Christopher Bevins & Rachel Robinson Announced for Anime Boston 2018

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its fifth round of North American guests of honor today. Voice Actors Rachel Robinson and Christopher Bevins will be appearing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

A born-and-raised Angeleno, Rachel Robinson has spanned the spectrum of video games, animation, national commercials, promos, and anime. In gameland, she’s best known for her role as Oerba Yun Fang in Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2, and Lightning Returns. She is robot ADA in Fallout 4: Automatron, Protoss matriarch Vorazun in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Goetia in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Nova in There Came an Echo, and Time Patroller in DBZ: Xenoverse.

Recent anime roles include: Cal Shekar in Taboo Tattoo, Chitose Oribe in Sakura Quest, Gundula Rall in Brave Witches, Mauve in ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept, Hiroko in Yuri on Ice!!, Anastasia in Drifters, Os Cara Stauffenberg in Project Itoh: Harmony, and Namazuo in Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru – her first recurring boy role. She is also Diamondback/Rachel Leighton in Marvel Disk Wars: Avengers, Farangis in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, and Sakura Ohgami in Danganronpa: The Animation. Her known villains include Zorin Blitz in Hellsing Ultimate, Empress Megaria in Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, Cameran in Sailor Moon, Lidvia in A Certain Magical Index II, and many others.

Since 2001, Christopher Bevins has acted in, directed, cast, produced, and/or adapted scripts for over 200 anime projects. His anime acting credits include Japan in Hetalia, Nine in Terror in Resonance, Nino in ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Yogi in Karneval, Twenty Faces in Trickster, Sero in My Hero Academia, Nico in Tokyo Ghoul, Hiroshi in Michiko & Hatchin, Rasputin in Drifters, Narsus in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Hanamori in Princess Jellyfish, Johnny Gill in D.Gray-Man, Joe in Prison School, Hagakure in the Danganronpa anime series, Apollo & Amata in the Aquarion series, Lafitte, ChouChou, & Lasso in One Piece, Lahar in Fairy Tail, Shishi Wakamaru in Yu Yu Hakusho, Bee the Puppy in Dragon Ball Z, and Beck the Dog in BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad. Chris has also worked on several video games, most notably as Dhalsim in Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V, as well as various background characters in Borderlands 2.

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, Michihiko Suwa, Kaoru Wada, Kaiji Tang, Josh Grelle, Amanda C. Miller, and Jez Roth.

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 Welcomes Yuri on Ice’s Josh Grelle

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its fourth North American guest of honor today.  Voice Actor Josh Grelle will be appearing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

Josh Grelle is a life-long geek and actor with over 200 voice credits in his 10+ year career. His favorite roles include Attack on Titan as Armin, Yuri on Ice as Yuri Katsuki, Princess Jellyfish as Kuranosuke, The Devil is a Part-Timer as Sadao Maou, Drifters as Toyohisa, RWBY as Tyrian, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple as Kenichi, and Snow White with the Red Hair as Zen. He has also lent his voice to many video game properties; Tales of Xillia 2 as Ludger, Dragonball Xenoverse as Demigra, and Freedom Planet 2 as Captain Kalaw to name a few.

When he isn’t behind the mic, Josh can usually be found writing scripts for the English adaptations of many FUNimation and BangZoom! Productions, such as Fairy Tail, Tokyo Ghoul, Overlord, and Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans.

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

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 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.