Anime Expo Hosts Former Yu-Gi-Oh! Planner, Strategist Masanori Miyake

July 2, 2015 at 7:28 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Photo of Masanori Miyake

Anime Expo 2015 kicks off today in Los Angeles, California! Among the many Japanese guests attending is Masanori Miyake, the director of planning and development at A-1 Pictures, an anime production house and subsidiary of Aniplex. Though he only just joined A-1 Pictures in May 2015, Miyake is a veteran of the industry, having held planning and production roles with Asatsu-DK (ADK) and Nihon Ad Systems (NAS) since 2002. Yu-Gi-Oh! anime viewers might recognize ADK and NAS as members of the consortium of owners and licensors of the Yu-Gi-Oh! property.

Miyake has worked on over 20 anime titles, including Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Eyeshield 21, Dragonaut: The Resonance, Natsume’s Book of Friends, and three Pretty Cure series. Furthermore, Miyake worked with 4Kids Entertainment and 4K Media (Konami) to establish a global development strategy for Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

Masanori Miyake will join A-1 Pictures president Tomonori Ochikoshi and producer Yuichi Fukushima for a panel this Saturday at 5:15 pm in LP3. The focus will probably be on Gate and Wagnaria!!3, the two new anime series by A-1 premiering this weekend. Still, if you’ve ever wanted to know about what goes into planning and producing Yu-Gi-Oh! from the Japanese companies’ perspective, here’s your chance to ask Miyake!

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