Supposedly, Ikuhara is Satoh's student in animation. Ikuhara must be credited as the person who broke the simplistic pattern in the style of the early Sailor Moon episodes. His first task was directing episode 6. Episode 6 brought a change in the pace and story style to the series. Later on being criticized by Mr. Satoh as being too heavy of an episode, he decided to make the next one extremely light, and the result was episode 11. After the episode was aired, Mr. Satoh once again criticized him, "Don't you have the concept of not over-doing things!?".
Ikuhara was promoted to the position of Series Director after the Black Moon chapter of the TV series began.
Another Ikuhara trademark is the use of 24 frames/second animation for casual sequences, and for no apparent reason. One example of such is the sequence showing Ami in pain as Rei pinched her in the ankle in episode 26. Another example is when Usagi turns around to show Ami and Makoto the Sailor V game cartridge in episode 31. Incidentally, the standard for casual (i.e. not action-intensive) animation sequences is 8 frames/sec.
Mr. Ikuhara's important work is listed below:
Ikuhara's birthday is 1964.12.21, and he was born in Tokushima prefecture. He joined Toei Douga in 1986, and he worked on Kingyo Chuuihou! before working on Sailor Moon.
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