Japan Expo Welcomes Character Designer from No More Heroes

Santa Clara, CA – March 4th, 2013 – Japan Expo is pleased to announce their first Guest of Honor for their Santa Clara event, Yusuke KOZAKI, the character designer for the video game Fire Emblem Awakening and No More Heroes. Yusuke KOZAKI is a talented manga artist, illustrator, and character designer who embodies the nature of Japan Expo's many themes.

Born in Yokohama in 1978, Yusuke KOZAKI is a rising star in Japan's pop culture scene. At 19 he won the prize of honor as Manga young talent in the 215th edition of the contest organized by Young Magazine. Next, he won the 40th Chiba Tetsuya Award. Shortly thereafter his first short story “Mikakunin Higoshojo Kaoru” was published in Young Magazine. In 2002, his first long form story “Kyoko Karasuma” was published in the magazine B-Street. He is currently working on Donyatsu.

In addition to being a talented manga-ka, Yusuke KOZAKI has diversified his talents by becoming a character design for anime. His talents brought him acclaim for his work on the anime Speed Grapher, and shortly thereafter Sunrise Studios entrusted him with character design for the anime Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto.

Not content to limit himself to manga and anime, Yusuke KOZAKI has worked extensively in video games as well. His work can be seen in titles such as Osu! Tatakae! Oendan, Lord of Vermilion and of course the popular series which has been released for Wii, Playstation, and Xbox 360. His most recent efforts as the character designer for Fire Emblem Awakening have been extremely well received, and the game has enjoyed excellent reviews and sales.

Please join them in giving a warm welcome to Yusuke KOZAKI at Japan Expo 1st Impact in Santa Clara!

About Japan Expo and SEFA Entertainment

Japan Expo is the premier event of SEFA Entertainment, based in San Francisco, California. SEFA Entertainment is the American subsidiary of JTS Group, originators of Japan Expo located in Paris, France. Founded in 1999, Japan Expo is the largest Japanese popular culture event of its kind in Europe, and one of the largest in the world with 219,614 certified attendees in 2012. Since the creation of this event the Japan Expo brand has expanded to include a number
of events across Europe throughout the calendar year.

Japan Expo is now expanding to include North America as well. Working together with JTS Group, SEFA Entertainment is committed to bringing its unique skillset and expertise to create our first event “Japan Expo, 1st Impact” in Santa Clara, California from August 23rd-25th, 2013.

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