Yuichiro Hayashi, Hiroyuki Takei of Garo: The Animation to Be Otakon Guests

Yuichiro Hayashi, Hiroyuki Takei of 'Garo: The Animation' to Guest at Otakon 2015

Baltimore, MD (May 26, 2015) – Two of the instrumental forces behind "Garo: The Animation" will attend Otakon 2015 as guests: director Yuichiro Hayashi and character designer Hiroyuki Takei. "Garo: The Animation" is animated by MAPPA, the studio run by Masao Maruyama.

Hayashi began his career with Studio LIVE in 2001. He served as unit director, animation director and did key animation on "Batman Gotham Knight: In Darkness Dwells." He performed mechanical design for "Halo Legends: Baby Sitter" and was art director for "Welcome to Space Show," as well as doing concept art design for "[email protected]" For "009 Re: Cyborg" he did the storyboard, and he stepped up to director for a Toyota PES commercial before helming his first series, "Garo: The Animation."

In addition to being a character designer for "Garo: The Animation," Takei is also the manga-ka for "Shaman King" and "ULTIMO." His other credits include doing the story and art for the mangas "Butsu Zone," "Funbari no Uta" and "Juki Ningen Jumbor."

"Garo: The Animation," is a supernatural series, where magical knights and their sorcerer assistants are hunted down and killed by the king's chief adviser, Mendosa. But one child, Leon, born to a sorceress just before her execution, is secreted away by his knight father, Herman. In hiding, Herman raises Leon as the heir to the legendary Golden Armor. By the time Leon has grown, the chief adviser has gained complete control of the king and even banished Prince Alfonso and his mother. The prince begins his own journey, searching for the heir of the Golden Armor in order to reclaim his throne.

MAPPA is an animation studio founded in 2011 by Maruyama, the founder and former producer of Madhouse. MAPPA stands for Maruyama Animation Produce Project Association.

Otakon 2015 will be held July 24-26 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. Otakon 2015 is celebrating fairy tales, folk stories, myths, and legends. Keep your eyes out for content, artwork, and guests with connections to our theme.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twenty-second year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 34,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 100,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

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