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BAAF Guests: Akitaroh Daichi and Taro Maki

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Now and Then, Here and There director and Genco, Inc. President announced as Guests of Honor for BAAF 2002.

The Big Apple Anime Festival, which takes place in New York City on the weekend of August 30th to September 2nd, 2002, has announced that they will have director Akitaroh Daichi and producer Taro Maki as guests of honor.

Excerpts from Press Release:

Fan-favorite director Akitaroh Daichi has garnered a large following among American otaku, due to his work as an anime director since the 1980's. After studying at Salesian Polytechnic's Graphic Division as well as Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics, he worked at Tokyo Animation Film. Working on such anime as "Doraemon" and "Urusei Yatsura," he also honed his talent creating music videos for J pop stars Senri Ohe, Singer, and many more. His more recent work includes many of the most popular anime from the last several years, from the hyperactive comedies "Kodomo no Omocha (Child's Toy)," "Jubei-chan the Ninja Girl," "Fairy Princess Raine" and "Anime Runner Kuromi-chan," to the shoujo anime hits "Nurse Angel Ririka SOS" and "Fruits Basket." Breaking the mold is his most recent work, the masterful post-apocalyptic drama "Now and Then, Here and There," a current bestseller and critical success.

Taro Maki, President of Genco, Inc., broke into the animation industry with the production of "Patlabor" for Tohokushinsha Film Corp. in 1989. A talented producer, Mr. Maki has been involved in both anime and motion picture projects, and is responsible for several of the best selling titles in the genre. His skills and abilities are showcased in many animated features, such as "Tenchi Muyo! In Love (1996)," "Tenchi Muyo!: The Movie 2 (1999)," "Super Doll: Rika-chan (1999)," "Tree of Palme (2002)," and many others. GENCO is one of Japan's leading anime production companies, winning double awards last year at the Canada Fantasia Film Festival for "Millennium Actress."

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