With SMASH! drawing ever closer around the proverbial corner, it might be considered a wise idea to take a little refresher read on some of the guest who will grace the convention this 2015.
For those of you who have an ear for the strings, you may be happy to note that Hiroaki Yura is one of the names rounding out the SMASH! attendance roster. Having founded Eminence Symphony Orchestra, the world’s first animation and gaming focused orchestra, back in 2003, Yura has put forth a number of creative musical series. His directing talents also saw his name added to projects such as Diablo III, Soulcaliber IV and V, along with Steins;Gate (a personal favourite of mine).
2010 saw the birth of a new company under Yura’s direction, Creative Intelligence Arts Inc. Now if that name sounds at all familiar, it might be due to the fact that it is the company behind the upcoming Project Phoenix, the first Japan-based videogame to live amongst the ever growing halls of Kickstarter. Their most recently announced project, an animated film series named Under the Dog, has also received endorsements from those such as Hideo Kojima. So yeah, that’s pretty awesome.
In regards to Yura’s attendance, SMASH! President Andrew Qiu said:
“Over the last few years, we have been working towards strengthening the gaming presence at SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show. Mr Yura’s attendance marks the beginning of a new era for gaming at SMASH! as we hope to bring more exclusive gaming content at this year’s convention and beyond. This will be a fantastic opportunity for fans to meet Mr Yura, and learn more about the gaming and animation industry.”
Anyway, that’s probably enough rattling on from me. The key point here is that Hiroaki Yura will be at SMASH! 2015 as, hopefully, will you. If you have yet to nab a ticket, and you possess the necessary drive to do so, why not jump on over to SMASH! (the internet location, not the physical space) and do so? You shan’t regret it.