Yuriko Chiba (千羽 由利子, Chiba Yuriko, born March 9, 1967 in Kumamoto Prefecture)
This lady is one of the number one animation directors and animators in the anime world today. She is one of the founders of the Oriental Light and Magic Company, which is one the premier production companies in Japan. They strive to bring smiles to everyone. “We would love to see the smiling faces of children and adults all over the world. Charming smiles appeal to audiences of all ages and nationalities. How wonderful it would be if audiences smile when they see wonderful images. Our energy is derived from this motivation - to see these smiling faces.” (olm.co.jp)
If you don’t know her and you have watched any anime outside of the old Toonami stuff you probably know her. She has directed and animated a myriad of anime. She is responsible for greats such as Gunsmith Cats, Code Geass, Moblie Suit Gundam 00, Figure 17, and lots of other awesome series. “Yuriko is one of the founders of Oriental Light and Magic and is noted for her work either as character designer or animation director to several highly successful anime series.” (myanimelist.net) Let’s say you haven’t seen any of those and you all only seen anime from cartoon network, did you know that she was a key animator for Inuyasha? (animenewsnetwork) This lady has done so much for the anime world, and helped it to get to where it is today. She has put a lot of hard work into her career, and has become an animation giant. She is listed of the top female animators list. I believe she belongs there and should be a little higher.