FanimeCon 2010 Announces Gainax Executive Hiroyuki Yamaga as Guest of Honor
San Jose, CA (April 23, 2010) - FanimeCon proudly announces the return of GAINAX Executive Hiroyuki Yamaga as Guest of Honor at FanimeCon 2010, which will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 28th to May 31st, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Mr. Yamaga was FanimeCon's very first Japanese Guest of Honor, and he has been bringing prominent talent from the Japanese anime industry to FanimeCon for well over a decade.
Hiroyuki Yamaga is currently the Executive Director of GAINAX. He started his anime career in 1981, when he worked with fellow Osaka Geijutsu University students Takami Akai and Hideaki Anno to create the opening animation for the 20th Nihon SF Taikai (the Japanese Science Fiction convention more commonly known as DaiCon III). At the request of Studio Nue, Yamaga-san joined the production staff for Super Dimensional Fortress Macross in 1982. GAINAX was founded in 1984 after beginning production on the animated movie, Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise, which was released in 1987. The movie became an instant cult classic as the legendary "feature-length animation movie created by a group of anonymous youth." Yamaga-san has also garnered praise for his screenwriting in works such as Aim for the Top! and Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. Mr. Yamaga is currently preparing GAINAX's new projects.
Mr. Yamaga has been a part of the FanimeCon family since 1997. In 2009, FanimeCon used Yamaga's ideas to bring back and improve their "Meet the Guest Reception" because Yamaga just loves interacting with the fans. In honor of Yamaga's continuing support, FanimeCon created the Yamaga-san Award to celebrate other people who have also significantly contributed to making FanimeCon a unique convention.
About FanimeCon - FanimeCon is Northern California's largest matsuri ("celebration") of anime, manga, and related arts and cultures. Held annually over Memorial Day Weekend, FanimeCon entertained over 15,000 people in 2009. FanimeCon is "By Fans, For Fans" and is run entirely by volunteers who love putting together a weekend full of activities and events that feature anime, manga, cosplay, music, video/tabletop gaming, guests from around the world and much, much more! FanimeCon 2010 will be held from May 28th to May 31st in Downtown San Jose. To learn more and find out what's in store, please visit http://www.fanime.com
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