Anime Expo To Present "Welcome To the Ballroom" And "Infini-T Force" World Premieres

Several anime from upcoming seasons will be getting world premieres at Anime Expo, the mega-convention July 1 through July 4, 2017 at the LA Convention Center

Several anime from upcoming seasons will be getting world premieres at Anime Expo, the mega-convention July 1 through July 4, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on June 30, 2017.  Pony Canyon has announced plans for Production I.G's summer adaptation of Welcome to the Ballroom. Its broadcast starts July 8th. Then, Tatsunoko Production’s Infini-T Force will be presented with the fall anime's director and lead voice actor. 



Date: Sunday, July 2
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Room: Main Events (LACC Hall B)
For information about lining up and room entry for this event, please see the Program Room Policies.


A professional dancer named Sengoku rescues Tatara, an introverted third-year middle school student who is being harassed by delinquents. Tatara ends up at Sengoku’s dance studio where he meets Shizuku Hanaoka, a schoolmate he secretly idolizes. This is the defining moment when Tatara enters the world of dance. Sengoku is a free-spirited, dynamic international dancer who recognizes Tatara’s potential and begins to coach him. Through dance, Tatara meets another schoolmate, a dance prodigy named Kiyoharu. With these new friendships, Tatara develops a passionate desire to improve as a dancer and be accepted by his peers and rivals, which nurtures his own native talent. And through interaction with Tatara, other dance members are encouraged to take steps to overcome their own challenges and issues.


Born in 1980, Yoshimi Itazu began his career in animation at 18. He worked with directors such as Satoshi Kon (Paprika) and Hayao Miyazaki (The Wind Rises). One of Japan’s up-and-coming artists, he made his debut as character designer and lead animator in a feature film in Keiichi Hara’s Annecy-winning Miss Hokusai (2015). That very same year saw his directorial debut with the Tohoku quake-themed short film, Pigtails that won 20 international awards. Welcome to the Ballroom, slated in Japan for July 2017, is his first TV series as a director.



Born in 1976, the animator graduated from the Animator course in Tokyo Animator College. He was the Chief Animation Director for Welcome to the Ballroom. His renowned works include Kamichu! (2005) as Character Design and Animation director; Occult Academy (2010) as Character Design, Chief Animation Director and Animation Director; Psycho-Pass series (2012) as Sub Character Design and Chief Animation Director; Haikyū!! series (2014-2016) as Chief Animation Director.



Kinoshita joined Production I.G. in 2001, where he served as production manager for the animated sequence film Kill Bill: Volume 1 and for the animated television series Otogi Zoshi. Kinoshita then joined Pony Canyon Inc. in 2005, where he began his work as a producer for Shinreigari GHOST HOUND. His work Sengoku Basara was made into an animated feature film, becoming one of the most popular animated television series in Japan. Working as a producer for Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai (2009), which was created and written by Mamoru Oshii, led him to serve as a producer for the animated feature film 28 1/2 Mousou no kyojin directed by Oshii. Kinoshita has worked as a producer on many popular series including Attack on Titan, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, From the New World, THE ROLLING GIRLS, ETOTAMA, and more. His latest work Welcome to the Ballroom will begin airing from July.

These guests will attend the Welcome to the Ballroom Panel & Live Drawing on Saturday, July 1, 5:00pm -6:00pm at LP3/LACC 408 AB for a discussion and Q&A with attendees.


Infini-T Force is a new CGI series commemorating Tatsunoko Production’s 55th Anniversary.


Kiyotaka Suzuki (Psycho Pass 2 and Gatchaman Crowds Insight) makes his full directorial debut with Infini-T Force, which will be a CGI series. Voice actor, Tomokazu Seki (Touya Kinomoto in Cardcaptor Sakura, Gilgamesh in Fate/stay night, Kyo Sohma in Fruits Basket, and many more), will be joining Suzuki at the world premiere event for a Q&A session. Suzuki will also be holding autograph sessions throughout the weekend (schedule TBA).

  • Date: Saturday, July 1
  • Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Room: LACC\Main Events (Hall B)




Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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