Sunday Spotlight: Yuki Kajiura, Jonathan Klein, Stu Levy, Kevin Lillard, Reiko Matsuo, Toshiharu Murata
Sunday Spotlight is Anime News Network's newest weekly feature, a series of interviews with the best and brightest in the anime industry. Every week we'll bring you exclusive sit-downs with executives, artists, creators, and fans from North America and Japan. In our first installment, ANN shines the spotlight on Hellsing's character designer, the founder and CEO of TOKYOPOP, co-founders of New Generation Pictures, Noir's composer, and one of fandom's most well-traveled observers.
Who he is: Character Designer, Gonzo Digimation, Studio DEEN
What he's done: Character Design: Hellsing, Blue Submarine No. 6,
Mechanical Design: Ah! My Goddess, eX-Driver, You're Under Arrest
Quotable: "I don't really care about big breasts in real life, so drawing them really didn't matter to me. In Japan, there are a lot of men who care about big boobs, but not me. I don't really care."
Who he is: Chief Executive and Chief Creative Officer, TOKYOPOP
What he's done: Director: Spring and Chaos
Writer: Princess Ai
Executive Producer: GTO, Rave Master, Marmalade Boy
Publisher: Over 150 graphic novel titles
Quotable: "When I lived in Japan post-grad school, I was addicted to Dragonball Z and watched it on TV every day with my host family's little brother. We were both Super Saiyajin!"
Jonathan Klein & Reiko Matsuo
Who they are: Co-founders, New Generation Pictures
What they've done: Translation, Dubbing: R.O.D The TV, NieA_7, Haibane Renmei, and over 200 other series
Quotable: "People think that we do this simply as a business, that we're doing this for money. And that's not the case. We enjoy the creative elements."
Who she is: Anime and video game composer, Pianist
What she's done: Theme Songs: Gundam SEED, Chrono Crusade
Soundtracks: .hack//SIGN, Noir, Eat-Man
Quotable: "If it's good, I'll use it. I don't really see genres. For me, it's either good music or bad music, basically. It's very simple."
Who he is: Owner and operator, fansview.com
What he's done: Attended dozens of anime conventions and photographed thousands of cosplayers; reports for Animerica and Protoculture Addicts.
Quotable: "I'll never forget the guy in a cardboard Gundam costume who tried to dance at an Otakon masquerade and fell on his back. The stage staff had to pull the costume apart so he could get back up!"
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