News Director Ishiguro, Designer Matsubara to attend Otakon (Updated)
posted on 2009-06-29 21:05 EDT
The Otakon convention has announced that Macross/Legend of the Galactic Heroes director Noboru Ishiguro and Ah! My Goddess/Sakura Wars character designer Hidenori Matsubara will appear as Guests of Honor at the July 17-19 event in Baltimore, Maryland. Galactic Heroes producer Yukio Kikukawa will join Ishiguro at the convention to discuss their latest work, the Tytania space opera anime based on the novels by Galactic Heroes author Yoshiki Tanaka.
Ishiguro has been directing some of the most highly regarded anime classics of the last five decades, such as Space Battleship Yamato, the first color Astro Boy anime series (1980), the first Macross television series and movie, The Super Dimension Century Orguss, Megazone 23, and the 11-year-long space opera epic Legend of the Galactic Heroes. He also conceived of Megazone 23's story and founded Artland, the studio that co-produced Macross, Orguss, Galactic Heroes, and Mushi-Shi.
Matsubara has been working in the anime industry since the 1980s, when he worked as an in-between animator on the Project A-ko anime projects. He has since risen through the ranks of animators to design the characters in almost every Ah! My Goddess anime, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, Elementalors, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Ibara no Ō, and Sakura Wars. He is now an animation director on Hideaki Anno and Khara's four remake films of Gainax's Evangelion series.
Update: More background information added.
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