Gainax Co-Founder Takami Akai Plans New Anime Project
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Takami Akai, a co-founder of the Gainax anime studio and the creator of the Princess Maker game franchise, revealed during his first photography exhibition this past week that he is working on a new animation project and a Gurren Lagann personal computer game. The new anime would be Akai's first since he worked on the early production of the Gurren Lagann robot anime series. Akai was forced to step down as a board director of Gainax and remove his name from the credits of later Gurren Lagann episodes after a controversy involving the 2channel online forum.
Akai has been a part of Gainax since before its official founding, when he worked on the animation and character designs for the DAICON III and IV conventions' opening videos. He was also the assistant director on Wings of Honneamise (Royal Space Force), Gainax's first feature film. Akai conceived, designed, and directed Gainax's Princess Maker franchise, the first games in the "bishōjo simulation" genre which later inspired the Puchi Puri Yuushi anime and manga. He created the original novel illustrations for the Crest of the Stars and Banner of the Stars space opera novels, which were later adapted into three television series and one video series.