Guests of Honor
- Hiroyuki Yamaga
- Mamoru Yokota
- Kia Asamiya
- Shigeto Koyama
- Mai Aizawa
- Igaguri Chiba
- Ric Meyers
- Gilles Poitras
- David Vincent
Hiroyuki Yamaga has been an honored guest of FanimeCon since in 1997. He was unfortunately absent from the convention in 2011 but his return in 2012 marks 15 years as a FanimeCon Guest of Honor. Mr. Yamaga has recently been busy as the Executive Producer and Project Planner of EA’s Rock, GAINAX’s first live-action sentai comedy drama. In the past, Mr. Yamaga has worked on many aspects of anime production within GAINAX, serving as the Executive Producer on FLCL and the Neon Genesis Evangelion Death & Rebirth movie. He has also worked on screenplays for Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 and Royal Space Force, Wings of Honneamise, in addition to directing a number of shows, including Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi and Mahoromatic. Mr. Yamaga continues to expand his repertoire of talents with plans to direct “The Rhine Gold” from Richard Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung.” It is currently slated to open in late November 2012.
A Guest of Honor at FanimeCon since 2010, Mamoru Yokota is a multifaceted individual in the world of anime. He has been a character designer, producer, and animation director that has worked on many popular titles, such as Death Note, the Air movie, Kanon, Magical Canan, and Kiddy Grade. Mr. Yokota has hosted widely popular late night panels and members rave about his intricate illustrations and elaborate sketches.
Kia Asamiya has been involved in print and visual media for almost three decades. He made his manga debut with the series Shin Seiki Vagrants in 1986, and then went on to work on Silent Möbius and Martian Successor Nadesico, both which were marketed into numerous media types. During the earlier parts of his career, Kia Asamiya used his real name, Michitaka Kikuchi, while he worked on anime titles such as Sonic Soldier Borgman and Project A-ko. After shifting his focus to becoming a manga artist, Kikuchi switched to the pen name Kia Asamiya, while still maintaining a separate career as Kikuchi.
As a manga artist, Kia Asamiya has a large number of works in both American comics and Japanese manga. Asamiya’s work includes Corrector Yui, Möbius Klein, Junk – Record of Last Hero and the manga adaptation of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Asamiya’s contribution to American comics allowed him to work on some of his favorite franchises including Batman, Hellboy and Uncanny X-Men. He is continuing the series Kanojo no Carrera and Himegami Gadget on FLEX COMICS, as well as the monster design for the TV series Kamen Rider Fourze.
Shigeto Koyama debuted in the Japanese animation industry as an illustrator then moved onto design work. Quickly excelling, his work as a mechanical and character designer led to being a part of GAINAX in 2004. Though designing for less than a decade, Koyama has since garnered impressive credits in some of the biggest franchises in anime. Some of his most recognizable work includes the artwork and character designs provided for HEROMAN, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, and Guild01: Liberation Maiden. Koyama’s mech designs are featured in well-known anime including Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society, Eureka Seven, and Star Driver.
Koyama has provided artwork and character designs for GAINAX-produced series Diebuster (Gunbuster 2), Gurren Lagann, and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. His most recent work has him working as a key animator on the Rebuild of Evangelion Tetralogy. Fans of Eureka Seven can see his latest work as a member of the design development team for Eureka Seven:AO which has recently begun airing in Japan. Outside of anime, Koyama has also worked on video games; his design work is featured in the No More Heroes franchise.
A voice actress with Aoni Production, Mai Aizawa has been voice acting for anime since 2004 and has worked on numerous anime franchises, video games, and musical productions. Aizawa has maintained a busy schedule appearing on shows like Lucky Star, Air, Clannad, Rosario + Vampire, and Mirai Nikki. Her most notable roles come from playing Natsumi Murakami in the video game animation Mahō Sensei Negima! and the recently aired Nichijou where she played the role of Mio Naganohara.
Aizawa has also worked on a number of video games franchises including Harvest Moon, Suikoden, Super Robot Wars, and the Yakuza series. Her list of credits goes even further with a number of songs in drama and music CDs tied to shows like Clannad and Lucky Star. She will be performing her newly released single, “Kimi ni Todoke,” during MusicFest.
Igaguri Chiba is the vocalist of the musical group Sendai Kamotsu. The story goes that six workers from a mysterious freight company from the Miyagi Prefecture, perform together for a hobby. However, they always wear red overalls and heavy makeup to hide their identity from other coworkers at the freight company. Chiba works in the delivery department of this company and is the younger brother of Nightmare’s vocalist, Yomi.
Sendai Kamotsu announced their hiatus in November of 2009 due to the freight company becoming bankrupt in the economic recession. The bankruptcy story is told in their “Fukyou no Kaze” music video. Since then, Chiba has launched a solo career in efforts to build up the capital to revitalize the freight company.
In October of 2010, Chiba released his first solo single, “Gira Gira Boys”. Japanese for “Glitter Boys”, it exemplifies Chiba’s flamboyant performing style. He then embarked on a short tour titled “”Gorgeous” 3 Point Special~On the Road Until Sendai Kamotsu’s Revival~vol.1”. Chiba is currently preparing for his third tour, set to begin on June 29th, 2012.
Novelist and comic creator Ric Meyers continues to host interesting and informative panels at FanimeCon such as “Kung Fu Extravaganza” or “Breaking into the Business” and in years past has hosted FanimeCon’s Cosplay Masquerade. Outside of FanimeCon, fans may know him from his comics for Atlas, Topps, DC and Image, his sci-fi, horror, and fantasy-mystery novels for Warners, Dell and Dungeons & Dragons, or his non-fiction books about science fiction movies, fantasy films and TV detectives. Mr. Meyers has also worked on audio commentaries, liner notes, interviews and cover copy for more than 400 international DVDs.
Mr. Meyers has also held seminars about kung-fu at the TV network Nickelodeon and studios like DreamWorks and Sony, and taught at City College of New York, Brigham Young University, the University of Bridgeport’s Martial Arts Studies Degree Program, and even the Chinese Cultural College in Taiwan. He holds the honor of kinging at Medieval Times and enjoys playing Santa to deliver presents every Christmas Eve. Mr. Meyers can also be seen in his new documentary, Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie, which was released on DVD May 1, or in two international films released in 2011, Black Day, and The Suppressor.
Author and librarian Gilles Poitras will be at FanimeCon to share his vast knowledge of anime, manga, and related fan culture. His extensive resume displays a large body of work, from author of many popular books, such as The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials, and the Anime Companion 2, to contributor to magazines, including Newtype USA and Otaku USA. Mr. Poitras is also the “Access Services Librarian” at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and serves as a senior board member of Mechademia, an annual scholarly anthology of essays on anime, manga and fan culture. He has also given all-day workshops for librarians, introduced anime films at the Smithsonian, and even taught a course on the subject of anime for Pixar staff.
This year Mr. Poitras will have a number of panels where a variety of topics will be covered. His “Universal Gundam vs. Other Gundam” panel will certainly draw a heated debate amongst fans. For those who are new to anime and are curious as to all that it entails, Mr. Poitras will hold the “Anime (and Manga) for Parents (and other Grownups)” panel where he will discuss a variety of aspects of anime and manga. This special panel is available to everyone and does not require a FanimeCon membership for entry.
David has plenty of notable roles in numerous anime franchises that have aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim line up. Bleach fans will recognize David as the voice of Grimmjow Jeagerjaques and Kouga Kuchiki. David has also been involved in Durarara! as Seiji, Kekkaishi as Sakon, Code Geass as Li Xingke, Assassin from Fate/Stay Night, Chester Barklight from Tales of Phantasia, General Logi in Blue Dragon, Giichi in Blade of The Immortal, and Shin Kamiya from Tekken: Blood Vengeance. David’s other work as Van in Gun X Sword earned him a nomination for ‘Best Voice Actor in an Anime’ by the American Anime Awards. Despite staying very busy with his voice acting career, David has also appeared in front of the camera, with roles in television shows such as NCIS, Criminal Minds, The Nine, and more.
Gamers will recognize David’s voice from a number of characters including; Jin Kisaragi and Hakumen from the Arc Systems fighting game series BlazBlue, T. Hawk from Super Street Fighter IV, Richard from the recently released Tales of Graces F, Marshall Law from Tekken 6 and Street Fighter X Tekken, Raymond Vester in Resident Evil: Revelations, Keiss in Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers, Morgan in Medal of Honor, Blocter in The Last Remnant, Edward in Infinite Undiscovery, Richter in Castlevania: Dracula X, and many more to be released this year!
David is thrilled to be attending FanimeCon, and can’t wait to meet you! Please feel free to say hello on his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/davidvincentva