Anime Boston 2017 Announces Former Ghibli Professional Hirokatsu Kihara as its Sixth Japanese Guest

Author/Former Ghibli Professional to appear at the Northeast's largest anime convention

Boston - Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its sixth Japanese guest of honor today. Anime Producer Hirokatsu Kihara will appear at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Formerly involved with the production desk at Studio Ghibli, Hirokatsu Kihara worked closely with director Hayao Miyazaki on such hit titles as Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service.

Hirokatsu Kihara is probably best known for his work in the Horror genre. There, he has been a crucial contributor, working on such titles as Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment and Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan, which are known in Japan as Shin Mimibukuro. In addition, he has written books such as Tsukumo Kwaidan, Utsushiyo-kaidan, and Kinkiro. Nowadays, he continues to write ghost stories, MCs at monster conventions, and shares his knowledge and experiences at events worldwide.

"We are so honored to have Hirokatsu Kihara at Anime Boston. Kihara-san is a pioneer in the horror genre, as well as having worked on Studio Ghibli classics such as My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, under Miyazaki himself," said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

For more information view his website at - http://kiharahirokatsu.com (Japanese).

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, Sandy Fox, OKAMOTO'S, Michelle Ruff, Johnny Yong Bosch, Naokatsu Tsuda, Brina Palencia, Toru Furuya, Kyle Colby Jones, Bryson Baugus, Greg Ayres, Lisa Ortiz, Shingo Natsume, Robbie Daymond, and Patrick Seitz.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at http://www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at http://www.neanime.org.


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