Jason checks out Hideki Ohwada's politically-charged mahjong manga, The Legend of Koizumi.
Sunday SpotlightKatie BairMasashi IshihamaHideyuki KurataKoji MasunariYuki MatsukuraJohn OppligerApr 17th 2005
Who they are: Masashi Ishihama (Character designer, animation director)
Koji Masunari (Director)
Yuki Matsukura (Producer)
Hideyuki Kurata (Story, original creator, screen writer)
What they've done: Read or Die (OAV), R.O.D. the TV
Quotable: (Ishihama) "Basically, they asked me to create a story with a female spy character, and I was told that it could be as original as I wanted to make it. I let my imagination go and this is what I created; glasses, books, lamp posts, action, pigeons, white doves..."
Who he is: Ask John columnist, licensing king at AN Entertainment, subtitle editor, and a self-professed anime nerd
What he's done: DVD Producer, subtitle script editor: Risky Safety, Miami Guns
Writer of 1070(!) Ask John columns
Quotable: "It'll probably sound pitiful, but I think my anime alter-ego is the Henma Ikimono from Di Gi-Charat, literally the "strange thing." It's a yellow bear-like animal that simultaneously seems happy, confused, sad, and angry."
Who she is: Published comic book artist, cosplay genius
What she's done: Creator: Oasis Destiny
Co-author: Ninja High School
Owner, maintainer, and guru of Katie Bair's Petting Zoo and Art Emporium
Quotable: "I look forward to the trickier [wig] designs, as if it's a competition of my skills versus the character designer. Sometimes we joke that they are making characters with sillier and sillier hair styles to try to foil me, but they haven't beat me yet!"
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