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Announcing our second round of Japanese Guests for 2019!

Kenji Kodama

Kenji Kodama is best known as a series director, working on such titles as City HunterDetective Conan(Case Closed), Kekkaishi, and Tales of the Abyss.

Kodama started his career in 1970 at Tokyo Movie, where he worked as an animator for titles such as Kyojin No Hoshi (Star of the Giants) and Shin Obake No Q Taro (Little Ghost Q-Taro). Building on his experience as a key animator for the Lupin III Part III television series, he worked on Shin Dokonjogaeru (The Gutsy Frog) as an episode director and then Cats Eye as an episode director and later as the series director.

In the 1980s he worked on the Sunrise, Inc. series City Hunter as series director, but also handled other roles such as storyboards, script writing, and animation directing. In the mid-90s he was the series director for Detective Conan (Case Closed) television series and films for its first six years. In the 2000s he was the series director for Kekkaishi and Tales of the Abyss. His most recent project was directing the City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes film.

Kodama has been an active and prominent figure in the anime industry for over 30 years. While versatile, he considers action series his specialty.


Naohiro Ogata

Naohiro Ogata joined Sunrise Inc. in 1997 and has been involved as a Producer in various anime titles including KekkaishiTales of the AbyssInuyasha the Final ActMobile Suit Gundam UCGundam Reconguista in GMobile Suit Gundam ThunderboltMobile Suit Gundam NT, and most recently City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes.


Yoichi Kato

Yoichi Kato is a 40 year old screenwriter, born in 1979 in Tokyo. He was a TV script writer for documentary, news, and music programs before becoming a screenwriter for anime. He has worked on scenarios for both anime television series and films, including titles such as Yo-kai WatchAikatsu, and Space Brothers. He has also worked with Director Kenji Kodama on KekkaishiTales of the Abyss, and most recently City Hunters: Shinjuku Private Eyes.


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