Announcing Acclaimed Director Makoto Shinkai as Industry Guest for AX 2013

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Makoto Shinkai joins Anime Expo 2013 as Industry Guest; premieres acclaimed director’s latest film, The Garden of Words.

The Garden of Words is the latest animated treasure to join Shinkai’s amazing pantheon of previous work, which already includes the breakout hit Voices of a Distant Star, 5cm per Second, She and Her Cat, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and the feature length Children Who Chase Lost Voices.

Widely considered to be one of the most influential new figures in the anime industry by fans and critics alike, this will be Makoto Shinkai’s first appearance at Anime Expo. Mr. Shinkai will appear from July 6th and 7th for an industry panel, The Garden of Words premiere, as well as a reception in Lounge 21 following the premiere. Whether you’re an anime enthusiast or a serious student of film, this event promises to be a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and interact with an animation legend in the making.

Movie Synopsis:
When Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe designer, decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters Yukino. Older, but perhaps not as much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. Despite the difference in their ages, they strike up an unusual relationship that unexpectedly continues and evolves, without planning, with random meetings that always occur in the same garden on each rainy day. But the rainy season is coming to a close, and there are so many things still left unsaid and undone between them. Will there be time left for Takao to put his feelings into actions and words? Between the raindrops, between the calms in the storm, what will blossom in THE GARDEN OF WORDS?