Animator / Director
Atsuko Ishizuka is a Japanese animator and director at Madhouse, one of the leading animation production companies in the world. She has been with Madhouse since 2004. Since then, Ishizuka has worked on Madhouse projects as a staff animator (including the television series MONSTER), and has directed an additional short film for Minna no Uta entitled Sen no Hana Sen no Sora (A Thousand Flowers of a Thousand Skies). After this, she moved up to assistant director on NANA. Her art was featured at the 2007 Tokyo International Anime Fair. Shortly thereafter, it was announced she would again be filling the role of assistant director in the anime adaptation of the popular Korean online game Maple Story. Her continued rise in prominence at the studio was further confirmed when she was identified (along with Satoshi Kon) by studio head Masao Maruyama as one of the company's talents. Ishizuka was chosen to direct a television series (along with four others, including Morio Asaka) with the October, 2009 release of Aoi Bungaku Series, an adaptation of six Japanese literary classics. She co-directed Supernatural: The Animation.