Otakon Welcomes Back Masao Maruyama

Japanese film producer, animation developer and co-founder of madhouse animation studio, Masao Maruyama, will be a guest at Otakon 2017. Maruyama has also been an honorary Otakon staff member for many years.

Maruyama was involved in the establishment of MADHOUSE in 1972. Since then, he has nurtured talents such as Tetsuro Araki, Atsuko Ishizuka and the late Satoshi Kon. Among the anime works he has produced are “Unico,” “Ninja Scroll,” “Card Captor Sakura,” “Monster,” “Death Note,” “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” “Paprika,” “Redline” and “Supernatural: The Animation.” In 2011, Maruyama left MADHOUSE and formed MAPPA, whose first major project was 2012’s “Kids on the Slope” television anime series.

His recent works involve “Punch Line,” “Rage of Bahamut,” “Ushio To Tora,” and of course Japan’s award-winning and record-breaking crowdfunded film “In This Corner of the World.”

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.