Anime Boston 2018 Welcomes Kaiji Tang

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Voice Actor Kaiji Tang will be appearing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

An avid lover of gaming and all things food related, Kaiji Tang has been working as a voice actor in Los Angeles since 2007.

In the world of video games, he has done such roles as Odin/Narcian (Fire Emblem Heroes), Faust (Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-), Munehisa Iwai (Persona 5), Yamato Hotsuin (Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker), Dr. Qada (Bravely Default), Owain (Fire Emblem: Awakening), Wingul (Tales of Xillia), Jann Lee (Dead or Alive 5), Lee Chaolan/Violet (Tekken Tag Tournament 2), Yasuhiro Hagakure (Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc), Fang (Fairy Fencer F), Sima Zhao (Dynasty Warriors), Kenshiro (Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage), and others, including roles in Bioshock Infinite, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Resident Evil 6, and Batman: Arkham Origins.

When it comes to Anime, you can hear him as Guts (Berserk 2016), Archer (Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works), Tsumugu Kinagase (Kill La Kill), Koichi Kizakura (Danganronpa 3: End of Hope’s Peak Highschool), Kouen Ren (Magi), Schmidt (Sword Art Online), “Big G” (Doraemon), Akifusa Keikain (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan), Shiro Takamachi/Graf Eisen (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha), Colbert/Derflinger (Familiar of Zero), and other roles in titles such as Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Accel World, Monster, Squid Girl, and Karas, to name a few.

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, Michihiko Suwa, and Kaoru Wada.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 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, Inc.: 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 2018 Welcomes Composer Kaoru Wada

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Composer Kaoru Wada appears at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA on March 30 through April 1, 2018. Kaoru Wada is a Japanese music composer, music arranger, conductor, music orchestrator, and pianist. He has worked in a wide range of musical fields, including anime, film, television, theater, and video games.  He has received numerous prizes for his work, including his music on the film Crest of Betrayal.

Best known in the west for his work on Inuyasha and Samurai 7, he has also composed music for a number of other anime series, including Ghost Stories, Battle Angel, Princess Tutu, Saint Seiya, Ninja Scroll, D.Gray-man, Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, and Ace Attorney.  In addition to his work as a composer, Wada-san also arranges music for several notable titles, including Kingdom Hearts I & II and Monster Hunter 4G.

“Boston is a music city, and we continue our tradition of presenting musical composers. Music sets the tone for any dramatic or comedic presentation, and few do it better than Wada-san!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Anime Boston 2018 is his first North American convention appearance.

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, and Michihiko Suwa.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 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, Inc.: 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.

Yomiuri TV Producer Michihiko Suwa Appears at Anime Boston 2018

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Producer Michihiko Suwa will be appearing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA, on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

Yomiuri TV Producer Michihiko Suwa is a fixture of the anime industry and has been for over thirty-five years. Best known to western audiences for his work on Inuyasha, his main project is the mystery series Detective Conan (Case Closed), which is currently in its 23rd season and still going strong. The newest movie, ZERO THE ENFORCER, will be released in Japan on April 13th.

“Producers set the tone and personality of any anime title, and few have a credits list as long as Michihiko Suwa. I can’t wait to hear what it takes to take an anime program from conception to our televisions screens!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Suwa-san has also planned and produced a number of other series, including Lupin III, Magic Knight Rayearth, Black Jack, Angel Heart, Kekkaishi, (The) File of Young Kindaichi, YAWARA!, and City Hunter. An engaging and knowledgeable speaker, Suwa-san enjoys interacting and engaging with his audience, as well as sharing stories about how the anime we love to watch gets made.

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, and Hirokatsu Kihara.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 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, Inc.: 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.

Hirokatsu Kihara Appears at Anime Boston 2018

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Author and Former Ghibli Professional Hirokatsu Kihara will be appearing at Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA on March 30th through April 1, 2018.

Formerly involved with the production desk at Studio Ghibli, Hirokatsu Kihara worked closely with director Hayao Miyazaki on such hit titles as Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. He has also done some voice acting work, most notably as the role of Minister of Defense in DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon.

“I am so excited to be able to welcome Kihara-san back to Anime Boston. It’s truly an honor to listen to someone with such intimate knowledge of Studio Ghibli speak!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Hirokatsu Kihara is probably best known for his work in the Horror genre. There, he has been a crucial contributor working on such titles as: Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment and Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan which are known in Japan as Shin Mimibukuro. In addition, he has written the books: Tsukumo Kwaidan, Utsushiyo-kaidan, and Kinkiro. Nowadays, he continues to write ghost stories, emcees at monster conventions, and shares his knowledge and experiences at events worldwide.

You can check out his website at kiharahirokatsu.com (Japanese)

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, and Katsuyuki Sumizawa.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 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, Inc.: 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.

Hideyuki Tomioka & Katsuyuki Sumizawa Appear at Anime Boston 2018

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its third round of Japanese guests of honor today.  Senior Managing Director of SUNRISE Inc. Hideyuki Tomioka and Screenwriter Katsuyuki Sumizawa will be appearing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

Hideyuki Tomioka joined SUNRISE to help with the production of Fang of the Sun Dougram as a part-timer.

He was the producer for many popular shows, including Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, After War Gundam X, INUYASHA, and STEAMBOY.

“We are extremely pleased to host Hideyuki Tomioka at Anime Boston. His credits include some of my personal favorites, such as Inuyasha, Turn A Gundam, and Steamboy,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.  “However, for Anime Boston, his most important credit may be Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, since our first convention, in 2003, featured the English voice actors of all five Gundam pilots!”

Katsuyuki Sumizawa is an anime screenwriter and novelist. He has worked on various shows, including Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin, Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho, Macross 7, Inuyasha, and Naruto.  He also penned the novel Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Frozen Teardrop.

Victor Lee added, “Katsuyuki Sumizawa has written scripts for some of the top titles over the last 20 years, including Dragonball Z, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Inuyasha, Macross 7, Naruto and, of course, Sailor Moon. His writing has influenced how we see anime in the West. Getting the opportunity to ask about the creative process is always a treat!”

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, and Monica Rial.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 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, Inc.: 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.

Greg Ayres & Monica Rial Appear at Anime Boston 2018

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first round of North American guests of honor today. Greg Ayres and Monica Rial will be appearing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA, on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

Greg Ayres has been blasting his way through 2017! He was thrilled to make his second appearance in Dragon Ball Super earlier this year as Frost, and equally excited to help blast bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars. 2017 also gave him the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast, and he will also be appearing in Haikyu as Yu Nishinoya, as well as voicing Zenji Marui in Food Wars.

With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. Some recent roles include Nagisa Haruki in Free and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta. He’s thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrilled to follow that up the in the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara.

Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for almost 20 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the USA. She has lent her voice to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), FMA Brotherhood (May Chang), Hetalia (Belarus), Michiko & Hatchin (Michiko), My Hero Academia (Tsuyu), One Piece (Tashigi), Ouran High School Host Club (Renge), Panty and Stocking (Stocking), Saga of Tanya the Evil (Tanya), Seraph of the End (Krul), Soul Eater (Tsubaki), Watamote (Tomoko), Yona of the Dawn (Yona), and many more.

You can catch her as Bulma in Dragon Ball Z Kai and Dragon Ball Super currently on Toonami. She voiced Jubilee on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and has also appeared in several video games including Ms. Splosion Man, Tribes Ascend, Smite, the Angry Birds series, Borderlands 2, Dungeon Boss, and the Borderlands Pre-Sequel.

Previously announced guests include FLOW and Asaka.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 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, Inc.: 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.

PlayTime After Dark Presented by PEM/Anime Boston

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The Peabody Essex Museum has partnered with Anime Boston for a special event on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 6:00 – 11:00 PM to celebrate their latest exhibit PlayTime. In addition to a sneak preview of the exhibition before it opens to the public, spend the night dancing away to live chiptune music and visuals presented by Rhythmus Records, and live video game tunes with The OneUps.

Swing by our studios for a nano-larp with author/ journalist/PlayTime digital platform contributor Lizzie Stark, drop-in art making workshops, late-night karaoke and more. Board games more your thing? We’ve got you covered. The Castle Board Game Cafe and Knight Moves Cafe will keep you gaming all night long. This is one fun-inducing night you do not want to miss!

PlayTime is the first major thematic exhibition celebrating the role of play in contemporary art and culture. Forty works by twenty leading contemporary artists — including large-scale installations, sculpture, photographs, video and tactile interactives — examine how play catalyzes creative expression, enchants the ordinary, and helps us understand ourselves in new ways.

PlayTime is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum and made possible in part by the Nancy B. Tieken Memorial Fund and supporters of the Present Tense Initiative. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided valuable support. PlayPower, Inc. is the lead sponsor of this exhibition.

Free for members, Salem residents and college students with ID; non-members $15. Age 18+; Cash bar

RSVP on Facebook!

Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St, Salem, Massachusetts 01970
(978) 745-9500

Asaka Makes First US Appearance at Anime Boston 2018

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, has announced its second Japanese guest of honor. Asaka will be performing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

Asaka is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter with a powerful voice and even more powerful talent. She was born in Japan in 1999 but lived in the United States as a child. When she moved back to Japan at eight years old, she was immediately drawn to Japanese anime and in particular their soundtracks. It was her dream to become a professional singer and record her own anime theme song. Asaka devoted herself to learning all she could about music, even participating in and winning several karaoke contests.

Only eighteen years old, she’s already taking the music industry by storm. Her debut single “Open Your Eyes” has over a million views on YouTube and was chosen to be the ending theme for the anime Occultic;Nine. Since her debut in October 2016, Asaka has released two other hit singles: “Edelweiss” which was used as the ending song of A Centaur’s Life and “Play the Game” which was used as the opening for the visual novel for Occultic;Nine and also was ranked 47th on the Oricon charts.

“We are so excited to be able to present Asaka at Anime Boston. She’s one of the brightest young stars in music today and Anime Boston is the best place to introduce her to her American fans!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

She also has her own radio program and has made several television & radio appearances. In her spare time, Asaka loves doing karaoke, watching anime, and designing nails and cosplay.

This is her first U.S. appearance.

Check her out on YouTube!

Previously announced guests include FLOW.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

Japanese Band FLOW Annonced as 1st Guests for Anime Boston 2018

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first guest of honor today. J-rock band FLOW will be performing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

FLOW is a 5-person rock band made up of KOHSHI (Vocals), KEIGO (Vocals), TAKE (Guitar), GOT’S (Bass), and IWASAKI (Drums).

Siblings KOHSHI (Vocals) and TAKE (Guitar) have been making music together since 1993. They formed FLOW in 1998. KEIGO (Vocals) joined in 1999 with GOT’S (Bass) and IWASAKI (Drums) joining in 2000 to form the current group.

FLOW made their major debut with the single “Blaster” in 2003, showing the world their impressive musical strength and versatility, including their signature twin vocals. Since their electric debut, FLOW has provided a wide variety of anime opening and closing themes including: “GO!!!” opening theme for Naruto, “COLORS” opening theme for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, and most recently “Kaze no Uta” and “INNOSENSE” for Tales of Zestiria the X.

“FLOW is one of the most electrifying bands coming out of Japan today. Their blend of hard rock and hip-hop is sure to please at Anime Boston 2018,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman. “We are incredibly honored to have the privilege of hosting them at our convention and being able to present them to their fans!”

Furthermore as masters of performing live, FLOW is heralded as being energetic, exciting, and electrifying. In 2008, FLOW had successful performances in the Nippon Budokan. Since then, they’ve performed live all over Japan and the world. They have travelled to 17 countries across Asia, North America, South America, and Europe and show no signs of slowing down. The band has put on a record number of shows in Japan. FLOW continues to delight audiences around the globe with their unique sound and incredible live performances.

FLOW entered their 15th anniversary year starting in July 2017. To celebrate, they are holding a tour of six cities with seven performances.

FLOW is also collaborating with GRANRODEO, reuniting for the first time since 2014. Their new single “Howling” will be released on January 24, 2018.

You won’t want to take your eyes off of FLOW for their 15th anniversary. For more information on FLOW visit: www.flow.mu

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Premiered at Anime Boston 2017

This past weekend saw Anime Boston, the northeast’s largest convention dedicated to anime, manga, and Japanese culture, held at the Hynes Convention Center. Several thousand otaku, the majority of which in cosplay, braved the cold and snow to mingle with their fellow fans. On Friday, a band named The Beach Episode, greeted con-goers with renditions of popular anime, video game, and cartoon theme songs such as The Legend of Zelda.

One of the highlights of this year’s show was the grand premiere of the English dub of the eagerly anticipated movie Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. Following the events of the popular television series, SAO: Ordinal Scale finds protagonists Kirito, Asuna, and their friends once again playing a video game, but this time instead of immersing themselves in a digital realm a new technology allows for enhanced reality where players engage in combat in the real world against virtual foes. Naturally, a sinister plot threatens them once again.

Special guest Cherami Leigh was on hand for a Q&A session in which she discussed her ten years of working in the voice acting industry. When asked about her experience making this movie and reprising the role of Asuna, Ms. Leigh said, “She goes through a lot of changes in the movie and her relationship with Kirito grows. You kind of see how much of a positive effect being in SAO series affected her.”

She went on to say that it spoke to real life issues in that many fans of games and animation are misunderstood by others in their lives who do understand their passion. “I think that something for people, specifically parents, who don’t think that games or anime can positively affect someone. There are things you learn about yourself, gain confidence levels, and things you didn’t know you had in when you’re playing once you step outside of yourself and realize, “I can do this.” A lot of the characters in the series realize this in the movie. So I hope that it opens people’s eyes that aren’t as accepting of anime or games.”

Cherami Leigh: voice of Asuna in Sword Art Online

In discussing the themes of technology taking over one’s life Ms. Leigh said, “But at the same time there’s that cautionary tale that’s been very prevalent with SAO of being careful with what technology is now able to do, like getting trapped in this virtual world or what it might do to our brains and the crazy things that happen. It’s definitely scary but it’s really cool and I was excited to work on it.”

She also mentioned that the recording sessions gave her a rare opportunity to collaborate with the Japanese creators, “I watched it subbed and met the creative team from Japan and they were able to guide me in some of my recording sessions which is very rare to have the director, Tomohiko Ito, present. He told me about the process of recording in Japan and there were a couple of moments he said he wanted to be sure were exactly right for this version. It was great to have our English writer/director, Alex von David, and the Japanese creative team working together.”

Fellow voice actor Patrick Seitz, who plays Agil in SAO, was also a guest of Anime Boston 2017. He said following the screening, “The SAO fans were really hyped for this movie. It’s great to see that reaction and that the fanbase is still so strong after all these years. I liked that the movie was an original story continued the series and not a rehash of previous episodes.”

Ms. Leigh was quick to point out that one does not have to any prior knowledge to enjoy the movie. “They did a really great job with the movie because you don’t have to have seen the entire series in order to watch (it). “You can pick up with the movie and they’ll do some exposition to catch you up on what you might have missed. My husband hadn’t seen much of the series when he watched the movie (in its original Japanese) and it didn’t affect his awareness or catching up with the story at all.”

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale hits theaters on April 22, 2017. For further information, please go to their website: sao-movie.net/us

 

 

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