Animation Styles Guide

青嶋(あおしま) 克己(かつみ)

Katsumi Aoshima

General Information

Birthdate: Unknown
Affiliation: Freelance Animator
Work: Animation Supervisor, Key Animation Artist

Animation Supervisor Credits:
DB: 14, 21, 28, 35, 51, 59, 66, 73, 100, 107, 117, 126, 133, 141, 148
DBZ: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Katsumi Aoshima is quite the interesting man, as very little is actually known about him. Unlike most animators, there has never been any documentation of his affiliation with any specific animation studio, leading us to believe he is a freelance animator. Over the years, Aoshima has been hired by various animation companies, including Toei Animation, and has worked on numerous anime series including, Urusei Yatsura, Kinnikuman II, Bakuman, Blood+, and more recently, Bleach. Throughout all of his anime credits, he is often hired to fill a rather important role, such as a key animator, animation supervisor, character designer, or story board artist.

Throughout Dragon Ball and the beginning portions of Dragon Ball Z, it is quite evident that Aoshima’s round animation style nearly perfectly matched that of Akira Toriyama’s. Around the time that Dragon Ball Z was progressing into a more angular animation style, Aoshima left the series, possibly for this reason. Prior to his departure, Aoshima also provided a few story boards for the two series and was a lead key animator for the three Dragon Ball movies and Dragon Ball Z movies 3 through 5.

Animation Gallery

This gallery serves as a small example of the animation seen in episodes supervised by Katsumi Aoshima and may not be representative of his entire body of work during his involvement in the series.

Dragon Ball Episodes

Dragon Ball Z Episodes

Animation Team

Unlike the majority of most animation supervisors, Katsumi Aoshima really had no animation team supporting him. He alone typically provided all of the key animation for the episodes he supervised, which is why on average he only supervised one in every 10 episodes of the series. It was not until Dragon Ball episode 126 that animator Hideko Okimoto from Toei Animation began to help him draw key frames. When Aoshima left the series after Dragon Ball Z episode 30, Okimoto returned to working under other Toei Animation supervisors, such as Minoru Maeda, Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, and Masaki Satō.

Main Animation Team General Series Involvement
Hideko Okimoto (沖本日出子) DB: 126 – 153; DBZ: 1 – 202

Very rarely did Katsumi Aoshima bring on additional animators to help him animate an episode and the three listed below are the only animators besides Okimoto to ever assist him. Of these three animators, only Tai’ichirō Ohara from the Last House studio was a regular animator of the series.

Supplemental Animators General Involvement (Count)
Shizuo Kawai (河合静男) DB: 59 (1)
Tai’ichirō Ohara (小原太一郎) DB: 73 (1)
Kiyoshi Matsumoto (松本 清) DBZ: 2 (1)