Otaquest Connect Adds More Anime Industry Luminaries to Event Lineup

Tokyo, Japan (July 31, 2020) – OTAQUEST CONNECT Powered by Anime Central announced today that 5 more influential members of the Japanese animation industry are joining the guest lineup for their debut streaming event. Multi-talented voice actor/actor/singer Mamoru Miyano; “My Hero Academia” directors Kenji Nagasaki and Masahiro Mukai; “PROMARE” character/mechanical designer & art director Shigeto Koyama; and Studio Trigger Creative Producer Hiromi Wakabayashi round out the collection of anime, manga, game, and music industry members participating in the event.

Mamoru Miyano began his voice acting career in 2001 and is known for major roles such as Light Yagami in 2006's “DEATH NOTE”, and Setsuna F. Seiei in 2007's “Mobile Suit Gundam 00”. Throughout the course of his career he has also played the lead role in several high-profile Japanese films, as well as dubbed voices for the Japanese releases of films like “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. As a singer he has performed in stage musicals and released 19 singles and 6 albums through King Records.

Kenji Nagasaki directed the first 3 seasons and 2 feature films for the hit series “My Hero Academia” before moving onto the role of Chief Director in season 4. He made his directorial debut with 2011's “No. 6” and other directorial credits include 2013's “Gundam Build Fighters” and 2015's “Classroom☆Crisis”.

Masahiro Mukai joined the production team of My Hero Academia for season 3 as a Unit Director and has taken over as Director for season 4. During his career, he has also worked as a director and storyboard designer on a number of different productions such as 2017's “Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond” and 2013's “Hyperdimension Neptunia THE ANIMATION”.

Shigeto Koyama is a designer and art director. His notable works include "HEROMAN", "STAR DRIVER", "Evangelion", "Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt" and “Big Hero 6”. He worked on the character design for the original TRIGGER-produced theatrical anime PROMARE, which was released in 2019. He is also a member of the planning and design group "GEEKBOAT" along with Hiroyuki Imaishi and Hiromi Wakabayashi.

Hiromi Wakabayashi is the Creative Producer as a member of TRIGGER. His notable works include “Gurren Lagann”, “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt”, “Kill la Kill”, “Space Patrol Luluco”, as well as the “Momoiro Clover vs. KISS - Yume no Ukiyoimina music video”. He was the creative director of the original TRIGGER-produced theatrical anime PROMARE, which was released in 2019. He is a member of the planning and design group "GEEKBOAT" along with Hiroyuki Imaishi and Shigeto Koyama.

OTAQUEST CONNECT will take place online on Saturday, August 15th, and Sunday August 16th, giving fans direct access to what is happening in the creative industries in Japan. Fans can participate online by going to www.otaquest.com/connect/ for more details, scheduling, and guest announcements as they happen.

ABOUT OTAQUEST: Created by industry veterans Taku Takahashi (m-flo, block.fm, producer for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Space Dandy, and more) and Eddie Lehecka (Attack The Music, bemanistyle.com), OTAQUEST is a platform focused on the mission of delivering Japanese pop & subculture news and information to English speaking fans around the world. Utilizing exclusive creator interviews, editorial, video content, and live events, OTAQUEST provides an up to date look at relevant topics in Japanese pop culture directly from its home base in Tokyo.

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ABOUT ANIME CENTRAL: Anime Central (http://www.acen.org) is the Midwest's largest anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention. The convention is currently held in Rosemont, IL, just outside of Chicago and 5 minutes from O'Hare Airport. As part of its mission, Anime Central brings fans together with guests from the Japanese and U.S. sectors of the animation and manga industries, as well as gaming, cinema, and Asian culture. Anime Central is sponsored by the Midwest Animation Promotion Society, a registered 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization.

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