The co-founder of last year's rocky Japan Expo 1st Impact talks about all the dramatic changes to this year's event, what went wrong last time and what to expect from this year's show at the San Mateo Event Center.
Sunday SpotlightYoshitoshi ABeChris BeveridgeAaron DismukeMyung-Jin LeeJustin SevakisYasuyuki UedaApr 3rd 2005
Yoshitoshi ABe and Yasuyuki Ueda|
Who they are: Producer and writer/character designer
What they've done: Texhnolyze, Haibane Renmei, Serial Experiments Lain, NieA_7
Quotable: (Ueda) "What's really enjoyable for me is when I'm thinking of the littlest details, whether it's a specific word or a title or whatever, and I'm on my way home on my bicycle and something comes up in my head, and I think and reflect to myself, 'Oh my gosh, I'm a genius!'"
Who he is: Producer at ImaginAsian TV, former CPM subtitler, founder of ANN
What he's done: In charge of licensing anime content for ImaginAsian TV
Quotable: "The only two movies I've ever cried more than a sniffle at were Omoide Poro Poro and Pom Poko! Oh wait, My Neighbors the Yamadas, too. And there was that one time I was moved to tears by the Kellogg's logo at the end of Barney and Friends, but I was really really hopped up on over-the-counter cold medication at the time."
Who he is: Voice actor
What he's done: Roles: Young Akito, Hiro Sohma (Fruits Basket), Alphonse Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist), Yott (Kiddy Grade), Shura (Yū Yū Hakusho)
Quotable: "I recorded Elric's lines in a bowl and I of course managed to kick it into the mic over and over again, producing an ear piercing, deafeningly loud noise that was the formula for me nearly getting fired. Other than that, it was really cool."
Who he is: Creator of the Ragnarok franchise
What he's done: The popular Ragnarok Online game and companion comic series
Quotable: "Even if you're not fighting, it's easier to make friends in Ragnarok by going into towns and talking to other players. The gameplay's also easier than Final Fantasy's."
Who he is: Webmaster, founder of AnimeonDVD.com
What he's done: Over 2000 anime reviews!
Quotable: "Probably the most surprising thing about the industry is that they haven't hired anyone to knock me off yet."
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