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Anime Expo to Host Visual Art's/Key Artist Itaru Hinoue

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters! character designer to attend L.A. convention

Anime Expo announced on Thursday that this year's convention will host illustrator Itaru Hinoue (Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters!). She will appear at a question and answer panel and autograph sessions.

The official website for Hinoue's Holy Breaker! -The Witch Betrayed Blue Moon Wicca- game announced in January that a sequel has been green-lit. The first game shipped for PC in Japan on February 27 after its limited release at Comic Market 87 last December.

Hinoue works as an illustrator and character designer at the game studio Key, a brand of the Osaka-based game publisher VisualArt's. She provided original character designs for visual novels such as Kanon, Air, Clannad, and Little Busters!. All four of those games received multiple anime adaptations. Hinoue also planned, provided character designs, and served as art director for Key's ninth game, Rewrite.

Anime Expo announced on Tuesday that it will host JoJo's Bizarre Adventure television anime director Naokatsu Tsuda (Inu X Boku Secret Service), Urotsukidoji and La Blue Girl manga creator Toshio Maeda, and manga creator Bosshi. Tsuda will present the English dub premiere of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure alongside voice actor Ben Diskin (who plays Joseph Joestar in the English dub).

Anime Expo will also host Studio Trigger's Hiroyuki Imaishi and Yoh Yoshinari (who will present Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade), Danganronpa game writer and designer Kazutaka Kodaka, rock band Wagakki Band, Vocaloid diva IA, voice actresses Tomoyo Kurosawa and Yumiri Hanamori, idol group Momoiro Clover Z along with members of American rock band KISS, manga artist Julietta Suzuki, Cannon Busters director LeSean Thomas, Satelight's Thomas Romain, light novel illustrator Luna Tsukigami, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni creator Ryukishi07, Guilty Gear game developer Daisuke Ishiwatari, and Spice & Wolf light novel author Isuna Hasekura.

This year's Anime Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 2 to July 5.

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