Otakon Vegas to Feature Famed Animation Director Masahiro Ando
Las Vegas, NV (November 18, 2013) – Otakon Vegas is pleased to feature Animation Director Masahiro Ando to its premiere show.
Ever since 1987, Masahiro Ando has worked extensively as an animator in the industry. He has built such a portfolio that he is well known as an “action animator” on par with Yutaka Nakamura in the anime industry. He has had a hand in titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell (Movie), and Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.
In the early 2000's, he started working on storyboards and as an episode director in shows such as Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Full Metal Alchemist, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Hanasaku Iroha - Blossoms for Tomorrow amongst many other works.
In 2007, he directed an original animated film Sword of the Stranger, an action packed historical drama at the Bones studio. The movie was critically acclaimed and won the Best Animated Feature at Brazil's FANTASPOA in 2008. In 2009, the film received the Menzione Speciale award at the 11th Future Film Festival in Bologna, Italy.
His other directorial works include CANAAN and Blast of Tempest.
Otakon Vegas 2014 will be held January 3-5 at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
ABOUT OTAKON VEGAS AND OTAKORP, INC.: Otakon Vegas is the first annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture presented by Otakorp in Las Vegas, Nevada. Otakon Vegas celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture. Otakon Vegas is a ticket based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.