The team was at C2E2, Chicago’s Comic and Entertainment EXPO over last weekend covering the event and seeing the sights. I happen to have a good eye, especially when it comes to anime, J-Pop, or the convention scene. I noticed some of the owners of Anime Central (ACEN) at C2E2. They happened to bring along a huge Rimuru Tempest, like more than life size. He’s the Slime character from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime I would later find out it was foreshadowing for a partnership between Crunchyroll and ACEN.
Anime Central has announced that it will host from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Assistant Director Atsushi Nakayama, Character Designer Ryoma Ebata, and the voice of Rimuru Miho Okasaki at this year’s event.
Atsushi Nakayama, born in 1974, is Assistant Director for the Winter 2019 TV Anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. He was Unit Director on Knight’s & Magic and other shows, as well as Director of Photography for Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, and others. Mr. Nakayama provides storyboards, direction, photography, and other multifaceted work around the production studio. His first work as a director was Absolute Duo.
Ryoma Ebata, born in 1981, is the character designer and director of key animation for the Winter 2019 TV Anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. For most of his career, he has worked as an animator, designer, as well as a Unit Director. The first time he was in charge of Character Designs was with Busou Shinki. He has been in charge of key animation for openings, endings, and the main areas for numerous titles such as Absolute Duo, Dimension W, Macross Frontier, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
Miho Okasaki is a voice actress who has held roles such as Rimuru from That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime and Miku Nishio from Music Girls.