Sunao Katabuchi, Japanese anime director and writer. Image courtesy of Otakon
BALTIMORE, MD., – Acclaimed Japanese anime director and writer Sunao Katabuchi will be at this year’s Otakon to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland. Otakon is a major annual Baltimore event held every summer.
A celebrated Japanese anime director, Katabuchi’s directorial credits include Princess Arete, Black Lagoon, and Mai Mai Miracle. Katabuchi uses his movies to promote Japanese culture and custom, including anime cosplay, an integral part of Japan pop culture. Besides movies, Katabuchi has also made incursions into video game production. He has taken part in the creation of aerial combat video game, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies, as movie director and script writer.
For his amazing ability to bring ideas to life in anime movies and video games, Katabuchi has won many accolades. The anime critic and Japan Culture Ministry Media Arts Festival judge, Ryusuke Hikawa, called him the “artist who has the expressive power to describe the inner workings of the human and the world.”
Born in 1960 in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, Sunao Katabuchi began his animation career at a very young age. While in college, Katabuchi began collaborating with Hayao Miyazaki, writing scripts for works such as Sherlock Hound. After working on Kiki’s Magical Delivery Service as assistant director, he made his directorial debut with Meiken Lassie.
At Otakon, Katabuchi will discuss his anime movies and video games. But more importantly he will talk about his career as a Japans anime director.Otakon 2014 will be held August 8-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.
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