A pair of true Gundam pros are making their way to New York… and that’s saying it lightly!

Earlier today, the Anime NYC staff announced a pair of new guests. Sunrise producers Shin Sasaki and Masakazu Ogawa, both of whom worked on the Gundam franchise, will attend the event.

Shin Sasaki

Shin Sasaki is the executive producer of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. He joined Sunrise in 1997 and, starting in 1999, found himself involved in every single Gundam anime project. This includes Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and Gundam Unicorn.

Sasaki will attend the “Sunrise and Gundam Thunderbolt” panel.

Masakazu Ogawa

Masakazu Ogawa joined Sunrise in 2002. In addition to handling Production Advancement in Witch Hunter Robin, Ogawa served as producer on eleven Gundam titles. Notable credits include Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and Gundam Build Fighters.

Ogawa will attend the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans English dub cast panel and signing. he’ll be joined with Mikazuki Augus actor Kyle McCarley.

Furthermore, Anime NYC will host the world première of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower, which will be presented with a live concert led by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi. The screening is free for all Anime NYC attendees.

Anime NYC will be held at New York’s Javits Center from November 17 – 19, 2017. Crunchyroll is the main sponsor for the event, though Funimation, Viz Media, and Kinokuniya Bookstore also signed on as backers. LeftField Media founder Greg Topalian and head of content Peter Tatara will organize the convention.

Greg Topalian and Peter Tatara were previously affiliated with event organizers ReedPOP, as well as New York Comic Con. In addition, Tatara served as a guest and events organizer at New York Anime Festival.

Source: Anime NYC [1] [2] [3]