Kobayashi小林 雅仁


Masahito is responsible for bringing one of the most popular characters in Japan to life for the beautifully crafted Netflix Originals series ‘Rilakkuma and Kaoru’. The 13 episode stop-motion series is infused with characterful warmth but packs an emotional punch in looking at the simple frustrations that life in a big city can produce. In 2019 Masahito was nominated for the prestigious Annie Award for his role as a director on Rilakkuma and Kaoru. Working to prioritise geographical authenticity, Masahito created a detailed city called Ogigaya, which blends Tokyo’s Ogikubo and Asagaya neighborhoods, to serve as the setting for the series.