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Kobun Shizuno, Anime Director Extraordinaire

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Anime and Manga fans, rejoice! Kobun Shizuno of Kry-Inc, director of smash hit anime Knights of Sidonia, is joining us at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2015! Besides this recent seinen mecha smash-hit, he is also known as the director for the modern age of Detective Conan movies, which have broken box office records and twice won Japanese Academy Awards, as well as having won a UN Special Contribution Award for his work on the Shanghai Expo environmental-issue-themed 3D animation “Millennium Baby”, which he wrote, directed, and created character designs for. A veteran of 3DCG direction since 1992, his oeuvre also includes directorial work on the US TV series G.I. Joe Sigma Six, as well as a host of co-director duties on projects such as Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Elfen Lied and Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Toki.

Mr Shizuno himself has a special greeting for UK fans:

「このような素晴らしい場に招待して頂けて大変光栄に思います。ロンドンでファンの皆さんと交流できる事を楽しみにしています。」
“It’s a great honour to be invited to a wonderful event such as this. I look forward to interacting with all my fans in London!”