Toshiki Hirano

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Toshiki Hirano

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Gender: Male
Date of birth: October 3, 1956
Place of birth: Shinjuku, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Position: Director
Storyboard cooperation
Episode director
Key animation
Years active: 1976-present
Aliases: 平野俊弘[Note 1]

Toshiki Hirano (平野 俊貴 Hirano Toshiki?) is a Japanese animator born in Tokyo. He did not participate much in the Detective Conan main anime but had pronounced contributions towards the 2010 version of Magic Kaito: Kid the Phantom Thief, serving as the director.


Toshiki Hirano's real name is actually Toshihiro Hirano (平野 俊弘 Hirano Toshihiro?), he used to use this name being active among the industry before.

When he was still studying at Chiyoda Designer Gakuin's Graphic Design Department (千代田デザイナー学院), he once visited the production site of Toei Animation (東映動画). This peculiar encounter instigated him to apply for a part-time job at Toei Animation. Unfortunately, back then they were not compatible with this particular type of job, thus the people from there had to rack their brains and think up another idea for Hirano - they introduced him to Studio No. 1. Thereafter, Hirano began to draw videos there. He is now a representative of the Toshiki Hirano Office Limited Company (有限会社平野俊貴事務所).

In 1984, Hirano was selected as the character designer for the 1984 TV movie Macross: Do You Remember Love? (超時空要塞マクロス 愛・おぼえていますか) and the OVA Megazone 23 (メガゾーン23) produced by Artland. Due to his past experience as an animation director for the anime Super Dimension Fortress Macross (超時空要塞マクロス), he did not let his fans down and did quite a bang-up job. Moreover, in the following year, he was also in charge of character design for the TV anime Ninja Senshi Tobikage (忍者戦士飛影), manifesting his "true colours" whilst becoming a relatively hit animator.

His directorial debut OVA Fight! Iczer One (戦え!!イクサー1), supposedly, was a project that a friend of his and he brought to Kubo Bookstore (久保書店). This was not only Hirano's first attempt at serving as director, but also another time for him to shine in the spotlight: he gained numerous loyal followers.

Incidentally, his wife is a mangaka, named Narumi Kakinouchi (垣野内 成美); Hirano simultaneously participated in the composition of her manga stories, for example, he was one of the original collaberators in the Vampire Princess Miyu (吸血姫美夕) series and the Fuun Three Sisters LIN (風雲三姉妹LIN) series.

Works in Detective Conan


Participation in: 1 case (1 episode)

Jpn# Int# Episode title Original broadcast Role Note
792 845 Three First Discoverers (Part 1) September 19, 2015 Key animation

Openings and Endings

Participation in: 1 opening

# Song name Original title Role Note
OP34 Kimi no Namida ni Konna ni Koi Shiteru 君の涙にこんなに恋してる Storyboard, Technical director


Participation in: 3 movies

Movie Title Original airdate Role Note
9 Strategy Above the Depths April 9, 2005 Storyboard cooperation
17 Private Eye in the Distant Sea April 20, 2013 Storyboard cooperation
Crossover Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie December 7, 2013 Key animation

Works in Magic Kaito

Magic Kaito: Kid the Phantom Thief

Participation in: 9 episodes + 2 openings + 3 endings[Note 2]

Special Episode title Original broadcast Role Note
1 The Revived Phantom Thief April 17, 2010 Storyboard
2 Kaitou Kid's Busy Date August 6, 2011 Storyboard
4 A Witch Sheds No Tears September 24, 2011 Storyboard
5 The Fated Blue Birthday October 29, 2011 Storyboard
6 Love on the Ski Slope on Christmas Eve December 24, 2011 Storyboard
7 The Splendid Rivals August 4, 2012 Storyboard
9 The Witch, the Detective, and the Phantom Thief September 29, 2012 Storyboard, Technical director
11 The Tearful Crystal Mother December 22, 2012 Technical director
12 Tears of Love for the Dark Knight December 29, 2012 Storyboard, Technical director

Other notable works


  • Angel Heart: Director, Storyboard, Episode Director
  • Dr. Slump & Arale-chan: Animation Director
  • Magic Knight Rayearth: Chief Director, Storyboard
  • Ultimate Otaku Teacher: Storyboard, Episode Director
  • Vampire Princess Miyu: Director, Script, Storyboard, Original creator
  • The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Animation Director, Key Animation (Studio Io)


  • Dr. Slump & Arale-chan: Hello! Wonder Island: Key Animation
  • Fist of the North Star - Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Death in Love: Storyboard, Action Director
  • Fist of the North Star - Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Fierce Fighting: Director, Storyboard


  1. 平野俊貴 - Wikipedia (Japanese)
  2. 平野俊貴 - Atwiki (Japanese)
  3. Anime News Network
  4. Bangumi (Chinese)
  1. ^ Note: When working on some OVAs, he uses the alias "平・・弘" (real name but with two characters hidden). For example, he served as the director and character design of the OVA Cream Lemon.
  2. ^ Note: Also served as the director of the entire series.