Guests

Below is our announced guest lineup for 2017!

Check back regularly for more guest announcements throughout the year!  Click on a guest's image to read their full bio.


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AUN&HIDE

Wadaiko Drummers: Sunday Concert

Mastering both the dynamic and lively beats of a Matsuri and refreshing sounds inspired by nature, AUN&HIDE’s music is bound to reach your heart and purify your soul.

Ei Aoki

Animation Director

Ei Aoki is an animation director. Since his directorial debut in 2004, Aoki has worked on many critically acclaimed titles such as “Ga-Rei: Zero”, “the Garden of Sinners”, and “Fate/Zero”.

Otakon Guest: Sandy Fox

Sandy Fox

Voice Actress, Actor, Singer, Producer

Sandy is known for voicing the Queen of Cartoons - Betty Boop, but she is also well know for many Anime roles. She is currently voicing Chibiusa and Black Lady in the new Viz Media Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal Series.

Toshio Furukawa

Voice Actor

Toshio Furukawa is a prolific Japanese voice actor (affiliated with Aoni Production) who has voiced a myriad of roles for over 4 decades starting back in the 1970s.

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Kyle Hebert

Voice Actor

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor who is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z, and is currently heard on Dragonball Super on Cartoon Network.

Shino Kakinuma

Voice Actress

She can be heard in various roles in anime including "GeGeGe no Kitaro", "Urusei Yatsura", "Legend of the Galactic Heroes", and "Be-Bop High School".

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Kuniko Kanawa

Priestess, Consultant, Model

Kuniko Kanawa is a certified Kimono consultant, Kimono model, founder of Washington D.C. Kimono Club, Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan, and also a certified Shinto priestess.

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Roland Kelts

Author

Roland Kelts is an authority on contemporary Japanese culture and media. He writes for several publications and is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US.

Tetsuya Kinoshita

Producer

He served as the production manager of the animation part in the film Kill Bill: Volume 1 and the animated television series Otogi Zoshi.

Tomoki Kyoda

Director

Tomoki Kyoda, a director and unit director, made his Directorial debut in 2003 with the theatrical film RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio.

Lex Lang

Voice Actor & Director

Over the last 20 years Lex has been in over five hundred Original Animation episodes, Anime series, and Video Games and has played a wide assortment of fan favorites throughout his career.

Man-at-Arms

Metalsmiths

You know them best as the master craftsmen behind the hit Youtube series MAN AT ARMS:REFORGED. The masters at Baltimore Knife and Sword are returning this year and this time they're bringing a surprise for everyone!

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Masao Maruyama

Producer & Honorary Otakon Staff

Maruyama was involved in the establishment of MADHOUSE in 1972. Since then, he has nurtured talents such as Tetsuro Araki, Atsuko Ishizuka and the late Satoshi Kon.

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Hidenori Matsubara

Animator & Director

As a young and hungry animator, Hidenori Matsubara worked as an in-betweener on the Project A-Ko movies. From there, he served as an animator on "Bubblegum Crisis" and "Gunbuster".

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Takanori Matsuoka

Producer

After Takanori Matsuoka joined PONY CANYON INC., where he worked on many profitable projects of the company such as “DEVIL SURVIVER 2 the ANIMATION” and ”ROKKA”

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Jamie McGonnigal

Voice Actor, Producer, Advocate

Jamie has been a voice actor for nearly 20 years and known for roles in Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX & 5Ds, One Piece and more.

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Vic Mignogna

Voice Actor, Actor, Producer

Vic has been in more than three hundred animated series and video games! Vic works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.

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Chris Niosi

Animation Artist, Creator, & Voice Actor

In the anime world, his credits include the likes of Reigen Arataka (Mob Psycho 100), Dezel (Tales of Zestiria), Garma Zabi (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin), & Lagos (Patema Inverted)

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Tony Oliver

Voice Actor, Writer, Producer

Tony Oliver began his career 25 years ago as an actor on stage and camera. He found success as a voice over artist in one of the first foreign made animated features to receive wide US release ("The Sea Prince and the Fire Child").

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Tyson Rinehart

Voice Actor, Scriptwriter

Tyson is best known for his work in anime and video games, including Steins;Gate, All Out!!, Danganronpa The Animation, Hetalia The Beautiful World, One Piece Film Gold and more!

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Michelle Ruff

Voice Actress

Michelle, originally a midwestern girl from The Motor City Madhouse now hails from Sunny Los Angeles. She’s thrilled to be at Otakon to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of one of her fav characters and shows Yoko Littner and Gurren Lagann from Aniplex!

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Frederik L. Schodt

Writer, Translator, Interpreter

Fred specializes in currents of thought flowing between Japan and North America, and writes extensively on popular culture, technology, and history.

Stephanie Sheh

Voice Actress, Director, Writer

Stephanie looks forward to meeting everyone at the convention. She hopes to create amazing fun new memories and inspire people to be the best version of themselves they can be.

Michael Sinterniklaas

Director, Actor, Writer

Michael is a prolific actor and has voiced a countless roles in anime with his most recent major role being Taki in the award winning movie by Makoto Shinkai - "Your Name."

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Katsuyuki Sumizawa

Screenwriter & Novelist

He has worked on various famous shows including Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho, Macross 7, Inuyasha, and Naruto.

Hideyuki Tomioka

Managing Director & Producer

He joined SUNRISE to help with the production of Fang of the Sun Dougram as a part-timer before working his way to becoming a full time producer.

Shimba Tsuchiya

Actor, Voice Artist

Shimba Tsuchiya's notable works include Welcome to the Ballroom and Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou.

Matsuri Cultural Celebration Guests

Otakon Matsuri Guest: Stella Chu

Stella Chuu

Cosplayer

Stella Chuu is a cosplayer from Los Angeles and New York. She makes brilliantly detailed costumes, travels to conventions around the world, and works to promote geek culture.

Project BECK

Tribute Band

Project BECK, a tribute band for the anime series "BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad," combines the talents of six friends, including voice actor Greg Ayres.

The Slants

Rock Band

Portland’s The Slants are the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. They offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is “not to be missed.”

Featured DJs

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AK1200

Saturday Midnight-2AM

The longest running D&B DJ in the USA and founder of Big Riddim Recordings, Dave AK1200, has been a driving force within Drum and Bass culture in America since its inception.

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Legion

Saturday 10:30-Midnight

Few artists boast the creative scope of Lee Griffin and Hunter Watson, professionally known as 'Legion'. From their humble debut in 2009 on their own seminal USA based label 'Sine Language' to now releasing globally renowned anthems on most every competitive label in the industry, it is apparent the duo's technicality often goes unrivaled.