with thunderous applause from anime fans from all over the
world, Master of Ceremonies Jeff Okamoto and AX92 Chairman Mike
Tatsugawa warmed up the crowd with introductions of the Japanese
Guests of Honor and American Guests (detailed Guest info can be
read in our Guests section). Listed
as attending AX92 were: (from Japan) Buichi Terasawa, Haruhiko
Mikimoto, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Keiji Nakzawa, Jerry Beck, Lois Buhollis, Ben Dunn,
Robert Fennilong, Lea Hernandez, Seji Horibuchi, Ken Iyadomi,
Shawn Klekner, Trish Ledoux, Carl Macek, Robert Napton, John
O'Donnell, Fred Schodt, Steve Wang, Robert Woodhead, and Toshi
Yoshida. New to the domestic anime convention arena was
the newly formed SPJA,
introduced as the Society of the Promotion of Japanese
Animation, a non-profit group of individuals who, with partners
L.A. Hero, U.S. Renditions, and Viz Communications, would pull
many long hard hours to make sure Anime Expo would become the
number one international anime convention in the world.
Anime Expo 92 also presented its first opening animation
produced by RIAP (Running Ink Animation Productions) titled BayScape
2042 and headed by David Ho.
of the "large" attendance during Opening
of Ceremonies Jeff Okamoto
Chairman Mike Tatsugawa
Mikimoto expresses his well-wishing for the convention
and all anime fans.
Terasawa greets the audience with a quick and cool
Tomino delights the audience with an English greeting.
from BayScape 2042
Chris Keller, the Anime Expo Game Show quickly drew in crowds
with its hilarious answers to some nearly impossible or
outrageous questions posed in Jeopardy game show style.
The best contestants were weeded out through many rounds and
many prizes were given out, such as garage kits, anime
magazines, and anime tapes.
Such questions used for the show are listed below presented
along with images of the Game Show:
- Where did Max and Miria meet
socially for the first time?
- Name the Tezuka series
Mikimoto worked on.
- Who is Johnny Winters in the
English version of Megazone 23?
- Who is Fireball from Sabre
Rider and the Star Sheriffs?
- In Bubblegum Crisis 7, what
city does the story begin in?
- What is the name of the
motorcycle Priss drives at the end of Bubblegum Crisis 4?
- What character in the Battle
of the Planets is not in the original Gatchaman?
- In Silent Mobius the Movie,
what does AMP stand for?
- In Arion, whose sword does
Arion wield throughout the movie?
- In Gundam 0083, what vegetable
is Kou Uraki afraid of?
- In Zeta Gundam, what did
Camille Vidan and Four Murasame have in common?
- In Urusei Yatsura, what is
Ran's secret power?
- What is Rumiko Takahashi's
favorite American comic character?
- What is the humanoid form of
the Orguss mecha called?
- What did Tobor the Eighth Man
have to do to re-energize himself?
- Which mecha show first
featured the linear cockpit?
- In Future Boy Conan, what
weapon was responsible for the future devastation of Earth?
- In the Dirty Pair TV series,
who is Yuri's first childhood sweetheart?
- Who is the only other human
WWWA agent Kei worked with besides Yuri in the Dirty Pair TV
the Guests Reception
here are images of the grand Guests Reception where fans could
enjoy chatting informally with the Guests of Honor as well as
giving on-the-spot interviews for their fan magazines (a Press
section never existed at that time). Featured guests were
Yoshiyuki Tomino, Junko Ito (producer with Terasawa), Buichi
Terasawa, and Haruhiko Mikimoto.
||The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
hosted for the first time in 1992 its highly regarded SPJA
Awards Ceremony to award excellence in the Japanese animation and comics
industry in both the United States and Japan. To this day, the SPJA industry
awards are the oldest of its type in this country.
Following is the list of the winners:
Best Premiere: Macross II
Best Subbed/Dubbed Premiere: Macross II
Best Film: Silent Mobius
Best OAV: Record of Lodoss War
Best TV Show: Nadia
Most Popular Male: Ranma
Most Popular Female: Nadia
Most Popular Non-human: P-chan
Best Anime Album: Macross the Complete
Best Manga: Ranma 1/2
Best American Animation Film: Beauty and the Beast
Best Subbed/Dubbed Film: Project A-Ko
Best Subbed/Dubbed OAV: Bubble Gum Crisis 8
Best Subbed/Dubbed Company: AnimEigo
Best Anime Publication: Animag
Best Translated Manga: Appleseed
Tatsugawa Presents the first annual SPJA Awards
Woodhead accepts awards on behalf of the production
companies behind most of the winners.
Nadelman accepts awards on behalf of U.S. Manga Corps.