Anime News Network's Interview Avalanche

by Zac Bertschy,

It's been a long summer, and an exceptionally busy one for our editorial team, who spent the last few months interviewing dozens of creatives from across the anime industry both in Japan and at this year's biggest and brightest summer conventions in America. From My Hero Academia creator Kōhei Horikoshi to the godfather of Macross, Shoji Kawamori, we've covered screenwriters, directors, voice talent, character designers, industry legends and much more.


Yuki Kajiura

The legendary composer and musician behind the internationally beloved scores for stuff like Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Princess Principal and Heaven's Feel answers a few fun questions ahead of her big performance in Los Angeles this summer.


Persona 5: The Animation Director Masashi Ishihama
and Producer Kazuki Adachi

The director and producer of PERSONA 5 the Animation stormed Anime Expo 2018 this year - we've got an interview with the guys behind the anime, and a full panel report from the show.


Director Kenji Kawasaki and Eallin Japan

One of Japan's burgeoning short-form anime directors discusses his process and the growing trend of 3D anime with interviewer Callum May.


Welcome to the Ballroom and K: Seven Stories
Voice Actor Shimba Tsuchiya

The up-and-coming voice actor behind Welcome to the Ballroom's Tatara has a new role in the first K: Seven Stories film, and he's here to share some insights from his experiences as a voice actor so far.


Shoko Nakagawa

The unmistakable voice behind the legendary smash hit opening theme for Gurren Lagann and the host of Pokémon Sunday sits down for a few fun questions on the 10th anniversary of her first Anime Expo appearance.


AKB48 Team 8

Six members of the spectacularly popular AKB48 "spinoff" group Team 8 performed for the first time this summer at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, and we got the chance to chat with these talented artists on the eve of the big show.


Shinji Higuchi, Chief Director of Dragon Pilot

The internationally-known director of Shin Godzilla gets delightfully candid about the process of making Dragon Pilot: Hisone & Masotan, a creative collaboration with renowned screenwriter Mari Okada, due on Netflix this fall.


The [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS

Six of the very talented performers from [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS chat us up right before their big performance as part of the Super Kawaii Live event at Anime Expo in Los Angeles this year.


Star Ocean: Anamnesis character designer Akira Yasuda
and producer Kai Takaaki

Six of the very talented performers from [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS chat us up right before their big performance as part of the Super Kawaii Live event at Anime Expo in Los Angeles this year.


Danganronpa's Yoshinori Terasawa and Takayuki Sugawara

Six of the very talented performers from [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS chat us up right before their big performance as part of the Super Kawaii Live event at Anime Expo in Los Angeles this year.


Super Producer Takayuki Nagatani

Super producer and industry veteran Takayuki Nagatani (Flip Flappers, Shirobako, Sirius the Jaegar) goes in-depth with Callum May on what it really takes to produce and deliver compelling, successful original anime.


Screenwriter and Director Mari Okada

The internationally-known screenwriter discusses the themes and ambitions of her directorial debut film, the gorgeous and heartbreaking fantasy Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms, at this year's Anime Expo.


The Two Dekus: Voice Actors Daiki Yamashita
and Justin Briner

We've got not one but TWO Dekus! Steel yourself for this super fun chitchat with both the Japanese and English voices of My Hero Academia's Izuku "Deku" Midoriya, the charming and energetic Justin Briner and Daiki Yamashita!


Bryce Papenbrook and Yuki Kaji, The Seven
Deadly Sins' Meliodas

World-famous voice actors Bryce Papenbrook and Yuki Kaji get together for a fun chat about one of the roles they share: The Seven Deadly Sins' fearless hero, Meliodas!


Fate/Grand Order Game Director Yosuke Shiokawa
and Voice Actress Ayako Kawasumi

The director of the international mobage phenomenon known as Fate/Grand Order talks about the last year of incredible success, what the English playerbase has been like, plus some insight from Saber herself, Ayako Kawasumi!


Food Wars! Producer Yuji Matsukara
Fan Q&A

J.C. Staff megaproducer Yuji Matsukura has over 120 anime titles to his name, from Food Wars to A Certain Magical Index - so when fans lined up to ask him questions at Otakon 2018, the results were unpredictable - and fascinating!


revisions Producer Kazuya Ide

Kazuya Ide, producer for visual effects and animation studio Shirogumi Inc., chats about revisions, his new CG anime from the director of Code Geass, what it takes to put together a CG anime, and the future of animation in Japan.


SSSS.GRIDMAN with TRIGGER's Masaru Sakamoto
and Masato Takeuchi

Studio Trigger's tokusatsu re-imagining SSSS.GRIDMAN hits this October, and we've got a fun and fascinating in-depth chat with two of the show's staff - animator Masaru Sakamoto and animation director Masato Takeuchi.


Studio Ghibli Production Coordinator Hirokatsu Kihara

Find out what it was like to work for Hayao Miyazaki during production on some of his most famous films from veteran Ghibli producer and master storyteller Hirokatsu Kihara!


The Staff of Sword Art Online Alternative:
Gun Gale Online

Original light novel author Keiichi Sigsawa and the voice of Karen/LLENN Tomori Kusunoki discuss the creation of this little Sword Art Online spinoff that packed a ton of firepower.


Macross Creator Shoji Kawamori

The charming, legendary creator of Macross, director, screenwriter and mechanical designer Shoji Kawamori answers some questions about his new anime, Last Hope, coming to Netflix this October.


My Hero Academia Creator Kohei Horikoshi

Kōhei Horikoshi, the creator of the smash hit Shonen Jump superhero epic My Hero Academia, reveals some of his secrets during his blockbuster appearance at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.


Steins;Gate Producer Tatsuya Matsubara

When it comes to the Science Adventure series, producer Tatsuya Matsubara is the glue that holds everything together. We sat down with him to discuss what goes into producing ambitious games like Steins;Gate Elite with the MAGES team.


Flavors of Youth Producer Noritaka Kawaguchi and Director Yoshitaka Takeuchi

CoMix Wave Films producer Noritaka Kawaguchi and segment director Yoshitaka Takeuchi chat about working on CoMix Wave's big Chinese collaboration Flavors of Youth, and the pressure of working for the house of Makoto Shinkai.


J.C. Staff Producer Yuji Matsukara

The veteran producer behind the CG arcade comedy Hi Score Girl talks about what it took to imbue the show with the romance of the 90s arcade, plus some stories from his time working on Revolutionary Girl Utena!


The Staff of Sword Art Online Alicization

Producer Shinichiro Kashiwada and co-stars Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kirito) and Ai Kayano (Alice) share their feelings on this fall's return to the world of SAO for its most ambitious arc yet.


Hot-Blooded Voice Actor Nobutoshi Canna

You may know him as Fate/stay night's heroic spirit Lancer, but veteran voice actor Nobutoshi Canna has been giving up explosive performances for decades, from Guts in the original 90s Berserk to Macross 7's Nekki Basara!


Kase-san and Morning Glories Director Takuya Sato and Producer Yusuke Terada

The multitalented director behind the touching and gorgeous romance Kase-san and Morning Glories talks about bringing this manga to life, his incredible and diverse career, and what it was like working with Nasu on Fate/stay night!


Producer Shiro Sasaki and Voice Actor Ryo Horikawa
The Creators of AniUta

Veteran music producer Shiro Sasaki and legendary voice actor Ryo Horikawa talk about their anisong streaming service AniUta, which promises to make an ocean of anime and video game music available to fans worldwide.


Alita: Battle Angel at Crunchyroll Expo 2018

Exhaustive details from the Alita: Battle Angel panel at Crunchyroll Expo 2018, with comments from director Robert Rodriguez, producer Jon Landau and Alita herself, Rosa Salazar.


DARLING in the FRANXX at Crunchyroll Expo 2018

The director, character designer and producer of this year's smash collaboration between A-1 Pictures and TRIGGER shared a ton of cool behind-the-scenes stories at Crunchyroll Expo, and we were there to get the dirt.


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