Takeshi Honda

Takeshi Honda (本田 雄), born March 12, 1968, is a Japanese animator,illustrator, designer, and animation director. Honda has joined the Gainax studio after dropping out of Tokyo Design Academy. Honda adaoted the original mecha designs to fit animation in Neon Genesis Evangelion (anime) and also the Rebuild of Evangelion, where he also adapted character designs, taking over Yoshiyuki Sadamoto in the last two movies of the series. He is also a prolific illustrator, making illustrations to magazines, calendars, merchandising and collaborations.


Anime Television Series

  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water: Animation director, key animation, ending animation (ep 39)
  • Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle: Key animation
  • Metal Fighter Miku: Character design, ending animation, assistant animation director (ep.13), key animation (ep.13)
  • Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S: Key animation (ep.14)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: (Opening animation, animation director (for episodes 2, 8, 19, 22, 25), key animation (for episodes 1, 19, 25-26), supplementary set (episode 15)
  • Hell Teacher Nūbē: Animator, animation supervision
  • Fighting Spirit: Key animation (opening)
  • RahXephon: Key animation (ep.15)
  • Rozen Maiden: Key animation (opening)
  • Paranoia Agent: Key animation (ep.8, 13)
  • Windy Tales: Key animation (opening, ep.2)
  • BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad: Key animation (opening, ep.7)
  • Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo: Key animation (opening)
  • He Is My Master: Ending support
  • Dennō Coil: Character design, chief animator

Anime Films

  • Roujin Z: Key animation
  • Ghost in the Shell: Prop design
  • Memories: Magnetic Rose: Prop design
  • The End of Evangelion: Eva series designer, mechanical animation director (episode 25'), key animation 25'
  • Perfect Blue: Key animation
  • Jin-Roh: Key animation
  • Millennium Actress: Character design, animation director, key animation
  • Beyond: Character design, animation director
  • The Second Renaissance: Key animation
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence: Key animation
  • Naruto the Movie: Snow Princess' Book of Ninja Arts: Key animation, animation director, scene director
  • Portable Kūkō: Key animation
  • Soratobu Toshi Keikaku: Key animation
  • Tennis no Ōjisama - Futari no Samurai: Key animation
  • Tales from Earthsea: Key animation
  • Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone: Key animation, mechanical animation director
  • Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance: Animation Director, design, key animation
  • From up on Poppy Hill: Key animation
  • A Letter to Momo: Key animation
  • Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo: Chief animation director, design, key animation
  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time: Original Character Design


  • At Gainax, Honda debuted in drawing supervision at age 22.
  • His debut as character designer was on the series Metal Fighter Miku.
  • Honda has done some prop designs.