Anime Expo 2016 has announced that the Association of Japanese Animations is holding a panel during the event on July 1, 2016. The presenters will include A-1 Pictures Representative Director and President Masuo Ueda, as well as Sunrise and Bandai Namco Pictures CEO Yasuo Miyakawa. The special guests for the panel will include musician T.M. Revolution and voice actor Michael Sinterniklaas.
The panel will celebrate 100 years of Japanese animation, and will announce a project that aims to set the foundation to further support the creation of anime for the next 100 years, as well as discussing the future of anime.
The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) is an industry group that consists of anime production companies and studios that discuss and work on issues surrounding the industry, such as piracy and copyright infringement. Since 2014, the AJA, alongside the Japanese Animation Creators Association (JAniCA), and with funding from the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, has joined and supported the Young Animator Training Project that trains young animators alongside industry veterans in the production of anime shorts. This program has since changed names to Anime Mirai, and then to Anime Tamago, and has produced anime such as Little Witch Academia and Death Parade.
Anime Expo will be taking place July 1-4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.