Spike Chunsoft Debuts at Anime Expo With Industry Guests, Panels, Autograph Sessions, and Fan Events

STEINS;GATE producer Tatsuya Matsubara and Official Science Adventure series cosplayer Enako, Danganronpa and Zanki Zero: Last Beginning producer
Yoshinori Terasawa and creative director Takayuki Sugawara,
and Zero Escape series director/scenario writer Kotaro Uchikoshi
attend Anime Expo with Spike Chunsoft for panels and autograph sessions!


LONG BEACH, CA –June 7, 2018 – Join Spike Chunsoft at its first convention presence in the West, Anime Expo 2018, for exclusive industry panels and autograph sessions with development team guests from MAGES. and Spike Chunsoft. Spike Chunsoft's booth is in the Los Angeles Convention Center's South Hall, booth #4401!

Spike Chunsoft is currently accepting entries for its talent shows! Sign-ups close on June 21. For more info:

  • STEINS;GATE theme: Lab Mem's Mad Talent Show THURSDAY, JULY 5 – Sign up here.
  • DANGANRONPA & Zanki Zero theme: What's Your Ultimate Talent Show SATURDAY, JULY 7 – Sign up here.


INDUSTRY PANEL SCHEDULE
Spike Chunsoft's STEINS;GATE Panel

  • Industry Appearance: Tatsuya Matsubara, STEINS;GATE series producer
  • When: THURSDAY, JULY 5 – DAY 1 / 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Where: Live Programming 3 (LACC 408 AB)


Official Spike Chunsoft & Uchikoshi Panel
  • Industry Appearance: Kotaro Uchikoshi, Zero Escape series director/scenario writer
  • When: THURSDAY, JULY 5 – DAY 1 / 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Where: Live Programming 3 (LACC 408 AB)


Spike Chunsoft's Zanki Zero Terasawa & Sugawara
  • Industry Appearance: Yoshinori Terasawa, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning producer, and Takayuki Sugawara, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning director/scenario writer
  • When: SATURDAY, JULY 7 – DAY 3 / 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Where: Live Programming 3 (LACC 408 AB)


All of Spike Chunsoft's panels will take place in LP3 408 AB and will be live streamed to their twitch channel, twitch.tv/spike_chunsoft!

INDUSTRY APPEARANCES
Spike Chunsoft is honored to present their Industry Appearances for Anime Expo!

About Tatsuya Matsubara
Producer of MAGES. Inc. He directs and produces the Science Adventure Series, such as STEINS;GATE and CHAOS;CHILD. In addition to his duties as a producer, he also creates and manages assets for each product such as logo design, UI, and movie production.

About Enako
A cosplayer active not only in Japan, but all over the world. She has gained international acclaim, accumulating 460,000 Twitter and 350,000 Instagram followers in just a few years. Her cosplay photos uploaded to social media earn thousands of retweets and favorites and are prominently featured on numerous industry websites. Her self-produced cosplay photobooks sold more than 10,000,000 copies in two days. She still cosplays regularly, but also appears on TV and in magazines, works in voice acting, and more. Enako aims to promote cosplay by showing the world how cute and fun cosplay can be with her own personal touch.

About Kotaro Uchikoshi
A director and scenario writer, his skills shine in his adventure titles such as the Zero Escape series (including the award-winning Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors), Punch Line, and Ever17 -the out of infinity-.

He is well-known for his unconventional plot twists and offbeat humor and has been actively working on many genres, many games, and many stories.

About Yoshinori Terasawa
After his tenure at Human Corporation, he joined Spike Chunsoft where he has served as the Ultimate Producer on many well-known titles, including the series Danganronpa, Way of the Samurai, Way of the Ninja, and Conception. He is currently working on Spike Chunsoft's newest RPG, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning.

About Takayuki Sugawara
An Ultimate Director and Game Designer at Spike Chunsoft who loves old-school scrolling shooter games. Due to this fascination, he tends to incorporate shooting aspects into the games he works on (such as Danganronpa). He has worked on the Danganronpa series and Ukiyo no ShiShi/Ukiyo no Roushi and is now the game designer, creative director, and scenario writer for Zanki Zero: Last Beginning.

Following each panel, a talent show and industry appearance autograph signings will be held at the Spike Chunsoft booth, LACC South Hall booth #4401.

FAN EVENT SCHEDULE – TALENT SHOW & AUTOGRAPH SESSION
THURSDAY, JULY 5 – DAY 1
LAB MEM'S MAD TALENT SHOW

  • Industry Appearance: Tatsuya Matsubara, STEINS;GATE series producer Enako, Official Science Adventure series cosplayer
  • When: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Where: Spike Chunsoft Booth #4401


TATSUYA MATSUBARA & ENAKO AUTOGRAPH SESSION
  • Industry Appearance: Tatsuya Matsubara, STEINS;GATE series producer Enako, Official Science Adventure series cosplayer
  • When: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Where: Spike Chunsoft Booth #4401


FRIDAY, JULY 6 – DAY 2
KOTARO UCHIKOSHI AUTOGRAPH SESSION
  • Industry Appearance: Kotaro Uchikoshi, Zero Escape series director/scenario writer
  • When: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Where: Spike Chunsoft Booth #4401


SATURDAY, JULY 7 – DAY 3
WHAT'S YOUR ULTIMATE TALENT SHOW
  • Industry Appearance: Yoshinori Terasawa, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning producer, and Takayuki Sugawara, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning director/scenario writer
  • When: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Where: Spike Chunsoft Booth #4401


YOSHINORI TERASAWA & TAKAYUKI SUGAWARA AUTOGRAPH SESSION
  • Industry Appearance: Tatsuya Matsubara, STEINS;GATE series producer Enako, Official Science Adventure series cosplayer
  • When: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
  • Where: Spike Chunsoft Booth #4401
  • The autograph sessions are only open to talent show contestants and panel attendees on a first come, first serve basis.


SPIKE CHUNSOFT BOOTH STORE

In addition to all these activities, Spike Chunsoft will also be hosting the first on-site store in the US at their booth #4401. Merchandise TBA.


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About Anime Expo
Anime Expo 2018 will run from July 5 through July 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on July 4, 2018.

Anime Expo (AX) started in 1991 as “Anime Con” by the members of UC Berkeley's anime club, Cal Animage Alpha. While AX has grown drastically over the years, the core goal has remained the same: to welcome attendees for a fun and memorable experience. Each year, Anime Expo brings together fans and industry from Japan, the US, and all over the world for the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Anime Expo features the best in Japanese entertainment, music, fashion, and video games. Anime Expo is organized by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire the world through Japanese animation and culture.

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