Anime Boston’s bringing out the big guns in their guest list. That’s no lie, and this year’s con isn’t in April, so we’re in the clear.

Earlier today, Anime Boston announced that director Kyohei Ishiguro and character designer Yukiko Aikei will attend this year’s events as guests. Anime Boston will mark both Ishiguro and Aikei’s first appearances at an American anime convention.

Kyohei Ishiguro started his anime industry career in 2005 as a member of studio Sunrise. He made his directorial début in 2009, when he served as an episode director for Fairy Tail. Ishiguro became a freelance director in 2011, and has gone on to serve as episode director on a number of prominent titles, including Psycho-Pass and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere. His first full directing role was 2014’s Your Lie in April.

Yukiko Aikei cut her teeth as a character designer on Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere. Since then, she’s gone on to work on numerous major titles, including Accel World, Love Live! School idol project, and Sword Art Online. In 2014, she worked with Ishiguro-sensei as she filled the dual role of character designer and animation director for Your Lie In April.

Your Lie In April adapts Naoshi Arakawa’s manga of the same name. The 22-episode series originally aired from October 2014 through March 2015. In North America, Aniplex of America streamed Your Lie In April in North America as it aired in Japan. The series is currently available in subtitled format on Aniplex Channel, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.

Source: Anime Boston