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Anime Professionals Talks in London and Galway

London talk January 18 at Russell Square; Galway talk January 19 at National University of Ireland.

Two anime professionals will be speaking in London on January 18 and Galway on January 19. They are Michihiko Suwa, Chief Producer at the animation department of Yomiuri TV, who has production credits on many incarnations of Detective Conan, City Hunter, InuYasha and Yawara; and Hirokatsu Kihara, who has production credits on Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro.

The London talk will be at the Japan Foundation on London's Russell Square (directions) on Friday January 18 from 6.30 p.m. According to the website, "Kihara and Suwa will be joined by Helen McCarthy, journalist, author and anime expert, to explore the different sources of anime – both manga adaptations and originally crafted stories – and discuss their position in the Japanese animation industry, suggesting what the future holds for the medium." The event is free but must be booked. Attendees should email their name and the title of the event - "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Anime" - to the following email: [email protected]

The Galway talk will be at the National University of Ireland at 4 p.m. on Saturday January 19, as part of the Akumakon convention. A one-day ticket to the convention is €15, while a 'limited time' ticket (allowing entrance to Akumakon between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m) is €5. Tickets can purchased at the door, or at the Wa Sushi cafe in New Dock Street in Galway. (Akumakon runs from January 18 to 20.)


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