Anime Expo 2017 to Feature Hironobu Sakaguchi

Mistwalker studio founder to make appearance at this year’s Anime Expo, along with lead art designer

The Anime Expo in Los Angeles, Californa is a celebration of all things Japan, and AX 2017 promises to turn things up a notch with the appearances of Hironobu Sakaguchi and Kimihiko Fujisaka.

Hironobu Sakaguchi is currently the head of game development studio Mistwalker Corporation, but is best known as the “founding father” of the Final Fantasy series. Since founding Mistwalker, he has developed Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, The Last Story, and Terra Battle. He has been the recepient of the 200 Hall of Fame Ward from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, and the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from GDC.

Kimihiko Fujisaka is Mistwalker Studios’ Lead Art Designer. He has worked on several games, including DrakengardThe Last StoryBakumatsu Rock, and Terra Battle. He began his career immediately after graduate school, where he studied industrial design.

Sakaguchi and Fujisaka will be there throughout the expo’s duration in order to meet their fans. They will also participate in several panels highlighting their contributions to the gaming industry, and will be available for autograph signings as well.

The 2017 Anime Expo will be taking place from July 1 to July 4, and will include many activities and events in which fans may participate. Will you be making the trip over to Los Angeles this summer? If so, what do you hope to see there? Let us know in the comments below!

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