Kimiko Ueno is originally from Yokohama, Japan, and graduated from the Japan Institute of the Moving Image. In 2009, Ms. Ueno made her anime debut as a script writer for a children's comedy television series, Gokyoudai Monogatari.
Ms. Ueno has written for numerous other children's anime series, including Stitch!: Zutto Saiko no Tomodachi, Kuromajyo-san ga Toru, and Crayon Shin chan. She also wrote the screenplay for the movie Crayon Shin-chan: Bakauma-! B-Kyu Gourmet Survival!!.
Currently Ms. Ueno is a screenwriter on the popular Space Dandy series. She has written 5 episodes thus far, including the much talked about zombie episode (ep 4), "Sometimes You Can't Live With Dying, Baby"! Thus far, Ms. Ueno has written episode 3 - "Occasionally Even the Deceiver Is Deceived, Baby", episode 7 - "A Race in Space Is Dangerous, Baby", episode 10 - "There's Always Tomorrow, Baby", and episode 12 - "Nobody Knows the Chameleon Alien, Baby". Space Dandy is simulcast in both an English dub version on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and in Japanese with English subtitles on Funimation.
This will be Ms. Ueno's first appearance at AnimeFest! She is excited to meet American anime fans, and we are excited to host her at what will also be her very first anime convention outside of Japan.