We will again be present at Anime Expo this year to cover topics of interest. With less than a month left before the convention, we’d like to set up a sticky post about guests and companies going to Anime Expo 2010 which might be of interest to you readers, and it will be updated as announcements come.
- JAST USA
Publisher of both packaged and digital download versions of eroge in English. They will be at the J-List booth in the exhibition hall and will be holding a panel on bishoujo games on Thursday at 10:30pm in LP3. At this panel, in addition to the usual stuff and prize drawings, they wrote that they will be “bringing some exclusive news that [people will] get for the first time” there “as well as some very exciting news on Demonbane“. Lastly, copies of Lightning Warrior Raidy II and Moero Downhill Night 2 will be available for sale at their booth.
Publisher of digital download versions of Japanese bishoujo games in English. They will have a booth in the exhibition hall and will have a panel. Specific related guests and guest companies will be updated as they are made known. Furthermore, this year, âge of Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (animated adaptation in the English market known as Rumbling Hearts, out from FUNimation) and Muv Luv fame will be joining the MangaGamer booth. Front Wing will also be a guest company joining MangaGamer’s booth this year at Anime Expo. Additionally, MangaGamer will be offering a limited supply of hard copies of the all-ages version of Kira Kira and the question arcs to Higurashi no Naku Koro ni for sale at the convention. Lastly, according to a tweet, HOBIBOX will also be at the booth this year, selling among other things SUPER SHOT 2, a hardcore electronic remix of bishoujo game songs.
- Aina Kase
Vocalist most known for her songs in La’cryma’s Sora wo Tobu, Mittsu no Houhou. Apparently, she visited a shady establishment one year while attending Anime Expo. She returns this year to perform along with MangaGamer’s other performers.
- Akio Watanabe
Animator, character designer, illustrator and animation director for many projects. Also goes by the handle Poyoyon♥Rock for some of his works. He helped animate the opening sequences for Front Wing’s Makai Tenshi Jibril and was behind the character design for Nurse Witch Komugi-chan, the original character design for Popotan and the character designs for the animated adaptation of Bakemonogatari. He has also contributed to the opening animation for ToHeart2. Confirmed to be attending Anime Expo 2010 via tweet.
Executive director of and handles the music for OVERDRIVE, the game brand behind Kira Kira and Edelweiss. Tweeted unofficially(?) that he would be attending. Confirmed by post on the MangaGamer blog.
Illustrator for OVERDRIVE’s KIRA KIRA Curtain Call and DEAR DROPS.
Character designer who has worked on Front Wing’s Yuki Uta, Sora Uta and Hoshi Uta, amongst other things. He was also the character designer for Key’s Tomoyo After ~It’s a Wonderful Life~. Confirmed to be attending Anime Expo 2010 via a tweet.
- Kuuchuu Yousai
Character designer behind Front Wing’s Makai Tenshi Jibril series. Although his pen name gave the impression that he was good at drawing very young-looking girls, like Jibril, he later on went to draw characters with comparatively more voluptuous proportions, such as the much more well-endowed Nanael from Queen’s Blade. Confirmed to be attending Anime Expo 2010 via a tweet.
- Kyousuke Himukai
Illustrator on all three of φâge’s titles so far.
- Minami Kuribayashi
Vocalist and voice actress on many titles. She voiced Haruka Suzumiya from Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. However, she is more well-known for the plethora of anime and game openings and endings she has sung, including opening themes for Mai-HiME, Mai-Otome and Chrono Crusade as well as songs for Muv Luv and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. Confirmed to be attending and performing in a tweet.
Singer and songwriter of music production group CooRie. She’s known for working on many songs from the Da Capo franchise as well as several anime theme songs. She also performed the ending theme to the first season of the Da Capo animated adaptation. rino was a guest of honor along with yozuca* at Anime Expo 2006 and will be returning to Anime Expo this year to perform, according to a MangaGamer tweet.
- Shinji Katakura
Ninja and illustrator from OVERDRIVE. Confirmed by MangaGamer tweet.
- Sou Miyata
Illustrator who recently joined âge, drawing for φâge’s Shapeshifter and âge’s upcoming Kimi ga Ita Kisetsu. This artist also worked on Muv Luv Alternative Total Eclipse.
CEO of CIRCUS and writes the music for some of their songs. He has been attending Anime Expo since 2006, when he was a guest at the Broccoli USA panel. He later brought CIRCUS to Anime Expo in 2007, before MangaGamer was founded. He intends to attend Anime Expo 2010 according to the Anime Expo post on MangaGamer’s blog. It appears that he prefers girls with large chests.
Singing voice of Kirari Shiino from KIRA KIRA and performed several opening songs for GROOVER and OVERDRIVE. Used to not like live performances but her work with KIRA KIRA changed that. Confirmed to be performing at the booth. The concert appears to be focused on d2b’s songs from the game, and there will be a new d2b album, LOVE+, available for sale ahead of the Japanese release date.
- Yuka Kayura
Illustrator from CIRCUS for games such as Da Capo II and Saishuu Shiken Kujira. Confirmed by MangaGamer tweet.
- Yuki Takano
Illustrator for CIRCUS and La’cryma. She worked on the upcoming RPG Academy, set to release on June 25 this year. Confirmed by MangaGamer tweet.
- Aina Kase
Singer and songwriter in I’ve Sound, and sang several eroge-related theme songs in the past.
- Yui Horie
Voice actress and singer who has starred in many well-known anime series. In addition to anime, she has voiced roles in all-ages/console ports of games such as ToHeart, Kanon and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
Last updated June 29, 2010 (JAST USA)
UPDATE: Transcripts of panels will be live at http://bayoab.info/live/live2.php