Atsumi Tanezaki Mitsurou Kubo Sayo Yamamoto Tadashi Hiramatsu

AnimeFest 2017 Guests of Honor

Creators & Artists from Japan

Mitsurou Kubo
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Manga Artist
Ms. Mitsurou Kubo is a talented manga artist and one of the creative forces behind the incredibly popular 2016 ice skating anime Yuri!!! on Ice! Beyond co-creating the story and contributing countless storyboards to Yuri!!! on Ice, Ms. Kubo's previous works include such amazing series as Moteki and Again!!, both of which were adaptated to live action tv drama shows.
This will be Ms. Kubo's first time attending AnimeFest!
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Sayo Yamamoto
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Ms. Sayo Yamamoto is the co-creator and series director for the incredibly popular 2016 ice skating anime Yuri!!! on Ice! Ms. Yamamoto's directorial debut was with the adventure packed Michiko and Hatchin in 2008, and in 2012 she directed the tantalizing Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. Additionally, Ms. Yamamoto directed a figure skating short, Endless Night, that was featured in the Japan Animator's Expo. Ms. Yamamoto has also contributed countless storyboards and opening / closings to a variety of popular anime including Space Dandy, Attack on Titan, Samurai Champloo, and more.
AnimeFest is excited to welcome back Director Sayo Yamamoto for the second time!
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Tadashi Hiramatsu
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Animation Director, Character Designer
Mr. Tadashi Hiramatsu is the animation director and character designer for the incredibly popular 2016 ice skating anime Yuri!!! on Ice. Mr. Hiramatsu has participated in other numerous works including Neon Genesis Evangelion, Parasyte -the maxim-, FLCL, Jin-Roh, and His and Her Circumstances, to name just a few. Additionally, two of Mr. Hiramatsu's shorts, Until you Come to Me and On a Gloomy Night, were featured in the 2015 Japan Animator's Expo.
Please welcome Mr. Hiramatsu to his first AnimeFest!
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Atsumi Tanezaki
Atsumi Tanezaki
Voice Actress
Some of Ms. Tanezaki's roles include "Lisa Mishima" in Terror in Resonance, "Chise Hatori" in The Ancient Magus' Bride, "Mayu Arita" in Death Parade, "Moe Nishinosono" in The Perfect Insider, "Asako Natsume" in My Little Monster, "Mei Irizaki" in High School Fleet, "Mizore Yoroizuka" in Sound! Euphonium 2, "Tome Kurata" in Mob Psycho 100, "Kyoko Igarashi" in The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, and "Hosshii" in Mysterious Joker, among others.
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More amazing guests to be announced soon!