A couple weeks ago on their AX Live they said they were done with Guests of Honors. I guess either they were all not on the same page or I just misheard them, because Anime Expo is now present a trio of guests from Madhouse's Chihayafuru production.
Veteran Animator and Chihayafuru director Morio Asaka makes his first return to AX as director of Chihayafuru. A lot of us probably know him better as the director of Card Captor Sakura, Galaxy Angel, or Nana.
Animation Director Kunihiko Hamada has been working on Madhouse projects for a long time as well, and besides Chihayafuru you can see his work in Kaiji, Casshern Sins, and Monster. Actually Hamada has worked on many of Asaka's projects, so the two coming together as guests is a natural fit.
Chihayafuru producer Takuya Tsunoki joins the previous two veteran Madhouse animators in presenting Chihayafuru to the American audience at AX. Given this treatment, if I didn't know any better I would guess some US company will announce something about it at AX! Well, either way it is great to have an opportunity to see these Madhouse aces in the flesh, and maybe get their John Hancock on your shiny plastic discs. Who's lining up?
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