Anime Expo is ecstatic to welcome manga artist/illustrator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, director Hiro Kaburagi, and scriptwriter Ryota Kosawa as Guests of Honor at Anime Expo 2019! Kaburagi and Kosawawill make their first overseas convention appearance at Anime Expo. Additionally, WIT Studio President, George Wada will join Anime Expo 2019 as an Industry Appearance!
Hiro Kaburagi, Ryota Kosawa, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and George Wada, the four heavyweight creative titans will present WIT STUDIO featuring Ani-Sta (Animation Studio Meeting) at Anime Expo 2019. Animation Studio Meeting assembles WIT Studio and other top anime studios MAPPA, CloverWorks & CoMix Wave Films together to offer a direct platform for the worldwide fans to learn about the latest anime projects. You are invited to this once in a lifetime event opportunity to meet your favorite guests and enjoy a special showcase WIT Studio and Ani-Sta have prepared exclusively for Anime Expo 2019. They will all participate in a panel and autograph sessions.
* Panel Name: WIT STUDIO featuring Ani-Sta
* Date: Thursday, July 4
* Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
* Room: Live Programming 2 / JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom
About Yoshiyuki Sadamoto: Japanese Manga artist, designer. and illustrator
When he was a student in university, he started his career as a professional Manga artist by working for Akita Publishing Co., and took part in creating DAICON IV OPENING ANIMATION at the same time. After graduation, Telecom Animation Film Co. employed him, then he started learning from Yasuo Otsuka. Later, he established GAINAX with other members. About animation creating, he worked as character design and chief drawer in Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, and so on. In addition, the reason that more and more fans go to be addicted to him is not only because of Neon Genesis Evangelion, but also his ability and talent as a game character designer and illustrator. As a manga artist, he brought many great pieces to the world such as R20: A Town with Gears, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Most recently, Sadamoto has been working on manga series, Archaic Smile.
About Hiro Kaburagi
His directing in anime series made the original manga Kimi ni Todoke more attractive. In the case of Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, characters conversed in a good tempo and pace, and he brought its laughable factors to a higher level in the anime series. In another case of 91 days, his first original work, thanks to his precise script, this anime turned to a serious, crucial, and real revenge story. Most fans think he has done a good job so far. He is also very confident in his latest work.
About Ryota Kosawa
Kosawa is a Japanese scriptwriter; he started script-writing at 28 years old. He has been playing an active part mainly on the field of TV-drama, film, theater stage and so on. He received Best Screenplay Award and other awards all around Japan for his work on Always Sanchōme no Yūhi.
In many cases, his scripts express our desire, vanity, complex, and sorrow in life by comedy method, and exhilarating conversation and tricky story make audiences far from boredom and let them think further. The work, consisting of Kosawa’s script, has very high needs all around the world. Before the TV-drama Confidence-man JP broadcasting, the localized version in China and Korea had been decided to shoot. It became big news as the first trying for Japan-made TV-drama.
About George Wada: STUDIO President and CEO
After working as a producer at Production I.G., the studio behind the hit anime Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Wada created WIT STUDIO in June 2012, taking on the role of President. Notable titles he has produced include Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, and The Ancient Magus Bride.