Guests

Guest Announcements for Otakon 2024 Are Coming Soon!

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Jonathan Case

Voice Actor

Jonathan Case is an accomplished film and television actor. He has appeared in "Undergods," "Holby City," and "Joe Orton: Laid Bare." and has performed onstage in productions such as "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" (London), "our Last First," "The Jungle" (St Ann's Warehouse), and "Macbeth" (Wessex Grove).

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Yuriyan Retriever

Comedian

Born in Nara, Japan in 1990, Yuriyan Retriever is a female comedian affiliated with Yoshimoto Kogyo. She is well-known for her comedic acts that showcase her proficient English, spot-on impersonations, and endearing appearance, making her a beloved figure on Japanese television.

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U-Chae

K-pop Idol

U-Chae debuted in 2021 with the hit single "Wings" with ALLART Entertainment under the name Dajeong as the youngest member of the K-Pop girl group, PIXY, who gained attention for their unconventional performances and unique concepts, and released many albums such as "Bravery," "Temptation," "Reborn," "Chosen Karma," and "The Voice."

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Jay Choe

Producer

Jay Choe's career has been a long chain of side quests. He is a long-time consultant in the K-pop music and events industry, having staffed concerts, tours, and festivals throughout late 2nd and 3rd gen K-pop eras. He has since returned to K-Pop in 2020 to consult for and prepare rookie groups for debut, and has had a hand in many aspects of k-pop, from M&A to auditions, songwriting, music production, and PR training

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Hyomin An

CEO

Hyomin An is the CEO of ABRIDGE, a content creation, video, and event production company based out of Seoul, Korea. Hyomin oversees the production of over 200 events every year, including concerts, festivals, orchestras, museums, expos, embassy events, and award shows -- anything that requires sound, light, video, and crew, he'll be there!

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Young-Bae Jo

Singer/Songwriter

oung-Bae is a singer-songwriter, topliner, composer, and vocal coach based out of South Korea. Graduating from Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts in 2007, he made his debut in 2010 as a member of the group 2Nise with the digital hit single "Why are you like this?" and began his career as a composer in 2014, collaborating with various K-Pop artists and overseas musicians.

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Jong Hoon Chae

CEO

Jong Hoon Chae is a music industry veteran in Korea specialized in publishing, master recording, and licensing. Previous projects include IVE, NCT 127, BTS, IU, Red Velvet, and etc.

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KD Foxx

Illustrator

Kenya Danino a.k.a KDFoxx is a professional NYC native multimedia illustrator and storyteller. KD has collaberated on projects with companies such as Soho Press, Zag Animation, Dreamworks Animation, and LeftField Media.

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Takahide Ogata

Director

Takahide Ogata is a Japanese anime director affiliated with Studio Add. Becoming a director starting as an animator, he mainly handles TV series, with his specialty being limited animation.

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Kurokata

Japanese novelist

Kurokata is a Japanese novelist. With their love for fantasy novels growing since they were young, they started posting on the website Let’s Become Novelists (Shousetsuka ni Narou) during their free time at university. Their publication debut was in 2016 through MF Books with the light novel The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic.

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Kentarou Ito

Voice Actor

Kentarou Ito is a Japanese voice actor who plays the character Tong in The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic. Other notable roles include Renji Abarai in the anime BLEACH, Jin Tadokoro in Yowamushi Pedal, Choji Akemichi in NARUTO, and Yoshitake Shiraishi in Golden Kamui, among others.

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Norihiro Kurosawa

Producer

Norihiro Kurosawa is a producer affiliated with Frontier Works. Anime productions he has overseen include Chivalry of a Failed Knight, The 8th Son? Are you kidding me?, and Hetalia World★Stars, among others.

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Masahiko Otsuka

Studio TRIGGER - President

Otsuka has taken part in many of TRIGGER’s flagship titles such as KILL la KILL, Little Witch Academia, PROMARE, and most recently Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.

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Aoi Abe

Animator

Aoi is one of TRIGGER’s leading keyframe animator and her latest contribution includes the Delicious in Dungeon animation series.

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Sae Otani

Animator

Sae Otani enters the animation industry as an in-between animator for TRIGGER.

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Diana Garnet

Voice Actor

Professional singer and bilingual voice actor Diana Garnet lends their dynamic, unique voice to many anime and game titles.

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Moon Inho

Manhwa Artist

Moon Inho has been drawing manhwa for children for the past 20 years. His works include various children education manhwa such as “Hanja Sohwansa Jaryung” (Hanja Summoner Jaryong), and “Kids Science Magazine: Dong-a Oz’s Alchemist series” to name few.

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Kensuke Yamamoto

VFX Director

As a founding member, Yamamoto began his career in gaming at Acquire Ltd. and developed the classic hit title, Tenchu. Early on his career, Yamamoto moves over to VFX/CGI in live action movies.

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Akihiko Orikasa

CG Director

Orikasa joined Orange straight out of college and swiftly made his mark as the studio's core creative force. He has since helmed the animation team as CG Sub-Director on acclaimed projects such as "Land of the Lustrous," "Active Raid," and "Ghost in the Shell."

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Yoshihiro Watanabe

Producer

Watanabe is a producer at animation studio Orange Ltd. Watanabe is currently working on TRIGUN STAMPEDE and BEASTARS as business producer and creatively producing unannounced projects at Orange.

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Waki Kiyotaka

Chief Producer

Waki is TRIGUN STAMPEDE's lead production producer. In 2007, Waki joined the animation studio Madhouse. After working with producer Yuichiro Saito at Madhouse, in 2011 he joined Mamoru Hosoda’s Studio Chizu as one of the founding members. At Studio Chizu, Waki was involved with projects such as ‘Wolf Children’ (2012), ‘Boy and The Beast’ (2015).

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Mikage Project

Japanese Traditional Musicians

MIKAGE PROJECT is a group of three Japanese traditional instrument professionals, who have come together to connect with the next generation, folk songs from all around Japan have been recreated in a modern style.

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Studio aLf

Cover song vocalist

A vocalist with dynamic colors of voice that can change based on the songs and not bound by range or genre. The YouTube channel “Studio aLf” is loved by a wide fan base. aLf’s goal is to bring happiness to everyone’s heart through her performance of Anisongs.

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Hiroshi Nagahama

Director

Director Hiroshi Nagahama was born in 1970 in the city of Saeki, in Oita prefecture of Japan. He was the concept designer for Revolutionary Girl Utena; the story board, the director of animation, and the key animator for Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi Yo!! Masaru-san; and the chief director of Jubei-chan: The Ninj

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Uki Satake

Seiyuu

Uki Satake is a member of the Japanese girls' group '9nine' and has been responsible for several opening and ending songs for various anime, including "STAR DRIVER," "Beelzebub," "My Little Monster," "Magi: The Kingdom of Magic," "Ultimate Otaku Teacher," "THE REFLECTION," and "Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary."

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Justin Leach

CEO

Justin Leach has over two decades of experience working in the animation industry in the United States and Japan. In 1997, Justin began his career as an animator at Blue Sky Studios having worked on several award-winning commercials, shorts, and films. In 2001, Justin moved to Japan to work as a CG creator at Production I.G on Mamoru Oshii’s Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2 and Kill Bill

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Katrina Minett

Producer

Katrina Minett is a Producer at Qubic Pictures, bringing her expertise and multicultural background to the forefront of the anime industry. Originally from the UK, Katrina made the bold move to Tokyo in 2015, immersing herself in Japan's vibrant animation scene. With roots spanning Sri Lanka and Britain, Katrina's multiracial background enriches her creative perspective and lends a distinctive voice to her work.

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Christophe Ferreira

Animator

Christophe Ferreira’s artistic journey began with a childhood passion for drawing inspired by TV cartoons and comic books. His dedication led him to study animation at Gobelins in Paris, and after graduating in 1998, he embarked on a diverse career in France. In 2001, a transformative workshop with Yasuo Otsuka prompted him to move to Japan to master Japanese animation techniques.

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Park Seulki Rhea

Korean Cultural Educator

Park Seulki Rhea is a language and cultural educator, content creator, social worker, actor, and educational anthropologist.

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Hideo Ishikawa

Voice Actor

Hideo Ishikawa is a prolific Japanese voice actor who has voiced numerous roles in anime and games. He is known for many roles such as Jushiro Ukitake in BLEACH, Itachi Uchiha in Naruto, Auron in Final Fantasy X, Cait Sith in Final Fantasy VII franchise, and Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy VIII in his voiced appearances in games such as Final Fantasy Dissidia, World of Final Fantasy, and Kingdom Hearts.

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Yumi Kakazu

Voice Actress

Yumi Kakazu is a renowned Japanese voice actress known for her numerous roles in anime and games. Starting in 1996 with her role as Sala Tyrrell in After War Gundam X, she has voiced a wide variety of roles such as Shizuka Minamoto in Doraemon, Minto Aizawa in Tokyo Mew Mew, Ayame in Inuyasha, and Yuffie Kisaragi in Final Fantasy VII.

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Haenuli & Iris Garden

Fashion

In 2023, Haenuli and Iris Garden brought their unique visions of Harajuku fashion together to develop the Iris Garden x Haenuli sister brand, bringing chillingly charming wonders to life for the Lolita community they lovingly call home.

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Nina Yndis

Actress

Nina Yndis, an accomplished actress, voiceover artist and producer of Norwegian and Polish descent, has established herself as a prominent figure in the entertainment industry. Based in London, she is set to take 2023 by storm with multiple new upcoming projects and releases of shows she’s been part of.

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Ben Starr

Voice Actor

Ben Starr can be recently seen in London Kills, he can be more notably seen in Jamestown where he plays the role of Dr Christopher Priestley and film 7 Miracles in which he starred as Judas. His other current screen credits include Apple series Trying, ITV's mini series You & Me as well as the most recent season of Netflix's You.

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Bethan Walker

Voice Actress

Bethan Walker is an voice actress, model and singer from the UK. She has been playing Alisaie in FFXIV for 8 years, with Dawntrail due for a summer 2024 release. Other titles include horrors Midnight Peepshow and Heretiks, Dr Who audiobooks and Torchwood.

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Peter Bramhill

Actor

Peter Bramhill is a British actor and voice over artist born in the North of England. He has worked extensively in the theatre both in Londons West End and Worldwide with companies including: Headlong and The Royal Shakespeare Company( where he gained a prestigious Ian Charleston award commendation) Plus many TV and Film roles (BBC, CH4, SKY, NETFLIX, APPLE TV+)

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Colin Ryan

Actor

Actor Colin Ryan can be seen in Amazon’s show Boundless, playing series regular Enrique. A wonderful voice artist, Colin plays the role of Yurick in The Last Story and is well known for voicing the role of Alphinaud in the Final Fantasy XIV gaming franchise which won a BAFTA in the Evolving Game category this 2023.

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Briana White

Actress

Briana White is a professional actress and content creator. She has succeeded in all worlds of performing, with credits such as Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Apatow Productions, Andy Samberg), Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS), and as the lead in hit indie feature, Occupants, which earned her 12 Best Actress Wins.

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Hinoki Kino

Artist

Hinoki Kino is a Japanese manga artist. She made her debut in 2008. In 2020, she serialized the comic adaptation of Toko Amekawa's light novel 7th Time Loop: The Villainess Enjoys a Carefree Life Married to Her Worst Enemy! in Comic Guild.

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Kyoko Aiba

Artist

Making her debut in 2011, Kyoko Aiba is a Japanese mangaka who is mainly active in the boys love genre. Since 2023, after her release of "Young Carer - Invisible Me", she has branched out to work on manga that tackles social issues.

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Setta

Artist

Currently, he provides illustrations for logos and CD jackets for bands such as Yamaarashi and King Gnu. He was responsible for 2D works (title logos, brush lettering, special illustrations, various designs, etc.) in numerous works such as Drifters, Garo -Vanishing Line-, Kakegurui, Dorohedoro, Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan.

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Aya Uchida

Voice Actress

Aya Uchida is a Japanese voice actress known for her many roles in anime, radio, and games.

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Substantial

Artist

Husband and wife duo, Stan “Substantial” Robinson and Rachelle Etienne-Robinson are the co-CEOs of Substantial Art & Music, a multimedia organization focused on providing consulting services to the visual and performing arts community.

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Flow

Rock Band

We are excited to announce FLOW will be performing at Otakon on Friday August 2nd! More details including VIP Tickets coming soon.

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Max Mittelman

Voice Actor

Well known as the voice of Saitama in ONE-PUNCH MAN, Max Mittelman has also given life to other fan-favorite characters such as Ryuji in PERSONA 5, Arataki Itto in GENSHIN IMPACT, Plagg in MIRACULOUS LADYBUG, King in SEVEN DEADLY SINS, Sabito in DEMON SLAYER, Meruem in HUNTERxHUNTER, and Atsushi in BUNGO STRAY DOGS.

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Brandon McInnis

Voice Actor

Most known for voicing Gyutaro (the Upper Six demon) in Demon Slayer, Sir Nighteye in my Hero Academia, Mafuyu in Given, Alear in Fire Emblem: Engage, Finral Roulacase in Black Clover, and Gen in Dr. Stone, Brandon McInnis is an LA-based voice actor, singer, and translator with over 150 roles in anime and video games, and a prolific TikTok account (>600k followers).

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J. Michael Tatum

Voice Actor

Nurtured on anime classics from a tender age, he spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams.

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John Bentley

Voice Actor

John Bentley has been working at his trade since 1996. He has several on-camera, commercial and voice over credits. Some of his V.O. Credits include Barret in Final Fantasy VII Remake and Rebirth, Viviano Westwood in Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventures, Mr. Von Carnegie in Spidey and His Amazing Friends, 7 Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse, King Bulgher in CannonBusters, 4 Lightning in 4 Souls of Coyote, and many more.

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Suzie Yeung

Voice Actress

Suzie Yeung is an actress who voices in various anime, video games, and cartoons. She is best known for being the voice of Yuffie in Final Fantasy VII Remake, Fuuka in Persona 3 Reload, Makima in Chainsaw Man, and Eula in Genshin Impact.

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Britt Baron

Voice Actress

Britt Baron the voice of Tifa Lockhart in the highly anticipated Final Fantasy Vii Rebirth has also lent her voice to a handful of other video games over the years including: Gabs in "Jedi: Survivor," Linda of the Blue Team in “Halo 5: Guardians,” “Destiny-2: Foresaken” as Ada-1, "Starfield," “Dishonored 2,” "Fallout 76," "Agents of Mayhem," and “Skylanders: Imaginators”.