Born in Gunma Prefecture. He's worked on numerous Studio Ghibli films and even works such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Doraemon and Haikyu!!. Following the temporary retirement of Hayao Miyazaki in 2013, he worked with Hiromasa Yonebayashi on Studio Ponoc's debut film Mary and the Witch's Flower (2014) and their follow-up anthology Modest Heroes (2018).
He won the Ōfuji Noburō Award in 2001.
Born in Gunma Prefecture, Inamura would later graduate from Tokyo Designer Gakuin College. After working as an animator for Shin-Ei Animation, Inamura transferred to Studio Ghibli in 1991. He worked on several films directed by Hayao Miyazaki including On Your Mark, Princess Mononoke, Porco Rosso, Ponyo and The Wind Rises. He also worked with Goro Miyazaki on Tales from Earthsea and From Up on Poppy Hill
He then worked as an assistant animation director on The Cat Returns the following year. He then worked on Howl's Moving Castle as animation director, and was assisted by Akihiko Yamashita and Kitarō Kōsaka. He began work on Tales from Earthsea as a freelance animation director.
He returned to Studio Ghibli as an animator to work on The Wind Rises. Following the dismantling of Studio Ghibli's production department in 2014, Inamura worked with with Hiromasa Yonebayashi on several Studio Ponoc projects.
In recent years, he participated in two consecutive Toho projects, and worked in Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast in 2015 and Makoto Shinkai's Your Name in 2016.
Notable Animation Cuts
- Forest Spirit's passage (CUT320 / 328)
- Jigo and Matagi (CUT754 ~ 758/760)
- Okkoto talking about the death of Nago (CUT858 ~ 863)
- Moro and Otsu Conversation (CUT865 ・ 867 ～ 872)
- Ashitaka shouting for peace on both sides (CUT1336 ~ 1351)
- Appearance of the Forest Spirit (CUT1425, 1427)
- Ashitaka notices something in water (CUT1430 ~ 1432) With
- Ashitaka waking up under the forest Sun (CUT1651-1660) A
- Ashitaka jumping across the rocks
- The River God rising from the water
- Oshira-sama dancing after the River God has left
- 2014 Mary and the Witch's Flower (Supervising Animator)
- 2016 Your Name (Key Animator)
- 2015 Haikyuu!! (Key Animator)
- 2015 The Boy and the Beast (Key Animator)
- 2014 When Marnie Was There (Assistant Animation Director))
- 2013 The Wind Rises (Key Animator)
- 2011 From Up on Poppy Hill (Supervising Animator)
- 2010 The Secret World of Arrietty (Key Animator)
- 2008 Ponyo (Assistant Animation Director)
- 2006 Tales from Earthsea (Animation Director)
- 2004 Howl's Moving Castle (Animation Director)
- 2002 The Cat Returns (Assistant Supervising Animator)
- 2001 Spirited Away (Animator)
- 1999 My Neighbors the Yamadas
- 1995 On Your Mark
- 1995 Whisper of the Heart
- 1992 Porco Rosso
- 1998 The New Batman Adventures
- 1995-96 Neon Genesis Evangelion
- 1996 Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1996)