Anime Programming in the US
Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
Ohtsuka is the manga writer behind MPD-Psycho, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Matsuoka Kunio Youkai Taiji, and Ashiya Yonshimai Monogatari. Ohtsuka and Shou Tajima's MPD-Psycho manga about a detective with multiple personalities launched in 1997. Dark Horse Comics licensed the series in 2006 and have thus far released 10 compiled volumes. The manga inspired a live-action television series by Takashi Miike that BCI/Eclipse released on DVD in North America. Crunchyroll also streamed the series.
Ohtsuka gave the keynote speech at the President's Conference Series event titled "Experiencing the Media Mix: Anime, Manga, Video Games" in Montreal, Quebec in 2012.
Sailor Moon dub singer Jennifer Cihi will perform at the convention's opening ceremonies and Lounge 21. Cihi was Sailor Moon's singing voice in the series. She also performed songs for the Princess Mononoke and City Hunter anime. The convention is also hosting Sailor Moon dub voice actors Toby Proctor, Mary Long, Ron Rubin, Linda Ballantyne, Susan Roman, Katie Griffin, Karen Bernstein, and Stephanie Morgenstern.
Anime Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from from July 3-6. The convention will also host director Fuminori Kizaki, voice actor Masakazu Morita, voice actress Uki Satake, illustrator and manga artist Lunatic Joker, BONES studio president Masahiko Minami, novel and screenplay writer Gen Urobuchi, Japanese band Angela, video game producer Keiji Inafune, director Yutaka Yamamoto, the Sword Art Online II premiere with novelist Reki Kawahara and illustrator and character designer abec, the Kill la Kill dub and K: Missing Kings premiere, singer Eir Aoi, script writers Kazuki Nakashima and Yoshiki Sakurai, character designer SUSHIO, producer Yosuke Toba, voice actresses Ami Koshimizu and Ryoka Yuzuki, and Studio 4°C producer Eiko Tanaka.
Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip