Anime Expo® 2008 announces the 1st ever global convention appearance of Madhouse animator Hiromi Kato as an official Guest of Honor to this year¹s Anime Expo® 2008 held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> .
Mr. Kato learned about animation from renowned animator Yasuji Mori from the age of 16 at Nippon Animation Co., LTD after being deeply impressed by the NHK TV anime ³Mirai Shounen Conan² (FUTURE BOY CONAN). Mr. Kato¹s first role as a key animator was for the title ³Peter Pan no Bouken² (ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN). He debuted as an animation director with ³Trapp Ikka Monogatari² (TRAP FAMILY STORY). He debuted as a character designer with ³Daisogen No Chiisana Tenshi Bush Baby² (THE BUSH BABY). He also designed characters for ³Ai to Yuuki no Big Girl Tonde Buurin² (SUPER PIG OF LOVE AND COURAGE), ³Hameln no Violin Hiki² (VIOLINIST OF HAMELN) and other titles while at Nippon Animation Co., Ltd. Mr. Kato was also involved in the planning of ³Tenshi ni Narumon!² (I¹M GONNA BE AN ANGEL!) as well as the production of ³Shoujo Kakumei Utena² (REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA).
Mr. Kato is a current member of Madhouse Studios working as an animation
director for BECK and PARADISE KISS as well as a character designer for
CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 2.