Anime Expo 2012: Lots of guests, hope you like Fate/Zero


Anime expo has announced a truckload of guests last Thursday and you probably want to take note of who are now adding to an already long list of guests. I'm pretty excited about the Fate/Zero guests; if you're following along the broadcast, you know it's going to be pretty exciting come July as the series will wrap up right around then.

Aniplex of America is bringing over the president of ufotable Hikaru Kondo, director Ei Aoki, and voice actor of Kiritsugu, Rikiya Koyama, as guests of honor. Along with them will be producer Iwakami, who has been hard at work for this title and several others. I'm hoping AX will be a very Fate/Zero experience at this rate.

The are more announced, of course--famed director Tatsuo Sato (Nadesico, Mouretsu Pirates, Rinne), for starters, creator of some of my favorite things. Hopefully someone will ask him what will become of Rinne season 2! As for controversy, I'm thinking Jessica Nigri being a guest of honor isn't going to cause a clothing problem.

On the voice acting side you have veteran actor Ryo Horikawa, best known from his role as Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z and Shun from Saint Seiya. Nobuhiko Okamoto also joins him as the voices of Bakuman's Eiji Niizuma, Origami Cyclone from Tiger & Bunny, and Rin from Blue Exorcist.

This isn't even half of the full list; there are a lot of industry guests making it to AX this year, as well as the previously announced GOHs. It's actually quite a tall order to keep things straight, so click on and see my attempt at a full accounting.

Guests of honor:

  • LiSA - Vocalist for theme songs from Angel Beats, Fate/Zero.
  • Steve Blum - Voice actor
  • Jamie Marchi - Voice actress
  • Danny Choo - International man of mystery, blogger, cosplayer, AX Master of Ceremonies
  • ANIMETAL USA - Rock on, baby
  • Cyril Lumboy - Cosplayer, designer
  • Yuki Kajiura as FictionJunction (maybe a surprise guest?) - Composer, musician, vocalist (Gundam SEED, Madoka, Fate/Zero, among others)
  • Monica Rial - voice actress
  • Misako Aoki - model and Ambassador of Cute
  • Jessica Nigri - Cosplayer and mascot for Lollipop Chainsaw
  • Tatsuo Sato - Director (Nadesico, Stellvia, Shingu, Shigofumi, etc)
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto - Voice actor
  • Ryo Horikawa - Voice actor
  • Rikiya Koyama - Voice actor
  • Hikaru Kondo - Producer, president of ufotable.
  • Ei Aoki - Director (Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai, Hourou Musuko, Girls Bravo, Ga-Rei Zero)

For industry guests:

  • Koichiro Natsume - President of Aniplex and COO of Visual Business Group at SME
  • Atsuhiro Iwakami - Producer of Madoka, Bakemonogatari, Fate/Zero, OreImo, etc.
  • Izumi kitta - Voice actress and singer (Milky Holmes, Cardfight!! Vanguard), for Bushiroad
  • Aimi Terakawa - Singer (Ben-to OP, Astarotte no Omocha OP) and voice actress for Bushiroad
  • Yosuke Adachi - Illustrator for Cardfight!! Vanguard, for Bushiroad
  • Foo Midori - Illustrator for Cardfight!! Vanguard, for Bushiroad
  • Tamiyasu Tomoe - Voice actress for Deardrops, for Mangagamers
  • Shinji Katakura - Illustrator for OVERDRIVE, for Mangagamers
  • bamboo - Vocalist, and president of Mangagamers
  • Minami Kuribayashi - Vocalist (IS, Medaka Box, My-Hime, etc) and voice actress, for Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
  • ayami - Vocalist for Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
  • Kouki Yoshimune - Creator of Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse (and CEO of ACID/age-soft)

Which AX guest excites you the most? Do you have a better guest list? Let us know in the comments!

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