We honored to host the world premiere of the action-packed anime, Kengan Ashura at Anime Expo 2018! Director Seiji Kishi and all-star creators: Yuji Higa (Producer), Makoto Uezu (Series Composition), Yasuharu Takanashi (Music) will participate in the premiere event and do autograph sessions (details TBA).  Their participation in Anime Expo 2018 is made possible by Pony Canyon.

Originally written by Yabako Sandrovich and drawn by Daromeon, Kengan Ashura is a battling manga that has been serialized in Shogakukan’s digital manga website, Ura Sunday and Manga One app.

The story features hired gladiators that join fights called “Kengan Matches” that battle for rights between businesses.

Twenty-four books are on sale currently and it has been nominated as the best comic in the “Web comic selected by a million readers that is really fun to read” awards.

Event Details
  • Date: Saturday, July 7
  • Time: 2:30 PM – 4:00PM
  • Room: LACC\Main Events (Hall B)
  • For information about lining up and room entry, please see the Program Room Policies.


Fifty-six-year-old Kazuo Yamashita was an ordinary salaryman who was one day suddenly summoned by the chairman of his company.

What he saw was not the chairman, but the dark side of the Japanese economy.

Representing the company, hired gladiators to fight for rights between corporate businesses in violent battles called the “Kengan Matches!”

Kazuo is assigned to a mysterious Kengan fighter, Ohma Tokita. They both join the “Kengan Zetsumei Tournament” in order to win the seat as the chairman of the Kengan Organization and decide Japan’s best business and fighter.

What will become the fate of Kazuo and Ohma?

About Seiji Kishi

For more than a decade, prolific director Seiji Kishi has built a name for himself helming critically acclaimed and popular animation. From early works like Astro Fighter SunredMy Bride Is a Mermaid, and many other works, Kishi has proven adept at fantasy, supernatural, and sci-fi stories.  Other hits have included Humanity Has DeclinedYuki Yuna is a Hero, and Persona 4: The Animation.

He received the 19th Animation Kobe Individual award for his achievements through 2014, citing his work directing Arpeggio of Blue Steel, in particular.

Most recently, Kishi has been hard at work on the well-received Persona 4Assassination ClassroomGame of LaplaceDanganronpaYuki Yuna is a Hero, as well as Kengan Ashura.

About Yuji Higa

Animation Producer at Studio Hibari who also founded the animation team, Lerche within the studio. He first debuted as a producer in 2011 with the OVA, Carnival Phantasm and continued to work on many other series such as the Danganronpa series and Assassination Classroom.

About Makoto Uezu

A scenario writer and a chief story editor. His main works include Akame ga Kill!Assassination ClassroomThe Heroic Legend of ArslanKonoSubaBoruto: Naruto Next GenerationsYuki Yuna is a Hero, and many more. Working on a wide range of genres from comedy to serious, he is considered to be one of Japan’s busiest scenario writers.

He has also been good friends for over ten years with the director Seiji Kishi and has produced many joint works with him.

About Yasuharu Takanashi

A musical expert that is known for creating music with heavy yet elegant sounds by merging hard rock and orchestral elements.  He is also the chairman of the music production group, “Team-MAX” and also is the leader of “Yaiba”; a rock group featuring Japanese instruments.

Awarded the International JASRAC award in 2013, 2014, and 2017.

His major works include the theme song for the martial arts show, Pride in 2000, Naruto Shippuden (2007-2017), Pretty Cure series (2009-2012), FAIRY TAIL (2009-), Sailor Moon Crystal (2014-), Tiger Mask W (2016), and more.

Latest work: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Kengan AshuraGeGeGe no Kitaro, and Kaiju Girls.

© Sandrovich Yabako,Daromeon/Shogakukan

Anime Expo 2018  will run from July 5 through July 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on July 4, 2018.

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