Matsubara Hidenori to Attend SMASH this August

Sydney's premiere anime convention, SMASH, has made yet ANOTHER massive announcement for this years con. Following the success of Japan Foundation's Evangelion expo and announcement of Evangelion 3.0 at Madman's REEL ANIME festival, SMASH announce the inclusion of Matsubara Hidenori!

UPDATE: SMASH have confirmed that Hidenori-san will be holding art workshops at SMASH!

Masakazu Morita, Haruko Momoi and now Matsubara Hidenori? Why isn't August here yet?

Full details after the jump.

Director Matsubara Hidenori to attend SMASH! 2013 

Matsubara Hidenori ©CCSX
Sydney, NSW, May 22, 2013 – With less than three months until SMASH! (Sydney Manga and Anime Show), it has been confirmed that animation director Matsubara Hidenori will be joining Japanese voice-actors Masazaku Morita and Haruko Momoi as this year’s main guests. 

Besides his acclaimed director title, Matsubara Hidenori is also a prominent character designer and illustrator for titles such as Ah! My Goddess, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, and the popular Neon Genesis Evangelion series and films. 

With SMASH! being his first Australian appearance, Hidenori’s visit coincides with the Neon Genesis Evangelion art exhibition which is currently touring Australia’s east coast. SMASH! President Ray Elinon says Hidenori’s appearance ‘will definitely excite Evangelion fans’. 

“We want every guest panel to be distinctive in its own way,” Elinon said. “To have a celebrated artist-director attending SMASH!, fans can expect a live demonstration and a Q&A panel with Hidenori-san on the day. This is a great chance for aspiring artists to meet and learn from him.” 

SMASH! (Sydney Manga and Anime Show) is a one-day convention that will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013. For more information, visit

Matsubara Hidenori (秀典松原) is an acclaimed character designer, illustrator and animation director who has worked for Gainax Company and is now working at Studio Khara. 

He is best known for his work in animated titles such as Ah! My Goddess, Sakura Wars, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Wolf's Rain, Steamboy and The Princess and the Pilot. 

In addition to these titles, Matsubara Hidenori also played a vital role in the Neon Genesis Evangelion films and television series. Not only was Hidenori the chief animation director of Evangelion’s infamous episode 26, but he was also the animation director of the first two films of the Rebuild of Evangelion film series.


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