Robert is one of the founders of AnimEigo, the oldest surviving Anime releasing company in North America. Also known as one of the authors of the early Wizardry-series computer games, he founded AnimEigo in 1989 with fellow game-designer Roe R. Adams, III after they had the hilariously bad idea that people might actually want to buy properly translated and subtitled Anime.
AnimEigo has released many classic anime titles, including Bubblegum Crisis, Urusei Yatsura, Kimagure Orange Road, and Oh My Goddess!.
AnimEigo's live action films include titles such as Shogun Assassin, Lone Wolf and Cub, Zatoichi, Lady Snowblood, Sleepy Eyes of Death, the Palm d'Or winning The Ballad of Narayama, Japan's Longest Day, and the Guinness World record holder for longest movies series starring the same actor, Tora-san.
Robert says AnimEigo's philosophy is: "First, we have to like it, then we have to fool ourselves into believing it'll make money. Worst-case, we'll release something we think is worthwhile."
In recent years, AnimEigo has been releasing custom, limited-edition Blu-ray sets of classic anime via Kickstarters, tuning each release based on feedback from project backers, and even letting them work on the project (aka "slaving away in the sausage factory"). Already released are BD sets of Bubblegum Crisis and Otaku no Video, to be followed this winter by Riding Bean.
Anime Convention Guest Appearances
- Animé Los Angeles 2020 - January 9-12, 2020 in Ontario, CA 2016
- AnimeFest 2016 - August 12-15, 2016 in Dallas, TX
- Florida Anime Experience 2016 - April 22-24, 2016 in Kissimmee, FL 2015
- Triad Anime Convention 2015 - March 13-15, 2015 in Winston-Salem, NC 1998
- Canadian National Comic Book Expo 1998 - June 26-28, 1998 in Toronto, ON, Canada
- Project: A-Kon 1998 - May 29-31, 1998 in Dallas, TX 1996
- Anime Weekend Atlanta 1996 - October 11-13, 1996 in Atlanta, GA 1995
- Otakon 1995 - September 1-4, 1995 in State College, PA 1993
- Anime America 1993 - June 25-27, 1993 in Santa Clara, CA 1992
- Anime Expo 1992 - July 3-6, 1992 in San Jose, CA 1991
- AnimeCon 1991 - August 30 - September 2, 1991 in San Jose, CA
11 confirmed guest appearances