We’re excited to have President/CEO of Production I.G Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (Ghost in the Shell, Psycho Pass), Producer Rui Kuroki (Psycho Pass, Tsubasa Chronicle), and Animation Director/Character Designer Kazuto Nakazawa (Samurai Champloo, Kuroko’s Basketball, Days) join the Anime Expo 2017 Guest of Honor line-up! They will all participate in the Production I.G panel (Saturday, July 1 at 11:30 AM), and Ishikawa will be at FLCL 2 & 3 panel (Sunday, July 2 at 3 PM).

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Mitsuhisa Ishikawa

The President/CEO of one of the largest and most global anime studios in Japan, Production I.G, which he founded in 1987. Ishikawa acted as executive producer for the anime sequence in “Kill Bill: Volume 1”, and also the producer of all of the Ghost in the Shell franchises, including the newest Hollywood version. Additionally, his producer titles include, “Patlabor: The Movie,” “Blood: The Last Vampire,” “JIN-ROH,” “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” “FLCL,” “IGPX,” “Psycho Pass,” “Attack on Titan,” “Halo Legend,” “Batman Gotham Night,” “A Letter to Momo,” and most recently “Miss Hokusai.”

Rui Kuroki

As one of the most promising producers at Production I.G, Kuroki has worked closely with Kazuto Nakazawa since “Kill Bill: Volume 1,” as well as with Naoyoshi Shiotani on “Psycho Pass.”  Some of Kuroki’s titles include “Halo Legend,” “Batman Gotham Night,” “Tsubasa Chronicle,” “Reideen,” and most recently “B: The Beginning,” directed by Nakazawa.

Kazuto Nakazawa

Nakazawa is probably known as the director of the anime sequence for “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and the character designer for “Samurai Champloo.” He’s one of the most innovative animators and animation directors in Japan, currently working on multiple titles at Production I.G. His most recent titles include, “Kuroko’s Basketball,” “Days,” and “B : The Beginning” which is scheduled to release on Netflix early 2018. He also animated the Joe Hahn-directed music video for the Linkin Park song “Breaking the Habit.”

Anime Expo will run from July 1 through July 4, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on June 30, 2017. To purchase passes for Anime Expo, please visit http://www.anime-expo.org/registration/

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