AX had an incredible Guests of Honor list this year.  Who couldn't help but feel a little giddy with all the excitement surrounding this year's top shows and most popular anime titles in anime history?  And to see those creators in front of you?   Fans could get catch them at their Focus sessions, touring the halls, at the Meet the Guests Reception, or even as busy as the fans themselves taking photos of all the cosplayers!  Following are short bios of the attending Guests of Honor: Hisashi Abe, Morio Asaka, Kia Asamiya, Scott Frazier, Kikuko Inoue, Noboru Ishiguro, Yoshiaki Iwasaki, Toshihiro Kawamoto, Masayuki Kojima, Tsukasa Kotobuki, Hidenori Matsubara, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Makoto Uno, and Yu Watase.

Anime Expo 2001
Guests of Honor

Kikuko Inoue is one of the most venerable Voice Actresses in the industry having numerous titles to her credit and is best known for her roles as Belldandy (Ah! My Goddess! OVA, TV, & Movie), Tendou Kasumi (Ranma 1/2), Lune Venus (El Hazard OVA & TV), and Panther (Saber Marionette J), as well as making guest appearances in popular shows such as Vandread, Inu Yasha, and Gatekeepers. Ms. Inoue currently voices the roles of Ginebia Green (Argent Soma), Melissia (Mahou Senshi Ryui), Suzuhara Higiko (Angelic Layer), and Awayuki Natsue (Shin Shirauki Hime Densetsu Pretear). She has also released her first American album, Anime Toonz, on Jellybean Records. 
 Morio Asaka joined the renowned animation studio Madhouse in 1987.  During that time, he has worked on a wide variety of genres and titles. He served as Animation Supervisor for Yawara and Azuki-chan. His directing credits include the Rumiko Takahashi OVA Mermaid's Scar and Yuugen Kaisha (Phantom Quest Corp). However, without a doubt, he will be most recognized as the chief director of the Card Captor Sakura TV series and as the director for both Card Captor Sakura movies. His most recent project is as Chief Director for the new TV series Galaxy Angel. 
Yu Watase is a very prolific manga artist whose works include (in no particular order) Gomen Asobase!, Magical Nan, Otenami Haiken!, Suna No Tiara and Mint De Kiss Me. Some of Yu Watase's more recent works, published in Flower Comics, include Shishunki Miman Okotowari, Zoku Shishunki Miman Okotowari and Epotrans! Mai. But in the United States, Yu Watase is most known for her work in the Fushigi Yuugi manga series of which the Fushigi Yuugi anime is based from. Ms. Watase's, Ayashi no Ceres series, won the 43rd Shogakukan Manga Prize. Ms. Watase's most current series is the Imadoki manga. 
Masayuki Kojima began working in the anime industry in 1982, and has worked on a wide variety of projects. Since joining Madhouse in 1999, he has served as animation supervisor on the Sakura Taisen TV series. He is also the Chief Director of the hit anime series Master Keaton, and the TV series Azuki-chan. Finally, he is the Chief Director for the Kero-chan ni Makase ("Leave it to Kero-chan") featurette that played with the second Card Captor Sakura movie. 
Yoshiaki Iwasaki graduated from Chiba University with a major in Engineering before joining the anime industry. He has worked on many popular shows, and his list of credits includes Director for El Hazard 2, the Slayers TV series and Chikyu Boetai Kigyo Dai-Guard, storyboard artist for To Heart, animation director for Revolutionary Girl Utena and Turn-A Gundam. However, Mr. Iwasaki is best-known to American fans as the director of the smash hit Love Hina.
Hisashi Abe of Madhouse Studios has a very diverse range of credits. He is character designer, animation director, and director of Devil Hunter Yohko 2 and 3, and is also the character designer for Twilight of the Dark Master and character designer for Shin Kujaku-Oh. He was also the character designer and animation director for the series Petshop of Horrors and the OVA series Seebus. He worked on the X feature film as an assistant animation director and most recently served as the animation director for the Vampire Hunter D film. 
Hidenori Matsubara has been working in the anime industry for a long time and has served as an animator on such series as Otaku no Video, Ranma 1/2, Macross II, Patlabor: The Movie and Blue Submarine No. 6. He is best-known to anime fans as the man who adapted manga artist Kosuke Fujishima's designs for animation in the original Ah! My Goddess! OVA series and the 2000 Ah! My Goddess! movie. He is also the character designer for the Sakura Taisen TV series, once again, adapting Mr. Fujishima's designs.
Toshihiro Kawamoto is an animation director and character designer who has worked on many well-known anime projects. He is the character designer and animation director for Cowboy Bebop, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083, Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, and Golden Boy. Mr. Kawamoto is currently in production on the Cowboy Bebop feature film, which is set for release in Japan later this year. 
Noboru Ishiguro, one of the "honored grandfathers" of Japanese animation and esteemed pillar of the anime industry, has worked in the anime industry for a very long time and brought with him a well-known history of being Director of Spacecruiser Yamato (a.k.a. Starblazers), Legend of Galactic Heroes, Megazone 23, Macross TV series and Macross: Do You Remember Love? movie, and countless other popular anime titles.
Kia Asamiya is a prolific artist whose first title debuted in 1986. In 1988, his most well-known manga, Silent Mobius, began publication. His other works include Dark Angel, Compiler, Steam Detectives, and Corrector Yui. Several of his works have been adapted into animated television series, video series, and movies. Mr. Asamiya is also a renowned illustrator and has published numerous artbooks. He is currently working on a special Batman story with D.C. Comics.
Makoto Uno has worked in the anime industry on a wide variety of projects; his credits include animation director for Turn-A Gundam, chief animation director for Daiguard, and animation director of ZOIDS. He has also worked on Nadesico, Revolutonary Girl Utena, and Sorcerer Hunters. He will be best-known to American fans as the character designer for the popular show Love Hina. 
Tsukasa Kotobuki (left) and Yoshitsune IzunaMr. Kotobuki began his professional anime career as the character designer for Battle Arena Toshinden. Since then, he has become best-known for his work as original character designer for Saber Marionette J, Saber Marionette J Again, and Saber Marionette J to X, along with much help from fellow character designer Yoshitsune Izuna. He is also the character designer for Cyber Team in Akihabara (Akihabara Denno-gumi) television series and movie. Currently, he is working on the manga Ragnarok.  
Scott Frazier has contributed much to the anime industry in various fields. He served as the Episode Director of Susie-chan & Marvy, the Supervisor of Quo Vadis 2, and the Technical Director of Grandstram. He also worked on the backgrounds for Genocyber 1-3, and Moldiver. His other works include Cel Checking for Bubblegum Crash 1-3 and production work for RikiOh 2. And last but not least, Mr. Frazier was the creator and artist of Transcendence, an original manga.
Haruhiko Mikimoto is of the most popular character designers of anime fandom and is best known for his work as character designer for Macross TV series, Macross: Do You Remember Love? movie, Gunbuster, Megazone 23 (Eve), Macross II, Macross 7 concepts, Super Dimensional Century Orguss, Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, and numerous other popular titles.

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