G-FEST XXIV Special Guests
The following special guests will be appearing at G-FEST XXIV:
Guest of Honor: Michiru Ōshima
Michiru Ōshima is a composer who’s music can be heard on numerous anime series, movies, and video games. She is well known to kaiju fans for her scores for Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. Some of the popular anime series featuring her music include Fullmetal Alchemist and Queen Emeraldas. This year, Michiru Ōshima will be the recipient of the coveted Mangled Skyscraper Award for her contributions to the kaiju eiga genre.
Guest of Honor: Yuji Kaida
Yuji Kaida is a veteran designer/illustrator, renowned by his legion of fans for his massive volume of Godzilla and other kaiju related work – it is everywhere! Mr. Kaida’s beautiful paintings and illustrations can be found in books, posters, CDs, comic books, and model kits. He has also worked on numerous other high-profile properties, including Transformers, Macross, Gundam, Patlabor, and Zoids.
Guest of Honor: Shinji Higuchi
Returning to G-FEST after previously attending in 2011, is director and special effects director Shinji Higuchi. Mr. Higuchi most recently worked on Shin Godzilla in 2016, as the visual effects director and co-director with screenwriter and Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno. Previous to that, he directed the live action adaptation of the Attack on Titan movies. Shinji Higuchi is also well known for his special effects work on the Heisei Gamera trilogy from 1995 to 1999. In 2001 he contributed FX supervision for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. He started out as one of the founding members of the anime studio Gainax, lending his writing, art direction, and story boarding skills to the popular series Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Guest of Honor: Ryuki Kitaoka
Ryuki Kitaoka is an actor and suit actor/stuntman. He has played in several Ultraman titles including Ultraman Tiga, Dyna, Gaia, and Cosmos. Some of Mr. Kitaoka’s other kaju related work includes acting roles in Godzilla: Final Wars; Reigo, the Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato; and Death Kappa.