Shinichiro Watanabe is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and music producer who was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1965. Formerly an employees at Sunrise, Watanabe supervised the episode direction and storyboards of may Sunrise animes. He made his directorial debut as co-director of Macross Plus. As a director, he has worked with such titles as Blade Runner: Black Out 2022, Space☆Dandy, Samurai Champloo, and Cowboy Bebop, and as music producer he has worked with titles such as Lupin The 3rd– A Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Michiko To Hatchin, Genius Party, and Mind Game. Watanabe received the Special Award at the 2017 Cartoons on the Bay/Pullcinella Awards (Italy) and the Best Director Award at ChileMonos 2013 (Chile).