Hailing from Hokkaido, Kogawa had entered the animation industry with “Star of the Giants” in 1970. He was also responsible for key frame animation at Tatsunoko Productions on titles such as “Science Ninja Team Gatchaman” and “Hurricane Polymar”. In 1978 he served as character designer and general animation director and recorded a blockbuster hit in Japanese film history with “Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: Warriors of Love”.
From the latter half of the 1970’s, in collaboration with Director Yoshiyuki Tomino, he worked on a number of classic titles including “Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3”; “Space Runaway Ideon”; “Combat Mecha Xabungle”; and “Aura Battler Dunbine”. One of his more notable character design works includes the science fiction mecha anime “Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross”.
Kogawa has been involved in many anime titles under multiple pen names throughout his career, and in 1995 he served as animation director on “Neon Genesis Evangelion”under the pen name “Mau Hanabatake”. In 2009 he would return to the Yamato franchise once again as character design and general animation director for “Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection”. In addition, he has been active in works such as “Folktales from Japan” in 2012 and “Lupin the Third” in 2015.
Recently, aside from anime, he has expanded his spectrum of activities such as being on stage as an actor, continuing the rice field art designs in Kagamiishi town (Fukushima prefecture), and also designing place mats and trays. His drawing technique book “Animation Drawing Method Basics” and “Animation Drawing Method Practical Techniques” published in 1986 influenced subsequent creators.