Anime NYC 2017 Announces Scheduling

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Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll and presented by LeftField Media will present three days of entertaining and educational programming about Japanese culture, the anime industry, gaming, and more at the inaugural show at New York’s Javits Center on November 17-19, 2017. Over 20,000 fans are expected to convene for the show and dive into exclusive film and anime screenings, panels with internationally renowned artists and creators, and live musical experiences over the weekend. Attendees can start planning their Anime NYC experience and view the full schedule online now at: www.animenyc.com/panels. Tickets range from $35-40.

Anime is something just outside of the mainstream, but there’s always been a hunger for it,” says Peter Tatara, Vice President of Anime Events for LeftField Media. “For us, Anime NYC is an opportunity to build a cool, colorful event that will put the anime, manga, and so much more that fans love on center stage.”

Friday, November 17

  • Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri (8:00PM – Main Stage) Anime NYC and Lantis Co., Ltd. Present the first Anime Diva Night – a concert featuring top hits and anime songs from global artists Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE.
  • PokeBiology (2:00PM – Panel Room 1) Ever wonder about the seemingly infinite number of Tentacool in the ocean? How a Weedle can take down a Snorlax? Or ever wish your Pokemon team could function in the real world? This panel covers some real-life parallels between the Pokemon universe and our own, including some ecology, physiology, and other basic biological concepts.
  • SKY-HI (4:00PM – Panel Room 3) Meet one of Japan’s biggest rappers, SKY-HI, in a rare appearance live at Anime NYC. Mitsuhiro Hidaka, who started his career in 2005 as a member of the Japanese idol group AAA, shares stories from his career as SKY-HI during this talk.
  • Haikyu!!: Meet the U.S. Stars (4:15PM – Main Stage) Sentai Filmworks brings the sports anime “Haikyu!!” out in English for the first time. Meet stars Bryson Baugus (Shoyo Hinata), Scott Gibbs (Tobio Kageyama), and Director Kyle Colby Jones as they talk about their work on the series.
  • How to Take a Selfie (5:30PM – Panel Room 2) Four master level cosplay photographers teach a photography workshop everyone can relate to. Photographic techniques will be broken down into clear, practical advice on how to look your best.
  • 20 Years of “One Piece” (8:00PM – Panel Room 3) The One Piece Podcast presents a panel about the most popular manga of all time. This panel is dedicated to the amazing moments and history behind this Guinness World Record-setting series. Join in and celebrate its amazing 20th anniversary with Anime NYC.

Saturday, November 18

  • Official “Sailor Moon” Panel (11:15AM – Main Stage) The largest gathering of Sailor Guardians yet descends on the Big Apple for an event of epic proportions. Meet over 10 “Sailor Moon” English voice actors in this very special event packed to the brim with news, sneak peeks, and announcements galore. Every attendee will receive an exclusive gift while supplies last, only available at Anime NYC.
  • LeSean Thomas Q&A (3:00PM – Main Stage) New York native LeSean Thomas has worked in the animation industries in the U.S., South Korea, and Japan – and Anime NYC is proud to welcome him home. Hear Thomas speak about growing up in the Bronx, getting his start in the animation field, and what it takes to make it in the world of anime. Attendees will have the chance to hear about Thomas’ diverse career as an artist, animation producer, and director, and his work on projects including the Peabody Award-winning “The Boondocks” (Supervising Character Designer, Co-Director), “The Legend of Korra” (Storyboard Artist, Animation Production), and “Black Dynamite” (Creative Producer, Supervising Director). Thomas is also the creator of Crunchyroll’s “Children of Ether” and “Cannon Busters,” coming to Netflix next year.
  • “Princess Principal” Screening and Q&A (2:45PM – Main Stage) Come enjoy the first episode of the critically acclaimed anime “Princess Principal” followed by a Q&A session with Director Masaki Tachibana.
  • Cosplay & Disabilities (12:45PM – Panel Room 2) Join Anime NYC for a discussion about cosplaying with disabilities, as well as the positive aspects cosplay can introduce into a person’s life. Hear stories from fellow cosplayers about the joy it can bring and how we can all keep fan conventions a fun, adventurous, and equal place for all.
  • Nerds on Hip-Hop: Bridging Anime and Hip-Hop (5:45PM – Panel Room 2) Entertainment journalist Victoria Johnson and Doctor of Education student Marcus Wolfe will lead a panel discussing the intersection between hip-hop music and anime including notables such as “Samurai Champloo” and upcoming series like “Tephlon Funk.”
  • Inside the Action of “Infini-T Force” with VIZ Media and Tatsunoko (2:00PM – Panel Room 1) Think you know Japanese anime superheroes? Get ready for beloved characters coming together with “Infini-T Force,” the action-packed series that unites popular figures Gatchaman, Tekkaman, Polimar, and Casshan in one awesome team. Meet the project’s Producer Kaz Haruna, joining the convention all the way from Japan, as well as other special guests who will give attendees the inside scoop on the brand new series. Attendees will receive an exclusive premium poster while supplies last.
  • Japanese Feminism 101 (3:45PM – Panel Room 2) Feminist critique of anime is all over the internet today. However, how is feminism manifested in modern-day Japan? This panel introduces key women in Japanese feminist history such as Raicho Hiratsuka and Beate Sirota Gordon as well as feminist artists like Machiko Hasegawa and Rokudenashiko.
  • “IDOLiSH7” Premiere and Q&A (6:00PM – Panel Room 1) Enjoy the first two episodes of upcoming anime “IDOLiSH7,” adapted from a Japanese music game, before the series debuts in Japan. Following this premiere screening, Director Makoto Bessho and Executive Producer Sokichi Shimooka will talk about bringing the beloved game to life in an anime.
  • Masquerade ULTRA DELUXE presented by Tokyo Otaku Mode (8:00PM – Main Stage) Part costume contest and part Japanese game show, see Anime NYC’s best cosplayers strut their stuff – or maybe even get on stage yourself.
  • Exploring Dystopia in “Attack on Titan,” “The Walking Dead,” and Fahrenheit 451 (8:45PM – Panel Room 2) This panel will focus on the dystopian theme that runs through mainstream shows and publications “Attack on Titan,” “The Walking Dead,” and Fahrenheit 451. Explore the similarities and differences of the dystopia in these three works in this in-depth discussion.

Sunday, November 19

  • Fullmetal Alchemist U.S. Premiere (3:15PM – Main Stage) Anime NYC is proud to present the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film’s exclusive US Premiere on November 19 as the Closing Film of the inaugural Anime NYC convention! Fullmetal Alchemist, which tells the story of two alchemist brothers seeking the Philosopher’s Stone, is one of the year’s most anticipated films in Japan and for anime fans around the world, with its original manga series having sold over 70 million copies worldwide! Fullmetal Alchemist Director Fumihiko Sori will make a rare appearance at Anime NYC to introduce the film and sign autographs for fans before the debut, which will be the film’s first screening in the US ahead of its premiere in Japanese theaters later this year. This special ticketed event is sold out.
  • NYC Ramen Summit (12:00PM – Panel Room 1) Globally-recognized ramen chefs Ivan Orkin (Ivan Ramen, Slurp Shop) and Shigetoshi Nakamura (Nakamura) along with Sun Noodle’s Kenshiro Uki sit together on the first NYC Ramen Summit. The three will discuss their unique careers, the cultural significance of ramen, and the dish’s devoted following in New York and across the U.S. Sho Spaeth, Features Editor at Serious Eats, joins to moderate the discussion.
  • Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower Premiere & Concert (11:30AM – Main Stage) The U.S. premiere of the second Gundam Thunderbolt film screens live at Anime NYC! Come see Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower on the big screen, followed by a one-of-a-kind jazz show led by the film’s composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi.
  • Japanese Tea and You (10:45AM – Panel Room 2) ‘Ryokucha,’ or Japanese green tea, has become more and more popular outside of Japan in recent years, but it’s still misunderstood. This panel will review the unique processing and varieties of ryokucha, hot and iced brewing methods, and ways to easily incorporate it into your daily life.
  • Cosplays Tips & Tricks with YuffieBunny and Uncanny Megan (11:00AM – Panel Room 3) With well over 15 years of combined experience, cosplayers Uncanny Megan and YuffieBunny unleash some of their favorite cosplay tips and tricks. The duo will cover areas ranging from sewing, wig styling, constructing armor, and prop building to tips on wearing different kinds of cosplays at conventions. Attendees can participate in a Q&A at the end.
  • Short & Sweet: Role Playing Games Worth Your Time (11:45AM – Panel Room 2) Ever wanted to play a role playing game, or RPG, but were intimidated or felt you have no time to dive into a lengthy game? This panel acts as a guide for those who are looking to ease their way into the world of Japanese role playing games. Come learn about the origins of the genre and a few games that can give you the full RPG experience in a fraction of the time.
  • “Terra Formars” English Premiere (1:00PM – Panel Room 1) What would happen if humans could harness a special biological technology to make planets like Mars habitable? Dark, visceral and violent, “Terra Formars” is hard sci-fi at its finest that presents stinging questions about space exploration and human progress. Episodes will be presented uncut for the first time in English.
  • So Your Kid Wants to Cosplay? (2:45PM – Panel Room 2) So your kid wants to cosplay… now what? A simple guide for parents to understand the basics of cosplay and how it can impact the lives of their children. Potential cosplayers can also come to see how they should approach their parents if they want to cosplay.

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Anime NYC Brings Celebration of Japanese Culture & Anime to Javits Center on Nov. 17-19

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LeftField Media will present a massive three-day celebration of Japanese animation and culture this fall at the inaugural Anime NYC convention powered by Crunchyroll, coming to New York City’s Javits Center from Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19. Attendees will be able to view exclusive anime screenings and meet major guests courtesy of international animation and manga publishers like Aniplex, Bandai Visual, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Sunrise, Yen Press, and VIZ Media; play the latest in Japanese gaming technology; chow down on Japanese delicacies and fusion cuisine; rock out to musical guests direct from Tokyo; and more. Tickets are currently available at www.animenyc.com with general admission tickets priced from $35-60, and with VIP tickets priced at $275 guaranteeing access to premiere programming and special guests.

LeftField Media looks to fill a void with Anime NYC. While most major cities in America play host to anime-specific conventions, New York City – America’s largest city – has no large, dedicated celebration of Japanese animation and culture. Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll has been in planning for over a year with tremendous support from partners in both America and Japan, and anticipates bringing together almost 20,000 fans at its inaugural convention. Anime has had a presence in American entertainment for decades in the form of beloved series like Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon and films from acclaimed directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon, and has seen broader audiences tuning in recently to watch hits like Attack on Titan, One-Punch Man, and Yuri!!! on Ice on services like Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll puts Japanese culture and animation on a massive international stage in New York City, at a time when the anime industry is burgeoning worldwide. The Anime Industry Report 2016 from the Association of Japanese Animators estimated the overseas anime industry (excluding Japan) generated $288.4 million USD in 2015, an increase of over $125 million from 2014. Anime represents a growing stake in the entertainment industry both worldwide and notably in America, with the Anime Industry Report 2016 reporting more anime licensing contracts filed in 2015 in the United States than in any other country.

Special Guests and Events:

  • Sailor Moon Crystal Cast Panel and Screening with Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon), Kate Higgins (Sailor Mercury), Cristina Vee (Sailor Mars), Amanda Celine Miller (Sailor Jupiter), Cherami Leigh (Sailor Venus), Sandy Fox (Chibi-Usa), Erica Mendez (Sailor Uranus), Lauren Landa (Sailor Neptune), Christine Marie Cabanos (Sailor Saturn), and Robbie Daymond (Tuxedo Mask)
  • US Premiere of the film Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower and concert lead by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi
  • Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri concert featuring Japanese singers Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE
  • NY Ramen Summit featuring a discussion between famed ramen chefs from around NYC
  • Talk from LeSean Thomas, an NYC native who has successfully worked in the anime industry in Japan and whose Children of Ether is now on Crunchyroll and whose Cannon Busters will be debuting next year on Netflix

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Anime NYC is New York City’s anime convention! A showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America, Anime NYC brings anime fans and publishers together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan. Join us for a celebration of Japanese animation, manga, cosplay, movies, food, fashion, travel, technology, toys, and games in the heart of NYC! For more, visit animenyc.com.

Anime Boston 2017 Schedule Announced

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, hits town this weekend and just in time has released the full event schedule for signings, screenings, cosplay events, fan panels, and more: www.animeboston.com/coninfo/schedule

Highlights include:

 

Several New Guests Announced for Anime Boston 2017

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, has announced several new guests to appear at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Kyle Colby Jones has been in the anime industry as a director, writer, producer, and actor since 2007. He began his dubbing career at ADV Films and currently works at Sentai Filmworks.

Some of his more notable recent anime series include Akame ga Kill, Parasyte, My Love Story, Log Horizon, Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun, No Game No Life, Fate/kaleid, Gatchaman Crowds, Outbreak Company, Muv-Luv, Super Sonico, Sunday Without God, and Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon.

Kyle has directed several classic titles as well, including Saint Seiya, Air, Kanon, Madlax, Kino’s Journey, Diamond Daydreams, Phi-Brain, and the stupendously amazing Papuwa.

Bryson Baugus is a voice actor, singer, and stage actor from Texas. He has worked primarily with Sentai Filmworks in Houston, and his credits include Child Gelsadra in Gatchaman Crowds Insight, Young Suna in My Love Story, Akutagawa in When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, and Hikaru in RE: Hamatora. His voice has also been used in the shows Chaika – The Coffin Princess, Dramatical Murder, Log Horizon 2, and Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun.  He was just recently announced as the voice of Bell in Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon and Kou Mukami in Diabolik Lovers II: More Blood.  This is his first convention appearance.

Greg Ayres has spent the last fourteen 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’s thrilled to splash into the role of Nagisa Haruki in Free Eternal Summer, and equally as excited to “kill” as MonoKuma in Danganronpa, and Doug in Gangsta.

He was 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 with the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara.  His most recent roles include Frost in Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse 2, Clear in Dramatical Murder, 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.

Lisa Ortiz is a New York based veteran voice actor, director, and producer. Her career as a voice over artist began under the shroud of an attempted auto larceny gone awry.  No really, ask her yourself.  She’ll tell you.

She is most well known for her roles as Lina Inverse in Slayers and Amy Rose in Sonic the Hedgehog, but she began her career as the high elf Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War. Since then she has gone on to record dozens of anime, series, audio books, video games, and films both as a voice and as a Producer, Director, and Adapter.

She is currently the director of Pokemon XY and has worked on the show in various capacities over the years since the Indigo League. From Misty’s older sister Daisy, to Sabrina, to Flannery, to Oshawatt, to Fletchling, Litten, and present day gym leader Korrina.

She can currently be heard as Noembelu in Street Fighter V, as well as on the Nickelodeon Show Royal Academy, amongst others. Her favorite roles include: Serenity Wheeler in Yu-gi-oh; Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece; Shiori in Revolutionary Girl Utena; Rina in Time of Eve; The Devil in Gangstar 4; Musa/Icy in Winx Club; Azalyn in The Irresponsible Captain Tylor; and Tsubasa Shibahime in His and Her Circumstances.

Shingo Natsume has directed many anime, including television series Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei and the theatrical film Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos.

He has also directed Hori-san to Miyamura-kun, Space Dandy, and One Punch Man.  His latest directorial work is ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

“Natsume-san is the director of two of the hottest titles in the past few years, Space Dandy and One Punch Man. We’re honored to have the opportunity to present Natsume-san to his fans in Boston, and to give them the opportunity to talk to him!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Robbie Daymond is a Native-American Voice Artist, Actor, and Performer based in Los Angeles. He works in traditional animation, anime, commercials, film, television, audiobooks, and videogames for companies such as: Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, NBC, 20th Century Fox, Marvel, Bang Zoom!, Lucas Films, Activision, Square Enix, Volition Games, Studiopolis, VIZ, Aniplex, SyFy, Random House, and many more.

After booking his first major anime role in 2014 as Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon, he has had the opportunity to play several lead and supporting roles in anime series such as: Mumen Rider in One Punch Man, Mitsuki in Boruto, Joe Kido in Digimon Adventure tri., and Ren Tsuruga in Skip Beat.  He can also be heard in: Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, The Seven Deadly Sins, Naruto Shippuden, Tales of Zestiria the X, Cyborg 009, K, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Sword Art Online 2, Magi; the Adventures of Sinbad, Durarara!!x2, Charlotte, Lupin the Third, Aldnoah Zero, Your Lie in April, Glitter Force, Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals, and he continues to reprise his role of Mamoru in Sailor Moon Crystal. There are also a few others coming up that he can’t mention quite yet…

“I’ve spoken to Robbie several times, all over the country. A talented actor, he’s also one of warmest people I’ve ever met, and his fans are going to love him! It’s exciting to finally have him here, at Anime Boston!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

Patrick Seitz is primarily known for his work as the guy who yells out “Super Electromagnetic Shrapnel Cannon!” in Code Geass. Seitz’s body of other, lesser work stretches back to the year 2000. When he’s not busy playing Love Live: School Idol Festival, Patrick Seitz gets paid to voice guys who A) yell a lot, B) wear an eyepatch, C) have an accent, or D) sport a cool haircut. Have your doubts? His anime credits include: Gamagoori from Kill la Kill; Dio from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure; Franky from One Piece; Laxus from Fairy Tail; Keith from Attack on Titan; Motochika from Sengoku Basara; Senji from Deadman Wonderland; Isshin and Kenpachi from Bleach; Germany from Hetalia; Agni from Black Butler; Simon from Durarara!!; Kunzite from Sailor Moon; Sky High from Tiger & Bunny; Luke Valentine from Hellsing and Hellsing: Ultimate; and JP from Redline. Grimmer from Monster; and Nekozawa from Ouran High School Host Club don’t really fit any of those categories, but they’re cool, so they’re on the list!

On the video game side of the equation, Patrick’s credits include: Helvar in For Honor; Hector and Draug in Fire Emblem: Heroes; Ragna in the BlazBlue series; Garrosh Hellscream and Arthas Menethil in World of Warcraft; Scorpion in the last few Mortal Kombat games; Artanis in StarCraft II; Kog’Maw, Lucian, and Renekton in League of Legends; Kana Rua in Pillars of Eternity; Basilio in Fire Emblem: Awakening; Samson in Skullgirls; Chopin in Eternal Sonata; Riptide, Hot Head and Chomp Chest in the Skylanders series; and create-a-character voices in Dragon Ball Xenoverse; and The Sims 4.

Added Victor Lee, ”We’re happy to have Patrick at Anime Boston again so soon! His involvement with some of the most important titles in anime and in video games, makes him one of the true greats in the industry!”

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 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 2017 Welcomes Toru Furuya

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its fourth Japanese guest of honor today. Voice actor Toru Furuya will appear at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Toru Furuya is a celebrated veteran voice actor currently working for Aoni Production in Japan. Getting his start in 1966, he may be best known to American audiences as the voice of Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba in Sailor Moon, Yamcha in Dragonball/Dragonball Z, and Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam.

Celebrating his 50th anniversary in the anime industry this year, Furuya has voiced roles in a host of other generation-defining series including: Pegasus Seiya in Saint Seiya, Hyuuma Hoshi in Star of Giants, Kyousuke Kasuga in Kimugure Orange Road, Dr. Tokita Kosaku in Paprika, Sabo in One Piece, and Rei Furuya in Detective Conan. His vocal talents can also be heard in titles such as Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection, Lupin III: Dead or Alive, and Bleach, among many others.

“Furuya-san is a true titan in anime. He has shaped the direction of the entire industry with roles such as Amuro Ray, Yamcha, and Tuxedo Mask. We are so very pleased and honored to welcome him to Anime Boston!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

We’re delighted to welcome Furuya to his first convention in the NorthEast!

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, Sandy Fox, OKAMOTO’S, Michelle Ruff, Johnny Yong Bosch, Naokatsu Tsuda, and Brina Palencia.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 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.

Michelle Ruff & Johnny Yong Bosch Added to Anime Boston 2017

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its second North American guests of honor today.  Voice actors Michelle Ruff and Johnny Yong Bosch will appear at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Michelle Ruff, originally a midwestern girl from The Motor City Madhouse, now hails from Sunny Los Angeles.  She’s a fan fave for numerous video games and anime titles. Michelle’s an MSU Grad with her Improv and Acting training from Chicago’s Second City Theatre, Player’s Workshop and Improv Olympic.

“Michelle makes her Anime Boston debut in March. Michelle has voiced characters ranging from Rukia from Bleach to Luna from Sailor Moon. Finally, her fans in Boston will get a chance to meet her!” exclaimed Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

You can hear Michelle as some of your favorite anime characters including Sinon from Sword Art Online 2, Young Satoru from Erased, Sakuya Tachibana from God Eater, Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach, Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann, Fujiko Mine from Lupin the Third, Yuki Nagato from The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Anri Sonohara from Durarara, Luna from Sailor Moon Classic and Sailor Moon Crystal, Yukari from the Persona 3 & 4 Series, Jill Valentine from Resident Evil Revelations, C-Viper from Street Fighter, Robin from Fire Emblem, Cream the Rabbit From Sonic the Hedgehog and many others.

Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on television, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.

“We are so pleased to welcome Johnny back to Anime Boston. He’s portrayed some of the most iconic characters in anime and super sentai history, from the Black Power Ranger to Vash, Ichigo, Artemis and Jonathan Joestar. I’m sure his fans in Boston, both old and new, are excited to see him!” Victor Lee added.

After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in the world of voice over. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun. He later went on to voice Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Albert in The Count of Monte Cristo, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Itsuki in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara, Yukio in Blue Exorcist, Sasori in Naruto, Guren in Tenkai Knights, Nobita in Doraemon, Artemis in Sailor Moon, Nagate in the Netflix Original “Knights of Sidonia” and many more.

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, and Sandy Fox, and OKAMOTO’S.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 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 2017 Announces 1st North American Guests

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first North American guests of honor today. Lex Lang and Sandy Fox will be appearing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Lex Lang000-lex-lang is a two-time Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards honored voice actor and director. He is one of the top 20 Anime, Animation and Video Game Voice Actors of All Time on IMDB. Over the last 20 years, he has been in over five hundred original animation episodes, anime series, and video games and has played a wide assortment of fan favorites throughout his career.

Lang’s credits include: Kuzuki in Fate/Stay Night, Maxie in Pokemon Generations, Hayate Gekko in Naruto, Marechiyo Omaeda in Bleach, Sanosuke Sagara in Rurouni Kenshin, Goemon in Lupin the Third, Captain Harlock in Captain Harlock, and Fire Lord Sozin in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

000-sandy-foxSandy Fox is an American actor, voice actor, singer and producer. She is listed as one of the Top 20 Female Anime Voice Actors of All Time on IMDB. She began her career in the entertainment industry working for the Walt Disney Company performing in hundreds of live stage shows as a singer, dancer and comedic talent.

As a voice actor, she began her career providing an array of voices for The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Futurama and she is known for being one of the cutest voices in the industry. Her credits include voicing Chibiusa and Black Lady in the new Viz Media Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal series, Courtney in Pokemon Generations, Sumomo in Chobits, and Harmony in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. She has also voiced Betty Boop internationally for Universal Studios and King Syndicate Features since 1991.

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 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 2016 Guest List Announced

000000_anime-boston-2016Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, has announced its guest lineup for their March 25 – 27 show! Coming all the way from Japan are Director Kyohei Ishiguro, Character Designer Yukiko Aikei, Producer Masao Maruyama, and Voice actors Toshio Furukawa and Shino Kakinuma. Their work encompasses many of the most popular anime movies and television shows including Mobile Suit Gundam, Sailor Moon, Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball Z, Death Note, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, and many more. This a rare opportunity for North American fans to meet these artists as they make few US appearances, some are even making the trip for the first time!

Also appearing are several of the voice actors who dub Japanese anime into English including Tony Oliver (Robotech, Lupin the III), Eric Vale (Dragon Ball Z, One Piece), Carrie Keranen (Your lie in April, Kill la Kill), Erica Lindbeck (The Seven Deadly Sins, Your lie in April), Max Mittelman (Transformers: Rescue Bots, The Seven Deadly Sins) Patrick Seitz (Naruto: Shippûden, Sailor Moon Crystal), Monica Rial (Dragon Ball Z Kai, Soul Eater), Todd Haberkorn (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, The Legend of Korra) and Greg Ayres (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Samurai 7). Guests will be available for autographs and photos with fans but in order to maximize everyone’s experience Anime Boston has laid out a set of guidelines on their website.

Anime Boston additionally features an art track where artists sell commissions, manga, zines, and prints with Featured Artists who conduct panels and workshops. This year’s Featured Artists are Eric Proctor, Nightengale Needles, Kel McDonald, Trevor Mueller, and Rich Pellegrino.

As in past years, Anime Boston 2016 will present many popular events including a masquerade, an anime music video contest, video programming rooms, an artists’ alley and art show, karaoke, game shows, video games, manga library, formal and informal dances, and much more. Dealers’ room will be located in the cavernous Halls A and B of the Hynes Convention Center selling manga, anime DVDs, t-shirts, prints, and collectibles.

About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2016 is scheduled for Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27 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.

Make Way for Huge Group of ECCC Comic Guests

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Emerald City Comicon makes a big announcement with several new comic creator guests added for the 2016 convention including Klaus Janson (DARK KNIGHT III), Ming Doyle (CONSTANTINE), Todd Nauck (NIGHTCRAWLER), Mairghread Scott (POWER RANGERS), Pierrick Colinet (INFINITE LOOP), Francis Manapul (JUSTICE LEAGUE), Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT), Annie Wu (BLACK CANARY), Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS), Don Rosa (UNCLE SCROOGE), Shannon Watters (LUMBERJANES), Elsa Charretier (C.O.W.L.), Cully Hamner (RED), Drew Johnson (WONDER WOMAN), and more! Plus voice actors Linda Ballantyne (SAILOR MOON), Nolan North (UNCHARTED), and Susan Roman (SAILOR MOON).

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Previously announced celebrity guests include:
Christy Carlson Romano (KIM POSSIBLE, EVEN STEVENS), Chyler Leigh (SUPERGIRL), Dameon Clarke (DRAGON BALL Z, BORDERLANDS 2), Danielle Panabaker (THE FLASH, JUSTIFIED), Dante Basco (HOOK, AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER), David Anders (IZOMBIE, ONCE UPON A TIME), Jenna Coleman (DOCTOR WHO, LEGO DIMENSIONS), Keiynan Lonsdale (THE FLASH), Ksenia Solo (LOST GIRL), Lana Parrilla (ONCE UPON A TIME, 24), Melissa Benoist (SUPERGIRL), Nathan Fillion (FIREFLY, CASTLE), Robbie Amell (THE FLASH, X-FILES), Rose McIver (IZOMBIE, ONCE UPON A TIME), Sean Astin (GOONIES, LORD OF THE RINGS), Sean Maguire (ONCE UPON A TIME, SCOTT & BAILEY), Will Friedle (BATMAN BEYOND, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, BOY MEETS WORLD)

Comic guests include:
Aaron Conley (SABERTOOTH SWORDSMAN), Aaron Kuder (ACTION COMICS), Adam Gorham (DEAD DROP), Alé Garza (GET JIRO: BLOOD & SUSHI), Alex de Campi (NO MERCY), Amy Chu (POISON IVY), Babs Tarr (BATGIRL), Brittney Williams (PATSY WALKER aka HELLCAT), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR), Chad Hardin (HARLEY QUINN), Chris Burnham (BATMAN INC.), Chris Mooneyham (FIVE GHOSTS), Chris Moreno (ZOMBIE DICKHEADS ), Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE), Clay Mann (POISON IVY), Dan Parent (KEVIN KELLER), Daniel Warren Johnson (THE GHOST FLEET), Dice Tsutsumi (ICE AGE), Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER), Ed Brisson (SHELTERED), Ed Luce (WUVABLE OAF), Emi Lenox (PLUTONA), Emanuela Lupacchino (SUPERGIRL), Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner (GREEN LANTERN), Faith Erin Hicks (THE NAMELESS CITY), Fiona Staples (SAGA), Hope Larson (A WRINKLE IN TIME), Jake Wyatt (MS. MARVEL), James Harren (RUMBLE), Jason Howard (TREES), Jim Mahfood (EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL), Jody Houser (FAITH), Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER), Kei Acedera (ALICE IN WONDERLAND), Kevin Wada (CATWOMAN), Kris Anka (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Lee Weeks (DAREDEVIL), Leila del Duca (SHUTTER), Liz Prince (WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME IF I WET THE BED?), Marcus To (RED ROBIN), Marguerite Bennett (A-FORCE), Matthew Southworth (STUMPTOWN), Mitch Gerads (THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON), Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Nick Pitarra (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS), Noelle Stevenson (NIMONA), Philip Tan (GREEN LANTERN), Raina Telgemeier (SISTERS), Sean Gordon Murphy (TOKYO GHOST), Shawn Crystal (ARKHAM MANOR), Terry Moore (RACHEL RISING), Tim Sale (CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE), and many more!

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Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us April 7-10, 2016. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

Sailor Moon Guests Announced for Anime Boston 2014

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Anime Boston has announced their first three guests for the 2014 convention! From the English-language production of Sailor Moon, Linda Ballantyne (Serena/Sailor Moon), Toby Proctor (Darien/Tuxedo Mask), and director John Stocker will appear as the Guests of Honor to meet their fans and participate in panels. More information about each guest below:

Linda Ballantyne (Voice Actress)

For the past 20 years, Linda Ballantyne has worked professionally on stage, screen and television, and has been heard in hundreds of radio and television commercials worldwide. Her extensive animation career consists of a wide variety of characters including series leads in Sailor Moon as Sailor Moon/Serena, Mia and Me as Queen Mayla, My Big Big Friend as Lilly’s Mom, The Avengers as Wasp, Toot and Puddle as Tulip and Will, Air Master as Kaori Sakiyama, Bakugan as Kararina and Beywheelz as Leader B/Lucy. She has also appeared in Meteor, Cyberchase, Mischief City, Corduroy, Timothy Goes to School, and Animal Shelf. She has also voiced characters in the feature films Disney’s Lucky Ducks, Care Bear’s Journey to Joke-A-Lot, Care Bear’s Big Wish Movie and Thomas and the Magic Railroad.

Ballantyne was contracted as the ‘voice’ of the Comedy Network for 13 years and is currently creating and writing an animated series entitled Simply Wicked. She is also the host of the edgy new radio show I’m Just Sayin’ on Canada Talks (#167), SiriusXM’s newest channel.

Toby Proctor (Voice Actor)

Toby Proctor has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He started on stage at the age of 8, playing the lead role of Litle Lord Fauntleroy at the Confederation Centre for the Performing Arts in Prince Edward Island. He then moved onto performing in many Canadian series as a guest star, as well as U.S. features.
Mostly notably, he voiced the character Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon and Flash in the Flash Gordon animated series.

John Stocker (Voice Actor/Director)

For over four decades, John Stocker has been a recognized force in the acting industry. He began his career as an on-camera performer, working with the likes of John Candy, Dan Ackroyd, Rick Moranis, Gilda Radner, William Shatner and Mark Wahlberg, before settling solely, but comfortably into the off-camera world, where he has voiced many thousands of commercials and hundreds of animated characters. His classic roles include Beastly in Care Bears, Longarm in COPS, Toad in Super Mario Brothers, Newton Gimmick in Teddy Ruxpin, Creed in X-Men, Basil in Babar, Bugsy in Dog City and both Naga and King Zenoheld in Bakugan. Still busy today, Stocker is the voice of Mr. Owl in Franklin, Mission Control in Rob the Robot and Mayor Swift in Sidekick.

Over the years, Stocker diversified his career to include voice casting, voice coaching, demo production, and voice directing. He’s been at the helm for many dozens of productions, including Totally Spies, Caillou, Redakai, Mike the Knight, Beyblade, Medabots, Ella the Elephant and most importantly, Sailor Moon.

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 http://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 http://www.neanime.org.