Shunichi Ishimoto

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Shunichi Ishimoto (石本 峻一, Ishimoto Shunichi) is a Japanese freelance animator who was formerly affiliated with David Production, prominently known for his significant involvement with the TV Anime adaptation of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series. He is credited as an animation director for Stardust Crusaders, co-chief animation director for Diamond is Unbreakable, chief animation director for Golden Wind and Stand designer for Stone Ocean. He is also the character designer and chief animation director for the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan OVA series.[3]


Ishimoto read JoJo's Bizarre Adventure when he was a student, noting that the "Ermes's Sticker" story arc left a "strange impression" on him.[4]

Ishimoto's career in animation notably started with the first season of the JoJo anime, where he used the experience as a key animator to learn the basics of animation and improve his basic drawing skills.[2] He has since then become one of the series's mainstay animation supervisors. His genga and corrections are often cited by other staff as very intense.[5][6]

On April 24, 2024, Ishimoto announced that he quit from David Production and became a freelancer.[7]



# Interview Type Media Published
1 Livedoor Kato & Ishimoto (March 2020)
March 25, 2020
2 Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan OVA Booklet (March 2020)
Interview & Commentary
Home Media
March 25, 2020
3 Ultra Jump (May 2022)
May 19, 2022
4 Stone Ocean Anime Interviews (February 2023)
Home Media
November 30, 2022


Key Animation (原画)[5]

Eyecatch Illustrations

Promotional Artwork (原画)

Personal Artwork


  • Ishimoto's favorite Stand is Star Platinum. He appreciates its ability to take precise measurements.[11]
  • Ishimoto's favorite characters to draw in Golden Wind was Guido Mista, Sticky Fingers and Purple Haze. He notes that Mista was the easiest to draw of the characters, while Purple Haze was one of the hardest.[12]


  1. @shunishimoto (December 25, 2019), "今年もまた誕生日を迎えた。毎度思うけど、とりあえず健康なのが一番だよね。", Twitter.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Livedoor Kato & Ishimoto (March 2020)
  3. Profile
  4. @shunishimoto (February 11, 2022), "この回学生の時にたまたま読んで、妙に印象に残ってたなぁ。", Twitter.
  5. 5.0 5.1 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure AAA: Animation Artworks Archive
  6. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Key Animations ~Stardust Crusaders~ Part 2 (Battle in Egypt BD Vol. 6)
  7. Shunichi Ishimoto [@shunishimoto] (April 24, 2024), "Shunichi Ishimoto becomes a freelancer", on Twitter / X.
  8. @shunishimoto (January 14, 2023), "ボヘミアンラプソディのデザインする際、監督からの原案を元にこのカットだけ直接本編で作監も兼ねてやっちゃってます。悪夢で見そうな見た目してるな〜ボヘミアンラプソディとか思いつつデザイン起こしていました😅", Twitter.
  9. @shunishimoto (April 4, 2022), "10周年記念描かせて頂きました!ジョナサンとジョセフは久々に描けて楽しかったです!😄", Twitter.
  10. @shunishimoto (April 4, 2022), "スカイツリーの方も描かせて頂きましたー!スカイツリー含む背景は滝れーきさんに描いて頂けました!お忙しい中ありがとうございます!😌", Twitter.
  11. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind - Blu-ray Vol. 10: Staff Interview
  12. Esperienza D'oro Event Special Pamphlet - Shunichi Ishimoto Interview

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