The organizers of Anime Expo have announced that singer Yoko Takahashi, A-1 Pictures president Tomonori Ochikoshi, producer Yūichi Fukushima, and planner Masanori Miyake.
Takahashi will participate in autograph sessions throughout the weekend, and in a live musical performance on July 5, 2015 as part of a celebratory event for Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s 20th anniversary. Takahashi performed the opening theme song “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” and one of the “Fly to the Moon” ending theme songs for the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series, as well as “Soul’s Refrain,” the theme song of Evangelion: Death and Rebirth. Takahashi has also performed theme songs for CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon, Pumpkin Scissors, Shakugan no Shana, Ah! My Goddess, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, and Aquarian Age the Movie.
Ochikoshi, Fukushima, and Miyake will participate in an A-1 Pictures panel at 5:15pm on July 4, 2015. Ochikoshi joined A-1 Pictures when it was founded, and he formerly held positions as the production group’s general manager and the creative group’s general manager. He became the new representative director and president of the animation studio as of April 1, 2015.
Fukushima joined the studio in 2009 as a production manager, and has worked as a producer since 2011 on shows such as Vividred Operation, THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE, Your Lie in April, and THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS. He is currently producing Dōkyūsei.
Miyake started working with A-1 Pictures in May 2015 after working as a producer at ADK Inc. since 2002. Miyake has worked on planning and development on shows such as Eyeshield 21, Natsume’s Book of Friends, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.
Anime Expo will be taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, from July 2-5, 2015.