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Character Designer Ryoma Ebata to Be an Otakon Guest

Ryoma Ebata

Ryoma Ebata, character designer and director of key animation for the Winter 2019 TV anime “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime,” will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

For most of his career, Ebata has worked as an animator, designer, as well as a unit director. The first time he was in charge of character designs was with “Busou Shinki.” He has been in charge of key animation for openings, endings, and the main areas for numerous titles such as “Absolute Duo,” “Dimension W,” “MACROSS FRONTIER,” and “Puella Magi Madoka Magica.”

Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Voice Actor Chikahiro Kobayashi Added to Otakon Guest Roster

Chikahiro Kobayashi

Chikahiro Kobayashi, who plays Ranga the Winter 2019 TV anime “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime,” will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

Kobayashi is active in a wide range of fields, mainly in the voice acting industry. In addition to voicing Ranga in “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime,” his other main roles include Saichi Sugimoto from “Golden Kamuy,” Toby Selwyn from “Violet Evergarden,” and Shirasakaki from “Mushibugyo.”

Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Assistant Director Atsushi Nakyama to Appear at Otakon

Atsushi Nakyama

Atsushi Nakyama, an assistant director who has previously filled several positions in the anime world, will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

Born in 1974, Nakyama is assistant director for the Winter 2019 TV anime “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.”  He was unit director on “Knight’s & Magic” and other shows, as well as director of photography for “Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan,” “Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS,” and others. Nakayama provides storyboards, direction, photography, and other multifaceted work around the production studio. His first work as a director was “Absolute Duo.”

Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Nobunaga Shimazaki to Appear at Otakon

Nobunaga Shimazaki

Nobunaga Shimazaki, the voice behind Yuki Souma in “Fruits Basket” (2019), will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

Associated with Aoni Productions, Shimazaki won Best Rookie Actor on the 7th Seiyu Awards. Besides his work in “Fruits Basket” (2019), you may be familiar with his work as Yuno in “Black Clover,” Shidou in “Date A Live,” Satoru in “Ace of Diamond,” Ritsuka Fujimaru in “Fate/Grand Order,” Haruka in “Free!,” Manato in “Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash,” Tsuguhito Yuta in “Kiznaiver,” Eugeo in “Sword Art Online: Alicization,” Corrin in “Fire Emblem Fates,” and Naoto Kurogane in “Blazblue.”

Otakorp Inc.has thanked Funimation and TV Tokyo for helping to bring Shimazaki to Otakon 2019.

Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Voice Actress Manaka Iwami Comes to Otakon as Guest

Manaka Iwami

Voice actress Manaka Iwami, who lends her talents to the 2019 “Fruits Basket,” will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

An accomplished voice actress, Iwami is affiliated with Pro-Fit. She won the Best New Actress Award at the 13th Seiyu Awards. You may know Iwami for her work as Chiaki Hoshinomori in “Gamers!,” Maquia in “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms,” and Tooru Honda in “Fruits Basket” (2019).

Otakorp Inc. has thanked Funimation and TV Tokyo for helping to bring Iwami to Otakon 2019. Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Voice Actor Makoto Furukawa to Be a Guest at Otakon

Makoto Furukawa

Voice actor Makoto Furukawa, who plays Hatsuharu Souma in “Fruits Basket” (2019) among other popular anime roles, will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

Furukawa is known for both his work in anime and in video games. In addition to his role in the 2019 “Fruits Basket,” you may know Furukawa for his work as Achilles in “Fate/Apocrypha,” Tada Banri in “Golden Time,” Yutaro Kindaichi in “Haikyu!!,” Seiji Shishikura from “My Hero Academia,” Miyuki is “Kaguya-sama: Love is War,” Saitama in “One Punch Man,” Gustav in “Seven Deadly Sins,” Taiju in “Dr. Stone.”

Otakorp Inc. has thanked Funimation and TV Tokyo for helping to bring Furukawa to Otakon 2019. Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Producer Shoichi Hotta to Guest at Otakon

Shoichi Hotta

Shoichi Hotta, who produced “Laid-Back Camp” among other anime titles, will be a guest at Otakon 2019

Early in his career, Hotta, a Tokyo native, was involved in animation projects at an ad agency and a videogame company.  Then he entered the field of anime, working as a producer for such anime titles as “Is The Order a Rabbit,” “HaNaYaMaTa,” and “Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler.”  In 2018, he planned and produced the hit series “Laid-Back Camp.”  He currently works at DeNA, Co Ltd, where he is active in producing and creating a number of video and media mix projects.

Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Voice Actor Sayuri Hara to Be Otakon Guest

Sayuri Hara

Voice actor Sayuri Hara, who plays Chiaki Ogaki in “Laid-Back Camp,” will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

Hara’s TV anime debut was in 2009, as Specula Ex Machina in “The Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk.”  Her first regular cast member role was Rizumu Amamiya in “Pretty Rhythm: Aurora Dream” in 2011.  In addition to “Laid-Back Camp” (original title “Yuru Camp”), Hara’s main roles include Mio Honda from “The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls” and Sanae Nakazawa in “Captain Tsubasa” (2018).

A voice actor from the voice talent management firm 81 Produce, Hara was born in Tokyo. 

Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Cosplayer/Costume Designer Jez Roth Added to Otakon Guest Roster

Jez Roth

Award-winning cosplayer Jez Roth will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

After many years of competing at anime convention masquerades, winning Best in Show 16 times with tailored costumes and heavily choreographed skits, he moved to Las Vegas to work for The Venetian, designing the opera gowns. Eventually, he landed at Cirque du Soleil’s water spectacular “O,” building costumes. Since leaving Cirque, he has worked freelance out of his own studio – creating everything from mermaids that shoot water, to mirrorball men, to golden fairies that contort through the air.

Roth has designed for events with A-list celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Snoop Dogg, and DJs such as Benny Benassi, and Dash Berlin. His jewelry has even been worn on the red carpet at the Billboard Awards.

He has represented the United States at the IOEA Otaku Expo in Japan as a cosplay guest, was the head judge in the Official Sailor Moon Masquerade 2018, and also helped choose the Canadian World Cosplay Summit representative for 2016. He believes that the world of costuming is an endlessly fascinating pursuit: from armor to gowns, giant puppetry to monsters. He shares unique events that educate and involve the community (such as Lip Sync For Your Cosplay and PROJECT: Cosplay!)  and has restructured and organized cosplay events for conventions in his goal to make the competition scene more streamlined.

His artistic journey came full circle in 2015 when he was hired as an artistic consultant for the “One Piece: Gold” film, working with Toei Animation to give their film a fully realized Las Vegas feel. In 2018, he was hired by Right Stuf Anime to create the official brand costumes for animes “Aria” and “Emma.” Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Director Hiroshi Nagahama to Be an Otakon Guest

Hiroshi Nagahama

Director Hiroshi Nagahama will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

Nagahama was born in 1970 in the city of Saeki, in the Oita prefecture of Japan. He began his career at Madhouse, where he worked on “The Cockpit” and “Azuki-chan” before becoming independent.  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 Ninja Girl, The Counter Attack of Siberia Yagyu.”

The titles where he was the director include “Mushishi: Detroit Metal City,” “The Flowers of Evil,” which was done entirely with rotoscoping, and “The Reflection” from 2017, which he co-created with Stan Lee.  In 2018, he participated as one of twelve directors in the short anime “Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan.”

His awards include the individual award from the 11th Animation Kobe.

Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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