Director and Animation Producer of Ranking of Kings joins AX 2022 as Guests of Honor!

Ranking of Kings’ Director Yosuke Hatta, and Animation Producer Maiko Okada as Guests of Honor for AX 2022! Join Crunchyroll and the Director and Animation Producer of Ranking of Kings from WIT STUDIO for a Q&A session.

About Yosuke Hatta

He has debuted as a Director in Ranking of Kings. He has previously worked as a Storyboarder and Episode Director in Death Parade, One Punch Man, ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., as Unit Director in Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s New Dinosaur, and Assistant Director in Boogiepop and Others, worked in other numerous animations.

About Maiko Okada

Maiko Okada has been in the anime industry since 2001 and has been an Animation Producer since 2014. She has worked on various anime from WIT STUDIO, like Ranking of Kings, Great Pretender, After the Rain, and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.

Vash is back!  Yasuhiro Nightow (the author), Kouji Tajima (concept artist), Kiyotaka Waki (producer, Orange), Yoshihiro Watanabe (producer, Orange), and Katsuhiro Takei (producer, Toho), all joined the future of Trigun! With first hand insights and the world premiere of a special secret sneak peek, this bounty will be out of this world!

About Yasuhiro Nightow

Born April 8th, 1967, in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. His representative works include ‘TRIGUN’ (1995), ‘TRIGUN MAXIMUM’ (1997), ‘Blood Blockade Battlefront’ (2009), ‘SAMURAI SPIRITS’ (the comic book adaptation in 2013), and ‘GUNGRAVE’ (the author and the character designer of the video game series since 2002). Nightow is also the presiding official of the toy manufacturing brand ‘TOY TRIBE.’

About Kouji Tajima

Born in Tokyo. Concept artist currently residing in Vancouver. Tajima works on concept design and illustration for various media, mainly films. Winner of the Grand Prize in the 3DCG AWARDS 2010 while a student and the WIRED Audi INNOVATION AWARD in 2017. He was selected as one of the 30 under 30 Asia by Forbes in 2018. His representative works include ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ (2016), ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ (2016), ‘Blade Runner 2049’ (2017), ‘Venom’ (2018), ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ (2019), ‘The Witcher’ series (2019), and many others.

About Kiyotaka Waki

In 2007, Waki joined the animation studio Madhouse. After working with producer Yuichiro Saito at Madhouse, in 2011 he joined Mamoru Hosoda’s Studio Chizu as one of the founding members. At Studio Chizu, Waki was involved with projects such as ‘Wolf Children’ (2012), ‘Boy and The Beast’ (2015).

In 2016, Waki joined the animation studio Orange and worked on ‘Land of the Lustrous’ (2017) as Producer and since then as Chief Producer he produced ‘BEASTERS’ (2019) and ‘Godzilla S.P’ (2020). Waki is producing the upcoming ‘TRIGUN STAMPEDE’ (2023) for Orange.

About Katsuhiro Takei

Takei joined Toho in 2009, and has been involved in animation production since 2013. His major producing titles include ‘Himouto! Umaru-chan’ (2015), ‘Little Witch Academia’ (2017), ‘Land of the Lustrous’ (2017), ‘HELLO WORLD’ (2019), ‘BNA: Brand New Animal’ (2020), ‘TRIGUN STAMPEDE’ (2023), and ‘BLUE GIANT’ (2023), among others.


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