Born on April 3, 1965, Atsushi Takeuchi declares that his main reason for joining the anime industry was to become a mechanical designer. He collaborated to many Mamoru Oshii's movies, such as Ghost in the Shell (1995, mechanical design, layout and key animation), Avalon (2001, mechanical design) and Innocence (2004, mechanical design). He is also credited in the OVA Battle Fairy Yukikaze (2002, 3D special effects director) and, of course, in the TV series IGPX (2005, mechanical designer and 3D director). HAL Institute of Computer Technology is a commercial film that Takeuchi directed mixing 3D animation and live action footage for the location.