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Anime Expo Guests

posted on 2003-05-29 00:35 EDT

Although Anime Expo hasn't announced a new guest in about a month, the largest Anime convention in North America is only a little more than a month away, so it's worth re-capping the current announced guest list as there is usually a significant number of announcements from AX in the last m onth preceding the convention.

AX's current confirmed Japanese guests are Yoshitoshi ABe, Yuki Kajiura, Koushi Rikudo and Goro Taniguchi.

Yoshitoshi ABe: Mr. ABe is a talented manga artist and character designer who has received much notoriety in the U.S. with his work on the TV series serial experiments lain and NieA_7. In 2002, he expanded his creative role to include writing the screenplay, as well as designing characters, for Haibane Renmei, which is based on his own dojinshi. This year, Mr. ABe is working once again with producer, Yasuyuki Ueda, and writer, Chiaki Konaka, on a project titled, TEXHNOLYZE.

Yuki Kajiura: Ms. Kajiura recently received much attention with her work on the Dot Hack and Noir soundtracks. Ms. Kajiura will be releasing a solo album, Fiction, this summer in the U.S. This is Ms. Kajiura's first U.S. convention appearance and she appears as a guest of Pioneer Entertainment (USA) Inc.

Koshi Rikudo: Mr. Rikudo is the creator and manga artist of the immensely popular manga Excel Saga that is serialized monthly in Young King Ours and has been animated into a TV series. Mr. Rikudo's other manga works include Holy Brownie and Arahabaki. Anime Expo 2003 is Mr. Rikudo's first U.S. convention appearance.

Goro Taniguchi: Mr. Taniguchi is the director of the popular anime, Infinite Ryvius and s-CRY-ed. He made his debut in the anime industry as production supervisor for Raijin-Oh. Since then, he has worked as assistant director on Gasaraki and drew storyboards for One Piece and Yu-Gi-Oh!. This is Mr. Taniguchi's first U.S. convention appearance and he is appearing courtesy of Bandai Entertainment, INC.

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