! The Night Before The Carnival (OAV) : Original creator, character design, supervising animation director
  • Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar (OAV) : Script (ep 1), Storyboard (Ep. 2), Original creator, supervision
  • Tenchi Universe (TV) : Original character design, original plan
  • Tenchi Muyo! GXP Paradise Starting (OVA): Original creator, chief supervisor, original character design

References[]

  1. AIC "Comic Love" Kajishima interview, January 2001. " I had “Tenchi” story ideas when I was in high school. As a result, I kept it on the back burner for 13 years until I created it."
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