Sakura-Con Hosts Giant Robo/Shin Mazinger's Imagawa
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Sakura-Con has announced three Japanese industry guests for its 2010 convention, which will take place on April 2-4 in Seattle, Washington. Animator Tsuyoshi Nonaka, director Yasuhiro Imagawa, and character designer Yutaka Minowa will be attending the convention.
Imagawa has directed several unconventional updates of classic Japanese robot stories, such as Giant Robo, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, and most recently, Shin Mazinger Shōgeki! Z-Hen. He also wrote scripts for Pet Shop of Horrors, Violinist of Hamelin, Berserk, and Hareluya II Boy. This will also be Imagawa's first Sakura-Con. Last year, both Nonaka and Imagawa were scheduled to appear at Anime Weekend Altanta, but then cancelled their appearance.
Minowa has designed characters for Ninja Scroll, and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, and has also worked as a character designer and/or animation director for Outlaw Star and The Animatrix. This will be Minowa's second Sakura-Con.
Sakura-Con previously announced in November that the High and Mighty Color rock band will also be performing during the event. Sakura-Con's other guests of honors include the Japanese rock band Dazzle Vision and the voice acting talents Brina Palencia, Luci Christian, and Richard Epcar.