Director of the critically-acclaimed anime TV series Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and the 2001 film Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door.
In 1994, he made his directorial debut with the anime Macross Plus.
He is known for the mixing of genres and music styles in his work. Cowboy Bebop fused anime with noir and jazz. Samurai Champloo mixed beat-heavy music with anime.
He was born in Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan.
Director Rian Johnson called Cowboy Bebop an influence on his film Brick.