Otakon has announced that Masao Maruyama and Hidenori Matsubara will be guests at their upcoming convention. As part of their appearance, the convention will be hosting a screening of the In This Corner of the World anime film.
Maruyama was involved in the establishment of MADHOUSE in 1972. Since then, he has nurtured talents such as Tetsuro Araki, Atsuko Ishizuka and the late Satoshi Kon. Among the anime he has produced are Unico, Ninja Scroll, Card Captor Sakura, Monster, Death Note, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Paprika, Redline, and Supernatural the Animation. Maruyama left MADHOUSE in 2011 to form MAPPA, and then stepped down as CEO in April 2016 and founded his new Studio M2 in the same year.
Matsubara has been working in the anime industry since the 1980s, when he worked as an in-between animator on the Project A-Ko anime projects. He has since risen through the ranks of animators to design the characters in almost every Ah! My Goddess anime, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, Elementalors, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Ibara no Ō, and Sakura Wars. He is now an animation director on Hideaki Anno and Khara’s four remake films of Gainax’s Evangelion series, and he served as animation director and character designer for Sunao Katabuchi’s In This Corner of the World film.
Otakon will be taking place August 11-13, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.