‘Wake Up, Girls!’ Creator Voices Anger About Being Replaced

Yutaka “Yamakan” Yamamoto is known for being an outspoken creator. He has declared that his works will usher in a new anime era, to accusing production committees of being slave drivers, and even claiming a stabbing victim should have done more to protect herself.

Wake Up, Girls!

But now, the focus of Yamakan’s wrath is a successful anime franchise that he created: Wake Up, Girls! The idol genre is dominated by Love Live!The iDOLM@STER, and Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love, but Yamakan managed to create an idol group that could compete in terms of sales and fan reception.

Yamakan directed the Wake Up, Girls! TV anime and three movies, but he is being replaced as the director for the series’ newest project. The new cast members and staff were officially introduced at a fan event, and Yamakan didn’t wait long to fire shots at the project.

“This is the end of the relationship.”

“I’m breaking it off.”


“Is there a way to block incoming emails?”


“It’s no wonder the manager didn’t meet my eyes at that vigil then…”


“It has been one month since my complete separation from ‘the wind music person’…”


From the looks of Yamakan’s Tweets, he was pretty hurt and blindsided by being replaced for the new Wake Up, Girls! anime. The news that Shin Itagaki was replacing Yamakan as the director was shared last year, but Yamakan doesn’t seem to have moved on from it.

And while Yamakan doesn’t explicitly state who the “wind music person” is, many Japanese fans believe he is referring to Satoru Kousaki, who helped produce the soundtrack for Wake Up, Girls! and Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens, which is another anime Yamakan directed.

Wake Up, Girls!

While no reason was given for why Yamakan was replaced, he has been busy with working on the crowdfunded Twilight anime movie (not related to popular book series). He is working as the movie’s director, producer, sound director, and script writer. Twilight is planned to come out in 2018.

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