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    Will there be any autograph sessions for Chris and Sean?


    Was wondering the same thing.

    Alabaster - Able to shed any light on this? And or what the description of "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F OFFICIAL" is on the schedule?



    They'll be signing exclusively at the Funimation booth, as they are entirely sponsored by Funimation.  We'll try to post any other info we have.


    As for DBZ:  If we got a description, it should be posted into the schedule.  That's the big show-based panel and you can expect them to be at that.

    Apologies, folks, it's been a roller coaster as usual and i've spent most of my waking hours at work or doing Otakon stuff, so I've left you high and dry once the guests were announced.



  2. This might be something you are still working out, but with Pony Canyon bringing them both over, are Seiji Kishi and Shinji Takamatsu going to be doing a joint signing session or separate ones?

    Probably separate as they are promoting separate properties. 

  3. Appreciate the thoughts as to how well the semi-offsite areas worked last year. The feedback is helpful.


    Rest assured we are giving plenty of thought to where and how we manage autographs, but bear in mind that the biggest issues involve lining-up space, and there is simply not enough of that to go around. Because y'all are a little crazy. :)


    As with the past few years, while the general autograph policy will remain in place, there may be specifics for particular guests that we will alert you to once we've finalized all the schedules and space usage planning.


    There's a part of me that will REALLY enjoy having room in DC to consider other options for the autographs area....


    I knew it.

    The Garo director was a huge hint.

    Kinda thinking that way too once I read her involvement in that show.


    If Funi is indeed the one that helped bring Park to Otakon, then they definitely outdid themselves this year with not only her, but also the English voices of Goku and Vegeta (now if only Otakon could have gotten the guests that Japan Expo has in store this year).



    Funimation brought us Sean and Chris, as their bios state. They weren't involved in any other guests.


    Garo is produced by MAPPA, which is Maruyama-san's company.  Those guests came via our good relationship with him.


    For Romi Park, we've actually tried to bring her a few other times, but the timing hasn't worked out -- she is after all one of the busiest seiyuu out there.  This year it worked out, and we're very happy about that.

  5. Glad you guys are excited; I am too!


    And we understand the concern about how we'll run the autographs.  We're working on it and are aware of the various conflicting preferences.


    Autographs are always a limited commodity and assuming we got the usual 2 hour-long sessions, only a few hundred people are going to get them. There's just a limit to how much can physically be done to accommodate the demand.





    But hey guys, we still have a few guests to announce.  Tomorrow's the Sunday act, and then some more guests next week. :)

  6. I've been hoping to get the chance to see Schemmel and Sabat at the same con for a while. Now hopefully I can actually make it to Otakon and see their events together, get both of their autographs, etc. A lot of wishful thinking, but the opportunity for any of that is plenty welcome.

    I've never heard of Draft King and it doesn't look like they've done anything in anime, so I probably won't be seeing them unless there's somehow nothing going on at the time.


    Believe it or not, Otakon doesn't ONLY bring folks with ties to anime, nor ONLY giant stars -- we've long brought up-and-coming, or otherwise under-appreciated, acts as well.


    Draft King is *most* of Stereopony, who did what by all accounts was an amazing show in Boston a few years ago -- so we know they can rock the house. But they're relatively new as DraftKing, and the sound is a little different,  so if we can help them get some deserved publicity and attention, all the better. Remember, our mission is at least partly about bringing something new or rare -- sometimes it's huge, hard-to-get, well-established stars; sometimes it's awesome bands you might otherwise miss out on.


    The question to ask is: have we steered you wrong before when it comes to music?

    I hope you'll give them a chance, because these gals ROCK.

  7. ^ Don't get your hopes up about Kappei Yamaguchi he came before & from the description it sounds like someone new.


    It's not Kappei Yamaguchi, though I hear he would like to come back at some point when schedules work out. We were his first.


    Look like we'll be the first US one for this seiyu too. :)

  8. Oh, you guys.


    So here's the current COMING SOON:


    Friday Musical Act:  Guess the guest ASAP next week. Announcement ASAP after that.


    US Voice Actors:  3 more. One will surprise you. One will make some people VERY happy. One is mostly known for video game work, but not for long. One contract left to sign and we're good there.


    Seiyuu: One. But oh my.  Mwahahah. (waiting for approved bio and updated photo)


    Director: 2 more. One is a true veteran who's worked on everything, the other has been really, really prolific for like 10 years now. Very happy with these, now I just need updated bio/photo...


    ...and like 3 or so more folks....

    ...and some premieres and special events...


    And assuming everything gets in my hands tomorrow, and the web ninjas can pull it off....we'll announce as many as we can next week.


    ...and then we gotta build the schedule.

  9. So: Still to be announced:

     Friday Musical Act : Announced tomorrow


     Sunday Musical Act: very soon

     Couple more US voice actors

     Two more directors, probably a few producers (awaiting final confirmation but likely)

     One big-name seiyu (seriously, been on the wait list for a while here)


    I think we're at 20-odd guests, counting the musical acts as one each....

  10. Since we've gotten quite a few Aldnoah.Zero folks, I wonder it will be possible to bring back Gen Urobuchi for this year.  I think it's very unlikely, but it would be real cool if he got invited to join the Aldnoah folks that got invited, too.


    Urobuchi-san is busy, unfortunately.

    Looks like I might be right about the English cast of Aldnoah.Zero being involved as well, as Sandy Fox is the one English VA confirmed to be in it (including in her bio posted for this). Lex Lang could also be directing it, although it's not uncommon for couples to go to cons together anyway.

    We actually brought Sandy primarily because of her role as Chibi-usa in Sailor Moon. :)

  11. Seeing that Cherami Leigh got invited to Anime Expo this year, I guess it pretty much scratches off any possible chance of seeing her as a guest at Otakon this year.  And seeing that they're also bringing in Amanda Miller, Cristina Vee, and Sandy Fox there, I imagine that there's going to be some Sailor Moon stuff going on, just like last year when they were revealed to be the new cast of Viz Media's dub.


    Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but when a guest is invited to one con for a specific promotion, it can't overlap with another con that occurs about 2-3 weeks later, like with Otakon?


    Anyways, I'm not really complaining.  Since I already got to meet Cherami at Katsucon back in February.  And I'm really anticipating who the other 5 dub actors are going to be.  Fingers crossed one of them is Bryce Papenbrook!


    I tend to avoid inviting guests who've been to cons in our region too recently, or who've been to Otakon within the last couple of years. Unless I have a specific reason to do so (such as an industry partner request that they're contributing toward.


    BTW, I think the other premier we just got may mean another guest or two....

  12. Our guest list is pretty much locked at this point (with a few maybes).  But by all means, continue to make requests -- it all goes into the hopper, and it's fun to see who catches your attention.


    Toshiyuki Toyonaga is indeed the seiyu in question -- one of the leads in Durarara.  (If you haven't seen it, it's a pretty good show!)


    And yeah, we kinda got our wires crossed there, as I thought we were postponing it until Tuesday because we had some announcements related to registration.

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