2019 Guest Announcement: Hiroyuki Saita

Hiroyuki Saita is an animator and character designer with Kinema Citrus. Born in 1988, Mr. Saita is from Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. From 2009 he was with feel. inc. and diomedéa, working as character designer for Noucome: My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy and the Yumekuri OVA before going freelance in 2014. Mr. Saita did the character design for Kumamiko: Girl Meets Bear and worked on animation for Love Live! The School Idol Movie and season…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Takao Abo

Takao Abo is the director of The Rising of the Shield Hero and Norn9 for Kinema Citrus. Formerly with Tiger Production and Artland. He has worked as an episode director, key animator, and storyboard for several anime series and films including Revolutionary Girl Utena, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Black Lagoon, Macross Frontier, Escaflowne, Uta no Prince-sama, Valkyria Chronicles, and many more.

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2019 Guest Announcement: Muneki Ogasawara – Kinema Citrus CEO

Muneki Ogasawara is the CEO of the animation studio Kinema Citrus. Born in 1970, Mr. Ogasawara’s long career in animation brought him to many well-known studios, including Production I.G., BONES, and Studio Khara. He served as production desk for Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, and the Sakura Wars 3 opening movie. He was animation producer for Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone. Analog Photo Day In 2008, Mr. Ogasawara founded the studio Kinema Citrus, and has served as animation producer for…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Tomohiro Furukawa

Tomohiro Furukawa is an animation director and staff member from Kinema Citrus. Born in 1981, Mr. Furukawa began his career at Studio Graffiti, working on key animation. Leaving that studio to become freelance, he worked on key animation, storyboards, and opening animation for Penguindrum under Director Kunihiko Ikuhara, and had been involved in the many of that director’s subsequent projects, including as assistant director for Yurikuma Arashi. He assisted in animation direction for One Piece Film: Z. Revue Starlight is…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Mai Nakahara

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Mai Nakahara as a 2019 Guest of Honor! Mai Nakahara is a Japanese voice actress and singer.  Born in Hyogo prefecture, she moved around Japan and spent a lot of her childhood in Fukuoka and Ehime.  She wanted to be a voice actress from the 5th grade, after watching Tico of the Seven Seas.  After her school years, she studied narration while working full time, and debuted with I’m Enterprise…

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