Spike Chunsoft Unveils its Upcoming Anime Expo 2019 Lineup with Guests of Honor Kotaro Uchikoshi and Yusuke Kozaki

Spike Chunsoft Unveils its Upcoming Anime Expo 2019 Lineup with Guests of Honor Kotaro Uchikoshi and Yusuke Kozaki, plus Industry Appearances Fuyuki Hayashi, RIUICHI, and A-set!

LONG BEACH, CA June 19, 2018 — Spike Chunsoft is excited to announce Guests of Honor Kotaro Uchikoshi and Yusuke Kozaki, plus Industry Appearances Fuyuki Hayashi, RIUICHI, and A-set are coming to Anime Expo 2019!

There will also be three panels, autograph signings, and the chance to redeem pre-order gifts at the Spike Chunsoft booth! See below for more details.

Tune in to twitch.tv/spike_chunsoft tonight at 6PM PDT for even more details and a special developer video!

About the Guests of Honor
About Kotaro Uchikoshi
His skills (and eccentric creativity) shine in his adventure titles such as the Zero Escape series (including the award-winning Virtue's Last Reward), Punch Line, and Ever17 -the out of infinity-.

He is well known for his unconventional plot twists and offbeat humor and is still keen on crafting many genres, many games, and many stories.

About Yusuke Kozaki
Character Designer and Illustrator. He began his career in 1999 with the creation of an original comic series and quickly gained notoriety creating character designs and illustrations for anime and games.

He is best known for his work on Pokemon GO, the Fire Emblem series, and Netflix's Godzilla Trilogy.

He's attending Anime Expo for the very first time to promote his recent projects, Spike Chunsoft's AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES and TOHO Animation's Human Lost!

About the Industry Appearances

About Fuyuki Hayashi
Fuyuki Hayashi directed and produced CRYSTAR, an action RPG featuring tears as a major theme. He makes his appearance at Anime Expo 2019 to express his passion for his first original game title. At his panel session, he will discuss in detail CRYSTAR's unique world and characters, as well as its game mechanic of crying to become stronger.

CRYSTAR is scheduled to release on PS4™ and Steam® (PC) this summer, August 27th, 2019!

About RIUICHI
The main character designer for the action game CRYSTAR which releases in North America on August 27th, 2019.

RIUICHI is a motivated and spirited illustrator from Japan. He has worked on many types of projects, including books, cards, and social games, and this will be his first appearance at an overseas event!

Gothic-themed illustrations are his specialty, which is why he was entrusted with the role of main character designer for CRYSTAR. He is scheduled to perform a live sketch of a character who appears in CRYSTAR during our panel session! Be sure not to miss his intricate yet elegant illustration skills! You can also catch his speed painting videos on YouTube here.

CRYSTAR is scheduled to release on PS4™ and Steam® (PC) this summer, August 27th, 2019!

About A-set
A-set, a.k.a. Tesa, is an internet idol under the entertainment office Lemniscate. She is a cheerful 18-year-old girl from Tokyo, Japan who loves video games. She can sing, dance, and does Let's Play videos in her spare time. She's on a mission to win a Grammy and be Spike Chunsoft's cutest internet idol ever!

Follow her on YouTube.
Follow her on Twitter.

PANEL SCHEDULE
Official Spike Chunsoft Panel
Spike Chunsoft unveils its upcoming lineup with special guests CRYSTAR Director/Producer Fuyuki Hayashi and Character Designer RIUICHI!

Room: LP3 (408 AB)
Date: Day 1 - Thu, July 4, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES Community Panel
Join the Spike Chunsoft team for the live premiere of internet idol A-set's weekly video with AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES Director Kotaro Uchikoshi and a special appearance by the voice cast!

Room: LP3 (408 AB)
Date: Day 2 - Fri, July 5, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES Panel with Uchikoshi and Kozaki
Zero Escape series Director Kotaro Uchikoshi and Fire Emblem series Character Designer Yusuke Kozaki have teamed up for the most anticipated adventure game of the year! Go behind the scenes of Spike Chunsoft's AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES.

Room: LP2 (JW - Platinum Ballroom)
Date: Day 3 - Sat, July 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

GUEST SCHEDULE

Where to meet Uchikoshi, Kozaki, and A-set:
*Premier Fan Meet & Greets –TBA
*Autograph signings – TBA
*AI Community Panel (Uchikoshi, A-set) – Friday 7/5 @ 10AM LACC, LP3 (408 AB)
*AI Guest of Honor Panel (Uchikoshi, Kozaki) – Saturday 7/6 @ 10AM JW Marriot, LP2 (Platinum Ballroom)

Where to meet Hayashi and RIUICHI:
*Autograph signings – TBA
*Spike Chunsoft panel – Thursday, 7/4 @ 10:30AM LACC, LP3 (408 AB)

SPIKE CHUNSOFT BOOTH

Visit the Spike Chunsoft booth in the West Hally Lobby to pre-order games and get Anime Expo exclusive items!

Pre-order AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES at our booth and get these Anime Expo exclusive items:

Day 1 Edition pre-order
Custom lanyard
Autograph ticket

Limited Edition pre-order
24” x 36” Poster
Custom lanyard
Autograph ticket

Pre-order CRYSTAR at our booth and get these Anime Expo exclusive items:

Day 1 Edition pre-order
18" x 24" Poster
Autograph ticket

Pre-order YU-NO: A girl who chants at love at the bound of this world. at our booth and get this Anime Expo exclusive item:

Day 1 Edition pre-order
18" x 24" Poster

NISA Limited Edition pre-order
18" x 24" Poster

*If you have already pre-ordered a title, show proof of pre-order to staff at the Spike Chunsoft booth to redeem your pre-order gift.
*Autograph tickets are first come, first served and limited to the first 400 AX attendees.
*Must have an Anime Expo badge to enter Anime Expo 2019. Get your badge here.

Autograph schedule and meet & greet schedule coming soon!
Please check the homepage for any updates.

Stay up-to-date on all Spike Chunsoft news by following their Facebook @SpikeChunsoft.en and Twitter @SpikeChunsoft_e and Instagram @Spike_Chunsoft_e.

About Anime Expo
Anime Expo 2019 will run from July 4 through July 7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on July 3, 2019.

Anime Expo (AX) started in 1991 as “Anime Con” by the members of UC Berkeley's anime club, Cal Animage Alpha. While AX has grown drastically over the years, the core goal has remained the same: to welcome attendees for a fun and memorable experience. Each year, Anime Expo brings together fans and industry from Japan, the US, and all over the world for the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Anime Expo features the best in Japanese entertainment, music, fashion, and video games. Anime Expo is organized by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire the world through Japanese animation and culture.

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