Popularized mecha anime with Mobile Suit Gundam and its numerous spinoffs.
He was a storyboard artist with
He directed the first 26 episodes of another influential mecha series, Brave Raideen, four years before starting the Gundam franchise.
He grew up in Odawara, the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan.
He worked with Enuka Okuma, who was one of the voice actors on his Gundam Wing anime series.