News & Annoucements

Otakon welcomes director HIDEYUKI TOMIOKA and screenwriter KATSUYUKI SUMIZAWA

Hideyuki Tomioka is a Senior Managing Director at SUNRISE, Inc.  His production credits include many popular shows including Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, After War Gundam X, INUYASHA, and STEAMBOY.

Katsuyuki Sumizawa is an anime screenwriter and novelist who 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.

Read more about Hideyuki Tomioka and Katsuyuki Sumizawa on our website, as well as all our announced guests.

Otakon welcomes voice actors TOSHIO FURUKAWA and SHINO KAKINUMA!

Toshio Furukawa is a prolific Japanese voice actor (affiliated with Aoni Production) who has voiced a myriad of roles for over 4 decades, including the voice of the famous Namekian known as Piccolo in the hit series "Dragon Ball" and that of Portgas D. Ace, the older brother of Monkey D. Luffy in the hit series "One Piece".  To this day he continues to contribute his voice to various works and can be heard in various shows such as "Hunter x Hunter", "Polar Bear Cafe", "Space Dandy", "Dragon Ball Super", and "Ushio and Tora".

Shino Kakinuma is a Japanese voice actress who has worked for over 3 decades in the industry.  She is best known for her roles as Videl in "Dragon Ball Kai", Suzuko in "Mahôtsukai Sally", and as Naru Osaka, Usagi's best friend in "Sailor Moon".

Read more about Toshio Furukawa and Shino Kakinuma on our website, as well as all our announced guests.

Jam Project announces new album Tokyo Drive and Area z Live Edition

JAM Project, composed of Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, and Yoshiki Fukuyama, has announced information about their new album, tour, and their first live album digital release. Their original album TOKYO DIVE will be released on September 27th. The group also announced their next tour will kick off on November 2nd at Kawasaki City, Kanagawa, and will include 10 shows running through February 11, 2018.  In commemoration of the tour, the group’s first live album AREA Z Live Edition will receive a digital release in Japan. The digital release will include 6 live tracks from last year’s “JAM Project LIVE TOUR 2016 ~AREA Z~” performance held on November 23.