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Production I.G Talk

February 25 at 5pm PT


WIT Studio Talk

February 25 at 6pm PT

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MAL Anime Academy will bring you information and insight into the anime industry—first-hand from the professionals. This panel is a must-see for all anime fans!

Our first guest is Animation Director Takayuki Goto from Production I.G—a studio known for such anime as Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, Haikyuu!! and PSYCHO-PASS. He will be discussing the anime production process along with some unique characteristics of animation created in Japan.

Our second guest is George Wada, president of WIT STUDIO—a studio known for such anime as Attack on Titan (Season 1 - Season 3) and Ranking of Kings. He will be discussing the history of the studio and answering questions from the community.

Collectors will also want to keep their eyes peeled for some exciting items on sale for a very limited period starting February 25, exclusive to MAL Expo Lite 2022.

Livestream starts February 25 2022, 5pm (PT)

Catch-up stream available until:
March 24 8pm (PT)


1. Production I.G Talk

February 25 5pm - (PT)


Production I.G Animation Director Takayuki Goto will be joining us to talk about animation production and what it is like to work as an animator, and he will also be using videos to show us some of the differences between Japanese and non-Japanese animation. Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Executive Producer Mikio Gunji will be acting as presenter for the Production I.G talk.


Takayuki Goto

Animation Director

Takayuki Goto

Goto’s prowess as a character designer became prominent when the anime Zillion won the Fan Prize in the Best Anime, Best Male Character Design and Best Female Character Design categories at the 1987 Japan Animation Awards.
The sequel OVA Zillion: Burning Night became the first work by the newly-formed studio I.G Tatsunoko, which later became Production I.G. Goto focused most of his animation work on the studio while also taking part in the management of the company. He has worked as character designer and animation director for many of Production I.G’s most well-known titles including Ghost in the Shell, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit and Kuroko’s Basketball. He stepped down from his position as executive vice president in August 2020 to mark his 60th birthday, but continues to work as a creator for Production I.G.
The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, for which Goto works as chief animation director, will be debuting a trilogy of theatrical releases later this year under the title Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Gekitotsu. They will be released in Japan on March 4, April 1 and May 13, respectively.


Mikio Gunji

Legends of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These
Executive Producer

Mikio Gunji

Legends of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These executive producer Mikio Gunji had a slightly unusual entry into the industry, joining Production I.G from a background in finance after becoming inspired by the anime Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. He was later appointed as an executive board member of Production I.G’s parent company, I.G Port. In 2021, Gunji was appointed vice-president of WIT STUDIO, another studio which is a subsidiary of I.G Port
He has been involved in a large number of anime titles, such as Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (as producer), The Ancient Magus’ Bride (planning) and GREAT PRETENDER (as chief of planning).
Not being bound by two-dimensions, Gunji began adding virtual reality to his credentials in 2014. He has produced a number of virtual reality works, such as Ghost in the Shell Virtual Reality Diver, which was invited to the 75th Venice Film Festival as part of its Venice Virtual reality category.
The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, for which Gunji works as executive producer, will be debuting a trilogy of theatrical releases later this year under the title Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Gekitotsu. They will be released in Japan on March 4, April 1 and May 13, respectively.

What is Production I.G?

Started as the joint collaboration of visionary production manager Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and popular character designer Takayuki Goto, the company was established on December 15, 1987 as I.G Tatsunoko, a name bearing the initials of its founders as well as the renowned studio they were from. The new company met with success and in 1993 its founders renamed it Production I.G. Since then, the studio has enjoyed yearly growth in sales and size.

Production I.G has produced a number of acclaimed feature films, OVA (original video animation), TV shows, and videogames. For their refined storytelling and cutting-edge animation, Ghost in the Shell (1995, directed by Mamoru Oshii, N. 1 in US Billboard Top Video Sales Chart 1996), Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999, directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, Jury’s Special Prize at Fantasporto 1999), and Blood: The Last Vampire (2000, directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo), have earned critical accolades in Japan and all around the world. Innocence, directed by Mamoru Oshii in 2004, became the first Japanese animation feature ever to compete for the Palme d’Or at the Festival de Cannes. In 2008, Mamoru Oshii’s animated feature film, The Sky Crawlers was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 65th Venice Film Festival and won 3 awards at Sitges in the same year.
In 2018, the studio launched its first Netflix Original series, B: The Beginning directed by Kazuto Nakazawa (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 animation part), which was selected in competition at Annecy and received the Jury Award at BIAF 2018. The studio’s first VR experience, Ghost in the Shell: Virtual Reality Diver (2018) was selected for Venice VR, Sitges, BIFFF and BIAF.


February 25 6pm - (PT)


WIT STUDIO president George Wada will be answering questions collected in advance from MAL users, and he will be talking a little about the 10-year history of WIT STUDIO and their latest works.


George Wada


George Wada

Born 1978. After entering animation studio Production I.G (most well-known for Ghost in the Shell), Wada took part in hit anime such as Real Drive, Guilty Crown and Psycho-Pass.

In 2012 he founded and became president of anime studio WIT STUDIO. He acted as producer for the studio’s inaugural anime Attack on Titan (Season 1 - Season 3), which became renowned around the world for its innovation and incredibly high-quality animation. Wada later worked on other popular shows such as Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, The Ancient Magus Bride and Ranking of Kings.

In 2020 he was appointed as Executive Vice President of Production I.G. He also founded WIT Animation School together with major streaming service Netflix, helping creators develop their skills. He also endeavors to improve the working environment for those in the industry.


WIT STUDIO is a Tokyo-based animation studio founded in June 2012 with the mission “Using animation to create content that exceeds the imagination of the audience and giving them an experience they have never had before.”

Making the most of its strength as a group of top professionals, the studio incorporates its myriad of unique talents and abilities to create original works that can only be created as a team—works that will remain in the hearts of those who see them.

Without being swayed by current trends, the studio has faith in the universal values of WIT STUDIO and the creativity of its creators, and will use those to continue to transmit anime from Japan to the world.
2022 is no exception when it comes to having exciting anime. Be sure to watch out for the second half of Ranking of Kings this winter and the much-awaited Spy x Family this spring as WIT STUDIO celebrates its 10th anniversary!

Legends of the Galatic Heroes Official Goods

Legends of the Galatic Heroes Official Goods

The staff at Production I.G will carefully scan actual key animation stills and print them on genuine animation paper. They will then be sent to a professional framing company to produce an amazing piece of anime history to keep for many years. All the replicas sold during MAL Expo Lite 2022 will be signed directly by Animation Director Takayuki Goto himself! Each will also come with its own unique serial number. These are high-quality pieces that bring a little of the animation studio into your own home.

This is a great opportunity for fans of Takayuki Goto to support him directly by purchasing one of his signatures.
(For sale outside of Japan only)

Sale period:
February 25 - March 24 2022

*Pictures are for demonstration purposes only. The placement of the autograph, the colors and such may differ to the final product.

*For sale outside of Japan only.

*Shipping costs will depend on location.

*Payment can be made via PayPal or via credit card.

*Should the number of orders received go above expectations, there is a chance that there will be a marked increase in the amount of time it takes to ship the items out. Your patience is appreciated.

©YOSHIKI TANAKA/Legend of the Galactic Heroes Die Neue These Production Committee

Ask a question

Receive a special gift if your question is read out on the livestream

We are accepting questions from MAL users to be asked
to Production I.G’s Takayuki Goto and WIT Studio’s George Wada.
Feel free to ask anything from general questions about anime production to questions specifically for our guests.

From Production I.G

Three fans whose questions are read out will receive a copy of Legend Of The Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Official Design Works signed by Takayuki and Mikio.

Gift Details
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Official Design Works Complete Edition
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Official Design Works Complete Edition 2

An exhaustive look at the concept materials and art for episodes 1-24 of Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These!
With everything from the rough concepts to the final designs, you can get a look at the entire process from start to finish together with detailed explanations (Japanese only)
(The first volume covers episodes 1-12 and the second volume covers episodes 13-24 of the anime)

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Official Design Works Complete Edition/Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Official Design Works Complete Edition 2



Fans whose questions are read out will receive the 2022 WIT STUDIO Calendar signed by the three founding members of WIT STUDIO—George Wada, Tetsuya Nakatake and Kyoji Asano!

The calendar features illustrations by WIT STUDIO animators which were released on the official WIT STUDIO twitter (@WIT_STUDIO) on the first of every month to celebrate 10 years of the founding of the studio.

List of Animators

Aiko Minowa
Shunsuke Aoki
Tatsuya Murakami
Mai Teshima (Illustration)
Ryoko Mita (Coloring)
Atsuko Nozaki
Kyoji Asano
Takuma Ebisu
Naohiro Osugi
Takaaki Chiba
Atsuko Nozaki
Satoshi Kadowaki
Kyohei Tezuka
2022 WIT STUDIO Calendar2022 WIT STUDIO Calendar



Submission period: February 17 5pm (PT) ~ February 23 5pm (PT)


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