Deadman Wonderland Creators Appear at Anime Central 2018

Press Release:

Viz Media proudly announces that it will welcome Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, the creators of the DEADMAN WONDERLAND manga series, as official Guests of Honor for Anime Central 2018. For their first professional appearance in North America, the creators are set to participate in a variety of panel discussions and autograph sessions. Event times and additional information on these sessions will be released soon.

Anime Central (ACen) is the Midwest’s largest anime fan convention and will take place from May 18 th to 20 th in Rosemont, IL, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and the adjacent Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, located less than 30 minutes from downtown Chicago. ACen presents special Guests of Honor from the Japanese and U.S. sectors of the anime and manga industry, as well as gaming, cinema, and other Asian pop culture personalities. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #IND-5. Complete details on Anime Central 2018 are available at: ACen.org.

Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou are the writer and artist duo behind the best-selling DEADMAN WONDERLAND series. All thirteen volumes of the complete manga series are available in print and digital editions from VIZ Media (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens). The action-packed title has also been adapted into a popular 12-episode anime series available domestically on home media formats from FUNimation.

During Anime Central, fans and convention attendees are invited to stop by the VIZ Media booth (#IND-5) for a variety of DEADMAN WONDERLAND premium giveaways. A DEADMAN WONDERLAND manga bundle (featuring vols. 1-2) will be available for purchase. Purchasers of this bundle will also receive a free gift – while supplies last.

“We are very excited to welcome the creators of DEADMAN WONDERLAND for a special appearance during Anime Central, and we invite convention goers to join us to celebrate this extraordinary manga series,” says Jennifer LeBlanc, Editor. “Fans will not want to miss this memorable opportunity to go behind the scenes of DEADMAN WONDERLAND with creators Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou. We’ll see everyone in Chicago!”

In the DEADMAN WONDERLAND manga series, framed for the brutal murders of his classmates by the mysterious Red Man, a middle school student named Ganta Igarashi finds himself sentenced to death and sent to a bizarre and fatal theme park/prison that has risen from the ruins of the Great Tokyo Earthquake – a hell on earth known as “Deadman Wonderland.” The inmates of this insane penitentiary fight for survival every day to provide entertainment for the masses, and terrifying secrets lurk in the shadows. Ganta is determined to survive Deadman Wonderland and clear his name, but the price may be his soul.

Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou made their debut in 2005 with the manga adaptation of the anime series EUREKA SEVEN, which is available digitally from VIZ Media. The two are currently working on their latest manga series, Smokin' Parade. For additional information on anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.

Four Guests of Honor Added for Anime Boston 2014

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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.