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Anime Expo Announces Guests

posted on 2004-06-03 14:55 EDT
Yoko Ishida, Shinichiro Kimura, Toshiharu Murata and Takahiro Yoshimatsu join AX 2004, Mamoru Hosada cancels his visit.

Anime Expo has announced three new additions to their roster of Guests for the 2004 event.

Singer Yoko Ishida, director Shinichiro Kimura, and character designers Toshiharu Murata and Takahiro Yoshimatsu will join previosuly announced guests for Anime Expo 2004. Already announced guests include MIQ, Tmokazu Seki, Minoru Murao, Range Murata and Satoshi Nishimura.

Meanwhile Digimon: The Movie director Mamoru Hosoda has cancelled his visit to Anime Expo due to "schedule conflicts."


Excerpts from Press Release:

As one of Japan's finest anime directors, Shinichiro
Kimura has worked on BURN UP EXCESS, TINY SNOW FAIRY
SUGAR, DAI-GUARD, HAND MAID MA, POPOTAN, among other
titles. Fans may be familiar with Toshiharu Murata
character design work from BLUE SUB #6, BURN-UP
SCAMBLE, and HELLSING. Mr. Murata was also
instrumental in the mechanical layout of GAD GUARD,
GETBACKERS, and eX-Driver, and the mecha (comic book)
in YOU'RE UNDER ARREST!

Takahiro Yoshimatsu is credited with designing many
anime fan favorites, such as characters from shows
like TRIGUN, DRAGON BALL Z: MOVIE 1, JUBEI CHAN, NINJA
SCROLL TV, OH! SUPER MILK-CHAN, and SLAYERS. AX2004
attendees will have a chance to see Mr. Yoshimatsu in
action and have a chance to win autographed sketches.


AX's full press release regarding Shinichiro Kimura, Toshiharu Murata and Takahiro Yoshimatsu can be seen here, their guest roster can be seen here.

This article has a follow-up: AX Announces More Guests (2004-06-08 13:31)

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