This is a continuation of this post, but some items bear repeating. First among those; this is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all great writers ever. It’s just one way of looking at available statistics.
Each of the 10 writers having written for 2 10k+ shows above is listed along with the first show they are (in some capacity) credited for, their big hit works, recent work, and less notable work. The data used to compile this list was acquired via the animenewsnetwork database, and is listed on this doc.
Two Important Notes About The Classification: First, I only included non-sequel anime when looking for head writers. This means nothing with some manifestation of a 2 in the title. Ditto for Gundam or Macross franchise entries after the original. My rationale is that it’s a lot harder to make a prime-time anime from scratch, even with popular source material, than it is to continue living in a house someone else built. I count A Certain Scientific Railgun and Mononoke as spinoffs rather than sequels, as the series they spun off of are considerably less well-established franchises.
Also, I did not credit any writer if the credit was split 3 or more ways and I was unable to discern a clear head of the project. For example, Hakuouki’s ANN page credits 4 scriptwriters, 3 of which worked on multiple episodes. Giving props to all of them for what was possibly a script-by-committee feels like over-distributing credit.
Writers With 2 10k+ Anime:
First Credited On: Pretty Sammy (1996)
10k+ Series: Kannagi (2008), OreImo (2010)
Less Notable Work: Battle Athletes, Dragon Crisis
Recent Work: Samurai Flamenco, Tokyo Ravens, ImoCho
First Credited On: Manga Nihon Mukashi Banashi (1975)
10k+ Series: Mobile Suit Gundam (1979), Patlabor (1989)
Less Notable Work: Muteki Robo Trider G7, Choriki Robo Galatt
Recent Work: None (Rest in Peace)
First Credited On: Saint Tail (1995)
10k+ Series: Hataraku Maou-sama (2013), Free! (2013)
Less Notable Work: Busou Shinki, World Destruction
Recent Work: See 10k+ Series
First Credited On: Shuten Douji (1989)
10k+ Series: Rurouni Kenshin (1996), Bleach (2004)
Less Notable Work: Shadow Skill, Papa to Odoru
Recent Work: Fairy Tail, Shinsekai Yori
First Credited On: Texhnolyze (2003)
10k+ Series: Durarara (2010), Kuroko’s Basketball (2012)
Less Notable Work: C, Sankarea
Recent Work: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
First Credited On: H2 (1995)
10k+ Series: K-on (2009), Girls und Panzer (2012)
Less Notable Work: Mushi-uta, Chu-bra
Recent Work: Non Non Biyori, Yowamushi Pedal
First Credited On: Maryu Senki (1987)
10k+ Series: Martian Successor Nadesico (1996), Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)
Less Notable Work: Clockwork Fighters Hiwou’s War, Ghost Slayers Ayakashi
Recent Work: Un-Go (2011)
First Credited On: Cho Supercar Gattiger (1977)
10k+ Series: Aura Battler Dunbine (1983), Sailor Moon (1992)
Less Notable Work: Fight! Kickers, Wedding Peach
Recent Work: Showa Monogatari (non-head, 2011)
First Credited On: Be-Bop High School (1990)
10k+ Series: Cardcaptor Sakura (1998), Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere (2011)
Less Notable Work: Murder Princess, Natsuiro Kiseki
Recent Work: Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge
First Credited On: Fortune Dogs (2003)
10k+ Series: Lucky Star (2007), The Idolm@ster (2011)
Less Notable Work: Ookami Kakushi, Amnesia
Recent Work: Hamatora, Inari Konkon Koi Iroha, Wake Up Girls
Comments will follow in a later post sometime this week.
*One of the methodologies I used to isolate writers from more diverse staff lists was their involvement with other works in the franchise. That’s why Masashi Sogo (whose indivdual episode credits seem to come more from later in the show) gets the nod of the other Kenshin writers; he’s got credit for Tsuioku-hen. One could also have given credit to Michiru Shimada or Yoshiyuki Suga.
**You can make the exact same excuse for Wake Up Girls that you can for Fractale – the writer is doing 3 shows at once (not terribly common), which is a taxing duty in the best of times, to say nothing of when two of those shows are original anime. WUG was really poorly written scenario-wise despite the likable cast, from what I could handle of it. Even given that, though, you would expect reasonably talented directors to be able to overcome overloaded writers some of the time.