From the East to the West, the Guests of Honor and Industry Guests kept the spirit alive all weekend with numerous focus panels, autograph sessions, interactive workshops, dinner receptions, and much more!  AX2003 gathered all sorts of celebrities including Japanese and American directors, voice actors and actresses, writers, producers, animators, character designers, mecha designers, visual performance bands, and music composers.

Anime Expo 2003
Guests of Honor

Atsuko Nakajima: Animation director, character designer: Ranma 1/2, Taiho Shichauzo, Don't Leave Me Alone Daisy, Haunted Junction, and Get Backers

Kazuhiro Furuhashi: Director: Taiho Shicahuzo OVA, Ruroni Kenshin, Garou Densetsu TV, Hunter X Hunter, and Get Backers

Kazuki Yao: Voice Actor: Arslan Senki (Giive), Bastard! (Dark Schneider), Dancougar (Fujihara Shinobu), GTO (Saejima Toshiyuki), Gundam ZZ (Jude Ashita), Initial D (Iketani Kouichirou), Lamune & 40 (Da Cider), and Megazone 23: part II (Yahagi Shogo).

Misa Watanabe: Voice Actress: Minky Momo ('91 series - Mama), Fushigi Yuugi (TV - Miaka's Mother, Yui's Mother), X (TV - Tokiko Magami), Tsuri-baka Nisshi (Michiko Hamasaki), Sayuki (Kanzeon Bosatsu) and One Piece (Vivi).

Nobuteru Yuuki: Animation director, character designer: The Five Star Stories, Record of Lodoss War OVA, Gunnm, Escaflowne (TV & movie), X movie, and Heat Guy J.

Kazuki Akane: Director: The Vision of Escaflowne, Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaia movie, Geneshaft, Heat Guy J

yoshitoshi ABe: Character designer: serial experiments lain and NieA_7, Haibane Renmei, TEXHNOLYZE

Yuki Kajiura: Soundtrack composer: .Hack and Noir soundtracks and solo album, Fiction

Koushi Rikudo: Creator and manga artist: Excel Saga, Holy Brownie, and Arahabaki

Goro Taniguchi: Director and episode director: Infinite Ryvius, s-CRY-ed, Raijin-oh, Gasaraki, G Gundam, Gundam W and Kiddy Grade

Yousuke Kuroda: Screenwriter: Geo-Breeders, Trigun, Infinite Ryvius, Puni Puni Poemi, s-CRY-ed, Please Teacher!, Tenchi Muyo series, Pretty Sammy, Battle Athletes, Dual!, Excel Saga, and Risky Safety, and Please Twins! 

Mahiro Maeda: Production designer: Laputa, Castle in the Sky at Studio Ghibli, Nadia and the Secret of Blue Water at Gainax, live-action Gamera movies, Neon Genesis Evangelion, key member of Gonzo Studios, Gatekeepers, Last Exile. Also director: Blue Submarine No. 6, Final Fantasy: Unlimited, and The Second Renaissance (Part I & II) segments of The Animatrix

Mitsuru Hongo: Writer and director: Outlaw Star, Crayon Shinchan TV series and movies, The Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Melancholy, Shamanic Princess, Pilot Candidates and the Sakura Taisen movie

And just when you thought you've seen them all, even more guests showed up to celebrate AX2003: J-Rock group Duel Jewel with their wildly popular concert, Gundam Mecha Designer Makoto Kobayashi, Studio Pierrot president and Yu Yu Hakusho executive producer
Yuji Nunokawa, Yu Yu Hakusho character designer Mari Kitayama, Yu Yu Hakusho director Noriyuki Abe, American voice actors and actresses Crispin Freeman, Taliesin Jaffe, Wendee Lee, Rebecca Forstadt, Liam O’Brien, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Lia Sargent, Brianne Siddal, Steve Blum, and Beau Billingslea, LoGH Producer Yukio Kikukawa, LoGH Director Noboru Ishiguro, JVC Victor Music producer Keiichi Nozaki, Studio TaviCat's Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons and Rikki Simons, and many more!

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