Shinichiro Watanabe Confirmed to Appear at MCM London Comic Con

The organisers of the MCM London Comic Con have dropped a press release with some awesome info… Deep breath… Shinichiro Watanabe will be attending! Okay, that was unnecessary since the news headline gave it away but it’s big news since Shinichiro Watanabe is one of the biggest names in anime thanks to his work as director of Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop, and Kids on the Slope. His appearance is linked to the latter two titles getting a release and he will be taking part in events surrounding them.

Here are the details:


Top Anime Director Confirmed For London Comic Con

Acclaimed anime director Shinichiro Watanabe, best known for helming Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Kids On The Slope, is to be the Anime Guest of Honour at May’s MCM London Comic Con, show organisers have announced.

Attending all three days of the show, Shinichiro Watanabe will be taking part in on-stage panels and promoting both Anime Limited’s upcoming HD release of Cowboy Bebop and the UK debut of his latest series, Kids On The Slope, released by MVM Entertainment.

Watanabe will also be holding exclusive signing sessions at the Anime Limited booth. MCM London Comic Con visitors who pre-order Anime Limited’s Cowboy Bebop either at HMV or Amazon and bring proof of pre-order to the show will receive an exclusive A4 Bebop print to get signed (while stocks last). These prints are extremely limited in volume, however, so go along to the stand early to avoid disappointment!

While Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Kids On The Slope are Watanabe’s best known works, the Kyoto-born director’s credits also include the Macross Plus OVA, Baby Blue and Kid’s Story and A Detective Story, two shorts in The Animatrix anthology.

Europe’s biggest comic convention, MCM London Comic Con takes place at London ExCel from 24-26 May, covering everything from films and videogames to manga and cosplay.
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