Kazuya Tsurumakiￂﾠ(￩ﾶﾴ￥ﾷﾻ ￥ﾒﾌ￥ﾓﾉￂﾠTsurumaki Kazuya) is aￂﾠJapaneseￂﾠanimeￂﾠdirector. He was born on February 2, 1966 in the city ofￂﾠGosen, located in theￂﾠNiigata Prefecture. He is the protￃﾩgￃﾩ ofￂﾠHideaki Anno, and a longtimeￂﾠanimatorￂﾠatￂﾠGainax. Tsurumaki's first project at Gainax was as anￂﾠanimation directorￂﾠfor the 1990 TV seriesￂﾠFushigi no Umi no Nadia; Tsurumaki was also director of the humorous "omake" (extra) sequences that went along with the TV series, and producer of "Nadia Cinema Edition". In 1995, Tsurumaki served as anￂﾠassistant directorￂﾠunder Hideaki Anno in Gainax'sￂﾠlandmarkￂﾠseriesￂﾠNeon Genesis Evangelion, in which role he handled production, art director and setting assistant for some episodes. In 1997, he directed episode 25', the first half of the cinematic conclusion to the Evangelion series,ￂﾠThe End of Evangelion. He assumed directorial duties for the 1998 TV seriesￂﾠHis and Her Circumstancesￂﾠafter Anno abruptly left the project. In 2000, Tsurumaki officially made his debut as a full-fledged director with the six-partￂﾠOVAￂﾠseries,ￂﾠFLCL. In 2004 he directed the hit sequel toￂﾠGunbusterￂﾠcalledￂﾠAim for the Top 2!ￂﾠorￂﾠDiebuster. He is currently working as a director on the new four feature Evangelion film series,Rebuild of Evangelion.