AnimeFest 2017 Guests of Honor
Creators & Artists from Japan
Manga ArtistMs. 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!
Read more about Mitsurou Kubo...
DirectorMs. 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!
Read more about Sayo Yamamoto...
Animation Director, Character DesignerMr. 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!
Read more about Tadashi Hiramatsu...
Voice ActressSome 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.
Read more about Atsumi Tanezaki...
ScriptwriterMr. Sato is a highly accomplished scriptwriter in Japan. His representative works include well known anime such as Cowboy Bebop (1998), Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002), Wolf's Rain (2003), Samurai Champloo (2004), Psalms of Planets: Eureka Seven (2005), Ergo Proxy (2006), FREEDOM (2006-2008), Eden of the East (2009), Halo Legends: The Package (2010), Tekken: Blood Vengeance (2011), Lupin III: A Woman Called Fujiko Mine (2012), and Chou Soku Henkei: Gyrozetter (2013), Space Dandy (2014), Mysterious Joker (2015-), Puzzle & Dragons X (2016), and many more.
Read more about Dai Sato...
DirectorMr. Kamiyama is the original creator, writer, and director for the upcoming original theatrical movie, Napping Princess, set to hit theaters in Japan on March 18, 2017! Additionally, Mr. Kamiyama directed such works as Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C, Eden of the East, Moribito: Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, Ghost in the Shell: SOLID STATE SOCIETY 3D, and 009 RE:CYBORG, to list just a few.
This is Mr. Kamiyama's second time to attend AnimeFest!
Read more about Kenji Kamiyama here.
AnimatorMr. Hori is responsible for storyboarding and scene directing in Director Kenji Kamiyama's new original theatrical movie, Napping Princess, scheduled to release on March 18, 2017. He previously was responsible for prop design and scene directing in Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, and handled the 2D layout as well as art design for 009 RE:CYBORG. A veteran animator, Mr. Hori has also participated in shows such as Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Paradise Kiss, Gurren Lagann, Michiko & Hatchin, among many others.
This is Mr. Hori's first time to join AnimeFest!
Read more about Motonobu Hori here.
DesignerMr. Koyama is talented dsigner who has contributed to many popular anime series. He is responsible for the mechanical designs used in Director Kenji Kamiyama's new original theatrical movie, Napping Princess, scheduled to release on March 18, 2017. Some notable works he has participated in include Gurren Lagann, Kill La Kill, Michiko & Hatchin, Moribito, Inferno Cop among many others. Additionally, he was the concept mecha designer for Baymay in Big Hero 6.
This is Mr. Koyama's first time to join AnimeFest!
Read more about Shigeto Koyama here.
Animator, DesignerMr. Ferreira is a French animator and designer working in the Japanese animation industry. He is responsible for the creature designs in Director Kenji Kamiyama's latest original movie, Napping Princess. Additional projects he has participated in include titles such as Bleach, Genius Party, Crayon Shinchan, and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, among others.
This is Mr. Ferreira's first time at AnimeFest!
Read more about Christophe Ferreira here.
ProducerMr. Sakurai is the producer on Director Kenji Kamiyama's latest original movie, Napping Princess. Additionally, Mr. Sakurai served as the producer at Studio Signal M.D. for Cyborg 009 Call of Justice. Previously, Mr. Sakurai contributed as a script writer on works such as Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C, Moribito: Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, Blood+, Otogi Zoshi, and REDLINE, among others.
This is Mr. Sakurai's first time at AnimeFest!
Read more about Yoshiki Sakurai here.
Manga ArtistMs. Arina Tanemura is a popular Manga artist drawing in the girl's style of Shojo Manga. Ms. Tanemura is currently collaborating on a joint work titled Shunkan Lyle published monthly in ZeroSum. Perhaps best known in the United States for her works such as Full Moon o Sagashite and Phantom Thief Jeanne, both of which were adapted into television anime series, Ms. Tanemura is also the creator of The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Idol Dreams, and Akuma ni Chic x Hack, among many others. Additionally, she drafted the original character designs and art for the popular game based franchise, Idolish 7.
We are proud to welcome back Ms. Tanemura for her 3rd AnimeFest!
Read more about Arina Tanemura here.
More amazing guests to be announced soon!