Paru Itagaki, Seiji Mizushima, Yuito Kimura, Tetsuya Fukuhara, and Hiroshi Hamasaki Join OTAQUEST CONNECT Lineup

OTAQUEST CONNECT

We’re yet another week closer to OTAQUEST CONNECT, our debut online convention event and that means more guest announcements!

Scheduled to occur on August 15th & 16th and held via twitch & discord, we’re going to be providing a wide range of content covering different facets of the Japanese pop-culture landscape. Today we’re beyond excited to announce 5 more amazing creators to our lineup from the fields of games, manga, and anime! These new guests have worked on or created some of the most highly regarded properties of recent memory, making this our biggest guest announcement yet.


Paru Itagaki

Paru Itagaki

The mangaka Paru Itagaki was born on September 9, 1993. Paru Itagaki made her debut in 2016 with “BEAST COMPLEX” a high-profile serialization in the “Weekly Shonen Champion magazine by Akita Shoten. In the same year, she started the serialization of “BEASTARS”, a manga depicting the symbiosis of herbivores and carnivores in a coming-of-age drama. The series has been published in Japan and has received several manga awards. Her unparalleled authorship has brought her to prominence, and in October 2019, BEASTARS received a TV anime adaptation.

Her autobiographical short home-drama “Paruno Graffiti” is also serialized in Kodansha’s “Kiss”.

Seiji Mizushima

Seiji Mizushima
After working on “Neon Genesis Evangelion” (1995), he directed “Generator Gaul” (1998), which was his debut as a director. His major works include “Shaman King” (2001), “Fullmetal Alchemist” (2003), “Oedo Rocket” (2007), “Mobile Suit Gundam 00” (2007), “UN-GO” (2011), and the 2014 film Expelled from Paradise. Expelled from Paradise was an original project and was screened in only 13 theaters. It was an overwhelming hit, earning over 170 million yen.

Hiroshi Hamasaki

Hiroshi Hamasaki
Animation director, project director, animator, illustrator.

His major directorial works include “TEXHNOLYZE” (2003), “Sigurui” (2003) (2007), “STEINS;GATE” (2011), and Terraformers (2014), among others.

His most recent work is “Blade of the Immortal – IMMORTAL” (2020). He has also worked on many films as a character designer and animator.

Yuito Kimura

Yuito Kimura
Yuito Kimura is the executive director of Cygames. Yuito is the producer of Granblue Fantasy and is one of the founding members of the company.

Along with producing the digital card game Shadowverse, and the anime RPG Princess Connect! Re: Dive, he is also the producer of titles in development. Shadowverse is one of the leading e-sports titles in Japan, drawing players from around the world to compete in tournaments held in 2018 and 2019 that featured a prize pool of one million dollars.

Yuito is deeply involved in all facets of operations, from the management side to video game development.

Tetsuya Fukuhara

Tetsuya Fukuhara
Tetsuya Fukuhara is the creative director of Granblue Fantasy. Starting off as a freelance designer, Tetsuya joined Cygames in 2012.

After working as a game designer for Rage of Bahamut, he became the creative director of Granblue Fantasy when the project began. Tetsuya shapes Granblue from multiple angles, such as worldbuilding, game design, and supervising the expanding multimedia franchise.

Tetsuya is also the creative director of the fighting game Granblue Fantasy: Versus and general director of the A-RPG title Granblue Fantasy: Relink.


Each of them will be participating in interview/talk sessions to discuss a variety of topics related to their creative process and get some insight on their latest projects.

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