This week, Anime Boston announced that the May event will be hosting Yousei Teikoku, the band whose "Kuusou Mesorogiwi/ Fantastic Mythology" was featured as the opening theme on Mirai Nikki and visual-kei fashion designer IBI.
Japanese designer Naoto Hirooka’s gothic and lolita fashion line h. NAOTOhas accumulated positive reviews and praise from both Japanese and Western markets. After receiving positive stimulation from collaborations with charismatic visual-kei artists, h.NAOTO starts the “h.ism” project in the mid 2000's based on the theme of fashion and music co-existing in one entity.
In 2007, the success of h.ism leads to collaboration with the young fashion design duo IBI and MINT. Sixh. is born.
Started by IBI, the fashion line Sixh. unites visual-kei artistry with the imagery of popular host and hostess clubs. A new theme, ghost-kei, is created by combining the words “gothic” and “host” into “ghost”.
Other Japanese guests include...
Shinichi Watanabe (aka Nabeshin)is known to anime fans as a larger-than-life, iconic figure with an outrageous sense of humor.
He directed the comedy anime series Excel Saga, Nerima Daikon Brothers, and Puni Puni Poemy, which feature frenetic pacing and appearances by his animated alter ego, a mysterious, recurring character with an afro and distinctive outfit who is tangential to the story.
Nabeshin has also served as series director for The Wallflower and Tenchi Muyo! GXP, and he can be found in these series as well, in cameo or supporting roles.
Yasuhiro Koshiis known as an actor and chief advisor for action movies in Japan and the U.S.
Using his knowledge and experience as a former sergeant in Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force, he provides advice for battle action scenes, military roles, weapon design, and so on.
He served as the chief military advisor and had guest appearances in many movies, including Battle Royal (2000), Returner (2002), Battle Royal II (2003), Last Samurai (2003), Calamari Wrestler (2004), Casshern (2004), Devilman (2004), Godzilla Final Wars (2004), Ultraman (2004), Lorelei (2005), Saikano: She's the Final Weapon (2006), and Sukeban Deka which he has a major role in.
Beginning in 1997, Her Highness Yui descended on the human realm from The Empire of the Fairies and began making music with the intention of "regaining the forgotten hearts of those who believe in fairies".
Debuting with Japanese anime music label Lantis, the group has since created many songs for anime and video games.
With a concept combining Gothic Lolita visuals, and a mix of genres such as classical and J-pop based in heavy metal, Yousei Teikoku stands out prominently in the anime music scene.
Representative songs include "Baptize", opening theme to the TV anime "Seikon no Qwaser", and "Kuusou Mesorogiwi/ Fantastic Mythology", opening theme to the TV anime "Mirai Nikki", among countless others.
Other musical guests include
Raj Ramayyais an Indo-Canadian singer, composer and lyricist based in Marin County, California.
His claim to anime fame would be his musical collaborations with famed Japanese composer Yoko Kanno as a member of The Seatbelts. Raj sang the opening credits song "Ask DNA" and wrote the lyrics for "Cosmic Dare (Pretty with a Pistol)" from the fan favourite feature film Cowboy Bebop: the Movie, and both sang and wrote the lyrics for "Strangers" from the anime series Wolf's Rain. Not limited to music in anime, he has also worked on songs for video games from the likes of Konami, Sega, and Capcom.
Olga Yakovleva, better known under the moniker ORIGA, is a Russian vocalist, born in a small town of Kochenevo in the Novosibirsk Region of Russia. Her music studies began when she was 5 and at age 11, she was invited to appear on a children’s TV program to perform a song she had written. From that time on, her studies of voice and composition have never stopped.
Anime fans may recognize her as the vocalist for all three opening themes of the popular anime series “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”, which allowed her to work with famed composer Yoko Kanno and perform together with her in several concerts. She is also known for recording songs for other anime such as “Fantastic Children”, and more recently the video game “Final Fantasy XIII-2”.
Meanwhile Aniplex's latest webcast has announced Sword Art Online plans for the event, which hosts producer Shinichiro Kashiwada, director Tomohiko Ito, and English dub leads Bryce Papenbrook and Cherami Leigh. The event will present a preview screening of the dub hosted by the leads and offer a convention exclusive wall scroll on sale at the Aniplex booth - the first 100 sold will be autographed by the dub leads.
As Aniplex’s producer, Shinichiro Kashiwadais involved as a chief producer for the hit animated series Sword Art Online.
Tomohiko Itoworks at A-1 Pictures and is most recognized as the director of the hit series Sword Art Online. He made his directorial debut with the animated series Occult Academy.
Ito’s long list of credits includes Death Note, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars to name a few.
This will be Ito’s first time appearing at an Anime Convention here in the U.S. Mr. Ito is looking forward to share his thoughts on Sword Art Online and more, here at Anime Boston.
Bryce Papenbrookhas been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has cotinued the trade in his footsteps. Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows.
Some recent roles include Kirito in Sword Art Online, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Henry in Fire Emblem Awakening, Asbel Lhant in Tales of Graces F, Zidane Tribal in Final Fantasy Dissidia 012, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!!, and Guan Ping in Dynasty Warriors. Past leading roles include Shugo in .hack//Sign Legend of the Twilight, Jack in MAR, Jack Russell in Radiata Stories, Hanabusa Aido in Vampire Knight, and Isami Fujiwara in Noein.
Cherami Leighis an on camera and voice actor from Dallas.
In the anime world, she is the female lead Asuna in Sword Art Online. She has appeared as Road in D. Grayman, Sae in Peach Girl, Yuti La in Heroic Age, Elizabeth in Black Butler, Patty in Soul Eater, Ayano in Kaze no Stigma, Natsumi in Sgt. Frog, Naomi in Witchblade, Yoshika in Strike Witches, Elicia Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Setsuna and Akira in Negima, Mai in Ghost Hunt, Tamaki in Bamboo Blade, Himawari in XXXholic, Cecily in Sacred Blacksmith, Liechtenstein in Hetalia, Lucy in Fairy Tail, Takeshita in B Gata H Kei, Kneesocks in Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Sunako in Shiki, Suzuha in Steins;Gate, Shana in Shakugan no Shana, Gaige in Borderlands 2.
She has been in over 75 commercials, and was a live national on air DJ for Radio Disney. She has appeared in many films and television shows, including the soon to be released Beyond the Farthest Star and in the hit webseries Throwing Stones. She was also in the Emmy-award winning Temple Grandin, and has appeared on various network television shows.
Other English dub voice actor guests include