An experienced topnotch voice actor, Junichi Suwabe started his voice-acting career in 1996. Since then, he has been voicing not only for anime, but also foreign drama/films and games. Besides, he often narrates in TV programs. The main anime characters he played include Grimmjow from “Bleach”, Takashi Komuro from “Highschool of the Dead”, Keigo Atobe from “The Prince of Tennis”, Daiki Aomine from “Kuroko's Basketball”, Toji Kanzaki from “Yowamushi Pedal” and Ren Jinguji from “Uta no Prince-sama”. He is currently playing is Dandy from “Space Dandy”.
Toru Furuya is most known for the roles of Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam and its following Gundam sequels, Hy?ma Hoshi in Star of the Giants, Pegasus Seiya in Saint Seiya, Yamcha in Dragon Ball,Ky?suke Kasuga in Kimagure Orange Road, and Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon. He considers these roles as his most important roles. In addition to these amazing characters, Furuya has been featured in hundreds of anime and video games, and has performed on CDs, radio, and in tokusatsu.
Yuko Minaguchi is a veteran seiyuu from Japan, best known for her roles as Sailor Saturn in Sailor Moon S and Sailor Moon Stars, Videl in Dragon Ball Z, Akiko Minase in Kanon and Nadeshiko Kinomoto in Cardcaptor Sakura, She has been featured in numerous anime in addition to video games, and live-action dubs.
HOME MADE KAZOKU, is a unique looking HIP HOP group formed of small (MICRO), medium (KURO), and large (U-ICHI). The group's May 2004 debut from Ki/oon Records /Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc. won them acclaim as the best upcoming artist of the year on the Japanese music scene. Their first full-length album, “ROCK THE WORLD”, achieved #5 on the Oricon national chart, with over 300,000 sales, and spent an amazing two months in the Top 20s.
HOME MADE KAZOKU also created a buzz with their tracks featured as theme songs on many hit anime series, such as Eureka Seven (“Shonen Heart”), Naruto (“Shooting Star”). Their third single, "Thank You!!", hit #5 on the Oricon chart.
Following their fourth album, “HOME”, which included the lead track “NO RAIN NO RAINBOW” (the theme song of Naruto Shippuden: The Movie, "Kizuna"), HOME MADE KAZOKU headlined their first tour in Japan, including a sold-out show at theNippon Budokan in front of more than 10,000 fans. They host an annual music festival, held for the third time this year in October.
MICRO is widely referred to as a “soul rapper" because of his husky, powerful voice. KURO adds a deep, whispering rap which gives life to the lyrics. Combined with U-ICHI's DJ skills, their positive, heartwarming music has caught many listeners' ears.
HOME MADE KAZOKU will be celebrating their tenth year anniversary this May 2014.
Loverin Tamburin made their first major debut in 2006 when they released “Aishitageru,” the opening to “Makaisenki-Disgea.” In August 2007 they also released “mo?o!,” the ending music of “Nanatsuiro?drops.”
In 2013 Loverin Tamburin went on a world tour performing in Italy, Germany, Australia, France and many more!
The queen of anime singers by day, and a renowned R&B and jazz performer by night, legendary songstress MIQ will make a rare trip from Japan to help make AWA even more epic! Known prior to 2000 as MIO, this dynamic performer is famed worldwide for her theme songs for anime classics "Gundam 0083," "Aura Battler Dunbine," "Heavy Metal L-Gaim," "Area 88," "Bismark," "Xabungle Graffiti" and more. She's also one of the most beloved performers on Japan's anime song concert scene. One of the star attractions in Japan's growing number of Gundam-only concerts, MIQ is also a perennial headliner in the annual Super Robot Spirits and Anime Japan Fes concerts.
Don't miss MIQ's opening act VLOMIQ Tokyo, a dynamic singing and dancing unit nearly a dozen strong, mentored by MIQ herself! With members including a top seiyuu, an Animax Anison Grand Prix finalist, and pro vocalists and musicians, VLOMIQ Tokyoites Eriko, Fumi, kenjyu from ROCKETMOND, Kotomi, Mah, Mako, Mana, Mari, Rie, Yusuke, and Ardith will make their U.S. debut here at AWA.
Shonen Knife has been credited with making "the international pop underground more international" by "opening it up to bands from Japan". The trio has a distinctly underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics, which over the course of their long career has earned them a solid, worldwide cult following and made avid fans out of seminal '90s alternative rock bands such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross.
Their newest release, “Overdrive”, is a tip of the hat to 70’s Hard Rock, and a continuation of Shonen Knife’s journey into the musings of food, fantasy and daily life in the Far Eastern metropolis of Osaka we’ve come to know and love.
Cherami Leigh is an on camera and voice actor from Dallas. She has been in over 75 commercials, and was a live national on air DJ for Radio Disney. She has appeared in many films and television shows, including the soon to be released “Beyond the Farthest Star” and in the hit webseries “Throwing Stones.” She was also in the Emmy award winning “Temple Grandin,” and has appeared on various network television shows.
She stars opposite Sean Astin and Tim Curry in the animated film “Ribbit.” She has also worked on "Doc McStuffins" on Disney Junior and "Zou" on Sprout. In the Anime World- she has appeared as Road in “D. Grayman, ” Sae in “Peach Girl,” Yuti La in “Heroic Age,” Elizabeth in “Black Butler,” Patty in “Soul Eater,” Ayano in “Kaze no Stigma,” Natsumi in “Sgt. Frog,” Naomi in “Witchblade,” Yoshika in “Strike Witches,” Elicia Hughes in “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood”, Setsuna and Akira in “Negima,” Mai in “Ghost Hunt,” Tamaki in “Bamboo Blade,” Himawari in “XXXholic,” Cecily in “Sacred Blacksmith,” Liechtenstein in “Hetalia,” Lucy in “Fairy Tail,” Takeshita in “B Gata H Kei,” Kneesocks in “Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt “, Sunako in “Shiki," Suzuha in “Steins;Gate,” Shana in “Shakugan no Shana," Gaige in "Borderlands 2" and she plays Asuna in "Sword Art Online" airing on Toonami.
She has other projects both animated and on camera that are in various stages of development that she will share soon. She loves screenwriting, painting, making jewelry and positive quotations, reading and stars!
Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.
Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Kirito in Sword Art Online, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Chooki & Lydendor in Tenkai Knights, Makoto Naegi in DanganRonpa : Trigger Happy Havoc, Henry in Fire Emblem Awakening, Issachar in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Asbel Lhant in Tales of Graces F, Zidane Tribal in Final Fantasy Dissidia 012, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!!, and Guan Ping in Dynasty Warriors. Past leading roles include Shugo in .hack//Sign Legend of the Twilight, Jack in MAR, Jack Russell in Radiata Stories, Hanabusa Aido in Vampire Knight, and Isami Fujiwara in Noein.
J. Michael Tatum has achieved the otaku dream. A Starblazers fanboy turned VA, Writer and Actor, J Michael Tatum has held numerous popular anime roles including Kyoya Otori in Ouran High School Host Club, Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, Doumeki in xxxHolic, and Okarin Tintarou from Stein’s Gate, just to name a few.
In 2007, Tatum started working in the ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting field for Funimation. He’s directed numerous anime, including Aquarion, and Romeo x Juliet, and contributed to the scripts of Ouran High School Host Club, Initial D, Deadman Wonderland and Dragon Ball Z Kai.
In 2010, along with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff, he launched a web show entitled That Anime Show. The show focuses on Anime Insiders talking about anything, everything, and nothing! Episodes can be found at http://thatanimeshow.com
Scott McNeil hails from Vancouver, Canada by way of Brisbane, Australia. He started acting at the age of three and hasn't (his mom would say) stopped since. Spanning over two decades and including over 12,000 episodes, Scott's voice career began with The New Adventures of He-Man way back in (gasp) 1988. He is perhaps best known currently as Duo Maxwell in Gundam Wing, Koga, in Inuyasha, Piccolo (the first) and many others in Dragon Ball Z, Dinobot, Rattrap, Waspinator, and Silverbolt in Beast Wars, Jetfire in Transformers Armada, and Wolverine in X-Men: Evolution, As well as Hohenheim in Full Metal Alchemist, the deeply neurotic Merb Stork in StormHawks, the amazingly inept Voltar in League of Super Evil, Ali al Satchez in Gundam 00, and the inanely musical Flam in My Little Pony.
When his busy schedule allows, he can be found playing his Level 90 Pandarian Monk in World of Warcraft while eating spray cheese…..FOR THE HORDE!!!
Vic has been acting and singing since he was a wee babe. But he started his career in anime almost fifteen years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than two hundred shows and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Zero in Vampire Knight, Yoshimori in Kekkaishi, Death Scythe in Soul Eater, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Kougaijji in Saiyuki, Ikkaku in Bleach, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Tatsu in Peacemaker, Luciano in Code Geass, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood, Hikaru in Macross and many more. Currently Vic recently played Keldeo in the new Pokemon movie, as well as roles G4’s Wolverine and Iron Man series, and the original Mass Effect movie. Vic is currently playing roles in Attack On Titan, Tiger & Bunny, Digimon Fusion, Sword Art Online, Nura, Lagrange and several others. Vic has also voiced roles in a large number of video games including Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Persona III, Sonic Colours, DBZ, Bleach, FMA and more. But even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like One Piece & DBGT, and has produced several CDs of his own original music, all available on iTunes. Finally, in addition to anime and music, Vic has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series and is executive producing a brand new TOS based series “Star Trek Continues”, where he is not only directing, but fulfilling a childhood dream of playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk. Vic works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.
Established in 1988, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright is a lolita fashion clothing brand founded by Akinori and Fumiyo Isobe in Tokyo, Japan.
With the brand concept bearing this mindset, BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT was born.
In 2004, "Alice in Wonderland" lost in the world of pirates found its way as the brand concept of sister brand ALICE and the PIRATES.
Starting in Japan, BABY has now expanded overseas to Paris, France and San Francisco, USA.
Masumi Kano, a designer for this elegant brand, will be joining us for this year's AWA for a Fashion Show, Tea Party, and Signings.
Kamui (Svetlana Quindt) is a talented costume and prop designer from Germany. Since starting cosplaying in 2003 she focused her skills on armor making. She is widely known for her impressive armor projects from World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft, but moreover because of her passion for sharing her self-taught knowledge with the cosplay community all over the world.
With over 10 years of experience, Kamui has created tons of written step by step instructions, video tutorials and lately became the author of several cosplay crafting books like “The Book of Cosplay Armor Making” and “The Book of Cosplay Painting"
ZANIO is a Tokyo-based Hatsune Miku DJ and producer who frequently plays around the world, flying from country to country with Miku while using his house music-centered West Coast musical style.
He has played in countries and cities around the world, from Tokyo to Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Mexico, Chile, Los Angelo and more. In 2013, he released "Worlds" through Tokyo Otaku Mode. The track with vocals by Hatsune Miku ranked in at #9 on the Beatport house charts, making Miku's name known to DJs around the world in the process.
HachiojiP is the crown prince of the Vocaloid world. Videos of his work uploaded to video sharing websites have gathered over 7 million views. Videos for his songs "Sweet Devil" and "Electric Love" created together with MMD producer WakamuraP quickly gathered attention online as soon as they were released, and the later "Sweet Devil (Full Version)" was the #1 video on Nico Nico Douga, breaking 100,000 views within a week.
He is also well-established as a talented DJ who spins a unique blend of Vocaloid with exciting and electric dance music. In addition, his songs are very popular with "Odottemita" fan dancers online, and he takes pride in creating an overall artistic experience with his works, collaborating with video producers and illustrators. His popularity extends beyond Japan, and even before the 2012 release of his first domestic commercial album, he released "Sweet Devil feat.Hatsune Miku," a best-of album of his earlier work, in Taiwan on November 25, 2011, which reached #4 on the Taiwanese J-POP/K-POP charts.
The embodiment of the hero spirit, in action and in song! S*H*S is a trio of industry pros who love to give back to the fans. This is their first appearance outside Japan.
S*H*S is led by Shocker Oh!No!, who was named by manga master Shotaro Ishinomori himself. This action expert has served as a stuntman and suit actor throughout the Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and Metal Hero franchises, as well as in other TV series and movies. His long list of anime voice-acting credits includes the crazed narration of “DD Hokuto No Ken” and “Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku.” Also active as a movie photography director, event producer, and the iconic emcee of Japan’s top retro anison concerts, Shocker Oh!No! is one of the genre’s foremost chroniclers, with two books and countess magazine articles, and will be sharing what he sees at AWA with eager audiences back home.
Junichi Saito, who sang the theme song for “Kamen Rider Battle Ganbaride” is also a featured vocalist and keyboardist in The Kinds, Ichiro “Aniki” Mizuki’s personally selected men’s chorus group. “Gundam Try Age” and “Knights of Sidonia” are two of The Kinds’ latest chorus contributions, and the group is an integral part of some of Japan’s biggest anison concerts. Saito-san is a concert producer himself, providing a forum to introduce indie anison bands and singers, and is spreading the love by composing theme songs for Japan’s growing legions of local heroes.
Kiyoshi Hayashi has earned his nickname Guts Kiyoshi in a fearless career as a stuntman and suit actor in the Super Sentai, Metal Hero, and Ultraman franchises (most recently in “Ultraman Ginga”), and as action director and combat choreographer for a variety of tokusatsu shows including “Gridman.” Describing himself as “an otaku who loves hero shows so naturally had to work in them,” Guts Kiyoshi is so deeply involved that he currently has the rare distinction of working not only as an action specialist, but also as a digital synthesis engineer, creating CG effects for a number of Toei works.
Here come The Konjos! Fuelled by their lifelong passion for anime songs and hero songs, these five fans are always in the audience at Tokyo’s old-skool anison concerts, cheering on the original performers—and they carry that love into their own performances in anison karaoke contests and Japan’s growing amateur anison concert scene!
In Japan, the world of the amateur anison fan is one that’s kept carefully separate from your (mostly!) normal-on-the-surface real life. Fans know each other only by their handles. The Konjos are a fusion of four Japanese fans code-named Chibiko, Gino, Allen, and Kagawa, and a foreigner called Makibako (although you might know her as U.S. expat Ardith Carlton, co-author of “Robotech Art I”).
The Konjos are on a quest to share the retro anison experience here, focusing on favorites from the ‘70s to ‘90s, and then relay their AWA adventures and observations to a crowd of intensely curious fellow fans in a Tokyo homecoming event this fall. So relive the great old days and sing along as The Konjos and very special guests bring AWA the ultimate in old-skool cool!
Yaya Han is a costume designer, model and cosplay entertainer with over a decade of experience. After discovering cosplay in 1999, she quickly absorbed the heart and soul of costume design and creation. To this day Yaya has made close to 300 costumes in the genres of anime/manga, comic books, video games, sci-fi and her own original designs.
Over the years, Yaya has built a successful business in the cosplay community, creating a popular cosplay accessories line that is available online and at conventions, as well as her line of Yaya Han Brand merchandising. Her intricate and lavish creations have won awards and acclaim nationwide, and she has been invited to appear as a Guest, Panelist, Judge, Performer and Host to over 100 conventions and other events all over the world. Yaya has been a Guest Judge on 2 seasons of TBS TV Network's "King of the Nerds" competition show, featured in a documentary about cosplay called "Cosplay - Crafting a Secret Identity", as well as is starring in the Syfy (Space) TV Network Docu-Series "Heroes of Cosplay".
But, no matter where Cosplay has taken her professionally, Yaya strives to stay true to what got her into this field originally - fun and creativity. Through hard work, unmatched passion and infectious enthusiasm, Yaya has helped Cosplay gain respect and integrity as an artform in the fandom world and art communities, and her decade long campaign for creativity has helped raise Cosplay to the standards we know today. Everyday, Yaya continues to pave the path for the beloved art and lifestyle we know as Costume Play.