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AKIRA Creator and Director Katsuhiro Otomo Joins AX 2019 as Guest of Honor


Katsuhiro Otomo, legendary creator of AKIRA, makes a rare US appearance at Anime Expo 2019! He will participate in a panel on Thursday, July 4th at 5:00 PM in the JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom where he will announce a new project! For information about lining up and room entry, please see the Program Room Policies

About Katsuhiro Otomo

Katsuhiro Otomo is a legendary Manga Artist and Film Director, born in Miyagi 1954. He debuted with Gun Report in 1973 as Manga Artist and was awarded Nihon SF Taisho with “DOMU” in 1983. Otomo directed AKIRA in 1988 based on his own manga works, which shocked people worldwide with its detailed drawing work and dynamic visual delivery. Throughout his career, he has received many awards including the “Medal with Purple Ribbon” from the Japanese Government in 2013, the award to “individuals who have contributed to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments.” He also received a Medal of Arts and Culture Chevalier and Ofishie in 2005 and 2014 by French Government as well as the Winsor McCay Award at Annie in 2014. Other notable works include Steam Boy, MEMORIES, and Combustible from Short Piece.

Anime Expo 2019 will run from July 4 through July 7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on July 3, 2019. For further information please go to the website: www.anime-expo.org