LOS ANGELES (June 21, 2011) – Anime Expo 2011 has announced Tetsuro Araki, Masayoshi Tanaka and Kentaro Hashimoto of Madhouse Studios as Guests of Honor. The trio will be present for a special July 2nd screening of the acclaimed zombie apocalypse series Highschool of the Dead and will host a creator’s panel at Anime Expo, when it returns to the L.A. Convention Center from July 1 — 4, 2011.
Tetsuro Araki has engaged with a number of animated TV series, including Di Gi Charat Nyo and Gungrave, as a Madhouse staff. He makes a shocking directorial debut, with the animation adaptation of the comic series Death Note. Since then he has directed the vampiric saga Kurozuka and adapted the zombie apocalypse Highschool of the Dead. Mr. Araki is now working with Production I.G on his new series Guilty Crown.
As an animator, Masayoshi Tanaka has worked on popular series such as X, Chobits, Eureka 7, Honey And Clover and many more. As character designer and chief animator, his most famous works include Toradora!, the animated adaptation of the Shonen Jump series Reborn! and Highschool of the Dead. He is currently working on Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai at A-1 Pictures.