In 2016, we had more amazing guests to join us in celebrating our 10th year!
Danny Choo is the biggest name in the Japanese pop-culture blogosphere. Renowned around the world for his blog, television shows and his mascot Mirai Suenaga, Danny Choo works with anime studios, game companies, major international anime conventions and on Japanese government initiatives.
Hiroaki Yura is a violin virtuoso who has performed with top composers around the globe. Through his many projects, he has had a huge impact on the animation and gaming industry.
Kaname is a popular Japanese cosplayer known for his huge range of characters he has cosplayed and the high level of detail and likeness he portrays in each costume. Best known for his cosplay of Hoozuki from Hoozuki no Reitetsu and Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII, KANAME☆ has cosplayed a dizzying array of characters.
LOVERIN TAMBURIN is Japanese band composed of vocalist and songwriter Aya, pianists and arranger AKIHIRO, Kohta Igarashi on drums, and guitarists Fujio Ryo and Fire, that formed in Hiroshima in 1997, before moving to Tokyo in 2001.
Noriaki Sugiyama is a Japanese voice actor who is best known for his roles as Uryū Ishida in Bleach, Shirō Emiya in Fate/Stay Night and England from Axis Powers Hetalia.
Reika is a popular Japanese cosplayer known for her hand-made costumes and her amazing cosplays. Best known for appearing as male characters, Reika has cosplayed characters from anime, games and even Vocaloid, including Jinguji Ren from Uta no Prince-sama, Mikazuki Munechika from Touken Ranbu and Levi from Shingeki no Kyojin.
Kotono Mitsuishi (三石 琴乃) is a voice actress with a career spanning over 25 years, becoming one of the most prolific and influential voice actresses in Japan. Some of her best known roles include Koume Sawaguchi in Blue Seed, Mai in Darkside Blues, Murrue Ramius in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Gundam Seed Destiny, and of course, Misato Katsuragi in Neon Genesis Evangelion and its spin offs. But to this day, it’s her role as Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon that remains one of her most iconic work.
Reika is a popular Japanese cosplayer known for her hand-made costumes and her amazing cosplays. Best known for appearing as male characters, Reika has cosplayed characters from anime, games and even Vocaloid, including Jinguji Ren from Uta no Prince-sama, Hijikata Toshiro from Gintama and Levi from Shingeki no Kyojin.
Toshihiro Kawamoto (川元 利浩) is a Japanese animator, co-founder and the director of Studio Bones. He begun his career by joining Group Donguri, where he worked with lead character designer Sachiko Kamimura, after graduating from Nagoya Designer Gakuin (previously known as Tokyo Designer Gakuin College). Kawamoto has worked as lead designer, character designer and key animator in a number of Anime series, including Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain and Fullmetal Alchemist, to name a few.
Haruko Momoi (桃井 はるこ) has provided voices to many loveable anime characters for over ten years. Her notable roles include Anise Tatlin (Tales of the Abyss), Sun Seto (My Bride is a Mermaid) and Feiris Nyannyan (Steins;Gate). Known as ‘Halko’ by her fans, she is also a singer and songwriter, having provided the OP/ED theme songs for over twenty series. Haruko Momoi has released over ten albums and performed at over fifteen conventions outside of Japan.
Hidenori Matsubara is a character design, illustrator and animation/art director best known for his character design of Ah! My Goddess andSakura Wars. He was also a key animator for Neon Genesis Evangelion and the animation director for the first two Rebuild of Evangelionfilms. Matsubara-san will be running an art panel at SMASH! this year!
LOVERIN TAMBURIN is Japanese band composed of vocalist and songwriter Aya, pianists and arranger AKIHIRO, Kohta Igarashi on drums, and guitarists Fujio Ryo and Fire, that formed in Hiroshima in 1997 under the name “a.a”, before moving to Tokyo in 2001 under their present name. Providing the ending theme for Nanatsuiro Drops as well as covering plenty of anime-related songs, they will becoming to SMASH! 2013 as part of the world-wide tour!
A motion-capture actor, a radio host, and a dub voice-actor for western series and films, Masakazu Morita (森田 成一) is well-known for his wide range of voice acting roles. From videogames to anime, he has provided voices for iconic characters such as Ichigo Kurosaki fromBleach, Barnaby Brooks Jr. from Tiger & Bunny, Marco from One Piece, and Tidus from Final Fantasy X.