|Featured Guests of Honor
for Anime Central 2003 included notable celebrities from the far east to west: Kazuko Tadano,
Kouhei Tanaka, Maya Okamoto, Yasunori Ide, Duel Jewel, Hiroaki Gohda, Kazuyoshi Katayama,
Satoru Akahori, Takeshi Honda, Yoko Ishida, Hidenori Matsubara, Brett Weaver, Laura Bailey,
Tiffany Grant, Monica Rial, Christopher Patton, Richard Cox, Fred "Piro" Gallagher,
Robert DeJesus, Scott Frazier, and Bruce Lewis.
|Guests of Honor for Anime Central 2003:
Kazuko Tadano: Animation Director, Character Designs: Sailor Moon, Dancougar, Crystal Triangle, Sotsugyou Graduation and Wedding Peach, Petite Princess Yucie.
Kouhei Tanaka: Music Composer: Dragonball, Project A-ko, Sakura Taisen, Gundam G, Gundam MS 08 Team (movie), the original Patlabor OAVs, Otaku no Video, Gunbuster, Spirit of Wonder, Bastard!, Gatekeepers, One Piece, Tenchi GXP, Dragon Half, Sakura Taisen musicals, and the Violinist of Hamelin.
Maya Okamoto: Voice Actress: Sakura Taisen's Orihime Soletta, Hummingbird as Reiko, Silent Moebius as Yuki, Touch as Natsuko, Saber Marionette J Again as Marine, Minato Haruka from the hit series Nadesico.
Yasunori Ide: Director: Onegai Teacher, Onegai Twins, Silent Moebius 2, Burn Up, Hanauyko Maid Tai, and D4 Princess.
Duel Jewel: Visual-kei indies rock band from Japan
Hiroaki Gohda: Director, Producer, Character Designer, and Storyboarder: Oh My Goddess OAVs and movie, Mobile Suit Z Gundam, episode 8 of Bubblegum Crisis and animation direction credits for episodes 5 and 6 of Bubblegum Crisis as well as Madox-01. Also Character Designer of Onegai Teacher.
Kazuyoshi Katayama: Director and Writer: Appleseed, Big O, Argento Soma, Maris the Chojo, Sentimental Journey and Those who Hunt Elves. Also Production Assistant on Nausicaa, Animation Director on Giant Robo and Storyboarding and Director on Super Atragon.
Satoru Akahori: Writer: Bakuretsu Hunters, Saber Marionette, Sakura Taisen, Master Mosquiton, Lamune &40, KO Seiki Beast, Maze, and Bakuen Campus Guardress.
Takeshi Honda: Animator, Animation Director, and Character Designer: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Metal Fighter Miku, Ah! My Goddess OVA, Millenium Actress.
Yoko Ishida: Idol Singer: Sailor Moon R's "Otome no Policy" and "Ai no Senshi," "White Destiny" from Pretear and "Towa no Hana" from Ai Yori Aoshi. She also is the featured singer on the Pioneer Eurobeat Parapara MAX CD's.
Hidenori Matsubara: Character Designer and Art Director: Ah! My Goddess, Sakura Taisen, Silent Moebius II, Otaku no Video and parts of Bubblegum Crisis.
Brett Weaver: Voice Actor: Carrot from Sorcerer Hunters, Gai Daigoji from Nadesico, Tora from Ushio and Tora, and Nabeshin in Excel Saga.
Laura Bailey: Voice Actress: Young Trunks and Erasa in Dragon Ball Z, Chi-Chi in Dragon Ball, Marlene Angel in Blue Gender, Kayko Ukimura in Yu Yu Hakusho, and Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket.
Tiffany Grant: Voice Actress: Asuka from Evangelion, Chocolate from Sorceror Hunters, and numerous others in over a hundred titles.
Monica Rial: Voice Actress: Kirika in Noir, Hyatt in Excel Saga, Haruka Shitow in RahXephon, as well as roles in shows such as Princess Nine, Gasaraki, Steel Angel Kurumi and others.
Christopher Patton: Voice Actor: Kamina Ayato from RahXephon, Yu Ominae in Spriggan, Yushiro Gowa in Gasaraki, and additional roles in such anime as BGC2040, Princess Nine, and many others.
Richard Cox: Voice Actor: Male Ranma of Ranma 1/2 and the title role in the new anime hit Inu-Yasha.
Fred "Piro" Gallagher: Impresario, artist, and primary creative force behind the amazingly popular webcomic, Megatokyo, soon to be published in book form by I.C. Entertainment (formerly Studio Ironcat).
Robert DeJesus: Artist: Ninja High School, PSM magazine mascot Banzai Chibi Chan, Studio Capsule.
Jan Scott Frazier: Animator, Producer, Animation Consultant: Production IG for many works.
Bruce Lewis: Graphics Artist: Cheap Disposable Entertainment and soon to be author of his own comic design and creation book.
| Japanese Guests at Closing
Ceremonies (left to right): Hidenori Matsubara, Yoko Ishida, Maya Okamoto, Yasunori Ide,
Hiroaki Gohda, Kazuyoshi Katayama and his wife.
| American Guests at the Voice Acting
Panel (left to right): Richard Cox, Laura Bailey, Richard Cox, Monica Rial, Brett Weaver,
and Tiffany Grant.
| Duel Jewel at one of their many
weekend autograph sessions.
| Fred "Piro" Gallagher (left)
makes time to greet fans and do a few impromptu autographs.
[Guests of Honor Gallery 1] [Guests of Honor Gallery 2]