Born Shigeyuki Hayashi
(1941-01-22) January 22, 1941
Tokyo, Japan
Other names Kuruma Hino
Years active 1958 - present



Rintaro (りんたろう Rintarō, born January 22, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the pseudonym of Shigeyuki Hayashi (林 重行 Hayashi Shigeyuki),[1][2] a well-known director of anime.[3][4][5] He works frequently with the animation studio Madhouse (which he co-founded),[6] though he is a freelance director not employed directly by any one studio.[1] He began working in the animation industry—at age 17—as an in-between animator on the 1958 film Hakujaden.[1][7] His works have won and been nominated for multiple awards, including a nomination for Best Film (Metropolis) at the 2001 Festival de Cine de Sitges.[8]

Rintaro is a fan of science fiction, and has been influenced by American westerns, gangster films, film noir, and French films.[7][9] Additionally, he was influenced by Osamu Tezuka, and worked with him on Kimba the White Lion and Astro Boy.[7][9] He said that when he was making Metropolis, which was based on Tezuka's manga of the same name, he "wanted to communicate Tezuka's spirit".[7] Rintaro personally introduced the film at the Big Apple Anime Fest in 2001, where it was screened before its theatrical release by TriStar Pictures.[10]

Rintaro has also worked under the name Kuruma Hino, in addition to his best known pseudonym and his birth name.[1] His pseudonym is sometimes miswritten as Rin Taro or Taro Rin.[11][12] He is a founding member of the Japanese Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) labor group.[13]


Rintaro's first job in the animation industry was as an in-between animator on the 1958 film Hakujaden, which he worked on while working at Toei Animation.[1][7] After working on two additional films there, he began working for Mushi Productions, the studio run by Osamu Tezuka. His first directing job was the fourth episode of the 1963 series Astro Boy.[1] After leaving Mushi in 1971 to become a freelancer, he worked on many TV series and films, and established himself as one of the most respected and well-known anime directors in Japan.[1]

In recent years, Rintaro has lectured at Kyoto Seika University.[14]

Rintaro's brother, Masayuki Hayashi, is himself an anime director and animator with credits including Wandering Sun, Kimba the White Lion, Combattler V and several Tatsunoko productions including Kerokko Demetan, Dash Kappei, The Littl' Bits, and Okawari Boy Starzan S. Some sources, including The Anime Encyclopedia, erroneously claim that "Masayuki Hayashi" and "Rintaro" are one and the same.


Title Position Year
Galaxy Express 999 Director 1979
Adieu Galaxy Express 999 Director 1981
Harmagedon Director 1983
The Dagger of Kamui Director and Producer 1985
Phoenix: Karma Chapter Director 1986
Neo Tokyo - Labyrinth labyrinthos Director and Screenplay 1987
X/1999 Director 1996
Reign: The Conqueror Producer 2000
Metropolis Director 2001
48 x 61 Director and Storyboard Artist 2004
Yona Yona Penguin Director 2009

Original Video Animation

Title Position Year
Take the X Train Screenplay and Director 1987
Bride of Deimos Director 1988
Matasaburo of the Winds Screenplay and Director 1988
Peacock King Director 1988
I Am Son Goku Screenplay and Director 1989
Doomed Megalopolis Director 1991
Download Screenplay and Director 1992
New Peacock King Director 1994
Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals Director 1994
Space Pirate Captain Herlock: The Endless Odyssey Director 2002
Tenjho Tenge: Ultimate Fight Director 2005

TV series[1][2][7][15]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Llewellyn, Richard (2007-05-12). "Rintaro Filmography". Animated Divots. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  2. 1 2 "Rintaro". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  3. "Captain Harlock: Endless Odyssey cancelation explained". Anime News Network. 2002-06-24. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  4. "Rintaro in Chicago". Anime News Network. 2004-01-26. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  5. Seitz, Matt Zoller. "Anime Master Rintaro's Metropolis Is Playful, Humane and Visually Stunning". New York Press. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  6. "Rintaro, Madhouse to Animate 2008 Penguin CG Movie". Anime News Network. 2007-05-24. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Berkwits, Jeff (2002-01-22). "Interview: Animation legend Rintaro reinvents the city to build a better Metropolis". Sci Fi.com Science Fiction Weekly. Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  8. "Awards for Rintaro". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  9. 1 2 "An Anime Metropolis". NPR's Morning Edition. 2002-01-24. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  10. "BAAF Wrap-up PR". Anime News Network. 2001-11-14. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  11. "Taro Rin?". Anime News Network. 2002-01-25. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  12. "Akira by Streamline?". Anime News Network. 2002-07-01. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  13. "JAniCA 発起人及び世話人・事務方一覧" (in Japanese). Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA). Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  14. "Oshii to Take Guest Post at Tokyo Keizai University". Anime News Network. 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  15. りんたろう (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
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