COWBOY BEBOP Director Shinichiro Watanabe Coming To Toronto!

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COWBOY BEBOP Director Shinichiro Watanabe Coming To Toronto!

Big news for animation fans here in Toronto! We announced a little while back that Studio 4C's Genius Party anthology films would both be coming to Toronto as part of the Worldwide Short Film Festival in June. When the festival made that announcement we knew that one of the Genius Party directors would be accompanying the films but we didn't actually know who until today. Coming to present Genius Party as well as participate in an extended on-stage interview and question and answer session hosted by yours truly is Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the landmark anime series Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and a pair of the shorts included in The Animatrix.

The Genius Party films screen back to back at the Varsity Cinema on June 12th starting at 7:15 pm with tickets now available online. The on stage one-on-one with Watanabe - a session titled Anime In Translation will take place at the University of Toronto Emmanuel College Room EM 108 on June 13th from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm. Yes, that's a lot of time with the director and I'm drafting up my questions and approach now so if there are any questions you'd like to see put to him, now is the time to let me know. Fire away in the comments section below!

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JustinDMay 31, 2008 7:51 AM

Yargh! Damn you WORK! I'll be there for the screening but will sadly have to bow out of the interview. This is a great catch!

ksc2303May 31, 2008 1:50 PM

I was able to meet Wantanabe-san a few years back in Houston, but was disappointed I didn't get to ask him a question (only time I ever had something to say at a Q&A;)
Wantanabe's action sequences have a unique intensity and fluidity to them. I was curious how he developed that style and what influenced him.

NinjaZeroEightJune 2, 2008 9:35 AM

Awesome!! I'll be there with my girlfriend!
One thing I'd like to know is if he's going to be doing a signing session. I'd like to get an autograph.
I'd also like to know what he's working on right now, or what he's planning to work on in the near future.

BobsJune 10, 2008 2:53 AM

some questions for the man:
-How did the switch from painting cels to digital paint go?
-Although computers allow you to do thing you never could with cels, does he miss the old method?
-When are we going to see some of his older work in High Definition? Macross Plus and Cowboy Bebop recently got amazing remastered DVDs in Japan, are there Blu-Rays coming soon?