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Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Manga Creator, Pompo the Cinephile Director Join Anime Expo 2023

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Last week, Anime Expo announced more members to its Guest of Honor roster for this year’s convention. Those now scheduled to attend include Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead manga creator Kotaro Takata, Pompo the Cinephile director Takayuki Hirao, musician YOSHIKI and more.


Hirao will first join a Pompo the Cinephile screening with GKIDS on Saturday, July 1. Anime Expo describes the panel:


Pompo the Cinephile Screening with Takayuki Hirao

Date: Saturday, July 1st

Time: 1:30 p.m. 

Room: Room 403


Join GKIDS and director Takayuki Hirao for a screening of POMPO THE CINEPHILE, the hilarious and heartwarming adaptation of Shogo Sugitani’s manga. Featuring a special Q&A with Hirao, known for his work on God Eater, The Garden of Sinners, and more! 




Takata will participate in a world premiere panel for the Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead anime world premiere, as well as an industry panel for VIZ Media alongside Bleach Ichigo Kurosaki voice actor Masakazu Morita. Anime Expo describes the panels:


Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead World Premiere!

Date: Saturday, July 1

Time: 12:30 p.m. 

Room: Petree Hall


Join VIZ for the world premiere screening of Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead! Special guest Kotaro Takata will be on deck to take us on a deep dive into the gory, gruesome details of drawing Zom 100. Satisfy your hunger and feed on the brains behind Zom 100, plus score some sweet freebies!


VIZ Official Industry Panel

Date: Sunday, July 2

Time: 4:30 p.m. 

Room: Room 408


Welcome our special guests from Japan, Kotaro Takata, the artist of Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, and Masakazu Morita, the voice of BLEACH’s Ichigo Kurosaki! Plus, check out what’s upcoming for all your favorite series including Chainsaw Man, Spy x Family, My Hero Academia, and more!



Morita will also join a special Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War panel, which Anime Expo describes as such:


BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War Panel

Date: Monday, July 3

Time: 1:30 p.m. 

Room: Petree Hall


The Blade is Him, and now The Blade is Here! Join VIZ as we celebrate the release of Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 with special guest Masakazu Morita, the Japanese voice of Ichigo Kurosaki! Don’t miss out on special announcements, free-poster giveaways, and more!



YOSHIKI, famed Japanese musician and media personality best known for being the founding member and multi-instrumentalist in X JAPAN and most recent project THE LAST ROCKSTARS, will also join Anime Expo this year. A time and date for the special event was not announced at the time of reporting. Anime Expo describes the event:


Don’t miss this special event with music superstar YOSHIKI (leader of legendary rock bands X JAPAN and THE LAST ROCKSTARS) as he reveals the dramatic stories behind his hit anime theme songs (including Attack on Titan and Saint Seiya) and his collaborations with artists from around the world, plus gives fans a preview of his upcoming world tour!


Source: Anime Expo Official Blog, Official Twitter


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