Sakura-Con To Present Classic Character Designer Kenichi Sonoda As Guest Of Honor

Sakura-Con, scheduled for April 14-16 at the Washington State Convention Center, has announced plans to host Kenichi Sonoda as a guest of honor. Sonoda is best known as the character designer for the Bubblegum Crash/Bubblegum Crisis series, as well as the designs for Gall Force, Otaku no Video, and Riding Bean. As the event explains, his iconic art style has definitely helped shape the look of various 80’s/90’s era anime. 



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His favorite movies include the Blues Brothers, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Vanishing Point.  His favorite animation is the first rendition of Lupin the Third, and in comics, he is fond of the works of Katsuhiro Otomo and Leiji Matsumoto.  He’s also a fan of the SFX series, Thunderbirds, UFO, and many others.

Currently, Mr. Sonoda is working on further art and bonus comics for Riding Bean, the prequel to the series, Gunsmith Cats.

Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.