Japanese Visual Artist and Character Designer Yoshitaka Amano Joins AX 2023!

We are incredibly excited to announce that renowned Japanese Visual Artist, Illustrator and Character Designer Yoshitaka Amano will appear as a Guest of Honor at Anime Expo 2023!

Yoshitaka Amano joined anime production company Tatsunoko Productions in 1967, providing character designs for Casshern, Time Bokan, and many other series. He became an independent artist and illustrator in 1982, going on to win a Nebula Award four years in a row (1983-86). From there, he served as character and visual concept designer for the Final Fantasy series, as well as working on Vampire Hunter D, N.Y. Salad, Candy Girl, and more.

After launching his first solo exhibition in France in 1995, he opened a New York studio in 1997, holding an exhibition there from 1997 to 1999 while also exhibiting much of his work at the Ueno Royal Museum and other locations in Japan.

In 2000, he collaborated with famed artist Neil Gaiman on The Sandman, which won the Eisner Award and was nominated for a Hugo Award that same year. In 2019, he produced a poster for a campaign held by Japanʼs Liberal Democratic Party, and in 2022 he dedicated a lotus sutra painting to the Omotoyama Kominato Birth Temple, the head temple of Nichiren Buddhism in Kamogawa, Japan. Golden View of the World, his latest exhibition, also debuted this year.

If you’re interested in attending Anime Expo 2023 and meeting Amano-san, be sure to grab your badge now!

We look forward to seeing all of you in-person at the Los Angeles Convention Center this July!

Anime Expo 2023  will run from July 1 through July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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