Anime Expo is a hell of a convention. Being the largest anime convention in the country, it’s hosts an array of amazing guests from artists to voice actors to directors and more. That being the case, I think it’s pretty incredible that Anime Expo 2017 is offering a chance to the fans and attendees to voice their picks for potential guests next year. (I’ll say upfront; if this is a yearly occurrence that I’ve managed to miss up till now, I apologize for saying it’s new. But it’s still a cool thing to do!)

Anime Expo is taking interested parties votes through a survey hosted on Zoho, which you can check out here. Specfically, the survey is asking fans whom they would like to see as guests from the gaming industry at next years convention. The list includes prominent artists, creators, composers, directors, designers, and producers from the gaming industry. The list is primarily devoted to members of the Japanese gaming industry but there are a few notable Western developers as well. Specifically, the directors of Overwatch and the director of Undertale.

The survey will remain open for votes until Halloween (October 31 in case you forgot). There are 23 listed options for potential guests for the event and there’s no limit to how many you can cast a vote for. So feel free to check them all off if you’re so inclined! Though that may not really help the odds if you prefer some guests over others. If there’s someone you don’t see on the list, there is space for you to write in a name beneath the listed names. The survey does also inquire as to which gaming systems you own. Not sure how they’ll use that data but it couldn’t hurt to punch in.

Without further ado, check out the current list of potential guests:

Shigeru Miyamoto (Creator of Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda) (Holy shit that’d be awesome)

Akira “Akiman” Yasuda (Character/Mechanical Designer for Street Fighter, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness)

Hidetaka Miyazaki (Director of Dark Souls) (I’m such a fanboy)

Fumita Ueda (Director and Designer of Last Guardian)

Hideo Kojima (Creator of Metal Gear, Director of Kojima Productions) (Would be incredible to see)

Yoji Shinkawa (Mechanical Designer for the Metal Gear series)

Hiroyuki Ito (Producer for Final Fantasy XII)

Jeffrey Kaplan (Director of Overwatch)

Chris Metzen (Director of Overwatch)

Toby Fox (Creator of Undertale)

Koji Igarashi (Producer and Assistant Director for Castlevania)

Yu Suzuki (Creator of Shenmue)

Shu Takumi (Creator of Ace Attorney)

Takuro Fuse (Artist for Ace Attorney)

Tetsuya Nomura (Character designer for Final Fantasy and Director of Kingdom Hearts)

Yasuhiro Fukuya (Producer for Tales of Berseria)

Yoshimasa Tanaka (Director for Tales of Berseria)

Yoko Shimomura (Composer for Final Fantasy XII)

Isamu Kamikokuryo (Art Director for Final Fantasy XII, World Art Director for Final Fantasy XV)

Yoshitaka Amano (Artist for Final Fantasy)

Hajime Tabata (Director for Final Fantasy XV)

Yuji Horii (Creator of Dragon Quest)

Junichi Masuda (Producer for Pokemon)

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Co-Founder and Lead Editor. Just a big fan of gaming, anime, manga... I tend to like most everything. Which annoys some people. Sorry about that. Anyway, living the simple life and posting about this stuff is all that's on my menu.

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