Baltimore, MD (July 7, 2010) – Otakon is pleased to welcome director Koji Masunari, character designer Masashi Ishihama, and producer Tomonori Ochikoshi. They are the creative team behind the award-winning new film Welcome to the Space Show, which will make its U.S. premier at Otakon 2010.
Director Koji Masunari is best known to American audiences as the director for the popular R.O.D -Read or Die and R.O.D.: The TV Series. He also created and directed Kamichu! and was series director for shows including Honey and Clover, Kokoro Library!, Tenchi Universe, Omishi Magical Theater Risky Safety, Saber Marionette R, and Photon: The Idiot Adventures. He also directed the ending animation for El Hazard, and storyboarded Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom. More recent work includes the award-winning Welcome to the Space Show, and he serves as director and series composition for Android Ana Maico 2010.
Masashi Ishihama is a prolific animator, director, and character and mecha designer. He has worked as an animator and/or animation director on Girl Who Leapt Through Time, the Digimon Adventure movie, Welcome to the NHK, The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors, Jin-Roh – The Wolf Brigade, and the classic Giant Robo. He also directed for Speed Grapher J and one of the Bleach openings, and he storyboarded, animated, and/or designed for Read or Die in both its incarnations.
Producer Tomonori Ochikoshi has been responsible for several hit shows over the past several years, drawing frequently on a core of talented creators. He has been responsible for Blood+, Kamichu!, Fairy Tale, and the Read or Die TV series. He also produced Kannagi Crazy Shrine Maidens.
Otakon 2010 will be held July 30 – August 1 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.