Are you ready to meet some of your Japanese pop culture idols? Anime Expo 2017 has over 50 guests announced so far, many of them flying in from Japan just to see all of you! They’ve got voice actors, YouTube stars, cosplayers, manga creators, musicians and more. We’ve highlighted a small handful that caught our eye.
Hironobu Sakaguchi, otherwise known as the father of Final Fantasy. I mean, you probably haven’t heard of it, but maybe you should go say hello anyway. Just in case it gets popular someday.
Teddyloid is a DJ and producer and has worked on projects like the OST for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, background music for Mekakucity Actors, vocaloid IA tracks, and the bizarre and popular ME!ME!ME! music video. Maybe you can ask him what it means. He was also a guest in 2016, so if you missed him last year, you have another chance!
Fujino Omori is the creator of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, a fantasy-comedy light novel series that spawned several spin-offs and adaptations, including manga and anime.
Jason Douglas is an American actor and voice actor. Gamers might know him as the voice of Krieg the Psycho in Borderlands 2, and his anime resume includes almost 200 titles including multiple Dragon Ball Z titles (Beerus), One Piece (Kuzan), and RWBY (Jacques Schnee). He’s also currently appearing as Tobin on The Walking Dead.
Ryo Horikawa is a Japanese actor and voice actor, best known as the voice of Vegeta from the Dragon Ball series. He is also the president of the Aslead Company, a Japanese talent agency, and International Media, which trains new voice talent. Who knows? Maybe you can get some tips on how to break into the voice acting industry. Or at least shake his hand.
Ms. Monochrome is a virtual music idol with 10 singles and a full album released. Her second album is due out this Fall. She is voiced by Yui Horie, a musician and voice actress whose credits include Toradora (Minori Kushieda), Monogatori (Tsubasa Hanekawa), and 9 music albums of her own. Catch the virtual star in a special one-time only live performance at the Ms. Monochrome panel! (schedule pending)
For the full guest list, check the Anime Expo guests page.
Guests, Events, and Vendors, oh my!
Click through to other sections of this guide for more information on different parts of the convention. Do you have any other tips or wisdom? Share them in the comments!
(Links will be added as they’re published.)
Part 1: Tips and Tricks
Part 2: Guests (you are here!)
Part 3: Events
Part 4: Vendors
Part 5: Panels