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Kitaro Kosaka

Born in Tokyo in 1962, Kitaro Kosaka has worked on numerous features and TV animation films including Akira, Metropolis and Grave of the Fireflies. He has worked closely with Hayao Miyazaki for nearly 20 years on such films as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds, Castle in the Sky, and Princess Mononoke. Aside from an animation short, Clover, in 1999, Nasu: Summer in Andalusia is his first film. He is also a cyclist amateur, and regularly participates in racing events.