Yūji Mutō, director of Crayon Shinchan, is the eighth Japanese Guest of Honor announced for Anime Boston, to be held at the Hynes Convention Center on March 30 through April 1, 2018.
Animation director Yūji Mutō is most famous for directing the world-renowned TV Asahi animated series, Crayon Shinchan. Mutō-san began his professional career directing episodes for TV series such as City Hunter, Tsuruhime Ja!, and Kenyuu Densetsu YAIBA (1993), before moving on to direct the 1993 feature film, Bonobono. In 2004, he became the third director to helm the long-running television anime Crayon Shinchan, not only holding this position longer than any previous director, but also during the period for which the series has become most popular outside of Japan. In addition, he has been the director of such series as Corrector Yui, Haunted Junction, Pia Carrot E Yokoso!! – Sayaka no Koi Monogatari, Ultimate Girls, and many more. He’s also done the storyboards for many series including Crayon Shinchan, Green Green, Scrapped Princess, as well as others.
“Crayon Shinchan is one of the longest running shows to come out of Japan. Mutō-san’s personal touch is all over it! I think that is one of the factors of its enduring success,” said Victor Lee, convention chair.
Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, Michihiko Suwa, Kaoru Wada, Kaiji Tang, Josh Grelle, Amanda C. Miller, Jez Roth, Rachel Robinson, Christopher Bevins, J. Michael Tatum, Brandon McInnis, Caitlynn French, and Scott Gibbs.
About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at 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 www.neanime.org.