Animation Styles Guide

増永(ますなが) 計介(けいすけ)

Keisuke Masunaga

General Information

Birthdate: Unknown
Affiliation: Studio Cockpit
Work: Animation Supervisor, Key Animation Artist

Animation Supervisor Credits:
DBZ: 174, 179, 184, 191, 195, 201, 207, 214, 220, 226, 234, 239, 247, 253, 260, 266, 274, 279

Keisuke Masunaga joined Studio Cockpit, a Tokyo-based animation production studio associated with finishing animation studio Studio Peacock, as a key animator in 1988. He soon became known as the “ace of animation” for Toei with his unique drawing style and fluid action sequences. After working on Toei Animation’s Dragon Quest: Dai’s Great Adventure series from 1991 to 1992, Studio Cockpit was again hired by Toei Animation in early 1993 to help alleviate their animation workload following Minoru Maeda‘s departure from the series. Masunaga remained on staff for most of the remainder of the Dragon Ball Z series, but left just prior to its ending and did not return for Dragon Ball GT.

Following Dragon Ball Z, Masunaga lent his talents to numerous other series, taking on varying animation roles, from key animator to chief animation supervisor and even character designer. His most notable series involvement included Digimon Adventure, Queen Emeraldas, Space Symphony Maetel, Space Battleship Yamato 2199, and Silver Spoon.

Animation Gallery

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

Dragon Ball Z Episodes

Animation Team

Unlike some animation supervisors, Masunaga was very involved with his key animators and would more often than not provide key frames for numerous scenes himself. His corrections and key frames greatly influenced the overall look of the episodes he supervised, possibly more-so than most other animation supervisors, truly setting his animation apart. Masunaga’s main animation team were all talented animators from Studio Cockpit, all with very similar art styles.

Main Animation Team General Series Involvement
Masa’aki Iwane (岩根雅明) DBZ: 174 – 279
Isao Sugimoto (杉本 功) DBZ: 174 – 289
Chisato Ikehira (池平千里) DBZ: 201 – 289

With the exception of Tetsuya Saeki, who was an animator from Toei Animation, the majority of Masunaga’s supporting animation staff were also from Studio Cockpit.

Supplemental Animators General Involvement (Count)
Masahiko Nakata (中田正彦) DBZ: 214, 234, 266 (3)
Tetsuya Saeki (佐伯哲也) DBZ: 214, 226, 234, 239 (4)
Takao Kaiya (海谷孝男) DBZ: 253, 260, 266, 274 (4)
Masayuki Satō (佐藤雅将) DBZ: 253, 260, 266, 274, 279 (5)