Spike Chunsoft announces Anime Expo 2018 plans

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■ Industry Panel Schedule

Spike Chunsoft’s Steins;Gate Panel

  • Industry Appearance: Tatsuya Matsubara, Steins;Gate series producer
  • When: Thursday, July 5 – Day 1 / 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: Live Programming 3 (LACC 408 AB)

Official Spike Chunsoft and Uchikoshi Panel

  • Industry Appearance: Kotaro Uchikoshi, Zero Escape series director / scenario writer
  • When: Thursday, July 5 – Day 1 / 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Where: Live Programming 3 (LACC 408 AB)

Spike Chunsoft’s Zanki Zero: Terasawa Sugawara

  • Industry Appearance: Yoshinori Terasawa, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning producer, and Takayuki Sugawara, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning director / scenario writer
  • When: Saturday, July 7 – Day 3 / 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Live Programming 3 (LACC 408 AB)

■ Industry Appearances

Tatsuya Matsubara

Producer of Mages. Inc. He directs and produces the Science Adventure Series, such as Steins;Gate and Chaos;Child. In addition to his duties as a producer, he also creates and manages assets for each product such as logo design, UI, and movie production.

Enako

A cosplayer active not only in Japan, but all over the world. She has gained international acclaim, accumulating 460,000 Twitter and 350,000 Instagram followers in just a few years. Her cosplay photos uploaded to social media earn thousands of retweets and favorites and are prominently featured on numerous industry websites. Her self-produced cosplay photobooks sold more than 10,000,000 copies in two days. She still cosplays regularly, but also appears on TV and in magazines, works in voice acting, and more. Enako aims to promote cosplay by showing the world how cute and fun cosplay can be with her own personal touch.

Kotaro Uchikoshi

A director and scenario writer, his skills shine in his adventure titles such as the Zero Escape series (including the award-winning Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors), Punch Line, and Ever17 -the out of infinity-.

He is well-known for his unconventional plot twists and offbeat humor and has been actively working on many genres, many games, and many stories.

Yoshinori Terasawa

After his tenure at Human Corporation, he joined Spike Chunsoft where he has served as the Ultimate Producer on many well-known titles, including the series Danganronpa, Way of the Samurai, Way of the Ninja, and Conception. He is currently working on Spike Chunsoft’s newest RPG, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning.

Takayuki Sugawara

An Ultimate Director and Game Designer at Spike Chunsoft who loves old-school scrolling shooter games. Due to this fascination, he tends to incorporate shooting aspects into the games he works on (such as Danganronpa). He has worked on the Danganronpa series and Ukiyo no ShiShi / Ukiyo no Roushi, and is now the game designer, creative director, and scenario writer for Zanki Zero: Last Beginning.

■ Fan Event Schedule – Talent Show and Autograph Session

Following each panel, a talent show and industry appearance autograph signings will be held at the Spike Chunsoft booth, LACC South Hall booth #4401.

  • Thursday, July 5 – Day 1
    • Lab Mem’s Mad Talent Show (sign up here)
      • Industry Appearance: Tatsuya Matsubara, Steins;Gate series producer Enako, Official Science Adventure series cosplayer
      • When: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
      • Where: Spike Chunsoft Booth #4401
    • Tatsuya Matsubara and Enako Autograph Session
      • Industry Appearance: Tatsuya Matsubara, Steins;Gate series producer Enako, Official Science Adventure series cosplayer
      • When: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
      • Where: Spike Chunsoft Booth #4401
  • Friday, July 6 – Day 2
    • Kotaro Uchikoshi Autograph Session
      • Industry Appearance: Kotaro Uchikoshi, Zero Escape series director / scenario writer
      • When: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
      • Where: Spike Chunsoft Booth #4401
  • Saturday, July 7 – Day 3
    • What’s Your Ultimate Talent Show (sign up here)
      • Industry Appearance: Yoshinori Terasawa, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning producer, and Takayuki Sugawara, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning director/scenario writer
      • When: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      • Where: Spike Chunsoft Booth #4401
    • Yoshinori Terasawa and Takayuki Sugawara Autograph Session
      • Industry Appearance: Tatsuya Matsubara, Steins;Gate series producer Enako, Official Science Adventure series cosplayer
      • When: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
      • Where: Spike Chunsoft Booth #4401
      • The autograph sessions are only open to talent show contestants and panel attendees on a first come, first serve basis


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