Sayo Yamamoto

Ms. Sayo Yamamoto was born in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Art School, she joined anime studio Madhouse. Ms. Yamamoto was soon creating storyboards for numerous shows and she had her first experience with storyboarding at age 23.

Ms. Yamamoto continued to storyboard and episode direct on a variety of series, including several episodes of Shinichiro Watanabe’s Samurai Champloo (storyboards and episode director), Ergo Proxy (storyboards and episode director), Psalm’s of Planets: Eureka Seven (storyboards and episode director), High School of the Dead (storyboard), and Space Dandy (storyboard and episode director), just to name a few..

Ms. Yamamoto’s full directorial debut came in 2008, with the adventurous Michiko and Hatchin television series, and in 2012, Ms. Yamamoto directed her second television series which was titled Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. In 2016, director Yamamoto directed the incredibly popular ice skating anime Yuri!!! on Ice. In addition to directing Yuri!!! on Ice, she is also credited with creating the original concept and the series composition.

Ms. Yamamoto is also prolific in storyboarding and directing the openings and endings of anime shows. She has been involved in Rozen Maiden: Träumend (opening storyboards), Attack on Titan (ending storyboards and directing), Space Dandy (storyboarded the ending as well as a directed a separate special music clip for Yasuyuki Okamura’s Viva Namida), Pyscho-Pass (opening storyboards and directing), and the game Persona 5 (directed the opening).