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Michael Arias '84

Michael Arias '84 is best known as the first non-Japanese director of a major anime film, the wildly popular Tekkonkinkreet, winner of Japan's 2008 Academy Award for Feature Animation.

Arias began his career creating visual effects for Hollywood films such as The Abyss and Total Recall, but in 1991 Arias relocated to Tokyo, where he then went on to produce the Matrix-inspired animation anthology The Animatrix and make his directorial debut with TekkonkinkreetHeaven's Door, Arias' first live-action film, opened in Japanese theaters in 2009.
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