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AniMinneapolis to Host Excel Saga's Shinichi Watanabe

posted on 2012-05-28 18:00 EDT
The Wallflower, Nerima Daikon Brothers director to appear at Minnesota convention on June 29-July 1

The organizers of the AniMinneapolis convention announced on Saturday that they will host anime director Shinichi "Nabeshin" Watanabe at the June 29-July 1 convention.

Watanabe is best known for directing anime series such as Excel Saga, The Wallflower (Yamato Nadesico Shichihenge), Puni Puni Poemy, and Nerima Daikon Brothers. He has also appeared as an exaggerated version of himself in many anime, including several of those directed by himself (most notably Excel Saga) and by others (Hayate the Combat Butler, Zettai Karen Children). Watanabe famously dresses in a style mimicking that of anime character Lupin III with his hair styled in an afro.

Watanabe previously attended Anime Central in Illinois last month, and he will attend the Anime Midwest convention in Illinois in July.

AniMinneapolis is taking place at the Ramada Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Other announced guests include voice actress Wendy Powell and voice actors Quinton Flynn, Sonny Strait, Vic Mignogna, and Greg Ayres.

Update: Date corrected. Thanks, Sailor S.


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