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Actor Josh Grelle to Be Otakon Guest

Actor Josh Grelle, who has over 200 voice credits, including Armin in “Attack on Titan” and Yuri Katsuki in “Yuri on Ice,” will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Grelle, a self-described “lifelong geek,” has played a variety of roles in his over 10 years of voice acting, including Armin in “Attack on Titan”; Yuri Katsuki in “Yuri on Ice”; Kuranosuke in “Princess Jellyfish”; Sadao Maou in “The Devil is a Part-Timer”; Toyohisa in “Drifters”; Tyrian in “RWBY”; Kenichi in “Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple”; and Zen in “Snow White with the Red Hair.”

He has also lent his voice to many video game properties: Ludgere in “Tales of Xillia 2”; Demigra in “Dragonball Xenoverse” and Captain Kalaw in “Freedom Planet 2,” to name a few.

When he isn’t behind the mic, Grelle can usually be found writing scripts for the English adaptations of many FUNimation and BangZoom! Productions, such as “Fairy Tail,” “Tokyo Ghoul,” “Overlord,” and “Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.”

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Actor Johnny Yong Bosch Added as an Otakon Guest

Actor Johnny Yong Bosch — best known as the Black Ranger on “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” Vash in “Trigun”; Renton in “Eureka Seven”; Lelouch in “Code Geass”; Yukio in “Blue Exorcist” and Nero in “Devil May Cry 4” –will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger on “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on TV, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future “Power Rangers” seasons.

After “Power Rangers,” Bosch became involved in voice-over work for various titles. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in “Trigun.” He later went on to play the voices of Kaneda in “Akira”; Renton in “Eureka Seven”; Albert in “The Count of Monte Cristo”; Kiba in “Wolf’s Rain”; Itsuki in “The Melancholy of Haurhi Suzumiya”; Ichigo Kurosaki in “Bleach”; Lelouch Lamperouge in “Code Geass”; Izaya in “Durarara”; Guren in “Tenkai Knights”; Yukio in “Blue Exorcist”; Sasori in “Naruto”; Nobita in “Doraemon”; Artemis in “Sailor Moon”; Nagate in the Netflix original “Knights of Sidonia”; Nate in “Yokai Watch,” and many more.

His voice can also be heard in numerous video games, providing voices for Nero in “Devil May Cry 4”; Kuhn in “.hack//G.U.”; Adachi/Narukami in “Persona 4”; Almaz in “Disgaea 3”; Emil in “Tales of Symphonia”; Guy in “Tales of the Abyss”; Firion in “Dissidia Final Fantasy”; Bumblebee in “Transformers: War for Cybertron”; Yang in “Street Fighter IV”; Zero in “Marvel vs. Capcom 3”; Yukimura in “Sengoku Basara”; Torian Cadera in “Star Wars: The Old Republic”; and Kung Jin in “Mortal Kombat X.”

Bosch is also the frontman for the band Eyeshine, the winners of Ford Motor Company’s worldwide band search and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was. They’ve played Warped Tour and Ernie Ball’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, as well as having their music chosen for promotional use in the Call of Duty Endowment project. Eyeshine is also known for recording the song “Love Psalm” with Mary Elizabeth and Akira Yamaoka for the game “Silent Hill: Book of Memories.”

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Mechanical Designer Kanetake Ebikawa to Be Otakon Guest

Otakorp Inc. has announced that mechanical designer Kanetake Ebikawa will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Ebikawa worked on such renowned titles as “Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans,” “Mobile Suit Gundam 00” and “Full Metal Panic!” among many others.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Actor Kyle McCarley Added to Otakon Guest Roster

Kyle McCarley, who has played roles in many anime and video game titles, including “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans,” will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

McCarley’s notable anime credits include Mikazuki Augus in “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans“; Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama in “Mob Psycho 100”; Koku in “B: The Beginning”; Ryo in “Devilman Crybaby”; Joe Shimamura, a.k.a. 009, in “Cyborg 009: Call of Justice”; Aoba Kuronuma in “Durarara!!x2”; Shinji Matou in “Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works”; Ryota Watari in “Your Lie in April”; Helbram in “Seven Deadly Sins”; Claudia Hodgins in “Violet Evergarden”; Gran in “Granblue Fantasy: The Animation”; Kirii in “Blame!”; Joichiro Nishi in “Gantz: O”; Silas Norman in “The Asterisk War”; and Ikuya Ogura in “Ajin: Demi-Human.”

His video game credits include Android 9S in “NieR: Automata”; Alm in “Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia”; Hyde from “Under Night In-Birth” in “BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle“; the Pot O’ Gold Fafnir and Playmaker Ne Zha skins in “SMITE”; Zeroken in “Disgaea 5”; Daniel in “Unepic”; Seilong and Kir in “Summon Night 6”; Oz, the Trickster in “Atlas Reactor,” and various characters in “Final Fantasy XV,” “Tales of Berseria,” “God Eater 2: Rage Burst,” “Grand Kingdom” and “Omega Quintet.”

McCarley grew up in Kansas and moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to study acting. After getting hooked on playing “World of Warcraft” with his buddies, he co-wrote, co-directed, and voiced several characters in a fan-made online radio play loosely set in that universe. Once he finished his theatre degree at the University of Southern California, he pursued that passion through a career in voice acting. Kyle can now be heard in anime, video games, cartoons, audiobooks, live action dubs, TV and radio commercials, industrial ads, and as even a talking toy plunger.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Studio Trigger President Masahiko Otsuka to Be Otakon Guest

Otakorp Inc. has announced that the president of Studio Trigger, Masahiko Otsuka, will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Initially working in the live-action film industry, Otsuka joined the animation industry as assistant director for Studio Ghibli’s “Pom Poko” in 1992. He then moved on to Studio Gainax; participating in many acclaimed titles such as “Neon Genesis Evangelion” (episode director) and “Gurren Lagann” (co-director).

In 2011, Otsuka and Hiroyuki Imaishi left Gainax to establish their own animation company, Studio Trigger. Otsuka’s most recent works include “Kill la Kill” and the “Little Witch Academia” series.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Animator Yoh Yoshinari to Be Otakon Guest

Animator Yoh Yoshinari of Studio Trigger will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Yoh Yoshinari made his debut as chief key animator in the critically-acclaimed animation series “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” He has participated in many other popular titles such as “Gurren Lagann” as mechanical design, and “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt” as a concept artist. Upon becoming a full-time staff of Studio Trigger, he produced his first full-length anime, Little Witch Academia, and participated in Trigger’s first television series “Kill la Kill” as main set design.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Animation Producer Naoko Tsutsumi to Be Otakon Guest

Animation producer Naoko Tsutsumi will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Starting her career in the animation industry at Gainax in 2004, Naoko Tsutsumi is one of the earliest member to join Studio Trigger. As an animation producer, she has produced many notable titles such as “Kill la Kill,” “Little Witch Academia” (2013, 2015, and television series), and “Kiznaiver.”

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Actress Cherami Leigh Added to Otakon Guest Roster

Cherami Leigh, a voice actress who has worked on over 100 anime projects, has been added to the guest roster for Otakon 2018.

Leigh has been in the industry for 20 years and has been in over 75 commercials, in addition to her anime work. Among her anime roles are Lucy in “Fairy Tail“; Asuna in “Sword Art Online”; Road in “D. Grayman”; Lizzie in “Black Butler”; Mai in “Ghost Hunt” and Patty in “Soul Eater.”

She has worked on over 20 video games, including playing DLC Gaige in “Borderlands 2”; Quartermaster Corporal Green in “Call of Duty: WW2”; and Ikrie in “Horizon Zero Dawn’s DLC.”

She voices Sailor Venus in “Sailor Moon”; Tomie in “Mob Psycho 100”; Kudelia in “Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans”; Claudia Peer in “Gundam: Thunderbolt”; Ilia in “RWBY”; A2 in “Nier Automata” and Makoto in “Persona 5.” Recently, it was announced she will be playing Sarada in “Boruto: Naruto The Movie” and multiple characters in “Fire Emblem: Heroes,” as well as playing Cagalli in the new release of “Gundam SEED” and Tomie Katana in the French series “Last Man.”

In addition, she has a lead role in the animated feature “Ribbit,” has guest starred on “Doc McStuffins” and plays Peanut Big Top in “The Lalaloopsy Girls.” She starred in Shane Dawson’s “Not Cool” and the Starz Original Series “The Chair.” She has appeared in the Emmy Award-winning “Temple Grandin,” as well as in “Friday Night Lights,” “The Deep End,” “Chase,” “Shameless,” “Bones,” “NCIS: LA” and “Longmire,” to name a few. She worked on “Fast Food Nation” with Richard Linklater; “The Hottest State,” with Ethan Hawke; “The Mist,” with Frank Darabont among others. She also stars in the recently released faith-based drama “Beyond the Farthest Star.”

She also starred in and produced two seasons of the award-winning web series “Throwing Stones,” as well as “CONfessionals.” Leigh has a daily affirmation based show, “Love and Light,” featured on Anime Unlocked, along with other projects in various stages of production.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Actor Ray Chase to Appear at Otakon

Ray Chase, an actor in both video games and anime, including the lead character of “Final Fantasy XV,” will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Fans may recognize Chase as the main character Noctis in “Final Fantasy XV”; Master of Masters from “Kingdom Hearts”; Artorius from “Tales of Berseria”; Roy/Gaius/Alphonse/Fernand from “Fire Emblem”; Eve from “Nier Automata”; and his most celebrated role as the Subway Announcer in “Persona 5.” He’s also made minor appearances in “God of War”; “Mass Effect Andromeda”; “Horizon: Zero Dawn”; “Deus Ex: MD”; “Xenoblade Chronicles X” and “Tyranny.”

Chase’s anime roles include Roswaal in “Re:Zero”; Keith Flick in “B: The Beginning”; Puri Puri Prisoner in “One Punch Man”; Yuu Otosaka in “Charlotte”; Yukiatsu in “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day”; Howzer in “Seven Deadly Sins”; Hanzo/Squala in “Hunter x Hunter”; Rubber Soul in “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure,” as well as joining the casts of “Your Name,” “Berserk,” “Mob Psycho 100,” “Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans,” “Blue Exorcist,” “Fairy Tail,” and many others! He is a proud founding member of the comedy and gaming troupe Loud, Annoying, and Very Annoying (LAVA), which he shares with fellow actors Max Mittelman and Robbie Daymond.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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