Junichi Hayama

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Junichi Hayama (羽山 淳一, Hayama Junichi) is a Japanese animator credited as the Character Designer and Chief Animation Director of the OVA adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and the Phantom Blood movie by Studio A.P.P.P..[1]

Originating from Monsieur Onion (affiliates of Toei Animation), he now collaborates with various studios as a freelancer. He is well known for his work on the Fist of the North Star anime, where he developed his current style from his mentor, Masami Suda.[2]


In 1984, after graduating from high school, Hayama moved to Tokyo and joined Monsieur Onion Productions,[a] an affiliate of Toei Animation, where he made his animation debut on the series Gu Gu Ganmo. He later debuted as a key animator for the anime Hai Step Jun in 1985. In 1987, Hayama quickly made his debut as an animation director for the TV series Fist of the North Star 2, after his skills were acknowledged by the series character designer, Masami Suda, who would go on to heavily influence his style.[2][3] Hayama had previously worked as a key animator for the Fist of the North Star movie and would go on to draw illustrations for various games relating to the series, including the PlayStation action game in 2000, and the arcade fighting game in 2005.

Hayama's work on the "X-Men" TV mini-series.

In 1989, Hayama made his debut as a character designer for the Be-Bop High School OVA series. And in 1990, Hayama left Monsieur Onion Productions to start working as a freelance artist. In 2011, Hayama worked as an animation director for the X-Men TV mini-series produced by Madhouse in collaboration with Marvel. His wife Atsuko Ueno[b] is a manga artist, animator, and the author of Kotencotenco. His younger brother Kenji Hayama[c] is also a key animator, animation director, and character designer. His cousin Yasunori Hayama[d] is an anime photographer and cinematographer.

In 2022, Hayama worked as an animation director and key animator for the film One Piece Film: Red.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Hayama is a fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and its creator, Hirohiko Araki.[4] In 1993, Hayama was invited by Hiroyuki Kitakubo to work as a character designer and animation director on the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OVA series.[3] However, because of his inexperience as an animator and his difficulty animating expressive scenes, Hayama primarily worked on creating storyboards.[4] This would later change when he was invited to work on the OVAs again in 2000.

From 2004 to 2007, Hayama worked as the character designer and chief animation director for the Phantom Blood film. Hayama was forced to take over as the main director after the original left the project during production.[5] Despite being shown in theaters, the film never received a home video release and is considered lost media. When asked at Japan Expo 2022 why the film never released, Hayama responded, "I don’t want you to see me angry and pissed off, so it's better if I don’t answer this question."[6]

In 2023, when Hayama was once again asked about the Phantom Blood film at Sakura-Con, he revealed that the initial runtime of the film was planned to be 70 minutes long, but was later pushed to 90 minutes.[5] Despite facing various issues during production, A.P.P.P. tried to get the film ready for a DVD release.[7] However, for reasons that Hayama couldn't disclose, Shueisha seized all the assets for the film, and he was unable to continue working on it. Hayama expressed his love for the manga and his regrets that the fans were unable to see the completed film.[5]

Before working on the OVAs, a "Junichi Hayama" was also credited as an illustrator for the Super Famicom Secrets guidebook, making it his earliest work on the series. However, Hayama claims to have never worked on the game and that the person credited isn't him.[8]



# Interview Type Media Published
1 The Making of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OVA (1999)
Home Media


Key Animation (原画)

Promotional Artwork (原画)

Personal Art (Property of Junichi Hayama)



See also


  1. Monsieur Onion Productions (ムッシュ・オニオン・プロダクション, Musshu Onion Purodakushon)
  2. Atsuko Ueno (上野 あつこ)
  3. Kenji Hayama (羽山 賢二)
  4. Yasunori Hayama (羽山 泰功)


  1. Junichi Hayama (Sakkan)
  2. 2.0 2.1 作画@wiki - 羽山淳一 【はやま じゅんいち】
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Making of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sakura Con Interview
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 File:Hayama Sakura Con 2023.png
  6. Japan Expo 2022: Interview with Junichi Hayama
  7. File:JHayama_on_PB_Movie_DVD_Release.png
  8. https://twitter.com/hayama11/status/1500505985466527746
  9. https://twitter.com/DFFTCOP/status/1644421217649328129/photo/1
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  18. Various Personal art archived from blog user Kenrico
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  76. https://muuseo.com/DrScorpio/items/55
  77. File:Hayama sketching Jotaro 2023 Sakura.mp4

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