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Watase Yu, the artist responsible for having created Fushigi Yuugi and Ayashi no Ceres, made a special appearance at the convention. Around 500 people filled the hall and the event kicked off with Miss Watase immediately taking questions from the audience. The artist, addressing the numbers of fans who attended dressed in the costumes of her manga characters, said, "You're Amazing." Miss Watase spoke for over an hour, and revealed that there are plans for 4 original animation video releases based on her Seishi novels. That bit of news got the crowd howling with delight!

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