Exclusive Interview with Bushiroad CEO, Mr. Takaaki Kidani, At Bushiroad Expo 2023

Last month, Bushiroad Expo happened for the first time ever in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in conjunction with MYDCF 2023. The three-day expo was a celebration of the vibrant Bushiroad fan community in the country, with trading card game tournaments, digital game demos, and rare artwork and figurine showcases for all to enjoy.

During the event weekend, we had the opportunity to have a quick word with Mr. Takaaki Kidani, the founder and CEO of Bushiroad Japan, who was attending the event.

Disclaimer: The following interview has been translated from Japanese to English.

With this being the first Bushiroad Expo in Malaysia, how was your experience with the event this weekend?

As we are hosting this event in collaboration with MYDCF, we hope that a lot of people who don’t already know Bushiroad will visit the event and find out what we are doing in Malaysia. I’m also happy with the hotel being close to the venue [laughs]. I am very glad to host Bushiroad Expo in Kuala Lumpur in such a nice environment.

How do you feel about the growth of the Bushiroad community in Malaysia?

It has been 12 years since we first started releasing Cardfight!! Vanguard in this country. From this event, we can see that the community has grown a lot since then, and we are very happy about it.

What is your most anticipated upcoming project or product release in the near future?

The most anticipated project to me is Cardfight!! Vanguard, especially in Malaysia now that we have Cardfight!! Vanguard in Bahasa Melayu. We hope that the new language will help grow the community here in Malaysia even further.

Based on the reception for Bushiroad Expo this year, can we expect another Bushiroad Expo next year?

Yes! We are very happy to host Bushiroad Expo in Kuala Lumpur through MYDCF, and we hope to have a boost through this event as well as next year. See you next year!

We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to speak with Mr. Takaaki Kidani and we eagerly anticipate Bushiroad Expo to make a triumphant return next year!

Image credits to Sen Voo on Instagram and Twitter.

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