yep, after leaving Toei, he joined Mappa and directed Zombie Land Saga also
It seems his work for One Piece was good too (as director episode), just Crystal had a really awful production as we still dont know what happened behind the scenes
also he was the episode director for act 1, and thats one of the best on season 1
Lots of speculation involving the chief supervisor , Naoko I assume; and there must be some miscommunication somewhere. A recent interview someone posted had the original 90's director mention Naoko doesn't even communicate with them and things are handled via a middleman.
Sakai must have had a horrible experience because for him to leave in an angry bit, where he has had decent work both before and after, but mysteriously not on the Crystal project?
The more I see these things the more skeptical I get that everything is being communicated smoothly.
No, I don't want it to sound like I am bashing Naoko but I've seen lots of comments on this forum about her being difficult to work with in a variety of settings.
I don't know if it is just rumor talk but if not, it makes perfect sense folks would not want to work on the project....now or in the future.
Then again...Toei could actually just be the Dark Agency in disguise.
Also, most of the time Im just finding something to talk about as I wait for something new Sailor Moon.