Anime Boston 2015 Announces More Guests

animeboston2015Anime Boston announces another round of guests including Yoko Shimomura, Christine Marie Cabanos, Ellyn Stern, Richard Epcar, Mona Marshall, and Michael Sinterniklaas! Meet them at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on April 3-5, 2015! Tickets available now through www.animeboston.com.

Yoko Shimomura may be one of the most celebrated women in video game music today. Best known to US audiences for bringing us the music of Kingdom Hearts, she has many other instantly recognizable credits to her name including: Street Figher II, Parasite Eve, Front Mission, the Xenoblade Chronicles, Legend of Mana, and Radiant Historia.

She can be heard in the March 2013 release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and the July 2013 release of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. In August of that same year PRESS START (a video game orchestra Yoko Shimomura photoconcert) included music from her Xenoblades and Legend of Mana works in the Top 10 People’s Choice. Shortly afterward in 2014 her first independent live concert “Shimomura Yoko 25th Anniversary LIVE – THANKS!” was held at the FM Hall in Tokyo. Two extra performances were added, and all 3 critically acclaimed shows sold out! By March 2014, her second Best Of album, mem`oria, was released by Square Enix.

Her current projects span a wide variety of industries, and include composing the music for such highly anticipated titles as Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 as well as teaching music and performing.


 

cmcChristine Marie Cabanos is a voice over actress based out of Los Angeles. She is most known for her roles in Anime and Video Games. Some of her most notable roles include Azusa Nakano in K-On!, Madoka Kaname in Madoka Magica, Shiemi Moriyama in Blue Exorcist, Mako Mankanshoku in Kill La Kill, Silica Sword Art Online, Minori Kushieda Toradora!, Haruka in Oblivion Island, the titular character of Squid Girl in SQUID GIRL, Minawa Ando in Mahoromatic: I’m Home, General Pisti in Magi, Michi Kondo in Lagrange, Ruka Asato in Accel World, Reina and Mew in Pokemon Origins, Filia in Skullgirls, Marie Rose in Dead or Alive: Ultimate, Chiaki Nanami in Danganropa 2, Nepgear in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series and Keina Sawaya in Aterlier Meruru.

She’s also appeared in video games such as Time and Eternity, Fairy Fencer F, Tales of Xillia 2, Ragnarok Online 2 ,Witch and the Hundred Knight and Mugen Souls Z.


Ellyn Stern is a classically trained actress, voice actress, director and writer, whose career spans from film, to television, to stage. Ellyn is widely known for her voice work and the wide range of characters she has played. She has done hundreds of characters. She started in anime with the original Robotech series – in which she played numerous characters.

Ellyn is currently working on two different Disney shows.

Ellyn is featured in the new animated feature Wrinkles, starring Martin Sheen and Matthew Bodine.

stern copyVOICED:
Martha Vist Carbine in Gundam Unicorn, Dorothy in True Crimes: Hong Kong, Masaki Kurosaki and Ichigo’s Mom in Bleach, Miyuki Goto in Noein, Jack’s Mom in MAR, Haraway in Ghost in the Shell 2 – Innocence, Rosalind in Armitage III, Himeno in Fight!! Spirit of the Sword, Sayaka in Metal Fight Miku, Moru in Vampire Princess Miyu, Hiroshis Mom in Zenki. The Great Miracle in Zentrix, Parome in Genma Wars, Keiko Misaki in Patlabor 3, Mini Pato, Digimon, BoBoBo-Bo Bo BoBo, Mobile Suit Gundam – The Movie Trilogy, Bushido Blade 2, Lupin the Third, Fighting Spirit and Technoman, Veronica Vera and other characters in Shadow Hearts, to name just a few.

Other cartoons include Wings of Honnesmise, Samurai X, Little Punk, Honey Bee Hutch, Wisdom of the Gnomes, Macross I, II, III, Tom Sawyer, Captain Schnauzer, Gigi and many others.

She has voiced lead voices in many live action feature films that have been adapted into English including Academy Award winners Cinema Paradiso, Belle Epoque, Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, Kika, Mostly Martha, Babbette’s Feast, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Fencing Master, Widow of St. Pierre,and Amores Perros, Mission Kashmir, Iron Monkey, The Emperor and the Assassin, Onmyoji-Ying-Yang Masters, Le Femme Nikita, Tae Guk Gi, Shiri, to name a few.

DIRECTED
Ellyn has recently directed the dub of Star Wars into the Navajo language, the first time a film has ever been dubbed into any Native American language.

Other films she has currently directed into English: Farewell My Queen and Delicacy.

She also directed and voiced Jade Cacoon, Aero Wings 1 and 2, Super Magnetic Neo and Galerians. Other games include Inherit The Earth and Abby.

ON FILM
Ellyn starred in Jessie’s Girls, co-starred in Duchess and The Dirtwater Fox, co-starred in Fatal Charm, and Prisoner in the Middle aka Warhead.

On television she’s done numerous shows, American Carrott, Charlie’s Angels, and recurring characters on General Hospital, Santa Barbara and Days Of Our Lives.

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Ellyn co-stars in Milk and Honey with Debbie Allen, produced by Idris Elba.

Ellyn is also starring in Blood on Canvas, a legal drama.

Other recent films include starring in The Waiting Room, Eldad, Both Thumbs, Electronica 2, The Other Way and IMA.

Ellyn starred as the Queen in Exit the King by Ionesco, adapted and translated by Geoffrey Rush, who won a Tony for it on Broadway in 2009.

Ellyn also played Jacqueline Kennedy at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, in We’ll Never Be Young Again, the story of JFK’s assassination, in which the horror of that day is recalled. She also starred in Mrs. Warren’s Profession as Mrs. Warren, and starred in Apple, an award winning play.

She is set to star in the play Toyer, a psychological thriller.


 

EpcarRichard Epcar is one of the hardest working men in show business, having voiced over 400 characters in games, animation and anime.
Best known as the voice of Batou in Ghost in the Shell, The Joker in several Batman games including Injustice: Gods Among Us (Fighting Game of the Year!) and Ansem in Kingdom Hearts.

He’s voted one of the Top 20 Video Game Voice Actors of all Time and Top 20 Anime Actors of all time by IMDB!

Starting out in Robotech, you’ve heard him in Legend of Korra, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Blood Lad, Lupin the Third, Monster, Naruto, Bobobo-Bobobo, Transformers, Bleach, Kenshin, GTO, Gundam Macross, Cyber Soldier 009, Lucky Star, Digimon, X-Men, Gundam Unicorn, Babylon 5 and Power Rangers to name a few.

He’s also in tons of games including Mortal Kombat as Raiden, Final Fantasy as Gaius, Saints Row, Arkham Origins, Skyrim, Infinite Crisis as the Joker, Call of Duty-Advanced Warfare, Fire Emblem: Awakening as Walhart, MK vs D.C. UNIVERSE as the Joker and Raiden, Stargate SG-1 as Gen. Hammond, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Star Wars, Transformers, X-Com, Command & Conquer, Dead or Alive 3-D, Starcraft as Dark Templar, Dead Space, Xenosaga as Ziggy, Marvel Heroes, World of Warcraft, League of Legends as Xin Zhao, Naruto, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Warriors, Blue Dragon, Star Ocean, Splinter Cell, Guilty Gears, .Hack, Street Fighter, Medal of Honor, Space Seige, Spec-Ops, Bayonette, Catherine, Tekken, Ace Combat and Resident Evil.

Richard has voice directed many games including Arkham Origins, Dead Island: Riptide, Blue Dragon, Shadow Hearts II, Star Ocean 2 &3, Enemy Territory, Quake Wars, Unreal Tournament 3, Jackass the Game, Smackdown vs. RAW and Dead Head Fred and voice directed many shows including Ghost in the Shell 2, Robotech: Shadow Chronicles, Almost Heroes, Jungle Shuffle, The Reef, Grand Master, Noein, Digimon, Lupin the III, Fighting Spirit, Patlabor 3, Zentrix, Azumi I & II, Fearless, Better Blue, Iron Monkey, VR Troopers, Power Rangers, Ugly Better Webisodes and Old Boy to name a few.

On camera, Richard has appeared in many shows including Warehouse 13, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Columbo, Diagnosis Murder, Matlock, Cheers, General Hospital and a lead in the soon to be released Broken Spirits.


 

monaPlease join us in welcoming Mona Marshall to her first Anime Boston! If you haven’t heard Mona Marshall’s voice, you might be living under a rock. Mona takes prolific to the extreme and we are super excited to have her attend Anime Boston 2015!

Mona’s voice may be best known to anime fans as: Haku in Naruto, Doraemon in Doraemon, Konekomaru Miwa in Blue Exorcist, Koushiro “Izzy” Izumi in Digimon Adventure, Motoko Aoyama in Love Hina, Ryoko in Tenchi Muyo! GXP, and Toboe in Wolf’s Rain. But that’s only just the beginning of her anime credentials. She’s had leading roles in anime such as: Armitage: Dual Matrix, Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran, Chobits, El Hazard – The Magnificent World, Kyo Kara Maoh, Last Exile, Magic Knight Rayearth, Rozen Maiden, and Street Fighter Alpha. All told, Mona has been in over 150 anime titles!

Mona is also well known in the video game world lending her voice to such titles as: .hack//G.U, Brave Fencer Musashi, Drakengard, Eternal Sonata, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates, Grandia III, Guild Wars Factions, Persona 3, Ratchet & Clank, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, Suikoden V, Tales of Vesperia, and Wild Arms 4.

If that’s not enough, Mona can be heard on several prominent non-anime titles as well. She is the current voice of Sheila Broflovski, Linda Stotch, Token and Bebe’s Mom, and various others on South Park. She can also be recognized as Moki in Fraggle Rock, Tracy Milbanks in James Bond Jr., and Kat in Rambo. Mona has also had roles in many other shows such as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Inspector Gadget, Jackie Chan Adventures, Jem and the Holograms, Rainbow Brite, The Smurfs, and Transformers.

Additionally, Mona was featured in Bang Zoom’s Adventures in Voice Acting and has her own TV Tropes page!


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Michael Sinterniklaas is a veteran of the anime industry and has worked as a ADR Director, actor, voice actor, script writer, sound engineer, mixer and producer. In 2000, Michael founded NYAV Post, a bicoastal recording studio that has worked on over 400 anime and non-anime titles.

As a director, Michael has worked on several anime shows including: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Berserk, Magic Users Club, Ah! My Goddess, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Slayers Revolution, Slayers Evolution-R, Giant Robot. He’s also directed several non-anime shows including Peter Rabbit, Kappa Mikey, Robotomy, The Venture Brothers, and the Oscar nominated movies A Cat in Paris starring Anjelica Huston, Marcia Gay Harden, Matthew Modine. As well as: Ernest and Celestine starring Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Wright and McKenzie Foy.

Michael is also an extremely prolific and talented actor. He’s probably best known as as Dean Venture in The Venture Bros, Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), and Mikey Simon in Kappa Mikey, and even Funshine in The CareBears, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. He’s also voiced Netherlands in Hetalia, Xellos in Slayers Revolution and Evolution-R, Gasud in Jormungand, Jessie’s Seviper / Joshua / Kennedy in Pokémon, Man in Zetman, Lucemon in Digimon, Ivan Karelin / Origami Cyclone in Tiger & Bunny, Sarutobi Sasuke in Sengoku Basara, Sora and Utakata in Naruto, Jared / Jess in Speed Racer: The Next Generation, and Luppi / Nnoitra Jiruga in Bleach. He can also be heard as: Age in Patema Inverted, Masakazu Masaki in Time of Eve, and Takeru in FREEDOM. He has also appeared in video games such as: Final Fantasy XIII, Excom, GTA V, and the Lego Movie Game. Michael was also recently cast as a Marvel super hero but cannot disclose which one just yet…

Previously announced Guests of Honor include Greg Ayres, Christine Marie Cabanos. Richard Epcar, Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Lauren Landa, Cherami Leigh, LiSA, Cassandra Lee Morris, Haruo Nakajima, Yoko Shimomura, Ellyn Stern, Akira Takarada, and Koki Uchiyama.

View all of our Guests of Honor here.

About Anime Boston:
With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

Godzilla Actors Akira Takarada & Haruo Nakajima Appear at Anime Boston 2015

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its fifth group of guests of honor today. Actors Haruo Nakajima and Akira Takarada will attend Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass. on April 3 through April 5, 2015.

The duo’s visit to Anime Boston will only be the second time in which the two remaining actors from the original Godzilla movies appear together in the United States.

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Legendary monster suit actor Haruo Nakajima is known the world over for having portrayed the screen’s most famous monster, Godzilla — a role which he pioneered throughout the first 12 films of Toho’s long-running science fiction series.

It was following the performance of a dangerous stunt as a fighter pilot in Ishiro Honda’s Eagle of the Pacific (1953) that Nakajima was recommended to play Godzilla in the original 1954 film, since donning the heavy costume beneath sweltering studio lights required an unusual amount of strength and endurance from the suit actor.

Special effects master Eiji Tsuburaya was so impressed by Nakajima’s skill as a stunt performer and choreographer that he featured the actor in nearly every science fiction, horror and fantasy film produced throughout his own illustrious career. In addition to Godzilla, Nakajima would also embody an unprecedented number of notable movie monsters including Rodan (1956), Mogera in The Mysterians (1957), Varan the Unbelievable (1958), Mothra (1960), Matango (1963), Baragon in Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), Gaira in War of the Gargantuas (1966) and even King Kong in King Kong Escapes (1967).

His impressive body of film work also includes appearances in Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) and The Hidden Fortress (1958). In 1966, Tsuburaya once again tapped Nakajima’s talents when the effects director first brought his giant monsters to the small screen in the ground-breaking television series Ultra Q and Ultraman.

Nakajima finally retired as the reigning champion of monster suit actors with 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan.

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Akira Takarada

Akira Takarada is instantly recognizable to generations of moviegoers around the world as the face of Japan’s long-running series of Godzilla films from Toho Studios. With a career greater than the King of Monsters himself, Takarada has been there from the birth of Godzilla, through many key points in the franchise’s history, including the Golden Era of Japanese cinema.

Fresh out of high school, Takarada joined Toho’s “New Face” program in 1953, and just one year later, would be given the starring role of Hideto Ogata in the original Gojira, appearing together with renowned Kurosawa film star Takashi Shimura, and classmate Momoko Kôchi portraying his character’s love interest.

Takarada and Kôchi would reprise similar roles in Toho’s Abominable Snowman (1955), better known in its truncated Americanized form, Half Human (1958). But it was the breakout success of Gojira which led to its being exported worldwide as Godzilla, King of the Monsters in 1956, with Takarada subsequently cast as the romantic lead in many feature films, thus earning him the endearing nickname “Mr. Handsome.”

It wasn’t until nearly 10 years later that Takarada would return to fighting giant monsters at the start of Godzilla’s worldwide rise to superstardom with Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964). Portraying a brash yet heroic news reporter, it was this role that would epitomize that type of character that Takarada would become best known for as Japanese cinema, and giant monster films in particular, peaked in popularity at the outset of the mid-1960s “kaiju boom.” Takarada also became famous closer to home for his comedic flair through roles such as super spy Hoshino Andrew in the 007 spoof, 100 Shot 100 Killed (Ironfinger, 1965), together with Toho starlet and future Bond girl Mie Hama.

The 1970s and the decline of the motion picture industry in Japan due to the increasing popularity of television saw Takarada leaving feature films for the stage, where his stellar work in musicals became widely known–an area where he continues performing to this day. He returned to motion pictures more than a decade later, eventually appearing in Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and 2004’s Godzilla Final Wars, which was the 50th anniversary offering from Toho and the last film in the famous franchise to be produced by the studio.

Takarada’s career came full circle with the 2014 release of Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla as the only star from the original 1954 film to make a cameo appearance in the mega-budget Hollywood reboot of the world’s most famous monster franchise.

Previously announced Guests of Honor include Greg Ayres, Christine Marie Cabanos. Richard Epcar, Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Lauren Landa, Cherami Leigh, LiSA, Cassandra Lee Morris, Yoko Shimomura, Ellyn Stern and Koki Uchiyama.

View all of our Guests of Honor here.

About Anime Boston:
With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

Sword Art Online II Premieres at Anime Boston 2015

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Aniplex of America has announced that they will be hosting a Sword Art Online II English Dub U.S. Premiere Event. Celebrating the debut of Sword Art Online II on Toonami, this event will be held simultaneously at Anime Conventions in both the East (Anime Boston) and West Coasts (Sakura Con) on Saturday, April 4th.  The Event features the English Dub Premiere of select episodes from Sword Art Online II. In addition, there will be special guests in attendance at Anime Boston including Cherami Leigh (English Voice of Asuna), Cassandra Lee Morris (English Voice of Leafa) and LiSA (Singer of the Ending Theme Song “SHIRUSHI”). Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy Sword Art Online II at this very special event.

View all of Anime Boston’s Guests of Honor here.

About Anime Boston:
With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

Anime Boston 2015 Announces Voice Over Guests

animeboston2015Anime Boston welcomes back voice actors Cherami Leigh, Lauren Landa, Greg Ayres, and Tom Wayland as guests of honor for their 2015 convention!

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Cherami Leigh has been in the industry for 20 years. She has been in over 75 commercials and has worked on over 100 anime projects including 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 also has appeared in more than 10 video games, including Borderlands 2 as Gaige.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Lauren Landa first began acting at the age of 11 in the stage production of Annie and continued with shows including; Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie, Comic Potential.

Greg Ayres has spent the last eleven years working in an industry he had admired for years as a fan. With over 200 credits to his name, this fan-boy has managed to get to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He was thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch last summer in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7. He is even more thrilled to follow that up the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara.

Tom Wayland is proud to have made a long and successful career out of his favorite things – acting, directing, making rock and roll music, and having long luxurious salon-quality hair that makes supermodels look like homeless guys. Tom is best known for his work on the hit series Pokemon (and the aforementioned hair). He’s directed more episodes) and voiced more Pokemon creatures in English than anyone else on Earth. *Unfortunately Tom Wayland had to cancel his appearance*

View all of our Guests of Honor here.

About Anime Boston:
With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Actors Appear at Anime Boston 2015

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Voice actors Kazuhiro Furuhashi and Koki Uchiyama have been announced as Anime Boston 2015 as Guests of Honor.

Born in 1960 at Shizuoka Prefecture, Hamamatsu City, Kazuhiro Furuhashi began his career as an animator on Ranma ½, before moving onto production. His directorial debut was in 1990 with the Ranma ½ Hot Song Contest OVA.  Since then he has directed numerous works, including Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.

His most notable directorial work includes the entire run of the popular Rurouni Kenshin, Hunter x Hunter, Le Chevalier D’Eon, Real Drive and Amatsuki.

Koki Uchiyama is a Japanese voice actor whose voice can be recognized in many popular anime characters today, including Banagher Links from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.

His voice can also be heard in the Kingdom Hearts Series as Roxas and Ventus, Soul Eater Evans in Soul Eater, Makoto “Smile” Tsukimoto in Ping Pong: The Animation, Kaito Tenj? in Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and Kei Tsukishima in Haikyu!! among many others.

About Anime Boston:
With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

J-Pop Star LiSA Appears at Anime Boston 2015

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Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first guest of honor today. J-pop/rock performer LiSA will be performing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass. on April 3 through April 5, 2015.

A rising force in the J-pop/rock world, LiSA has sung numerous theme songs for hit anime, such as Angel Beats!, Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online I & II and The Irregular at Magic High School.

“We’re really excited to be able to bring LiSA’s music to her American fans at Anime Boston,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Initially a singer for an indie band, LiSA made her major debut in 2010 as one of the two vocalists for the anime Angel Beats!. She later appeared at Animelo Summer Live in August 2010. In April 2011, she made her solo debut with the release of Letters to U. Most recently, she released her seventh single Shirushi, which is used as the second ending theme to Sword Art Online II.

Throughout her career, she has sold out the Nippon Budokan three times and also performed overseas in Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand and the United States.

For more information about LiSA, please visit her Facebook page, YouTube channel, and website.

About Anime Boston:
With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

Attack on Titan Storms Anime Boston 2014

ab14-AOTBoston is a good city in which to be a geek. Annually it hosts several well established conventions including Vericon, Arisia, PAX East, and Boston Comic Con. Last weekend Anime Boston hit town bringing with it thousands of attendees, most of whom wore cosplay. Founded by the New England Anime Society in 2003 with a focus on Japanese animation and comics, the convention still welcomes fans of many genres and media who are interested.

This year’s big feature was the highly anticipated US debut of the English dub of Attack on Titan. A popular manga which was adapted last year into an animated series, Attack on Titan imagines a world where the entire human race hides away in a giant walled city to protect themselves from monstrous Titans that have devoured anyone caught outside. After one hundred years of peace, lead character Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert find themselves pulled into the Survey Corps to battle the new breed of Titans that have breached the walls and avenge their fallen families.

In the weeks leading up to Anime Boston the production company FUNimation gradually announced the English language cast for the dubbed version. Included were 2014 guests Patrick Seitz as Keith, Kyle Hebert at Mitabi, Mike McFarland as Jean (in addition to being the voice over director), Josh Grelle as Armin, Matthew Mercer as Levi, and Trina Nishimura as Mikasa. The only role unannounced leading up to the convention was that of Eren, the main character, which led to a great deal of speculation that it would be given to actor Greg Ayres, who was another guest of the show. However, at the premiere Sr. Manager of Social Strategy and Development for FUNimation Justin Rojas began with a specially recorded video message. Actor Bryce Papenbrook appeared on screen to announce that he would perform the role of Eren and expressed his regrets that he could not appear in person.

The crowd was raucous and excited as they were given the first public screening of the first three episodes of Attack on Titan. The fans sang along to the theme song and cheered loudly for the first appearance of literally every major character. One thing anime fans have in spades is enthusiasm. An encore presentation with two more episodes was screened on Sunday. The full series will release on June 3rd 2014.

Following the screening was a Q&A with cast members Mike McFarland, Josh Grelle, Matthew Mercer, and Trina Nishimura. They all expressed a keen interest in the project, though Mercer seemed intimidated by one fan saying he is now a sex symbol. His signing line earlier that day would certainly reinforce his popularity as hundreds of fans queued up though only one hundred were guaranteed to get their posters and DVDs signed. Grelle said it was exciting to see an anime taking a chance and deviating from the old trope of “harem shows with magic” which have dominated the industry. He also said the music drew him in as well.

McFarland and Mercer were both unacquainted with Attack on Titan prior to being cast but each said they binged on the entire series in one viewing because they were so drawn into the story and characters. McFarland warned that it’s a gritty show but SO dark that some characters won’t make it. When asked about casting, McFarland said that many key roles went to Los Angeles talent, as opposed to FUNimation stalwarts, because of amount of work that went into each session and that he actively wanted to bring in new people as much as possible. The actors were pushed hard to make sure the performances were the very best.

Nishimura had an admiration for her role as Mikasa, a character who is as strong or even stronger those around her. “The stereotype of the anime chick is changing,” she said to applause, “It’s not pantie shots and flying and sparkles.”

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Four Guests of Honor Added for Anime Boston 2014

A-chanVoice actors Trina Nishimura, Matthew Mercer, Josh Grelle, and Greg Ayres have been added as Guests of Honor for Anime Boston 2014!

Trina Nishimura has become more and more involved in the anime scene over the past few years, primarily working with FUNimation Entertainment. Trina was first cast in Desert Punk as the little hungry girl Namiko and has refused to leave the FUNimation property ever since. Her most notably awesome credits include: Black Cat (Tanya), Claymore (Flora and Sophia), Jyu Oh Se (Tiz), Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple (Shigure Kosaka), Speed Grapher (Yui), season one and two ofNegima!? (Lingshen Chao and Motsu),Sasami: Magical Girl Club (Ayane), Baldr Force Exe (Tsukina Sasagiri), School Rumble and Yurippe School Rumble: 2nd Semester (Akira Takano), Baccano! (Rachel), Sgt Frog (Ghost Girl), Case Closed: The Last Magician of the Century the Movie (Natasha Kosaka), Nabari no O (Juji Minami), and the ever popular Witchblade (Shiore Tsuzuki).

Matthew Mercer is a Los Angeles-based actor/voice actor known primarily for his roles in animation and video games. His extensive training in theater, improv, and life-long hardcore gaming helped prepare him for such projects and characters as Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Damnation, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Gundahar in KNACK, Anarky in Batman: Arkham Origins, Alvin in Tales of Xillia, Sinbad in Magi, Kuroh Yatogami in K, Rexxar in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Iron Man/Tony Stark in Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Walter in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Rihan Nura in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Tygra in Cartoon Network’s Thundercats, Chrom in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Reapmon/Beelzemon in Digimon Fusion, and many other projects you are welcome to look-up online.

A native Texan and avid anime fan, Josh Grelle has been working in voice work for almost 10 years now. After starting with ADV Films in January 2004, Josh was quickly bombarded with tons of in-booth experience on a wide range of shows, including: Wedding Peach, Steam Detectives, 009-1, and the legendary Gatchaman. He began working for FUNimation entertainment in 2006. Since then, he has starred in numerous titles; his most famous being Kenichi in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Other roles include Kyohei in the Wallflower, Kouichi in Linebarrles of Iron, Yuki in Future Diary, Itsuki in Initial D, and Kuranosuke in Princess Jellyfish. More recent roles include Chow from Starship Troopers: Invasion, Nicky in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Kazuya Aoi in Freezing, Yuji Sakai in Shakugan no Shana, Akihisa Yoshii in Baka and Test, and Komatsu in Toriko.

Greg Ayres has spent the last eleven years working in an industry he had admired for years as a fan. With over 200 credits to his name, this fan-boy has managed to get to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He was thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch last summer, in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. His most recent roles include Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Arikawa in This Boy Can Fight Aliens, Tomoki Sakurai, in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken, in the Book of Bantorra. Some of his all-time favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Negi Springfield in Negima. He can also be heard as Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, Hiro Hirono in ef: A Tale of Memories, Abe in Big Windup, Jr. in Xenosaga: The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention.

About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2014 is scheduled for Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is an organization dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

Anime Boston 2014 Welcomes Japanese Guests of Honor

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Press Release:

Anime Boston is proud two announce two Japanese Guests of Honor today: Screenwriter Dai Sato and seiyuu Yuu Asagawa!

Dai Sato started his career as a TV script writer/program planner and a lyricist at the age of 19, and later ventured into the video game and music industries. Today, he is first and foremost an animation scriptwriter, with side projects creating scripts and concepts for various media. In 2007 he created Storyriders Inc., Ltd. of which he is the president and CEO.

As scriptwriter, his credits include Eternal Family, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell -Stand Alone Complex,  Eternal Family, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell  -Eureka Seven, Ergo Proxy, Freedom, Eden of the East, and Space?Dandy

Yuu Asakawa is a Japanese seiyuu (or voice actress). Yuu is the voice of Crypton Future Media’s Vocaloid, Megurine Luka, providing all her vocal samples. Yuu is also the co-host of the Internet web show Otaku Verse Zero, alongside Otaku USA editor-in-chief Patrick Macias.

A talented veteran voice actress, Yuu has been performing for over seventeen years for some of the most popular anime and video games. Among her many roles in anime are Motoko Aoyama from Love Hina, Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh, Rider from Fate/stay night, Yuuki Mitani from Hikaru no Go, and Jura Basil Elden from Vandread. Yuu’s video games roles include Lebreau from the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, Eime in Baten Kaitos, Nel Zelpher in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, and various characters for the Super Robot Wars franchise of games.

About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2014 is scheduled for Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is an organization dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

Attack on Titan US Premiere at Anime Boston 2014

aot_ab14Anime Boston welcomes ADR Director Mike McFarland and other special guests to present the US English dub premiere of ATTACK ON TITAN. Stay tuned for more information!

Series Synopsis

When the man-eating giants called Titans first appeared, humans retreated behind massive walls. After a hundred years of safety, a colossal-sized Titan smashes through the defenses, unleashing a flood of giants and carnage in the streets. Eren Jaeger watches helplessly as one of the creatures devours his mother.

He vows to kill every Titan walking the earth. Eren and his surviving friends enlist to fight against the insatiable monsters. The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity’s last hope against extinction.

From the director of Death Note and High School of the Dead comes the series Anime News Network calls “an intense, visceral, and graphic thrill ride.”

About Mike McFarland:
Mike McFarland got his start in anime as one of the first voice actors in Texas to be hired by FUNimation Entertainment, and has since moved on to become a Director, Script Writer, and Line Producer for numerous anime series. Notable roles include Master Roshi and Yajirobe in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, Baby and Baby-Vegeta in Dragon Ball GT, Goemon in Lupin The Third (Movie Specials), Ritsu Sohma in Fruits Basket, Lt. Jean Havoc in Fullmetal Alchemist, Cain in Trinity Blood, Buggy the Clown in One Piece, “Ranka” Fujioka in Ouran High School Host Club, Tybalt in Romeo x Juliet, Leo in Burst Angel, Estonia in Hetalia, as well as various roles in Yu Yu Hakusho, Nerima Daikon Brothers, Kodocha, Desert Punk, Black Cat, Kiddy Grade, Shin Chan, The Galaxy Railways, and many others.

As an ADR/Voice Director, Mike has worked on such series and films as Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Dragon Ball Z, Vexille, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, Yu Yu Hakusho, Mushi-Shi, Case Closed, Dragon Ball, Eden of the East, Trinity Blood, Evangelion: 1.11, 2.22, and 3.33, One Piece, currently airing on Toonami. His latest project is Attack on Titan. ADR Scriptwriting credits include Fullmetal Alchemist, Kodocha, Trinity Blood, Solty Rei, Mushi-Shi, One Piece, and the uncut versions of Dragon Ball Z.

Video Game credits include work on Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Halo Wars, Stuntman: Ignition, Aeon Flux, Bloodrayne 2, Roadkill, Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley, numerous Dragon Ball Z titles, as well as the role of Paul Phoenix in Street Fighter X Tekken.

Mike is also an accomplished improv comedian, musician, and has appeared in numerous commercials and independent films, including The Rage Within, House Of The Generals, Placebo, and the award-winning Shtickmen.

About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2014 is scheduled for Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is an organization dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

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