Press Releases

May 3, 2006

News for AnimeNEXT 2006:

AnimeNEXT Japanese guests of honor announced for 2006

AnimeNEXT is honored to announce its Japanese guests of honor this year will be Rintaro and Masao Maruyama.

Rintaro began his career working along side Osamu Tezuka, The God of Manga. Rintaro worked on such renowned series as Alakazam the Great, Jungle Emperor Leo and Astro Boy in various roles. Since that time, Rintaro has worked as Director, Producer, Character Designer, Screenplay writer, Animator and Storyboard Artist through out his career.

He has worked on such well known anime as X (Movie), The Phoenix, Metropolis, Harmegedon, Galaxy Express 999 Movie, Doomed Megalopolis, Dagger of Kamui, Adieu Galaxy Express 999, Paradise Kiss, Pet Shop of Horrors, Labyrinth and many others.

Mr. Maruyama has also had quite an illustrious career, both along side Rintaro and on his own. Mr. Maruyama has worked on legendary shows from through out the history of anime. He has also worked on a wide range of contemporary shows that most fans will be familiar with. His credits include Biohunter, Birdy the Mighty, BoogiePop Phantom, Dagger of Kamui, Demon City Shinjuku, DNA2, Doomed Megalopolis, Jubei-chan, Master Keaton, Metropolis, Neo-Tokyo, Paradise Kiss, Perfect Blue, Sakura Wars, The Phoenix, Trigun, X (Movie), Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie, Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie 2, DNA2, Gunslnger Girl, Ninja Scroll and many more.

AnimeNEXT is the New York City area anime convention. Located at the Meadowlands Expo Center and the Holiday Inn in Secaucus, NJ, AnimeNEXT is only minutes from New York City. AnimeNEXT is June 16-18, 2006. Come out to see the latest anime titles in our 24-hour video rooms, check out the latest manga in our Manga Library, and see what's playing in the video game room. AnimeNEXT will also feature industry guests, voice actors, music videos, anime game shows, artist's alley, the art show, cosplay and a whole lot more. To find out more, visit our Web site at We'll see you in June!