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Anime Expo Hosts Illustrator Range Murata

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Director Junichi Yamamoto; voice actresses Aimi, Haruka Kudō also attend July convention

Anime Expo announced on Thursday that ADK Emotions will host illustrator Range Murata at this year's convention. Staff also announced on Wednesday that director Junichi Yamamoto, as well as voice actresses Aimi and Haruka Kudō will attend the event.

Murata provided the original characters designs for the upcoming anime BEM, and he will appear at a panel about the anime's characters on July 5 at 10:00 a.m. Murata is a prolific illustrator who has done work in video games, manga, and anime. In anime, he is associated with many GONZO studio series, including designs for Blue Submarine No. 6, Last Exile, Solty Rei, the cancelled Mardock Scramble OVA, and Shangri-La. He illustrated the Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City novels by Ryo Kawakami. His game credits include Atlus' Power Instinct and Groove on Fight series, Spy Fiction, and Sega's Wachenröder. Murata received the Best Artist award at the Seiun Awards in 2006.

Yamamoto will participate in panels and autograph sessions at the convention. He has directed the Armor Shop for Ladies & Gentlemen and TIME DRIVER: Bokura ga Kaita Mirai anime. Yamamoto has also worked on music videos, television commercials, and live-action productions.

Aimi and Kudō will participate in a panel for BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! and Revue Starlight Re LIVE on July 5 at 7:00 p.m. Aimi's anime credits include Kasumi Toyama in BanG Dream!, Suiko in Cardfight!! Vanguard, and Kazumi Tokiwa in Futari wa Milky Holmes. Kudō is currently voicing a character in the Revue Starlight Re LIVE app.

This year's Anime Expo will take place from July 4 to 7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Source: Anime Expo's website (link 2, link 3)

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