Going to throw the left field of my wishlist out there: -Yasuomi Umetsu: animator and director that has done major work in character design for works including Kokkoku: Moment by Moment; Casshan: Robot Hunter, Lily C.A.T., and Megazone 23 Part II. -Toshio Maeda: prolific manga writer and casually cited creator of the modern "tentacles" trope. -Satoshi Urushihara: artist. In addition to his own stuff he has worked in animation on a wide range of titles including Akira. He also has a rare story of being senior staff on a number of U.S. market shows including Jem, G.I. Joe, and Transformers (where he was also animation director). -Maki Murakami: mangaka. Known for Gravitation, Kanpai!, and Gamerz Heaven. Previously appeared at Otakon 2007.