We’re excited to announce Hiroyuki Imaishi and Yoh Yoshinari as guests for Anime Expo 2015! Together, they will present the premiere of Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade, the sequel to the hit animation Little Witch Academia, on Friday 7/3 from 5:45pm – 7:15pm. The premiere event will also include Q&A session afterwards. Both Imaishi-san and Yoshinari-san will also have autograph sessions throughout the weekend.
Graduating from Tokyo Design Academy, Yoh Yoshinari entered GAINAX as an animator and illustrator. Aside from his breathtaking illustrations, Yoshinari’s animation work is explosive while exhibiting an eccentric fluidity. As a respected figure in the Japanese animation industry and with fans all over the world, Yoshinari has taken part in many popular titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995), Valkyrie Profile (1999), FLCL (2000), Gurren Lagann (2007), Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (2010), KILL la KILL (2013). Currently, he works as the lead animator at Studio TRIGGER.
Hiroyuki Imaishi is an acclaimed animation director/animator of Studio TRIGGER. Previously staffed at Studio GAINAX, Imaishi began as in-betweener for Neon Genesis Evangelion. After his directorial debut with DEAD LEAVES in 2004, Imaishi went on to direct the hit series Gurren Lagann; which won him an award during the 12th Animation Kobe ceremony. Founding Studio TRIGGER in 2011, Imaishi directed the studio’s first series KILL la KILL in 2013. Currently, he is a character designer on TRIGGER’s latest animation series NINJA SLAYER from Animation.
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For more information about both Yoshinari-san and Imaishi-san’s activities, be sure to check out our schedule.
Screencaps from Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade – Click to view larger versions