Shinichirō Watanabe (Japan)

The legendary director of Cowboy Bebop and more

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that legendary anime director Shinichirō Watanabe will be attending Madman Anime Festival Melbourne as a special Guest of Honour. Watanabe-san, who’s directed classics such as Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Terror in Resonance, will be attending the festival to meet fans, sign autographs, and present an on-stage panel.

After making his directorial debut with the well-received Macross Plus, Watanabe-san has gone on to become one of the best known and most highly regarded directors of his generation. Watanabe-san has helmed a number of iconic shows – hip hop actioner Samurai Champloo, sci-fi noir classic Cowboy Bebop, explosive terrorism-themed thriller Terror In Resonance and anarchic sci-fi comedy Space Dandy, as well as contributing to the influential anime anthology The Animatrix.

More details will be announced closer to the festival.