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Anime Expo 2023: Guests of Honor Lineup

by Neil Bui

Anime Expo has announced their 2023 Guests of Honor lineup, which includes a variety of professionals across manga, anime, and video games in a multitude of roles from creator to director to music to producer to voice actor!


  • Acky Bright – Manga artist and illustrator who has worked for DC Comics, Hasbro, and BMW
  • Atsushi Ohkubo – Creator of hit manga “Soul Eater” and “Fire Force”
  • Jin – Versatile artist and creator, working as a composer, lyricist, novelist, and scriptwriter for manga adaptations and anime.
  • Kafka Asagiri – Author and creator of Bungo Stray Dogs
  • Kazutaka Kodaka – Scenario writer for Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE. Manga artist, novelist, and anime screenwriter.
  • Kohei Tokuoka – Chief Animation Director for “The Ancient Magus’ Bride SEASON 2”
  • Koichi Naruse – Animation producer for “The Ancient Magus’ Bride SEASON 2”
  • Kotaro Takata – Creator of Hallelujah Overdrive, currently working on the Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead series
  • YOKO TARO – President of Bukkoro, game creator, manga author, and playwright. Creator of “KamiErabi GOD.app.”
  • Yoshitaka Amano – Artist and character designer, internationally acclaimed for his unique art style and notable works such as the Final Fantasy series
  • Yusuke Kozaki – Nintendo / Pokemon Go Character Designer


  • Hiroyuki Seshita – Director of many CG animation films, including “Knights of Sidonia” and “BLAME!.” His next film is “GAMERA -Rebirth-” (2023).
  • Kazuaki Terasawa – Director of “The Ancient Magus’ Bride: The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm”
  • Takayuki Hirao – Director of “Pompo the Cinephile,” “The Garden of Sinners” and the TV anime “GOD EATER”
  • Toshihiro Kawamoto – Animator, Character Designer who worked on “Urusei Yatsura,” “Cowboy Bebop,” “Noragami,” and “Blood Blockade Battlefront”


  • YOSHIKI – Composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer, and the leader of the rock groups X JAPAN and THE LAST ROCKSTARS.


  • Masahiko Minami – President and Producer of BONES INC. Formerly at Sunrise

Voice Actor

  • Hirotaka Kobayashi – The voice of Mammon in Obey Me! Nightbringer
  • Kazuya Yamashita – The voice of Lucifer in Obey Me! Nightbringer
  • Kyohei Yaguchi – The voice of Beelzebub in Obey Me! Nightbringer
  • Masakazu Morita – Voice actor for Tidus in “Final Fantasy X,” and currently stars as Ichigo Kurosaki in BLEACH
  • Miura Ayme – The voice of Asmodeus in Obey Me! Nightbringer
  • Satoshi Kada – The voice of Leviathan in Obey Me! Nightbringer
  • Satoshi Onishi – The voice of Belphegor in Obey Me! Nightbringer
  • Shinya Sumi – The voice of Satan in Obey Me! Nightbringer

Remember, registration is now open for Anime Expo and you have to have a badge in order to meet the 2023 Guests of Honor.

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