Animation director. Born in Kyoto Prefecture. After graduating from Kyoto University of Art and Design (now Kyoto University of the Arts), she joined Kyoto Animation.

In 2009, she made her directorial debut with the TV series K-ON!. The TV series became a big hit and was followed in 2011, K-ON! the Movie, her first time directing a feature film.

In 2014, she won the New Face Award in the Animation Division at the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival for her original feature film Tamako Love Story. In 2017, the film A Silent Voice
was nominated for the Best Feature Film Award in the Feature Film category of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the Animation Division of the 50th Sitges Film

She won the OFUJI Noburo Award at the 73rd Mainichi Film Awards for her 2018 feature film Liz and the Blue Bird. In directing the TV series The Heike Story, she collaborated with Science SARU for the first time.