Anime Expo has announced that the July convention will be welcoming several guests from Kill La Kill, including scriptwriter Kazuki Nakashima, character designer and chief Animation director SUSHIO, Ryuko Matoi’s voice actress Ami Koshimizu, Satsuki Kiryuin’s voice actress Ryoka Yuzuki, producer Yousuke Toba, and singer Eir Aoi.
The event will also feature a special talk session with all the Kill la Kill guests, an exclusive screening of the English Dub Premiere of Kill la Kill, and a special concert featuring Eir Aoi, singer of the opening theme song. Tickets for the Kill la Kill special event go on sale starting May 12th at 9pm PST for Premier Fans and start on May 15th at 9pm PST for the general public. For ticket purchases please visit: tickets.anime-expo.org
Kazuki Nakashima is a playwright and screenwriter. In 1985, he became one of the key writers for the modern Japanese theater company, Gekidan Shinkansen and since then has been labeled as the “action theater playwright” giving birth to numerous plays that emphasize both the storyline and entertainment aspects such as “Eyes of Ashura Castle” and “SEVEN SOULS IN THE SKULL CASTLE,” using techniques typical to the “Inoue Kabuki” style. Nakashima’s other theatrical works include the “Ten Heroes of Sanada” (13). Nakashima is also very active in comic book writing and anime screenwriting including “GURREN LAGANN” (07, 09) (screenwriter, series composition), “Nodame Cantabile Finale” (10) (series composition), “Kamen Rider Fourze” (11-12) (screenwriter, main writer) and also one of this summer’s hit anime series, “KILL la KILL” (13, 14) (screenwriter, series composition). He was also the screenwriter of “Crayon Shin-Chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes Back.”
SUSHIO’s work has been featured in numerous critically acclaimed anime titles such as “Diebuster,” “GURREN LAGANN,” “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt” from GAINAX and “ONE PIECE THE MOVIE Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island,” and the “Ojamajo Doremi” series from Toei Animation and many more. This would be his first visit to Anime Expo, to promote his most current work as a Character Designer and Chief Animation Director for the smash hit anime series, “KILL la KILL.”
Ami Koshimizu born on February 15th is a Tokyo based voice actress affiliated with Axlone Co., Ltd. Her most recent works include Ryuko Matoi in the highly popular anime series, “KILL la KILL,” Cure Melody in “Sweet Pretty Cure ♪,” Demon King in “Maoyu” , and Tomo Asama in “Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere.” She also plays Rinka in the anime adaptation of the game, “Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky.”
Ryoka Yuzuki is a Japanese Voice-Actress originally from Aichi Prefecture, affiliated with 81 Produce. She plays Satsuki Kiryuin in the highly popular, “KILL la KILL.” Her voice has been featured in many popular anime titles including Ino Yamanaka from “NARUTO,” Shizuka Hiratsuka from “My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected,” Memetchi in the “Tamagotchi!” series, Cuune from “Nyaruko: Crawling with Love,” and Dakki from “Houzuki no Reitetsu.”
Yousuke Toba joined Aniplex in 2004 after working as an Assistant Director at Studio Ghibli, where he worked on “Howl’s Moving Castle” and other Ghibli titles. At Aniplex, he produced several popular titles including “Gurren Lagann,” “AngelBeats!,” and “iDOLM@STER.” Most recently, he produced the smash hit series “Kill la Kill,” in 2013-2014. Yousuke Toba joins Studio Trigger to present “Kill la Kill” at Anime Expo 2014.
Eir Aoi is a Japanese singer who debuted with Sony Music Entertainment Japan with her first single in 2011. Her music has been featured in many hit anime series such as “Fate/Zero”, “Mobile Suit Gundam AGE” and “Sword Art Online”. Her singles “Sirius” and “Sanbika” are both featured in the highly popular TV anime series “KILL la KILL.”