Kiharu Hirokatsu to Return to Hyper Japan

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Former Ghibli professional will be guest at July event in Tobacco Dock

Kihara Hirokatsu, who formerly worked at Studio Ghibli, has been confirmed as a guest at the Hyper Japan festival, which runs from July 14 to 16 at Tobacco Dock in London:

Hirokatsu, who was involved in Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, was also a guest at last year's Hyper Japan. (During that festival, he gave an interview to the British style magazine Dazed in which he made several critical comments about Studio Ghibli, and said of the studio's films after those he worked on, 'they're all boring.')

From the festival website:

Have you ever thought about what goes on behind the scenes of the anime films and television series we all know and love? Would you like to learn the trade secrets and day-to-day job profiles of one of Japan's most lucrative industries? Well here's your chance to find out, as anime industry insider Kihara Hirokatsu joins us at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2017. In a revealing discussion session, Kihara will talk about his time working on some of the most iconic anime films of all time. Attendees will also have a chance to glimpse some incredibly rare pieces of animation history!

Kihara Hirokatsu formerly worked at the Studio Ghibli production desk, and was involved in Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service. Nowadays he writes ghost stories and MCs at monster conventions. His most famous work is Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment, and has been a crucial contributor to many other hits in this genre.

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