Anaheim, CA February 18, 2010 — Anime Expo® 2010 is honored to announce anime director
and seiyu Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe as an official Guest of Honor for its July convention.
The United States’ largest anime and manga convention is scheduled for July 1 — 4, 2010 at the
Los Angeles Convention Center. The famed director will participate in guest panels, meet-and-
greets and autograph sessions at the 19th annual Anime Expo.
The charismatic director is among the most well-known anime directors in Japan. Mr. Watanabe
is a favorite among fans for his directorial work on Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemy, The
Wallflower, Tenchi Muyo! GXP and Nerima Daikon Brothers along with many other titles. His
off-beat comedic take on anime has earned him a huge fan following.
“Anime Expo is thrilled to have Mr. Watanabe join our line-up,” said Convention Chair Joyce
Lim. “We are looking forward the excitement that he will bring to our convention!”
In addition to his work as a director, Mr. Watanabe also appears as the voice of Nabeshin. This
caricature and his likeness have appeared in such titles as Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemy, Dotto
Koni-Chan, EyeShield, Hayate no Gotoku and Tayutama. Mr. Watanabe frequently appears in
public as Nabeshin, so keep a look out for his signature red blazer and afro at Anime Expo 2010!
Check out the promo video after the break…