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Talking about Japanese Anime

Have you ever thought about what goes on behind the scenes of the anime series and films we all know and love? Would you like to learn the trade secrets and day to day job profiles of one of Japan’s most lucrative industries? The long list of credits at the end of each anime production is proof that a lot of work goes into every single one, but it’s rare that these talented individuals talk about the world of anime production directly with the viewing public, especially outside of Japan. However, don’t fret! HYPER JAPAN Festival 2015 will feature stage talks with Tamae Hironaka and her team, a collection of industry pros with experience ranging from working with the biggest names like Studio Ghibli and on series such as Inuyasha, Detective Conan and D.Gray-Man to name just a few.

A rare treat for UK fans, Ms Hironaka’s team will be participating in three different stage events talking about Japanese anime, as well as autograph sessions and more. Some members of the team have connections to the world-famous Godzilla film series as well as anime, so Kaiju fans may be in for a special treat…
Read on for a list of the events and participants:

‘Things you’ve always wanted to know about anime’. Anime executive producer Suwa Michihiko, writer and former Studio Ghibli producer Kihara Hirokatsu and communication and sales director Watanabe Tetsuya. Surpassing the level of individual products, they’ll talk about what direction Japanese anime is taking, behind the stage stories of anime production and production secrets etc.

‘How is the music used in anime and games produced?’ Composer, orchestra arranger and conductor Wada Kaoru and sound creator Ito Keiichi talk about how this music is made, psychological effects brought about by music and developing sales of future products. Traverses barriers of time and country to talk about international culture of music.

‘Let’s sing anime songs together!’ Hitomi Kuroishi will show London fans directly the raw appeal of anime songs through the songs of Code Geass, and more.

Kihara Hirokatsu

Kihara-Hirokatsu900wFormerly worked at the Studio Ghibli production desk, and was involved in Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Nowadays he writes ghost stories and MCs at monster conventions. His most famous work is Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment, and has been a crucial contributor to many other hits in this genre.

Suwa Michihiko


Has been involved in many representative television anime, including Inuyasha and Detective Conan. Now works as an executive producer for anime at Yomiuri telecasting corporation.

Watanabe Tetsuya

Watanabe Tetsuya

Worked on many works such as “Young Kindaichi “, a leading advertising agency producer of Japan. Is a wealth of knowledge about the business model of Japanese anime and is involved in the Cool Japan events in Japan and around the world.

Wada Kaoru

Wada Kaoru

Is active in a wide range of musical fields, including anime, film, television, theatre and events, and has been involved in the musical side of well-known anime such as Inuyasha, Gegege no Kitaro and D.Gray-man. He has orchestrated over 300 musical pieces which are now performed all over the world, and also acts as a conductor.

Ito Keiichi

Keiichi Itoh with Kim Studio-1

Representative of music production agency Kim Studio. Provides technology to Yamaha, Roland Corporation and Sony etc, and has greatly influenced the way we produce digital music today. Known as the ‘sound magician’ because of the phantasmagorical sounds he produces.

Kuroishi Hitomi


A reknowned modern Japanese diva with silky smooth voice, whose unique musical style stems from the “angel feather voice”, a technique of over dubbing her singing voice. Hitomi is well known for her amazingly beautiful voice, and the accompanying music, which despite sounding unplugged, is produced through an extensive and masterful use of computers and digital equipment. It is said that the late Michael Jackson approached her for possible musical collaboration after having heard her vocal work. Hitomi employs creatively coined words in her songs, and she has enthusiastic followings internationally, in Europe and China just to name a few places. (Japanese only)