Sawako Kabuki is a Japanese New York-based illustrator and animator, known for her distinctive style, colours and irreverent point of view, with a cheeky undertone. Her 2D animation is full of unpredictable transitions that flow between unexpected scenes that connect so seamlessly.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Graphic Design from Tama Art University, and later completed her master’s after working for a porn video company.


Her films have been selected and awarded at festivals in more than 20 countries such as Annecy, Ottawa, Zagreb, Sundance and SXSW. She is known for her distinct directorial personality in hand-drawn animation, with a very original artistic direction.

Clients include; Marvis, Nissin Foods (CUPNOODLE), Konbini, Google, KIRIN, NHK, GIPHY, Adult Swim, FX Network, MTV, Miyu Productions, Akihabara UDX, Vanishing Angle, Panasonic, COACH, GIF MAGAZINE, Bridgestone, ZEITmagazin, Quartz Japan, Numéro TOKYO