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July 24 - July 26, 2015
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Ei Aoki Ei Aoki
Director

Ei Aoki is an animation director and episode director. Since his directorial debut in 2004, Aoki has worked on many critically acclaimed titles such as Ga-Rei-Zero, the Garden of sinners (Chapter 1), and Fate/Zero. In 2013, he was one of the founding members of the studio TROYCA, where he directed the innovative mecha series, ALDNOAH.ZERO.

Aoki appears with assistance from Aniplex.

Laura Bailey Laura Bailey
Voice Actor

From super powered vigilante to bubbly teen pop star to ice wielding wizard, Laura Bailey has brought to life a plethora of fan favorite characters.

Laura got her start at a young age on the smash hit, DragonBall Z as Trunks, the little boy with a big attitude. She has since gone on to become one of the most prolific voice actresses in the industry today, having worked on over 400 titles in video games, cartoons, and anime.

Major game roles include: Fetch in Infamous Second Son, which earned her an industry chosen D.I.C.E award nomination, Fiona in Tales From the Borderlands: A Telltale Game Series, Wonder Woman in Lego Batman 2 & 3, Ioreth in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, The Boss/President of the USA in Saints Row 3 & 4, Bianca and Dagna in Dragon Age: Inquisition, Rise in Persona 4, Serah in Final Fantasy XIII & XIII-2, Helena Harper in Resident Evil 6, Chun-Li in Street Fighter 4, Jaina Proudmoore in WoW, and Akali in League of Legends, among many others.

Major animated roles include: Black Widow in Marvel's Avengers Assemble, Lagoona Blue and Headmistress Bloodgood in Monster High, Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket, Maka in Soul Eater, Kushina in Naruto, Lust in Full Metal Alchemist, Halibel in Bleach, Shin in Shin Chan, Sana in Kodocha, Schrodinger in Hellsing, and many more.

For a more complete list of credits, you can check out Laura's website at www.laurabaileyvo.com.

Yuichiro Hayashi Yuichiro Hayashi
Director

Hayashi began his career with Studio LIVE in 2001. He served as unit director, animation director and did key animation on Batman Gotham Knight: In Darkness Dwells. He performed mechanical design for Halo Legends: Baby Sitter and was art director for Welcome to Space Show, as well as doing concept art design for Quantuma@Theory. For 009 Re: Cyborg he did the storyboard, and he stepped up to director for a Toyota PES commercial before helming his first series, Garo: The Animation.

Shizuka Kurosaki Shizuka Kurosaki
Producer

As an Aniplex producer, Kurosaki's credits include anime titles such as The Garden of Sinners, ALDNOAH.ZERO and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

Kurosaki appears courtesy of Aniplex.

Toshiyuki Nagano Toshiyuki Nagano
Producer

As an animation producer, Nagano has worked on several popular titles since he began working for AIC in 2003. Some of his recent works include Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar and Wandering Son. In 2013, he established the animation production company TROYCA which produced the innovative mecha series, ALDNOAH.ZERO. Nagano currently serves as the company's president and representative director.

Hiroyuki Takei Hiroyuki Takei
Character Designer

In addition to being a character designer for Garo: The Animation, Takei is also the manga-ka for Shaman King and ULTIMO. His other credits include doing the story and art for the mangas Butsu Zone, Funbari no Uta and Juki Ningen Jumbor.

J. Michael Tatum J. Michael Tatum
Voice Actor, Director

Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be described as freefall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.

Discovered by Funimation ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005's Samurai 7, Tatum has since been featured as Kyoya Otori in the hit English language dub of Ouran High School Host Club; as suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler; and as the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. Other characters he's inhabited include: Doumeki in XXXHolic; Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers; Isaac Dian in Baccano!; Both God Eneru and Dalton in the new dub of One Piece; Komui Lee in D-Gray Man; Dororo in Sgt. Frog; the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age; Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D; Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf; Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai; Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood; and Sir Hammerlock in the videogame juggernaut Borderlands 2. In addition, he did vocal work for Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature-length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, and Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, among many others.

In late 2007, he branched out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate and Dragon Ball Z Kai.

In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at http://thatanimeshow.com/

Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the "J" stands for… Well, it stands for whatever you'd like it to.

Toshiyuki Toyonaga Toshiyuki Toyonaga
Actor, Voice Actor, Singer

Since his first time on the stage at age 10, Toyonaga has been active both on television and stage. Following his debut as a voice actor in 2002, his voice has been featured in many popular anime titles. His recent credits include his role as Mikado Ryugamine in the DURARARA!! series, Hideyoshi Nagachika in Tokyo Ghoul and Takeru Totsuka in Kamigami no Asobi. He currently works with the Super Eccentric Theater INC. troupe

Travis Willingham Travis Willingham
Voice Actor

Travis Willingham has amassed over 200 roles in anime, video games, and original animation projects. He is most widely known in the world of anime as Roy Mustang in both of the heralded Fullmetal Alchemist series'. Other credits include Naruto, Bleach, Tiger & Bunny, D.Gray-Man, Mushishi, Ouran Host Club, and One Piece, as well as Marvel's X-Men and Iron Man anime series.

Since 2012, Travis has provided the voice of THOR in Marvel's hit original series' Ultimate Spider-Man, Avenger's Assemble, HULK and the Agents of SMASH, and the new animated series, Guardians of the Galaxy on Disney XD! Other Marvel roles include the Hulk and Human Torch in The Super Hero Squad Show. You can also hear his singing voice as King Roland II in Disney Jr's series Sofia the First. Travis is also the voice of Knuckles the Echidna in both the Sonic Boom television series and video game. Other shows include Regular Show, Fishhooks, The Legend of Korra, and Phineas and Ferb.

He also starred in some of the biggest video game titles of 2014, including FarCry 4, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, InFamous: Second Son, GTA V, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, KNACK, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and Skylanders: Trap Team. Other titles include The Last of Us, Ratchet & Clank, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, Lego: Batman 2, Skylanders: Giants, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops I & II, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Transformers: Dark of the Moon/War for Cybertron/Fall of Cybertron, Catherine, Sonic the Hedgehog, and the Street Fighter games as Guile.

His film work includes Secondhand Lions, Ray, Friday Night Lights, Prison A-Go-Go, The Guardian, and A Perfect Getaway.

Shuko Yokoyama Shuko Yokoyama
Producer

As an Aniplex Producer, Shuko Yokoyama has worked on numerous hit anime titles including the DURARARA!! series, BACCANO!, Black Butler –Book of Circus-, Black Butler-Book of Murder-, Natsume's Book of Friends, Samurai Flamenco, and My Little Monster.

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