Every year, Japan Expo Sud hosts prestigious guests who hold signings, masterclasses, and panels to talk about their jobs, careers and works.
Mangaka, musicians, animators, video game creators, chara-designers, cosplayers, singers, illustrators, producers, composers, and more: many guests travel to Japan Expo Sud. Don’t miss the chance to meet such talented artists and get to know them.
Visual artists reveal some of their secrets at panels, showing their talent with live drawing sessions, and spend some time with you to offer signings. In the past, Japan Expo Sud has welcomed, among others:
- Terumi NISHII (Death Note, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable), Jorys BOYER (Noob Reroll), and Philippe CARDONA and Florence TORTA (Sentaï School, Noob la BD...) in 2019
- Thomas ASTRUC (Miraculous, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir), Yoko HANABUSA (Lady!!), Manabu OHASHI (Cobra, Treasure Island…), Harumo SANAZAKI (The Phantom of the Opera) and many more French artists in 2018
- Yoko HANABUSA (Lady Lady!!), Manabu OHASHI (Cobra...), and Harumo SANAZAKI (The Phantom of the Opera) in 2018
- Shigefumi SHINGAKI (One Piece) and Mamoru YOKOTA (Death Note, Macross Frontier, Naruto Shippûden) in 2017
- Nobuyoshi HABARA (Broken Blade, D.N.Angel) and Takuya WADA (Lupin III, Hokuto no Ken) in 2016
- Jinsei KATAOKA and Kazuma KONDO (Deadman Wonderland) in 2015
- Kunihiko IKUHARA (Sailor Moon) and Naoyuki ONDA (Berserk) in 2013
- Nobuhiro OKASEKO (Captain Tsubasa) in 2012
- Osamu KOBAYASHI (Beck), Yûsuke KOZAKI (No More Heroes), and Kazuki AKANE (Escaflowne) in 2011
And let’s switch to the live stage which is set on fire by music guests! Year after year, J-music unveils all its styles, with AMARANYX’s visual kei (2013) Kanon Wakeshima’s sweet pop (2013), DJ Livetune’s electro sets (2012), ILU GRACE RnB groove (2017), ROA’s rock shows (2018), Head Phones President’s astounding metal (2011), spoon+’s offbeat J-pop (2016), or the idols BANZAI JAPAN, Emi ARISAKA, and kolme (2019). French artists also perform, like the harpist Cécile CORBEL (Arrietty, 2019) or the le Neko Light Orchestra (anime, film and video game music covers, 2019).
Japan Expo Sud is also an opportunbity for cosplay fans to meet worldwide famous cosplayers, like Enji Night and Shappi in 2017, Fae la Blanche and Shinji in 2018, and the duo Surine and Rinaca, and Symphonia in 2019.