Studio Mappa’s CEO, Manabu Otsuka, and Chief Producer, Makoto Kimura, are teaming up with BlockPunk CEO/Founder Julian Lai-Hung at Anime Expo 2019! The panel will be moderated by Evan Minto.

Event Details
  • Panel Name: BlockPunk and Studio Mappa announcing a new platform for anime creators
  • Panel Description: BlockPunk and Studio Mappa announce a new production, merchandising and streaming platform powered by peer-to-peer technology. CEO/Founder of BlockPunk Julian Lai-Hung (ex-head of anime at Netflix) Studio Mappa CEO Otsuka-san and Chief Producer Kimura-san discuss the business of anime today and the potential of peer-to-peer technology and blockchain. Showcasing exclusive artwork and merch from Mappa titles and a special guest appearance. Evan Minto will be moderating.
  • Date: Saturday, July 6
  • Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Room: Live Programming 4 / 411
  • For information about lining up and room entry, please see the Program Room Policies


About Manabu Otsuka

In 2011 Otsuka joined the newly formed MAPPA as a producer and led such projects as Kids on the Slope (2012), Terror in Resonance (2014), Rage of Bahamut GEN (2014), and Punch Line (2015). Since his rise to CEO in April of 2016, Otsuka has overseen the planning and production of numerous works including Yuri!!! on ICE (2016), Kakegurui (2017), Rage of Bahamut VIRGIN SOUL (2017), Inuyashiki (2017), Banana Fish (2018), Zombie Land Saga (2018), and Dororo (2019) to name a few.

About Makoto Kimura

In 2007, Kimura joined Fuji Television Network, Inc. where he worked as a producer on multiple series including Guilty Crown (2011), Tsuritama (2012), Terror in Resonance (2014), Your Lie in April (2014) and Punch Line (2015). Then, in 2017, Kimura moved to TWIN ENGINE Inc. where he produced DIVE!! (2017), and Kokkoku: Moment by Moment (2018). In 2018, Kimura joined the team at MAPPA as a planning producer and has since acted as chief producer on titles such as Zombie Land Saga (2018).

About Julian Lai-Hung

Julian helped launch Netflix in Japan, overseeing the anime and Japan content. He has worked on titles such as Devilman CrybabyTerrace House Aloha StateMillion Yen WomenGodzilla: Monster PlanetRilakkumaKuromukuroBlazing Transfer Students (Johnny’s first ever streaming series), Fate Apocrypha, Fate/Extra Last EncoreHero MaskKakeguruiChildren of the WhalesMagi: Adventure of Sinbad, and Erased. Prior to Netflix, Julian was VP of International Digital Distribution for Warner Bros in LA, London, and Tokyo.

About Evan Minto

Evan has spent a decade helping connect US anime/manga fans with the content and the creators they love. Former software engineer and on-air talent at CrunchyRoll. Ex-web developer and designer at the Internet Archive focusing on accessibility and inclusion. Editor-in-Chief at Ani-Gamers and one half of of the Ani-Gamers Podcast, and contributes articles at Otaku USA Magazine, Anime News Network, Crunchyroll News, and IGN.

Frequent speaker at US fan conventions on anime history, animation production, and … hamburgers (yes, really). He believes that all people must accept Inferno Cop into their hearts in order to achieve true anime enlightenment.

Anime Expo 2019  will run from July 4 through July 7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on July 3, 2019.

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