Hyper Japan will be back for its next fest at Tobacco Dock, London from July 14th to 16th, and so will Kihara Hirokatsu. An anime professional who worked on the production desk for Laputa, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, he was a guest at last year’s Hyper Japan too. But he ruffled a few fan feathers while he was there, giving an interview that criticised the creativity of Studio Ghibli‘s films following his departure.
Makes us wonder what his plans might be for this appearance. The festival website introduces him and his body of work as follows:
Have you ever thought about what goes on behind the scenes of the anime films and television series we all know and love? Would you like to learn the trade secrets and day-to-day job profiles of one of Japan’s most lucrative industries? Well here’s your chance to find out, as anime industry insider Kihara Hirokatsu joins us at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2017. In a revealing discussion session, Kihara will talk about his time working on some of the most iconic anime films of all time. Attendees will also have a chance to glimpse some incredibly rare pieces of animation history!
Kihara Hirokatsu formerly worked at the Studio Ghibli production desk, and was involved in Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Nowadays he writes ghost stories and MCs at monster conventions. His most famous work is Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment, and has been a crucial contributor to many other hits in this genre.