Otakon has announced that anime director Shoji Kawamori will be a guest at this year’s event.
Kawamori is most famous for being part of the creative planning for The Super Dimension Fortress Macross anime series. He designed most of the franchise’s iconic transforming “variable fighter” mecha, and oversaw most of the main installments in the franchise, including the latest, the currently airing Macross Delta.
He also created the Aquarion, AKB0048, and Arjuna series, and most recently was chief director on Jūshinki Pandora. He has contributed mechanical design work to such anime as Patlabor: The Movie, Patlabor 2: The Movie, Eureka Seven, Outlaw Star, and Ghost in the Shell. He is credited as the original creator of The Vision of Escaflowne, Basquash!, and Nobunaga The Fool. He has worked in anime production as a director, screenwriter, mechanical designer, and storyboarder.
Otakon will be taking place August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.