Among other guests at their booth at Anime Expo this year, MangaGamer have also enlisted the services of Watanabe Akio, animation director for Bakemonogatari and Saber Marionette J. The famed director will be at AX representing Front Wing, publishers of the Time Leap series. From MangaGamer’s press release:
Fumio：An artist for Front Wing, he’s worked on Hoshi Uta, Pia Carrot he Yokouso, and Tomoyo After ~It’s a Wonderful Life~. He also does illustrations for light novels such as Canvas 2 and Hourglass of Summer.
Kuuchuu Yousai: Another artist who’s worked on Front Wing’s Makai Tenshi Jibril series and Nugachu. In addition to his illustrations for Frontwing, he also does many illustrations for magazine covers, and is none other than the creator of Queen’s Blade’s Nanael!
Watanabe Akio：For Front Wing, he’s done the opening movie animation for Makai Tenshi Jibril, but he’s also done the opening animation for To Heart 2. As an illustrator, he’s done character designs for Starship girl Yamamoto Yohko, Queen’s Blade: Spiral of Chaos, The Soul Taker, Popotan, Nurse Witch Komugi-chan, and the upcoming anime adaptation of The World God Only Knows. As an animator, he’s animated portions of Kiki’s Delivery Service, the opening animation for Sailor Moon Supers Movie: Black Dream Hole, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, and Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan . As an animation director, he’s worked on Saber Marionette J, Hoshizora Kiseki, and Bakemonogatari.
And then, there are more announcements on the Circus front, who MG are rather close to.
This year, rino will also be joining us on behalf of CIRCUS! She’s performed many different themes for the Da Capo II series, one ending theme for School Days, as well as participated in performing the ending theme for Muv Luv Supplement and Suika, in addition to performing several anime themes under the name ‘CooRie’.
Joining us for the first time this year, is Takano Yuki, an artist who works with . Her works include the various Da Capo II games, the Princess Party series, CIRCUS’s latest game, RPG Academy, as well as la’cryma‘s Sora wo Tobu, Nanatsu-me no Mahou, and their upcoming fortissimo.
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.