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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.

Director Yoshiaki Kyogoku Joins the Otakon Guest Roster

Yoshiaki Kyogoku

Yoshiaki Kyogoku, the director of “Laid-Back Camp,” will be a guest at Otakon 2019, according to Otakorp Inc.

Kyogoku began his career as an animator attached to Production I.G. He participated in many productions such as “Seirei no Moribito,” “Sengoku Basara,” “Eden of the East,” and others as key animator, animation director, and storyboard artist. After that, he switched to become an episode director for “Kuroko’s Basketball,” “Tokyo Ghoul,” “StarMyu: High School Star Musical,” and others. In 2018, he made his debut as a director with the TV series “Laid-Back Camp.”

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

Voice Actor Toru Furuya to Be Otakon Guest

Toru Furuya

Voice actor Toru Furuya, known for his roles in many classic anime titles such as “Dragonball” and “Sailor Moon,” will be a guest at Otakon 2019.

An accomplished voice actor, Furuya is known for his work as Yamcha in “Dragonball,” Sabo in “One Piece,” Tuxedo Mask in “Sailor Moon,” Amuro Ray in “Gundam,” Tooru Amuro / Bourbon in “Detective Conan,” and Pegasus Seiya in “Saint Seiya.”

Aoni helped bring this legendary voice actor to Otakon 2019.

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

Producer Michihiko Suwa Joins the Otakon Guest List

Michihiko Suwa

Producer Michihiko Suwa, who has been producing anime for three decades, has been confirmed as a guest for Otakon 2019. Among other projects, he is the supervisor for the current show “MIX.”

Born in the Aichi prefecture of Japan in 1959, Suwa graduated from Osaka University with a degree in Environmental Engineering. From there, he started working for Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, or YTV, in 1983.  He transferred to the Tokyo branch in 1985, where he soon started producing anime. 

Suwa’s first title as a producer was “Robotan” in 1986, soon followed by his first major title, “City Hunter,” in 1987, where he was also involved in the planning of the series.  Since then, he has planned and produced numerous titles, many of which have become major hit series, such as “YAWARA!,” “The Kindaichi Case Files,” “Inuyasha,” “Kekkaishi,” and “Black Jack.”  One such series is “Detective Conan (Case Closed),” which started in 1996 and is still running, as one of the most well-known anime series in Japan, as well as one of the longest running of all anime series.  

Suwa has been active in producing many movie titles, including over 20 movies from the “Detective Conan” series, as well as “City Hunter: Shinuku Private Eyes,” which was released in February 2019, three decades after the conclusion of the anime series. 

His accolades include a special award from the 32nd Fujimoto Award for excellence in Japanese movie production in 2013, and being named We Love Toyota Special Supporter from his home town of Toyota in 2017.  While he continues to support current titles such as “Detective Conan,” and serves as a supervisor for “MIX,” this June, Suwa transferred to ytv Nextry Co. Ltd, the in-house production unit of YTV, where he is continuing his lifetime dedication to anime by launching new anime series.Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

M2 Studio President Masao Maruyama to Return to Otakon

Masao Maruyama

Japanese anime producer and M2 studio president Masao Maruyama will be returning as a guest for Otakon 2019. Maruyama has also been an honorary Otakon staff member for many years.

Maruyama is a Japanese animation producer, formerly the president of MADHOUSE, Inc, and currently the chairman of the board of directors of MAPPA Co., Ltd, as well as the president of Studio M2.  He started his career in the anime industry at Mushi Production after graduating from college. He soon became independent and launched MADHOUSE, Inc. He has since successfully launched MAPPA Co., Ltd,  and Studio M2.  He has produced numerous animation titles since the early days of Japanese animation, including “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” “Summer Wars,” “Paprika,” and “In this Corner of the World.”

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

Voice Actor Kikuko Inoue to Be an Otakon Guest

Kikuko Inoue

Veteran voice actor Kikuko Inoue, known for her many signature anime roles, will be a guest at Otakon 2019. More recently, she plays Mayumi Tachibana in “MIX.”

Inoue’s work has spanned over 20 years of anime, often playing the “perfect girlfriend” or “motherly” role in many series. In addition to her role in “MIX,” some of her major anime roles include Macrophage in “Cells at Work,” Nurse Joy in “Pokemon,” Amelie in “Death Stranding,” Belldandy in “Oh My Goddess!”, Lust in “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” and Kasumi Tendo in “Ranma ½.”

Other roles include I-No in “Guilty Gear”; Alex and Luna Noa in “Lunar: The Silver Star”; Chianti in “Detective Conan (Case Closed)”; Aina Sahalin in “Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team”; Sanae Furukawa in “Clannad”; Minerva Orlando in “Fairy Tail”; Sheherazad in “Fate Grand Order”; Liete in “Grandia”; The Boss, Rosemarie, Sunny Emmerich, and Chico in the “Meal Gear Solid” series.Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C

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