“Its evident that the Kappa trio and the zombies are actually alike. At the beginning the Zombies are ominous, disgusting creatures, but in truth their being is equivalent to the main characters. Our life force and desires are in line with that kind of ominousness, wherein the line of divergence between life that can exist and life that cannot will become important. “
“When it comes to evil spirits (Chimimōryō), beings that are like they’ve come from the afterlife, I think its interesting [to watch them] mix with people who hold sensitive, secret desires. This is a very confusing era. Various values are jumbled up, and those values are shaking people around. Despite that, taking care of the things that you think are important, that sense, is what I wanted to make a work touching on that. “
“Right now, with smartphones and the internet, in various ways we’re constantly connected. With so much information being received, its an era of leakage etc. In that era, what meaning has “connections”? Speaking of which, if Kazuki continues to connect, where will he finally arrive at? I thought that I wanted to try and see the bottom of that. This era, our connections, where are we trying to go with them? “
The guidebook’s Ikuhara career chronology
December 21st 1964：Born in Tokushima prefecture. Lived in Yokohama, Hyougo, Osaka and other places during childhood.
March 1985: Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University.
September: Received an award from the first Young Jump video festival. Next year, with the prize money moved to Tokyo.
April 1986: Entered Toei animation. Worked as assistant director on Maple Town.
Jan 1987: Worked as assistant director on New Maple Town.
Jan 1988: Assistant director on Tatakae!! Ramenman.
April 1989: Assistant director on Akuma-kun.
August 1990: Directorial debut on Mōretsu Atarō ep 18.
Jan 1991: Worked as a director on Goldfish Warning!. September: Worked as assistant director on Tenjouhen: Utsunomiko.
March 1992: Worked as an episode director on Sailor Moon.
Feb 1993: Overall director of Sailor Moon R from ep 60 onwards.
December: Directed Sailor Moon R movie.
March 1994: Directed Sailor Moon S.
March 1995: Directed Sailor Moon Super S.
March 1996: Left Toei animation.
April 1997: Utena broadcast starts. December: Utena musical.
August 1998: Participated in film Kidou Senkan Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness.
May 1999: Utena stage musical (……………)
August: Utena movie released.
September: Novel Schnell Bullet released.
September 2000: Utena stage play
March 2001: Moves to Los Angeles (see: https://ohtori.nu/creators/a_america.html)
Feb 2005: Storyboarded Gunbuster 2 ep 2.
Jan 2006: Nokemono to Hanayome novel serialisation began.
Jan 2007: Storyboarded Nodame Cantabile OP.
August: Nokemono manga began.
Jan 2008: Did endcard for ep 4 of Sayounara Zetsubou Teacher.
October: Storyboarded Soul Eater ep 29.
July 2009: Storyboarded Aoi Hana OP.
July 2011: Mawaru Penguindrum started broadcast.
September 2012: Did the storyboard and direction for Kokoro connect’s third ED.
March 2013: Utena and Penguindrum exhibitions open.
July: Storyboarded and directed ED for anime Brothers Conflict.
Jan 2015: Yurikuma broadcast starts.
Jan 2016: Norn9 OP storyboards.
April 2017: Contributed to this artbook: https://item.mercari.com/jp/m91737292209/
July: Start of Utena After the Revolution manga
November: Start of Utena 20th anniversary exhibition.
March 2018: Start of 2018 Utena musical.
August: Start of Nokemono Cross manga
April 2019: Sarazanmai starts broadcast.
The guidebook’s list of important world events during Ikuhara’s life:
Oct 1964 Tokyo olympics begun
Jan 1967 Shūji Terayama established the underground theater troupe Tenjō Sajiki
June 1968: The Todai dispute began at Tokyo university
December: 300 million yen robbery in Tokyo, the largest heist in Japanese history up to that point. Still unsolved.
Apollo 8 takes first photos from the moon’s surface
Jan 1969: ‘fall of the Yasuda Auditorium’ at Todai, marks beginning of end of the student movement
March 1970: Expo ’70 held in Osaka. March: Japan Airlines Flight 351 hijacked by communists.
November: Yukio Mishima, anti-communist, commits suicide after taking hostages at a Tokyo military base and trying to persuade the soldiers to join him and overturn Japan’s pacifist constitution.
Feb 1972: Sapporo winter olympics. Asama-Sansō incident、standoff landing 10 days between United Red Army faction and police. May: Return of Okinawa to Japan. April 1973: David Bowie visited Japan. December: Enter the Dragon film opened in Japan. 1973 oil crisis.
Feb 1975: The Candies’ pop song Toshishita no Otokonoko was released.
1976: During the first Yoyo boom, the yoyo championships came to Japan. The Supercar boom happened.
1977: Kenji Sawada single “Katte ni shayagare”. It won awards at the Japan Record Awards. October: Sadaharu Oh set a home run world record in baseball.
May 1978. Narita airport opened. June: Star Wars opened in Japan.
1979: 2nd oil shock.
October 1980: Momoe Yamaguchi retired.
April 1983: Tokyo Disneyland opened. July: Famicom (NES) launched.
March 1985: International Exposition, Tsukuba. September: Japan Airlines Flight 123 crash killed over 500.
April 1986: Chernobyl disaster.
Jan 1989: Heisei era begun. April: Consumption tax introduced. July: Serial killer Tsutomu Miyazaki arrested.
November: Fall of the Berlin wall. December: Malta Summit between US and Soviet leaders brings an end to the Cold War.
October 1990: Reunification of east and west Germany.
1991: Gulf War. December: Dissolution of the Soviet union.
Jan 1995: Kobe earthquake. March: Tokyo subway terror attack.
1996: Heyday of the Kogyaru, trendy girl. Pagers, photo booths, baggy socks were the three status symbols of the year.
May 1997: Kobe child murders occured.
Feb 1998: Nagano winter olympics. Japan played in the World Cup in France for the first time.
Feb 1999: i-mode internet service launched.
Sept 2001: 9/11 terror attacks
May 2002: Football world cup co-hosted between Japan and Korea.
March 2003: Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana single by SMAP was released, one of the best selling singles in Japanese chart history.
2005: Expo 2005 held in Aichi prefecture. Idol group AKB48 begins activity.
July 2006: North Korean missile test.
2008: Twitter began service in Japan. June: Akihabara massacre
July: First iphone goes on sale in Japan. September: Great Recession began.
2011: East Japan earthquake disaster. June: LINE began service.
May 2012: Skytree opened.
Feb 2014: Official Japanese Instagram account set up.
Feb 2015: to directly quote the guidebook, “Shibuya district became the first in Japan to recognise same-sex “relationships corresponding to marriage”. Launch of partnership oath system. [the guidebook draws a line between this and Yurikuma’s broadcast the same year]
2016: Idol group SMAP disbanded.
2018: Execution of 13 people involved with Aum Shinrikyo terrorism.
2019: Reiwa era begins.