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August 8 - August 10, 2014
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Shingo Adachi Shingo Adachi
Animator, Character Designer, Director

Shingo Adachi is an animator, character designer, and episodic director originally from Osaka. He began his career working with Xebec Studio. Adachi debuted as a character designer while working on Megaman EXE+ and as an animation director with Megaman EXE. Some of Adachi's recent works include Sword Art Online (Character Designer/ Chief Animation Director), WORKING!! (Character Designer/ Chief Animation Director) and Shooting Star Rockman (Character Designer/Animation Director).

This is Shingo Adachi's first time appearing at a convention here in the US.

Mr. Adachi appears with support from Aniplex.

Peter S. BeaglePeter S. Beagle

Author

Peter S. Beagle was born in 1939 and raised in the Bronx, where he grew up surrounded by the arts and education: both his parents were teachers, three of his uncles were gallery painters, and his immigrant grandfather was a respected writer, in Hebrew, of Jewish fiction and folktales. As a child Peter used to sit by himself in the stairwell of his apartment building, making up stories. Today, thanks to classics like The Last Unicorn, A Fine and Private Place, and �Two Hearts,� he is a living fantasy icon.

Peter has written many teleplays and screenplays, including the animated versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Last Unicorn, plus the fan-favorite �Sarek� episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His nonfiction book "I See By My Outfit" is considered a classic of American travel writing, and he is also a gifted poet, lyricist, and singer/songwriter. He currently makes his home in Oakland, California.

Already a famous book and movie, in 2011 The Last Unicorn also became a bestselling graphic novel from IDW Publishing.

Peter appears courtesy of Conlan Press.

Maile Flanagan Maile Flanagan
Voice Actress

Maile Flanagan won an Emmy in 2006 and was nominated in 2007 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks. She voices the lead in the hit anime show Naruto, and has done over 400 episodes, 5 movies and 35 video games for the series. Other animation work includes the Oscar winning film Rango, Ice Age 3, Fish Hooks, Back At The Barnyard, Kung Fu Magoo, Tom And Jerry, Final Fantasy 13, and many more pilots, shows, and upcoming projects.

Currently you can catch her recurring as the mean principal on Lab Rats on Disney XD and in a recurring role on Shameless on Showtime. More on-camera credits include Last Man Standing, Waffle Hut, Transformers 3, Janeane From Des Moines, Wrong, Reno 911!, Grey's Anatomy, Weeds, The Class, ER, Desperate Housewives, The Office, Evan Almighty, Yes Man, Phone Booth, The Station Agent, etc.

In her spare time she does theatre and won the 2012 LA WEEKLY Award for BEST FEMALE COMEDY PERFORMANCE for her role in Day Drinkers by Justin Tanner, with whom she frequently works.

Crispin Freeman Crispin Freeman
Voice Actor/Director/Script Adaptor

Crispin Freeman is a voice actor, director, and script adaptor who's been portraying characters in animation and video games since 1997. He's worked on a myriad of anime shows including Hellsing, Naruto, Ghost in the Shell, The Big O, Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Wolf's Rain, Witch Hunter Robin, Chobits, Blood, Last Exile, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Slayers, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Durarara!!, as well as in Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo.

In the world of video games he's played Superman, Iron Man, Dr. Manhattan, Legolas, as well as Will Turner from Pirates of the Caribbean. He plays the Male Wizard in Diablo III, Helios the Sun God in God of War III and both Breakdown and Grimlock in Transformers: War for Cybertron. He's been in such high profile Japanese games as Xenosaga, Final Fantasy: White Knight Chronicles, and Metal Gear Solid.

In American animation, he's voiced characters in The Spectacular Spider-Man series where he played Electro, as well as the show Wolverine and The X-Men, where he played Multiple Man. He's currently playing Speedy and Red Arrow in the DC animated series Young Justice.

Tsukasa Fushimi Tsukasa Fushimi
Writer

Fushimi debuted as a writer in 2006 with his light-novel series, Jusanbanme no Alice (The Thirteenth Alice). When his novel Oreimo (Original title: Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai) (1st volume published in 2008) was adapted to other media formats, Fushimi demonstrated his talents by writing the screenplay for both its animated series and games.

This is Fushimi's first appearance at a US Anime Convention and he presents the World Premiere of the Oreimo 2 OVA episodes here at Otakon.

Todd Haberkorn Todd Haberkorn
Actor, Writer, Director, Producer

Todd Haberkorn has been on stage, on set, and behind a mic for many years. Not only is Todd an actor in LA, he works as a producer, writer, and director as well. And he's even been an action figure or two. Haberkornmobile sold separately.

In the world of anime, Todd got his first major start in Suzuka as Yamato Akitski. From there, he went on to voice roles such as Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Keroro from Sgt. Frog, Keiskuke from Initial D, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Pokemon and many others. As far as video games go, you'd recognize his voice in Defiance, World of Warcraft, Street Fighter IV, Ghostbusters, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Borderlands 2, and Rage to name a handful. His voice makes sure to get its marathon training in as an award winning narrator for audiobooks. Do a Google search and you'll find everything from thrillers and young adult to zombie sagas and children's books.

As far as on camera is concerned, when he isn't working on films, industrials, and television projects for other companies, Todd does work with his company Out of the Office Productions. This is one aspect of a long history of on camera work in narrative film, commercials, and shorts. When he isn't fighting digital monsters in video games or trying to save the day on film, Todd travels the U.S. and internationally making appearances at pop culture conventions as a guest to meet fans and sign autographs. He is represented by The Horne Agency and William Morris Endeavor.

Todd appears with support from Studio Nasu.

Kyle Hebert Kyle Hebert
Voice Actor

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph & Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z. ther notable roles include Fate/Zero (Beserker), Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Guild Wars 2 (Great Ginz, Ogron, Hamar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow).

Kyle can also be heard in numerous video game franchises such as Sonic, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith's Smodco Internet Radio. Lastly, Kyle will be performing voice work for Otakon's video game, Crisis Heart Brawlers. For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com.

Kyle appears with support from Studio Nasu.

Home Made Kazoku Home Made Kazoku
Musical Guest - Saturday Concert

Home Made Kazoku debuted May 2004 with Ki/oon Music Inc. / Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and won acclaim as the best upcoming artist of the year on the Japanese music scene.

MICRO is widely referred to as a "soul rapper" because of his husky, powerful voice. KURO adds a deep, whispering rap which gives life to the lyrics. Combined with U-ICHI's DJ skills, their positive, heartwarming music has entranced many listeners' ears.

Large, medium, small.

Vocalists Micro and Kuro are originally from the United States. MICRO spent a part of his childhood in Kentucky, while KURO lived in Chicago until he was 12. Their first full-length album, Rock the World, achieved #5 on the Oricon national chart, with over 300,000 sales, and spent an amazing two months in the Best 20s.

Home Made Kazoku created a buzz with their tracks featured as theme songs on many hit anime series, such as Eureka Seven ("Shonen Heart") and NARUTO ("Shooting Star"). Their third album, Thank You!!, hit #5 on the Oricon chart.

Following their fourth album, Home, which included the lead track "No Rain No Rainbow" (the theme song of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN the Movie: Bonds), Home Made Kazoku headlined their first tour in Japan, including a sold-out show at the Budokan in front of more than 10,000 fans. They also took their show overseas to the US (Otakon 2010) and Taiwan which ended up being great successes.

They host an annual music festival, held for the third time this year in October, called Kazoku Fes.2012. Along with their announcement of their comeback at Otakon in 2013, Home Made Kazoku will be releasing their latest album 3RISE on January 1, 2013 for all their overseas fans.

http://www.home-made.jp

Chiaki Ishikawa Chiaki Ishikawa
Singer/Songwriter, Musical Guest - Sunday Concert, Opening Act

Ms. Ishikawa's announcement message.

We are delighted to welcome this talented performer for her first Otakon appearance.

As a child Chiaki was invited to join a Sunday school choir. There she was impressed with the voice of a boy soprano and soon she joined and started singing in the choir. After graduating from the school she wanted to challenge herself as a vocalist, she joined her sister's band and made several live show appearances in Tokyo.

Later, Chiaki made her major debut as the vocalist of SeeSaw, and the artist activity grew through their work on various anime themes such as in Mermaid's Forest, You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle, and the movie Mobile Suit Gundam 00 The Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer. She has also written songs for other vocalists that were featured in shows such as Mobile Gundam Suit SEED, Kaze no Stigma, and Mobile Gundam Suit 00.

Now she focuses her work on a solo artist activity as Chiaki Ishikawa and has for the last few years appeared as one of the artists at Animelo Summer Live (the biggest annual anime songs concert in Japan) for theme song singles.

Hiroyuki Kanbe Hiroyuki Kanbe
Director

Kanbe served as the Director for both the first and second seasons of the hit anime series, Oreimo. Some of Kanbe's most notable works include: WOLF'S RAIN (episode director), Basilisk (episode director /animation director), Chrono Crusade (assistant director, monster designer, animation director), and VIPER'S CREED (director/character designer).

This is Kanbe's first appearance at a US Anime Convention and he presents the World Premiere of the Oreimo 2 OVA episodes here at Otakon.

Firstname Lastname Yoko Kanno
Composer, Arranger, Producer, Musical Guest - Sunday Concert

Ms. Kanno's announcement video.

For our 20th we are proud to welcome back composer, arranger and producer Yoko Kanno as our featured Sunday Musical Act. Yoko Kanno first appeared at the Otakon convention back in 1999.

While studying at Waseda University, Yoko Kanno made her first debut as a member of "Tetsu 100%" which was released from CBS Sony. After the group split up, she became a composer/arranger for commercials, animation, movies, games and TV series. Known as a great master of animation music, her best works include Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bebop, MACROSS Frontier, Genesis of Aquarion, and The Vision of Escaflowne. She has also written and produced songs for artists such as SMAP, May'n, YUKI, Miki Imai, Maaya Sakamoto, Kyoko Koizumi, Crystal Kay, T.M Revolution, Shione Yukawa, Chitose Hajime, YOSHIKA, ORIGA and more.

Her recent performances include in 2008 the "Galaxy Tour" for MACROSS Frontier as well as in 2009 for the "YOKO KANNO SEATBELTS / Chojiku Tanabata Sonic" event of which both were sold out almost immediately.

For the recently released movie Petal Dance which came out in April 2013, she wrote a piano soundtrack which she performs herself. The piano score will be released from her own label PIANO. In summer 2013, she plans to release a score of "Song of departure, which is A Cappella Arrangements for Male Voices."

At Otakon 20, Yoko Kanno will be making a rare live appearance by premiering her new project "Piano me" which will consist of her and one piano.

She easily jumps over any music barriers and her cosmopolitan hyperactivity keeps going on and on. She will always be a true artist and craftsman and is definitely the crownjewel of the music world.

Tetsuya Kawakami Tetsuya Kawakami
Animator, Character Designer, Director

Tetsuya Kawakami is an animator and character designer originally from Osaka. He began his career working for Studio Mu. His debut as a character designer was with Shigofumi: Letters from the Departed and his debut as the key animation director with A Certain Magical Index. Some of Kawakami most notable works include Sword Art Online (SubCharacter Design/ Chief Animation Director), and Oreimo (Chief Animation Director).

This is Tetsuya Kawakami's first time appearing at a convention here in the US.

Mr. Kawakami appears with support from Aniplex.

Roland Kelts Roland Kelts
Writer/Scholar

Roland Kelts is the author of the acclaimed and best-selling book Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US. He has taught at many universities in the US and Japan, including New York University, The University of Tokyo and Sophia University. Currently he a Visiting Scholar at Keio University in Japan and a columnist for The Japan Times.

He has interviewed Hayao Miyazaki, Makoto Shinkai, Yoshiyuki Tomino and Haruki Murakami, among others, and his writing on Japanese culture is published in The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Vogue, The Daily Yomiuri, The New York Times and The Anime News Network, among others.

Roland is also a contributing editor to Monkey Business International, the English edition of the Japanese literary magazine, a consultant on Japanese creative digital media for Gamma Law, and a consultant for Crunchyroll.com.

Kelts is a frequent television and radio commentator on Japanese culture for the BBC and NPR. He divides his time between New York and Tokyo.

Roland appears at anime conventions in the U.S., Japan, Asia and Europe.

http://japanamerica.blogspot.com/

Kaoru Kurosaki Kaoru Kurosaki
Novelist and Writer

Kaoru Kurosaki, a talented novelist herself (and occasional collaborator on works like Buso Renkin), is also the wife of Rurouni Kenshin creator Nobuhiro Watsuki, who is sadly unable to attend. But he was kind enough to send us an exhibit of original Kenshin artwork, which will be on display in the Art Hall all weekend.

In addition to curating this rare exhibit, Ms. Kurosaki will be presenting an intimate, insider's view of the real life of a popular mangaka.

MMaruyama Masao Maruyama
Producer

The founder and former creative director of Madhouse Studios, Masao Maruyama has had a hand in the Japanese animation industry for forty years. Maruyama was born in 1941 in the Miyagi Prefecture. After graduation from Hosei University, he went to work for Mushi Production. He later went on to help produce Unico, based on a story by Osamu Tezuka, of Astro Boy fame. In 1972, Maruyama had a direct hand in the establishment of the burgeoning new animation studio Madhouse and led the team as a creative producer for many years.

Over the next three decades, Maruyama would oversee countless television, OAV, and theatrical releases, all noted for a high level of production quality. He would also develop a reputation for finding and nurturing talented directors; under his guidance, talents like Satoshi Kon and Atsuko Ishizuka have flourished. Maruyama has also engaged with overseas partners quite often, working with the Wachowskis on the Animatrix project, and overseeing anime takes on classic American comic book characters.

In 2011, Maruyama left Madhouse and formed MAPPA (Maruyama Animation Produce Project Association). MAPPA allows him greater creative freedom to pursue projects that may be less obviously commercial. The studio's first major project was the critically acclaimed Kids on the Slope, which reunited many of the creative team behind Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. He continues to consult with Madhouse on various projects. Maruyama’s list of credits has produced an amazing library of animation including Barefoot Gen, Dagger of Kamui, Record of Lodoss War, Vampire Hunter D, Ninja Scroll, Card Captor Sakura, Trigun, Perfect Blue, X, Boogiepop Phantom, Chobits, PitaTen, Abenobashi Maho Shotengai, Gungrave, Gunslinger Girl, Black Lagoon, Kiba, Nana, Tokyo Tribe 2, Beck, Monster, Highlander: Search for Vengeance, Devil May Cry, Death Note, RAINBOW and Red Line.

Maruyama has also overseen production of critically acclaimed films such as Paprika, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Summer Wars.

Mike McFarland Mike McFarland
Voice Actor, Director, Script Writer, Producer

Mike got his start in anime as one of the first voice actors in Texas to be hired by FUNimation Entertainment, and has since moved on to become a Director, Script Writer, and Line Producer for numerous anime series. Notable roles include Master Roshi and Yajirobe in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, Baby and Baby-Vegeta in Dragon Ball GT, Goemon in Lupin The Third (Movie Specials), Ritsu Sohma in Fruits Basket, Lt. Jean Havoc in Fullmetal Alchemist, Cain in Trinity Blood, Buggy the Clown in One Piece, "Ranka" Fujioka in Ouran High School Host Club, Tybalt in Romeo x Juliet, Leo in Burst Angel, Estonia in Hetalia, as well as various roles in Yu Yu Hakusho, Nerima Daikon Brothers, Kodocha, Desert Punk, Black Cat, Kiddy Grade, Shin Chan, The Galaxy Railways, and many others.

As an ADR/Voice Director, Mike has worked on such series and films as Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Dragon Ball Z, Vexille, Summer Wars, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, Yu Yu Hakusho, Mushi-Shi, Case Closed, Dragon Ball, Eden of the East, Trinity Blood, Evangelion: 1.11 and 2.22 and One Piece. ADR Scriptwriting credits include Fullmetal Alchemist, Kodocha, Trinity Blood, Solty Rei, Mushi-Shi, One Piece, and the uncut versions of Dragon Ball Z.

Video Game credits include work on Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Halo Wars, Stuntman: Ignition, Aeon Flux, Bloodrayne 2, Roadkill, Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley, numerous Dragon Ball Z titles, as well as the role of Paul Phoenix in Street Fighter X Tekken.

Mike is also an accomplished improv comedian, musician, and has appeared in numerous commercials and independent films, including The Rage Within, House Of The Generals, Placebo, and the award-winning Shtickmen. For more information, check out his web site at www.mikemcfarland.com, "like" his fan page on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @MikeMcFarlandVA.

Vic Mignogna Vic Mignogna
Voice Actor

Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old. But he started his career in anime a little over ten years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than two hundred shows and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Zero in Vampire Knight, Yoshimori in Adult Swim's Kekkaishi, Death Scythe in Soul Eater, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Kougaijji in Saiyuki, Ikkaku in Bleach, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Tatsu in Peacemaker, Luciano in Code Geass, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood, Hikaru in Macross and many more. Currently Vic recently played the lead in the new Pokemon movie, as well as roles in G4's Wolverine and Iron Man series, and the original Mass Effect movie. Vic is currently playing roles in Tiger & Bunny, Digimon, Nura, Lagrange and several others. Vic has also voiced roles in a large number of video games including Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Persona III, Sonic Colours, DBZ, Bleach, FMA and more. But even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like One Piece & DBGT, and has produced several CDs of his own original music, all available on iTunes. Finally, in addition to anime and music, Vic has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series like "Nuka Break", "Starship Farragut", and is executive producing a brand new TOS based series "Star Trek Continues". Vic works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.

Kazuma Miki Kazuma Miki
(ASCII MEDIA WORKS Inc.)

Editor

Miki is the editor for the hit series, Oreimo, and has worked as an editor for numerous popular anime titles such as Sword Art Online, A Certain Magical Index, Accel World and Shakugan no Shana. Miki also serves as a producer for most of these titles.

This is Miki's first appearance at a US Anime Convention and he presents the World Premiere of the Oreimo 2 OVA episodes here at Otakon.

Please note that the Train Conductor Uniform in this picture was for the Oreimo Premiere event in Japan.

Masayuki Ozaki Masayuki Ozaki
Producer

Until 2003, Masayuki Ozaki worked for GAGA COMMUNICATIONS, INC where he was involved in acquisitions of Hollywood titles and distribution & promotion of domestic titles. In 2004, he began his career at Sunrise Inc. where he was a planning manager for Mobile Suit Z GUNDAM series. 2005 saw Ozaki launching anime projects such as Sergent Keroro, Zorori the Naughty Hero and other titles that are based on popular manga or novels as a producer and a planning manager. His credits include Dinosaur King, Inuyasha-The Final Act, Gintama the Movie, and TIGER & BUNNY. He takes his producer role beyond the realm of anime and is involved in producing music events, musicals, and other areas of show business.

Takamasa Sakurai Takamasa Sakurai
Content Media Producer, Author

Otakon is pleased to welcome back content media producer and author Takamasa Sakurai. Sakurai last appeared at Otakon in 2011.

Born in 1965, Takamasa Sakurai is a content media producer and an author. He has been involved in pop culture diplomatic activities such as speaking in seminars and organizing fashion shows in 115 cities across 24 countries. He is one of the earliest pioneers in the use of animation and Harajuku fashion to promote Japanese cultural diplomacy.

Mr. Sakurai is most famous as the author of books such as Anime Bunka Gaiko (Anime Culture Diplomacy) and Sekai Kawaii Kakumei (World Kawaii Revolution) along with many more. He is also a columnist for Looking East in the Daily Yomiuri as well as having written columns in publications such as ASCII Weekly Magazine.

Jād Saxton Jād Saxton
Voice Actress

Jād Saxton has been acting and singing for Funimation Entertainment consistently for 6 years singing is what actually landed her her first role in an Anime in Sasami: Magical Girls Club. After doing bits for Sasami and Hell Girl she landed her first major role as Masako Hara in Ghost Hunt. She then went on to voice Eve Genoard in Baccano!, Perrine-H. Clostermann in seasons 1 and 2 of Strike Witches, and Jacqueline O. Lantern Dupr in Soul Eater.

Most recently announced releases include: Fairy Tail as Carla, Haganai as Sena Kashiwazaki, Michiko & Hatchin as Hatchin, Eureka Seven AO as Elena Peoples, High School DxD as Koneko Tōjō, Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing as Fam Fan Fan, Toriko as Yun, A Certain Scientific Railgun as Komoe, Tenchi Muyo! War On Geminar as Lashara Earth, Steins;Gate as Faris Nyannyan, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (movie) as April, Is This a Zombie? as Haruna, Shangri-La as Karin Ishida/Pudding, A Certain Magical Index as Komoe, Aria The Scarlet Amo as Reki, B Gata H Kei Yamada's First Time as Mayu Miyano, and Freezing as Arnett McMillan.

She can also be heard in: Future Diary, Appleseed XIII, Baka and Test, Okami-san & Her Seven Companions, Fafner: Dead Agressor: Heaven and Earth (movie), Shiki, Bamboo Blade, Hero Tales, Kaze no Stigma, Dragonaut-The Resonance, Ga-Rei: Zero, Ouran High School Host Club, Fairy Tail, Shin Chan, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Birdy the Mighty Decode, Blassreiter, Chrome Shelled Regios, Darker than Black, The Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Eden of the East: Paradise Lost, Jyu Oh Sei, Strain: Strategic Armored Infantry and Black Butler.

Jād has also been singing and acting for stage since she was 4-years-old. She graduated summa cum laude from Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts, Music (vocal performance) in 2005.

When Jād isn't voicing toons, she can be seen playing on stage at various theaters throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth region. Jād loves the wisdom and wit of Dr. Seuss and A.A. Milene, the melodic fantasy of The Beatles, tattoos (though she only has 3 one is a Beatles lyric), the majesty of whales, gnomes, pandas, Adventure Time, foxes, dinosaurs, and above all - anything Harry Potter related (she even named her cat Granger aka Grangie-the-poof)!

To keep up with Jād, please visit "Jad Saxton Voice Actress" on Facebook, www.facebook.com/jadsaxton AND "Jad Saxton" on Twitter. www.twitter.com/jadbsaxton

Tomokazu Seki Tomokazu Seki
Seiyu

Otakon is pleased to welcome back the talented seiyu Tomokazu Seki for his second visit to Otakon.

Tomokazu Seki is one of the industry's most versatile and prolific actors, known for both dramatic and comedic roles. His very first role was as Tomache Massarik in Mobile Suit Victor Gundam. Other noteworthy credits include: Domon Kasshu and Yzak Joule in various Gundam series; Rob Lucci in One Piece; Kenichi in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple; Gilgamesh in Fate/stay Night and Archer in Fate/Zero; Van Fanel in The Vision of Escaflowne; Toji Suzuhara in Evangelion; and Kyo in Fruits Basket.

Seki's many other characters include Sakura's older brother Toya in Cardcaptor Sakura; Chichiri in Fushigi Yuugi; Shinichi in Nodame Cantabile; Nobuo in NANA; and Ken Hidaka in Weiß Kreuz. Younger Japanese children may recognize him as the voice of Suneo in the most recent incarnation of Doraemon. He's also lent his voice to several characters in various Kamen Rider and other tokosatsu series.

A singer as well, Seki has a number of anime themes under his belt, including the Weiß Kreuz OAV, Demon Lord Dante, and Knight Hunters.

Seki is currently head of Atomic Monkey, a talent agency specializing in voice actors. He was last seen at Otakon in 2007.

Micah Solusod Micah Solusod
Voice Actor

Don't let the ponytail fool you. Micah Solusod is actually a professional voice actor and artist. No joke.

Micah made his debut in the world of anime as the abused Malek Werner in Blassreiter, and was cast as the cool Soul Evans in Soul Eater shortly after. Since then, he has had the honor voicing a number of characters in other FUNimation titles such as Ao Fukai in Eureka Seven AO, Toma Kamijo in A Certain Magical Index, Gai Tsutsugami in Guilty Crown, Ame (older) in Wolf Children, Midnight in Fairy Tail, Tsutomu Senkawa in Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Yukitaka Tsuitsui in Level E, Kamui and Subaru in Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations, Haruki Hishida in Rideback, and Kazuki Makabe in Fafner: Heaven and Earth.

He can also be heard in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Darker Than Black II, Black Butler II, Okami-san and Her Seven Companions, Deadman Wonderland, Shangri-La, Corpse Princess, Sgt. Frog, Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike, Trigun: Badlands Rumble, Baka and Test, Shakugan no Shana, Last Exile: Fam, ,em>the Silver Wing, and Appleseed XIII!

He is THRILLED to be attending Otakon for the premiere of Wolf Children, in which he voices Ame in his older form.

On the days he's not trapped in a dark padded room, Micah works as a freelance artist. He is the lead illustrator for the group Painapple Teriyaki, and draws for the fantasy webcomic Ties That Bind. You can visit his website at www.micahsolusod.com for more information.

Takamasa Sakurai Michihiko Suwa
Producer, Author, Podcaster

Yomiuri TV Producer Michihiko Suwa has spent the last 30 years bringing some of anime's most beloved properties to life. Under his stewardship, the long-running Detective Conan (Case Closed) has been a fixture on television for 18 seasons and launched 17 movies, as well as several specials and direct-to-video releases. A 2009 special featured a contest of wits between Conan and Lupin III; they will match wits once more in December 2013 in a new Lupin III vs Detective Conan movie.

Mr. Suwa has also overseen hits like Magic Knight Rayearth, Black Jack, Angel Heart, Kekkaishi, and City Hunter. Suwa is probably best known to western audiences as the producer of the internationally successful Inuyasha, which recently concluded.

Since 2010, Mr. Suwa has been on the selection committee for the Anime Mirai project (formerly Young Animators Training Project), which funds the creation of original projects by up-and-coming animators. This effort is overseen by the Japanese Animators Creators Association (JAniCA) and funded by the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs.

A veteran blogger with a weekly podcast, Mr. Suwa recently published a book collecting his reflections on the world of anime. He last appeared at Otakon in 2007.

Yuzuru Tachikawa Yuzuru Tachikawa
Director

Director Tachikawa has worked predominately as a storyboard artist and unit or episode director for the past several years, mostly on Chi's New Address (the sequel to Chi's Sweet Home). He has also served on long-running franchises such as Bleach, Aquarion, and the most recent incarnation of Lupin III. More recently, he has lent his skills to fan favorites such as Attack on Titan, Steins;Gate, and Sword Art Online.

Currently with Madhouse, Mr. Tachikawa was selected to bring his original creation, Death Billiards, to life as part of the Anime Mirai project. We are delighted to welcome Mr. Tachikawa to his first US anime convention.

T.M.Revolution T.M.Revolution
Musical Guest - Saturday Concert

TM Revolution's Official Site

We're thrilled to welcome back T.M. Revolution, who returns to Otakon 10 years after his US debut performance at Otakon 2003.

Takanori Nishikawa, born in 1970 in Shiga prefecture, made his debut as T.M.Revolution (T.M.R.) in May 1996, with the single "Dokusai -monopolize-". Since then, he has established a reputation as a singer with ear-catching tunes combined with intriguing and irresistible live performances. Many singles have been picked up as themes of major anime and games including Mobile Suit Gundam and Sengoku BASARA.

Since his debut, T.M.R. has built a global fan base and reputation mainly among anime fans. He has performed at major anime conventions in the US, such as OTAKON 2003 where local audiences were dazzled by his dynamic performance. These activities led to the release of his albums worldwide.

T.M.R. launched his 10th anniversary project in 2005 in which he released the single "vestige" in August 2005, hitting #1 on Oricon chart. He also released a self-cover album "UNDER:COVER" (all songs requested by fans) in January 2006. In June of that same year, he released a CD and a DVD, both entitled "1000000000000" (pronounced billion) featuring all singles and music videos he had previously released. This proved immensely popular and also hit #1 on the Oricon charts.

On September 19th 2012, T.M.R. released DVD and Blu-ray discs titled T.M.R. LIVE REVOLUTION '12 -15th Anniversary FINAL which contains footage of his 15th anniversary tour final at Daiichi-Taiikukan, National Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo. Also in September 2012, he organized the rock festival "Inazuma Rock Festival" for the fourth time at his birthplace in Shiga prefecture.

T.M.R.'s recent participation includes appearing at "Anime Festival Asia 2012" in Singapore on November 9th. Not one to rest on his laurels, he is currently expanding his field as an actor, voice actor, and host for many media programs.

http://www.tm-revolution.com

Cristina Vee Cristina Vee
Voice Actor

Cristina Vee is a Los Angeles based voice over actress and director. Cristina is also known for her popular renditions of anime songs on YouTube and got her first "big break" at an anime convention. Her first roles as a professional actress were Nanoha in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and Louise in The Familiar of Zero.

Recent voice acting roles include Homura Akemi in Madoka Magica, Mio Akiyama in K-ON!, Alisa Bosconovitch in Tekken: Blood Vengeance, Kanaria in Rozen Maiden Traumend and Rozen Maiden Ouverture, and Nagisa in Squid Girl.

Her Video game credits include Noel Vermillion, Nu-13, Mu-12, and Lambda in all the current Blazblue titles, Riven the Exile in League of Legends, Compa in Hyperdimension Neptunia, and Lian Shi in Dynasty Warriors 7, just to name a few. She has also recently completed her first gig as a director for the popular fighter Skullgirls and provided the voice of Cerebella for the game as well.

Cristina currently has a few songs available on iTunes. She traveled the US with the other actresses for K-ON! and performed concerts as Mio Akiyama. She also is a host of AnimeTV and was the ASOS Brigade leader for the live action Haruhi Suzumiya season 2 promotional videos.

Finally, Cristina is featured in the upcoming Crisis Hearts Brawlers: Clash at Otakon video game. She appears with support from Studio Nasu.

She last appeared at Otakon in 2011.

Shinichiro Watanabe Shinichiro Watanabe
Director

Born in 1965 in Kyoto, Japan, Shinichiro Watanabe is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and music producer. As a former employee of SUNRISE, he has supervised the episode direction and storyboards of many SUNRISE titles. He made his directorial debut as co-director of Macross Plus. As a Director, he has worked on numerous high profile titles such as Cowboy Bebop (TV and Movie), The Animatrix - Kid's Story, A Detective Story, Samurai Champloo, and more recently Kids on the Slope. As a Music Producer, he was worked on such titles as Michiko to Hatchin and Lupin the 3rd - A Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

He last appeared at Otakon in 1999.

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