First of all, MangaGamer is pleased to announce CIRCUS and tororo Dancho as consecutive guests from last year. tororo Dancho (Dancho: Head of a circus) is the game producer of series such as Da Capo, and also a song writer and composer.
Likewise, OVERDRIVE and their charismatic president bamboo are invited as well! Not only is bamboo the producer of Edelweiss and Kira Kira, he is a singer himself, leading a rock band called “milktub“.
We will post updates as more guests and merchandise are confirmed!
July 1-4, 2010
Los Angeles Convention Center
Katakura Shinji: One of OVERDRIVE‘s Artists, responsible for work on Edelweiss, Edelweiss Eiden Fantasia, Kira Kira, and Kira Kira Curtain Call. He also worked with bamboo in the past for Groover, handling the art for Green Green. Furthermore, he was the character designer for the Green Green Anime, as well as both the anime and manga versions of Melody of Oblivion. He also produces art for the Doujin Circle, Otona Lunch (おとなランチ).
Kayura Yuka: One of the Artists from CIRCUS, she’s responsible for work on Da Capo II and it’s many iterations such as D.C.II To You, D.C. II Fall in Love, as well as Valkyrie Complex, and Gift. She also draws the A.C.D.C. II and Suika AS+ Manga. Furthermore, she also does artwork for the Doujin Circle kurousagi (くろうさぎ).
Takano Yuki: This year, another one of CIRCUS‘s artists will be joining us. Her works include the various Da Capo II games, the Princess Party series, CIRCUS’s latest game, RPG Academy, as well as la’cryma‘s Sora wo Tobu, Nanatsu-me no Mahou, and their upcoming fortissimo.
UR@N: Joining us with Overdrive this year will be the vocalist, UR@N. In the past she’s worked with milktub on many different songs, included the opening theme for Green Green 2, Like a Green, the ending theme for Sakura’s arc in Edelweiss Eiden Fantasia, Cherry Blossom Diary, the ending theme for Ran’s arc in Edelweiss, 晴れた日の午後に, Ran’s image song: Give me XXX!!, and more. But amongst the readers here, she’s probably more well known as the voice of Kirari Shiino for Kira Kira‘s music! We’re proud to announce that she’ll be performing alongside milktub this year at Anime Expo!
Kase Aina: Joining us again on behalf of CIRCUS, is Kase Aina. She performed the opening theme for Sora wo Tobu, Mittsu no Houhou, as well as songs in the Da Capo and Valkyrie Complex Vocal Albums. We’re proud to announce that she’ll be performing once again this year!
rino: This year, rino will also be joining us on behalf of CIRCUS! She’s performed many different themes for the Da Capo II series, one ending theme for School Days, as well as participated in performing the ending theme for Muv Luv Supplement and Suika, in addition to performing several anime themes under the name ‘CooRie’. We’re proud to announce that she’ll be performing with us this year!
Special Guest Company:
Age: This year, we’ll also be joined by the company Age, attending as a special guest this year! Age is known for the MuvLuv Series as well as Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien (or Rumbling Hearts), and with them, they will also be bringing a set of guests of their own.
- Miyata Sou, one of the artists who work for them. Some of his projects also include the upcoming Kimi Ga Ita Kisetsu, and Shapeshifter, by Age’s sister brand φage.
- Himukai Kyousuke, another one of the artists who work for them. His works also include many from their sister brand such as Shapeshifter, Owarinaki Natsu Towa Naru Shirabe, and Piko Piko Koisuru Kimochi no Nemuru Basho. He also draws the artwork for the Doujin Circle Studio Himawari(スタジオひまわり).
- Kuribayashi Minami, Voice actor of Suzumiya Haruka from Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien (or Rumbling Hearts) and Erstin Ho from Mai-Otome. She’s also a vocalist in her own right, performing the opening themes for Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien, Mai-HiME, Kurokami, School Days, Kampfer, and more. We’re proud to announce that she’ll be performing live at our booth this year!
Frontwing: This year, we’re proud to have Frontwing as one of our guests! They’re most well known for the series Makai Tenshi Jibril, Hoshi Uta, Boy Meets Girl, and Tea Society of a Witch (previously released in English by Hirameki). They’ll also be bringing three special guests along with them!
- Fumio：An artist for Frontwing, he’s worked on Hoshi Uta, Pia Carrot he Yokouso, and Tomoyo After ~It’s a Wonderful Life~. He also does illustrations for light novels such as Canvas 2 and Hourglass of Summer. In addition, he also does artwork for the doujin circle, Ura FMO (裏FMO).
- Kuuchuu Yousai: Another artist who’s worked on Frontwing’s Makai Tenshi Jibril series and Nugachu. In addition to his illustrations for Frontwing, he also does many illustrations for magazine covers, and is none other than the creator of Queen’s Blade’s Nanael!
- Watanabe Akio：For Frontwing, he’s done the opening movie animation for Makai Tenshi Jibril, but he’s also done the opening animation for To Heart 2. As an illustrator, he’s done character designs for Starship girl Yamamoto Yohko, Queen’s Blade: Spiral of Chaos, The Soul Taker, Popotan, Nurse Witch Komugi-chan, and the upcoming anime adaptation of The World God Only Knows. As an animator, he’s animated portions of Kiki’s Delivery Service, the opening animation for Sailor Moon SuperS Movie: Black Dream Hole, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, and Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan . As an animation director, he’s worked on Saber Marionette J, Hoshizora Kiseki, and Bakemonogatari.
Here’s a sample of some of the goods they’ll be bringing with them!
A Hoshi Uta PSP sticker set:
Including this Time-Leap CD:
For Anime Expo, we will be hosting our panel, “The Now and Future of Bishoujo Games”, on July 3rd, at 21:30-23:00, in LACC502. We will be discussing out company, the business, making announcements, taking questions, and giving away free prizes. Our panelists will include:
- Tororo Dancho
- Katakura Shinji
- Kayura Yuka
- Suprise Guest
As you know, we’ll also have lots of merchandise at the booth. Here’s a sample of what we’ll have to offer! (This list will grow.)
No, not the DS game, the brand new album by the Second Literature Club!This is an all new album Kira Kira fans are sure to enjoy! And what’s more? It hasn’t even begun sale in Japan yet! This album will be making its premier debut at Anime Expo!
3) Body Pillow Covers (some with accompanying stick pillows) like this one from Hobibox:
5) We’ll also have a limited supply of hard-copy versions of Kira Kira (All Ages) and Higurashi (Question Arcs) available at an extra-special AX sale price! If you haven’t tried either of these games before, this will be your best chance yet to give them a go!