Aniplex of America Announces Events and Special Guests for Anime Expo 2018


Aniplex of America takes over Anime Expo 2018!

At their Industry Panel at A-Kon (Fort Worth, TX) today, Aniplex of America announced their schedule of events and special guests for Anime Expo 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The announcement revealed that they would be hosting panels and events for many of their popular shows including PERSONA5 the Animation, Cells at Work!, Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, and the highly anticipated Sword Art Online -Alicization-. Furthermore, following last year’s successful event, the immensely popular Fate/Grand Order returns with their first anniversary celebration event at Petree Hall.


In the Sword Art Online corner, the many special guests scheduled to appear include Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (VA for Kirito for SAO -Alicization-), Ai Kayano (VA for Alice of SAO -Alicization-), Tomori Kusunoki (VA for LLENN of SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online), Keiichi Sigsawa (Creator of SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online), Shinichiro Kashiwada (Producer of the SAO series), Kazuki Adachi (Producer of the SAO series), and Kenta Suzuki (Producer of the SAO series). From the halls of Chaldea in Fate/Grand Order, the guests featured will be Ayako Kawasumi (VA of Altria Pendragon from Fate/Grand Order), Satoshi Tsuruoka (VA of Arash, Gilles de Rais, Caligula, and Spartacus from Fate/Grand Order), and Yosuke Shiokawa (Creative Producer of FGO PROJECT). Cells at Work! will be in full swing with guests Tomoaki Maeno (VA of White Blood Cell from Cells at Work!), Nobutaka Kasama from david production (Producer of Cells at Work!), Yohei Ito from Kodansha (Producer of Cells at Work!), and Yuma Takahashi (Producer of Cells at Work!). Meanwhile, Masashi Ishihama (Director of PERSONA5 the Animation) and Kazuki Adachi (Producer of PERSONA5 the Animation) will be representing the stylish game-turned-anime PERSONA5 the Animation. Each event will feature giveaways and more details are available on the Aniplex of America website. Considered the largest anime and manga convention in North America and the second longest running anime convention, Anime Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 5th to July 8th




·           Special guests:

o   Tomoaki Maeno
VA of Red Blood Cell

o   Yohei Ito (Producer)

o   Nobutaka Kasama (Producer)

o   Yuma Takahashi (Producer)

·              Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (PDT)


·              Location: Petree Hall (LP1)


·              Unleash your PERSONA and enter the Metaverse with the SMASH HIT JRPG by ATLUS turned popular anime series, PERSONA5 the Animation! Join Aniplex of America and special guest director Masashi Ishihama as we go behind the scenes of this highly stylish series. The event will include a special giveaway plus a super-secret guest appearance by a member of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts!


·              Special Guests

o   Masashi Ishihama (Director)

o   Kazuki Adachi (Producer)

o   Plus a surprise guest!

·              Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (PDT)


·              Location: Petree Hall (LP1)


·              Link Start and join us for the most talked about event of Anime Expo!  From the perils of Aincrad to the battlefields of Gun Gale Online to the depths of the Underworld, we’ll explore the worlds of SAO, familiar and new!  Join us for this very special event as we look at the past, present and the future of anime’s most beloved virtual reality series!


·              Special Guests

o   Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
VA of Kirito from Sword Art Online – Alicization –

o   Ai Kayano
VA of Alice from Sword Art Online – Alicization –

o   Tomori Kusunoki
VA actress of LLENN from Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 

o   Keiichi Sigsawa (Creator of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online)

o   Shinichiro Kashiwada  (Producer)

o   Kazuki Adachi (Producer)

o   Kenta Suzuki (Producer)

·              Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm (PDT)


·              Location: Petree Hall (LP1)


·              Fellow Masters!  Join us as we celebrate Fate/Grand Order’s one year anniversary with special guests Ayako Kawasumi (Altria Pendragon), Satoshi Tsuruoka (Arash/Gilles de Rais/Caligula/Spartacus) and Yosuke Shiokawa (Creative Producer of the FGO PROJECT)! Rayshift to Petree Hall for the latest news and giveaways!


·              Special Guests

o   Ayako Kawasumi 

VA of Altria Pendragon

o   Satoshi Tsuruoka 

VA of Arash, Gilles de Rais, Caligula, and Spartacus

o   Yosuke Shiokawa (Creative Producer of the FGO PROJECT)

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