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Director Ei Aoki to Be Guest at Otakon 2017

Animation director Ei Aoki, whose work has been critically acclaimed, will be a guest at Otakon 2017.

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.” In 2013 he became a founding member of studio TROYCA and directed his first original anime series, “ALDNOAH.ZERO.”

Aoki’s most resent project, “RE:CREATORS,” has been gaining fans worldwide with its unique story and characters. Aside from directing, Aoki has also done work as an animation director and story editor.

Ei Aoki is brought in collaboration with Aniplex of America.

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

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Otakon Welcomes Back Masao Maruyama

Japanese film producer, animation developer and co-founder of madhouse animation studio, Masao Maruyama, will be a guest at Otakon 2017. Maruyama has also been an honorary Otakon staff member for many years.

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. Among the anime works he has produced are “Unico,” “Ninja Scroll,” “Card Captor Sakura,” “Monster,” “Death Note,” “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” “Paprika,” “Redline” and “Supernatural: The Animation.” In 2011, Maruyama left MADHOUSE and formed MAPPA, whose first major project was 2012’s “Kids on the Slope” television anime series.

His recent works involve “Punch Line,” “Rage of Bahamut,” “Ushio To Tora,” and of course Japan’s award-winning and record-breaking crowdfunded film “In This Corner of the World.”

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Jamie McGonnigal to Be Guest at Otakon 2017

Voice actor Jamie McGonnigal, who plays Ash’s rivals, Barry and Trip, in “Pokémon,” will be a guest at Otakon 2017.

McGonnigal has been a voice actor for nearly 20 years, and in addition to “Pokémon,” he can also be heard on “Yu-Gi-Oh! GX” & “5Ds” (Brron, Thunder, Blitz), “Viva Pinata” (Teddington Twingersnaps), “One Piece” (Kuromarimo, Eyelash), “Huntik” (Tersely), “Three Delivery” (Eugene), “Chaotic” (Vlar), “Weiss Kreus/Knight Hunters” (Omi), “Magic Users Club” (Takeo), “Kirby” (Whippy), “Big Windup” (Kanou), “Beck” (Yoshito), “Gokusen” (Uchiyama), “El Cazador de la Bruja” (L.A.), “Kizuna” (Ranmaru), and games including “Shadow Hearts from the New World” (Johnny Garland) and “Viva Pinata.” He has also done voice work on the Cartoon Network, Fox Kids, DisneyXD, Playstation, and XBOX.

Outside voice acting, McGonnigal works as an LGBTQ advocate and has produced more than 200 Broadway concerts and events. He is the recipient of the Adrian Tinsley Award for Achievement in the Arts, an International Theatre Award for arts & advocacy and the New England Theatre Conference Award for Achievement in the Arts. Alongside his husband, McGonnigal organized the rallies outside the Supreme Court during the Prop 8 and DOMA hearings and has spearheaded RootsCamp, the nation’s largest convening of progressive organizers for the past five years. He can frequently be heard sharing political thought on SiriusXM Progress 127 and HuffPost. McGonnigal lives in Hyattsville, MD, with his thoroughly charming husband, Sean, and slightly more charming dog, Eli. Find out more at jamiemcg.me.

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

The Slants to Perform at Otakon Matsuri

Portland’s The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian-American dance rock band, will perform at this year’s Matsuri, to be held before Otakon 2017.

The Slants offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show. The music is the perfect combination of Eighties driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie, floor-filling beats which fans affectionately dub as “Chinatown Dance Rock.”

In addition to the music, the band is actively involved with helping marginalized communities, leading discussions on race and identity, and raising awareness of social justice issues.

They’ve been featured on Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco, BBC, NPR, NBC, IFC TV, Huffington Post, MTV, TEDx, and over 1,500 radio stations, TV shows, magazines, and websites across 82 countries.

Twenty international tours, including appearances in 48 of the 50 U.S states, have led to headlining showcases at major festivals such as SXSW, MusicfestNW, San Diego Comic-Con, and Dragon Con.

The band has also provided support for The Decemberists, Mindless Self Indulgence, Girl Talk, Apl.De.Ap (of Black Eyed Peas), Blindpilot and Shonen Knife. In 2011, The Slants worked with the Department of Defense for a series of shows at U.S and NATO bases in Eastern Europe, dubbed “Operation Gratitude.”

Every one of their last nine music videos has gone viral, gaining tens of thousands of views within days. Their single, “You Make Me Alive” has nearly 350,000 views.

Two recent music videos featured martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung (“The Matrix,” “Ip Man” & “Enter the Dragon”) and feature international stars Daniel Wu and Shu Qi.

They’ve won “Album of the Year” and “Editor’s Choice” from dozens of magazines, including “Willamette Week,” “L.A. Weekly,” “Shojo Beat,” “Village Voice,” “City Beat,” and “Rockwired.”

As a bit of a different spin on the previous years’ iterations, 2017’s Otakon Matsuri will take place alongside Otakon throughout the entire convention weekend of August 11-13 within the Washington Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001). The exciting programming track will feature a vast array of entertainment including panels, demonstrations, special guests and the incredible musical performances that the Otakon Matsuri is known for.
Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Project BECK to Perform at Otakon Matsuri

Project BECK, a tribute band for the anime series “BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad,” will perform at this year’s Matsuri, to be held at Otakon 2017. The band combines the talents of six friends, including voice actor Greg Ayres.

Project BECK came together thanks to a shared love of “BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad,” an anime series featuring a group of teenagers who form a band called BECK. Among the show’s fans were the American pop punk band The Cheyenne Line, YouTube musician Kid Yuki, a.k.a. Cody Carsella, and long-time friend and bassist Houston. After years of traveling from state to state attending conventions as fans, Sam Biggs and Peri Arreguin of The Cheyenne Line decided to combine their talents with Cody and Houston. With the help of voice actor Greg Ayres and nerdcore rapper Doctor Awkward, they formed Project BECK to perform their favorite songs from BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad.” Originally formed for a single performance, Project BECK were thrilled to discover so many others wanted to share in the experience, as well.

Join Sam, Greg, Doc, Peri, Houston, and Cody for their Otakon Matsuri performance, which promises to be full of loud rock music, adrenaline, and celebration of an anime that was made to — like one of the show’s songs — “Hit in The U.S.A.”

As a bit of a different spin on the previous years’ iterations, 2017’s Otakon Matsuri will take place alongside Otakon throughout the entire convention weekend of August 11-13 within the Washington Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001). The exciting programming track will feature a vast array of entertainment including panels, demonstrations, special guests and the incredible musical performances that the Otakon Matsuri is known for.

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

AUN and HIDE to Perform Otakon Sunday Concert

AUN and HIDE, a group of traditional Japanese drum players, will perform the Sunday concert at Otakon 2017.

In 2011, three prominent Wadaiko (Japanese traditional drum) players from two influential troupes began performing together: twin brothers and “Ondenkoza” alums Ryohei and Kohei Inoue, better known as “AUN”, and former “Kodo” member “HIDE.” Their experiences in Japan’s most recognized Wadaiko groups have allowed both acts to be ubiquitous in the world of Taiko and, more recently, abroad.

AUN and HIDE were appointed as cultural exchange ambassadors by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2012, and spent 39 days performing at local schools, workshops, public events, and cultural conventions in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The trio performed alongside local musicians for over 10,000 attendees in 29 events, and were lauded by local media for their efforts at cultural exchange through music. After releasing their debut album “ONE ASIA” in June 2012, AUN and HIDE continued with their international projects. They toured across Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka the following November and December, and performed in Brunei and Penang, Malaysia, in February 2014 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Japan’s dialogue relations with the ASEAN alliance of national governments.

The trio’s energetic performances bring the best of Wagakki (Japanese traditional instruments such as the Taiko, Shamisen, Fue, and Narimono) onto the stage. Mastering both the dynamic and lively beats of a Matsuri and refreshing sounds inspired by nature, AUN and HIDE’s music is bound to reach your heart and purify your soul.

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Sandy Fox Joins Guest Roster for Otakon 2017

American actor, voice actor, singer and producer Sandy Fox, has been added to the guest roster at Otakon 2017. She is known as being one of the cutest voices in the industry and has been the worldwide voice of Betty Boop since 1991.

Fox is listed as one of the Top 20 Female Anime Voice Actors of All Time on IMDB. She began her career in the entertainment industry working for the Walt Disney Company, performing in hundreds of live stage shows as a singer, dancer and comedic talent. As a voice actor, she began her career providing an array of voices for “The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill” and “Futurama.”

Currently, Fox is voicing Chibiusa and Black Lady in the new Viz Media “Sailor Moon” and “Sailor Moon Crystal” series; Courtney in “Pokemon Generations”; and Epi in the Lionsgate animated feature “Robinson Crusoe: The Wild Life.” She has voiced numerous iconic characters, including Hello Kitty in “Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival”; Betty Boop worldwide, as well as faeries and creatures in Disney’s “Maleficent” and various characters in the blockbuster “Wreck-It Ralph.”

Fox’s anime, animation and video game credits include: Haruna in “Durrarara!x2”; Tachikoma in “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, First Assault Online”; Mina and Momiji in “Naruto”; Eddelrittuo in “Aldnoah Zero”; Sumomo in “Chobits”; Ritz in “Bleach”; Catmancer Minette in “Bravely Second: End Layer”; “Ar Nosurge”; Ode to an Unborn Star”; Prim and Rinna in “Stellvia, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time”; Meena and Marie in “Please Teacher”; Kyoko in “AKIRA”; Mistral and Mirielle in “.HACK” and Paiway in Vandread.

Some of her other roles include Daisy in Disney’s “Princess Palace Pets”; Penny and Lily in the LeapFrog series; Harmony in “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi”; Owly the Owl in the new “Power Puff Girls”; T-AI in Fox’s “Transformers: Robots in Disguise”; Mipsy Mipson in Nickelodeon’s “As Told by Ginger”; Melody in “My Life as a Teenage Robot;” Cylindria in “Pacman’s Ghostly Adventures”; Peashy and YellowHeart in “Hyperdimension Neptunia”; Aisha in “Elsword” and Flonne in the “Disgaea” series and games.

Fox is known internationally for voicing the infamous Queen of Cartoons, Betty Boop. She has voiced Betty for Universal Studios and King Syndicate Features since 1991 and can be heard as Betty Boop and Pudgy in the new line of singing plush toys, the Universal Studios Islands of Adventure Theme Park in Orlando Florida, and in Lancome Paris’ Star Eyes, global online commercial campaign.

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Voice Actor Lex Lang to Be a Guest at Otakon 2017

Lex Lang, the Emmy Awards honored voice actor and director, will be a guest at Otakon 2017 which will be held will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Lang is one of the top 20 anime, animation and video game voice actors of all time on IMDB. Over the last 20 years, he has been in over 500 original animation episodes, anime series, and video games and has played a wide assortment of fan favorites throughout his career.

His iconic anime credits include: Wargreymon in “Digimon”; Sanosuke Sagara in “Rurouni Kenshin”; Kuzuki in “Fate Stay Night”; Hayate Gekko in “Naruto”; Marechiyo Omaeda in “Bleach”; Shozin the Fire Lord in “Avatar the Last Airbender”; Goemon in “Lupin the Third”; Captain Harlock in “Captain Harlock”; Maxie in “Pokemon Generations”; Galen in “Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans” Season 2 (which he also ADR directed); Pluton King of the Underworld and Flash in “One Punch Man”; Goku in “Dragonball Super” (Asia release); Egor and Shu in “Durarara X2”; Count Cruhteo in “Aldnoah.Zero” (which he also ADR directed); Bengal in “Doraemon”; Sanzo in “Sayuki Reload”; Bunji in “Gungrave”; Ritsou Soujin in “Stellvia”; Jagged Stone on Nickelodeon’s “Miraculous Lady Bug,” and many more.

Lang’s legendary video game characters include: Dr. Neo Cortex in “Crash Bandiccot and Skylanders Imaginators”; Charr Male in “Guild Wars 2”; Kiljeaden in “World of Warcraft”;  Dr. Doom in “Marvel Heroes Video Game”; Torvald in “Evolve”; The Grim Creeper in “Skylanders”; Spyglass in “Titanfall.” In addition, he has voiced characters in “STAR WARS” (Han Solo/Poe Dameron), “Crash Bandicoot” (Dr. Neo Cortex), “STAR TREK,” “Mass Effect” 1, 2, and 3, “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” Officers Kevern, Deaves and Doyle in “Batman: Arkham Knight,” and many more.

His mainstream animation characters include: Poe Dameron and FN2003 in “LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises”; Dr. Doom in “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” cartoon series; Barry on “The Regular Show”; Gold, Alloy, Hydrogen, Batman II, Dick Grayson, Hourman, Young Wildcat, and Dr. Polaris on “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”; Batman on “Batgirl: Year One”; Grimbor the Chainsman and R.J. Brande on “Legion of Super Heroes”; Rick Flagg on “Justice League: The New Frontier”; Clayface, Metallo, Hamilton Hill and Riddleman on “The Batman”; Atomic Skull, Joe Morton, Captain Cold, Heat Wave and Mick Rory on “Justice League”; The Doorman and his Dog Hundley on “Curious George”; Sozin the Fire Lord on “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” and many more!

He is also the voice of Batman for Mattel Toys; and Lance Charming in “Ever After High” for Mattel Animation. Lang is one the the world’s most in-demand voice actors in the movie business as a voice match specialist and creature sounds specialist. He can be heard in many blockbuster films including “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”; “Fantastic Four”; “Avengers: Age of Ultron”; “Ironman 3”; “Wolverine”; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”; “X-Men: Days of Future Past”; “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”; “Jurassic World”; “Deadpool” and “X-men: Apocalypse.” He can also be heard as creatures and demons on the TV shows “Constantine,” “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow.”

In addition, Lang provided the voices of Ecliptor in “Power Rangers in Space,” Rygog and Lerigot in “Power Rangers: Turbo” and Zen Aku in “Power Rangers: Wild Force.”

T.M.Revolution to appear at Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon 2017

T.M.Revolution will appear at the Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon 2017 in Washington, DC, August 11-13. The announcement was made via video by their fellow festival participants, FLOW, who had been announced one week prior by JAM Project.

This will be T.M.R’s third appearance at Otakon. He made his US debut at Otakon 2003, and returned for the 20th Otakon in 2013.

The current Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon 2017 lineup includes T.M.Revolution, FLOW, and JAM Project.

Takanori Nishikawa made his debut as T.M. Revolution (T.M.R.) in May 1996, with the single “Dokusai –monopolize-”. Since then, he has established a reputation as a singer with ear-catching tunes combined with intriguing and irresistible live performances. Many singles have been picked up as themes of major anime and games including Mobile Suit Gundam and Sengoku Basara.

Since his debut, T.M.R. has built a global fan base and reputation mainly among anime fans. He has performed at major anime conventions in the US (at Otakon 2003) as well as in Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia. These activities led to the release of his albums worldwide.

Never one to rest on his laurels, T.M.R. celebrated his 10th anniversary with a new hit single “vestige” (which hit #1 on the Oricon chart), along with a new album covering songs requested by fans, and a complete collections of all prior singles and music videos that also hit #1 on the Oricon charts. An extensive live tour for his 15th anniversary culminated in a DVD/Blu-ray release of the live show; that same year (2012) he returned to his birthplace in Shiga prefecture to organize the Inazuma Rock Festival for the fourth time. He collaborated with Nana Mizuki on two massive hit singles (“Preserved Roses” and “Kakumei Dualism”) in 2013. And in 2016, he celebrated his 20th anniversary with yet another hit single and a greatest hits collection.

Throughout, T.M.R. has worked regularly as an actor and voice actor, as a goodwill ambassador for his home prefecture of Shiga, and as host for various television and radio programs. He routinely collaborates with other acts, most recently with the Korean unit AOA on the single “Ai wo Chodai”.

Stephanie Sheh to Appear at Otakon 2017

Stephanie Sheh, the voice actress best known for voicing Sailor Moon in the current Viz Media Release of “Sailor Moon” and “Sailor Moon Crystal,” will be a guest at Otakon 2017.

Multitalented, Sheh is a voice actress, voice director, ADR writer, and casting director. She most recently voiced the role of Mitsuha Miyamizu in the theatrical release of Makoto Shinkai’s “Your Name.” Along with her work on “Sailor Moon” and “Sailor Moon Crystal,” she has voiced Hinata in “Naruto,” Orhime in “Bleach,” Eureka in “Eureka 7,” Yui in “Sword Art Online,” and Mineva in “Gundam Unicorn.”

In addition to anime, Sheh has many voice credits in video games, most notably Tharja in “Fire Emblem,” Airy in “Bravely Default,” Mikan in “Danganropa,” Kyrie in “Devil My Cry” and Rebecca Chambers in a number of “Resident Evil” games. She’s also done motion capture work for games as well as animation. In recent years, Sheh has been lucky enough to be working consistently in original animation in roles such as Katana in WB’s “DC Super Hero High,” Jinafire and Boolittle in “Monster High,” Share Bear in “Carebears: Welcome to Care-a-lot,” Vega in Disney’s “Stardarlings,” Popo in “Miles from Tomorrowland,” and various roles in Cartoon Network’s “We Bare Bears.”

In between voice jobs Sheh casts, directs, and writes. She recently cast “Hanazuki,” an adorable web series being produced by Titmouse Animation for Hasbro, that you can watch for free online. She’s the voice director for the OAV series “Gundam the Origin” as well as the gritty “Gundam Thunderbolt.”

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

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