Fate/Zero and Madoka writer Gen Urobuchi, producer Atsuhiro Iwakami and light novel publisher Katsushi Ota led a packed panel Friday at Sakuracon. A life-size Charlotte cosplayer drew gasps from the crowd and had to stop for pictures. Aniplex staff asked the crowd if they could take a picture of them before getting the panel underway.
A short demo reel of Aniplex's titles played before introductions of the main guests.
Gen Urobuchi: Hello Sakura-con! My name is Gen Urobuchi. I originally used to be a game script writer but Katsushi Ota told me to start writing other stuff and then Iwakami saw my work and before I knew it I was doing anime screenplays.
Katsushi Ota: Hello! I am Katushi Ota, I've been Urobuchi's editor for eight years now. I never thought we'd be travelling to the States this way, talking to everyone. It's a pleasant surprise, thank you.
Atsuhiro Iwakami: Hello, I am the anime producer Iwakami. I'm glad to be here in Seattle and talking to everyone. I see some Kyubey's and Charlottes. I'm happy to be here with everyone.
A short demo reel of Aniplex's titles which the guests were involved in then played after their introductions. Many of the questions ended up being for Mr. Urobuchi.