Anime Expo 2019
Anime Expo 2019 announces special guest of honor, Katsuhiro Otomo. He is a legendary Manga Artist and Film Director, born in Miyagi in 1954. He debuted with Gun Report in 1973 as Manga Artist and was awarded Nihon SF Taisho with “DOMU” in 1983. Otomo directed AKIRA in 1988 based on his manga works, which shocked people worldwide with its detailed drawing work and dynamic visual delivery. Throughout his career, he has received many awards, including the “Medal with Purple Ribbon” from the Japanese Government in 2013, the award to individuals who have contributed to academic and artistic developments, improvements, and accomplishments. He also received a Medal of Arts and Culture Chevalier and Ofishie in 2005 and 2014 from the French Government and the Winsor McCay Award at Annie in 2014. Other notable works include Steam Boy, MEMORIES, and Combustible from Short Piece.