Lily Kanon and Loy – VTV World

VTV is a YouTube Music Program to introduce Vtubers, VSingers, and Virtual Artists. There are not many opportunities for Visual Artists, so many are struggling with that situation. We created a place to introduce ourselves and there, everyone can have a chance if they submit their creations! There are two Programs, VTV Japan(Japanese) and VTV World(English). Please check our Official …

Kazuto Nakazawa

Japanese character designer and director of anime, Kazuto Nakazawa was born on March 4 and he comes from Niigata Prefecture.   Nakazawa’s first character design was El-Hazard and he also worked at Studio G-1, Manglobe. Nakazawa’s signature works include the anime scene from Kill Bill: Volume 1, Samurai Champloo, Fena: Pirate Princess, B: The Beginning, and many more.  He has also …

Jun Sugawara

Jun Sugawara is proud to be a guest at Animazement as the head of Animator Supporters. Being an animator himself, Jun has become aware of the critical situation that the Japanese animators are facing and in 2009, Jun gathered with fellow established animators to set up an organization, Animator Supporters, to support young starting out animators. Please Note: Due to …

Norm Nakamura

Norm Nakamura, A.K.A. Tokyo Lens, is a content creator and shamisen player based in Tokyo, Japan. After spending years (successfully) chasing his dream of becoming the apprentice of the Yoshida Brothers, he started content creation as a way to share the beauty that was around him, and document his journey along the way. Today, he works hand-in-hand with most of …

Koji Nagai

Producer Koji Nagai was born in Kobe, Japan. Since 1993, he has produced many musical, informational, and animated works for TV, such as Ace Attorney, Space Brothers, Space Brothers #0, Magic Kaito, The Kindaichi Case Files R, and Kekkaishi. He is currently producing Yashahime: Princess Half Demon. Please Note: Due to current travel restrictions, this guest will be attending virtually …

Masuo Ueda

Masuo Ueda is a producer who began his career at Nippon Sunrise, now known as Sunrise. He produced many titles, including the Mobile Suit Gundam TV series, City Hunter, Mobile Suit Gundam III OVA, Inuyasha, and many others. Ueda also taught “Theory of Anime Contents Management” at Digital Hollywood University. From 2008 to 2009, he served the Ministry of Foreign …

Hiroshi Nagahama

Please Note: Due to current travel restrictions, this guest will be attending virtually and will not be physically present at the convention.

Animator Supporters Group

“¥90,000 (approx. $900)” This is the average monthly salary that typical animators who are in their 20’s are said to make. Japanese anime is produced under this harsh working condition. The organization “Animator Supporters” was founded in 2010 by Jun Sugawara in order to find ways that ordinary anime fans (just like you and me!) can help solve this issue. …

Etsuko Kawamura

Etiquette teacher Etsuko Kawamura’s father is a Japanese house architect, and her exposure to Japanese housing and building gave her an interest in Japanese courtesy and traditions. After resigning from her work at a travel company, she studied Japanese etiquette and the art of kimono, specializing in the juunihitoe, which is an extremely elegant and highly complex kimono. Since she …

Someta Hayashiya

Someta Hayashiya was born in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture. After graduating from Kansai University, he was apprenticed to Somemaru Hayashiya IV. Currently he is based in Tenma Tenjin Hanjotei in Osaka, and has appeared on nationwide rakugo shows, television and radio. Early in his career, he won Grand Champion at the young rakugo performers contest. Mr. Hayashiya is skilled in …