Guests of Honor


Posted by | April 20, 2017

Aicosu, the couple cosplay team of Sheila & Sylar, have been cosplaying collectively for nine years! With over 200 cosplays made and 50 conventions attended, they focus on bringing more than just cosplay to the community. They are known for answering all kinds of cosplay questions, and love teaching cosplayers of all skill levels in their panels and programming. Aicosu can be found on the convention floors, at their workshops, at their table, and are always open to discussing everything from cosplay construction to which Dragon Age game was the best.

This year, Aicosu will be returning to FanimeCon as the MCs of the Cosplay Masquerade! In addition to the Masquerade and their panels, Sheila and Sylar will be joining some of the cosplay gatherings (stay tuned to find out which ones!) and hanging out at their Artist Alley booth.

Erica Mendez

Posted by | April 18, 2017

Erica Mendez is best known for her roles as Ryuko Matoi in Kill la Kill, Gon Freecss in Hunter x Hunter (2011), Aladdin in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Nico Yazawa in Love Live!, and Yuuki Konno in Sword Art Online II.

Other notable animation credits include Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus in the new VIZ Media re-dub of Sailor Moon, Tsubaki in Your Lie in April, Akko Kagari in Little Witch Academia, Diane in The Seven Deadly Sins, and Kenya Kobayashi in Erased. She can also be heard in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, A Lull in the Sea, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School Future Arc, Mob Psycho 100, Charlotte, Blood Lad, The Asterisk War, Aldnoah.Zero, Tamagotchi Friends, and original animations such as Lego Friends and Lalaloopsy.

Her video game works include Nagisa Shingetsu in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, Eryn in Fairy Fencer F, Saki Hoshino in Akiba’s Beat, and Naotora Ii in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. You can also hear her in other titles such as Street Fighter V, Skullgirls:2nd Encore, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, Xenoblade Chronicles X, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, Omega Quintet, Demon Gaze, Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, The Witch and the Hundred Knight, Ar Nosurge, God Eater: Resurrection, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Dust: An Elysian Tail, and Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures.

You can also keep up with Erica’s role announcements and incoherent ramblings by following her on Twitter @tsunderica.

Shigeto Koyama

Posted by | April 13, 2017

Shigeto Koyama is an active designer in Japan's media industry. Making his debut in 2004 as mechanical designer and guest character designer for Aim for the Top 2 (Diebuster), he has participated in many notable titles ever since. Some of these titles include: HEROMAN, Eureka Seven, Gurren Lagann, STAR DRIVER, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Rebuild of Evangelion, KILL la KILL, and Big Hero 6.

In 2015, Koyama directed his first short film Obake-chan as one of the lineup titles for Studio khara's Japan Animator Expo project. He has been the art director for Good Smile Racing since 2014.

Please welcome back Shigeto Koyama for FanimeCon 2017!


Posted by | April 10, 2017

X4 was formed in 2015 as a four member vocal and dance group in Osaka, Japan. The group was designed around Yuya Matsushita, an independent singer and actor specializing in J-Pop, who was previously signed with Sony Music. In February of 2015, their first album XVISION had reached #1 on the iTunes R&B chart despite being an indie release. This was quickly followed by a 20 date tour which sold out at most of the venues.

During a June 2015 live event at Unit in Daikanyama, the group announced that they had launched their own label XVISION under Teichiku Entertainment and were making their major record label debut. In the same month, their single “Koe Ni Shinagara” was released and got the #1 spot on the iTunes R&B chart. In July, the group embarked on their second nationwide tour, “X4 LIVE TOUR2015 -NEXTVISION-”. That October, their single “Killing Me” charted at #1 on the iTunes R&B list. “Killing Me” was the first and last single X4 released as a 4 member band, with member SJ departing shortly after.

In early 2016, X4 released a series of singles, starting with “obsession” in January, and then “IDKYN (I don’t know your name)” in February. Both reached the #1 spot on the iTunes R&B chart. March 2016 saw the release of “Party Up!!” with new members SHOTA and JUKIYA joining the group, plus a new tour.

X4’s first major record album, Funk,Dunk,Punk, was released in May 2016. It reached the 10th spot on ORICON’s Weekly album charts, followed by another tour. In December of 2016, their new single “KIZUNA” was released and the group’s first live concert video, “X4 LIVE TOUR 2016 –Funk,Dunk,Punk-” was released in January 2017.

X4’s latest album, Xross Mate, was released in March 2017. Currently, the group is gearing up for an 18 venue tour in April, to be called “X4 LIVE TOUR 2017”. From the group’s formation until now, every single they have released has hit #1 on the iTunes R&B music charts.

Fans may remember Yuya Matsushita as being a part of MusicFest in 2011. FanimeCon is proud to welcome Yuya Matsushita and the rest of X4 as the MusicFest headliner for 2017!

Hiroyasu Kobayashi

Posted by | April 07, 2017

Hiroyasu Kobayashi was born in 1972 in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Kobayashi received his master's degree at Musashino Art University and started in the film industry as a matte painter before expanding his career as a CG artist. Kobayashi is the CGI director and production designer for the Evangelion New Theatrical Edition series, and is currently working on the fourth installment at Studio khara.

In 2015, Kobayashi directed the short film Cassette Girl as one of the lineup titles for Studio khara’s “Japan Animator Expo” project. It was featured in several film festivals, such as Seattle International Film Festival, Animamundi in Brazil, Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, and Canada Film Festival.

He also directed Gravity Rush: The Animation based on the popular video game, and also The Big Turnip, a special short introducing the history of Studio khara.

Hideo Ishikawa

Posted by | March 31, 2017

Hideo Ishikawa is a veteran Japanese voice actor affiliated with Aoni Production. Originally trained in opera, he later pursued a career in voice acting where he has provided voices for many memorable characters such as Itachi Uchiha (Naruto), Jushiro Ukitake (Bleach), Hideki Ide (Death Note), and Manabu Hara (Doukyusei -Classmates-). Mr. Ishikawa’s vocal talents can also be heard in video games including Auron, Squall Leonhart, and Cait Sith from the Final Fantasy series; Yugo in three Bloody Roar installments; Housei Toki in La Corda d’Oro; and more. FanimeCon is honored to host Mr. Ishikawa at his first appearance in the continental U.S.

Kanae Ito

Posted by | March 24, 2017

Kanae Ito is a Japanese voice actress with Aoni Production. Since her debut in 2006, she has voiced many notable characters including Yui (Sword Art Online), Sena Kashiwazaki (Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends), Nana Astar Deviluke (To Love Ru), and Ohana Matsumae (Hanasaku Iroha). She won the Best Rookie Actress Award at the 4th Annual Seiyuu Awards in 2010, and the Best Supporting Actress Award the following year. In addition to a successful voice acting career, Ms. Ito has also released a number of CDs with the music label Lantis. Her music has been featured in Squid Girl, Taisho Baseball Girls, Softenni, and more. Please welcome Ms. Ito to her first convention in the continental U.S.!

Gilles Poitras

Posted by | March 22, 2017

Due to last minute changes, Gilles will not be able to attend FanimeCon 2017.

Gilles grew up in Northern California where he was not only geographically closer to Japan than most of the U.S., but was also exposed to many things Japanese. From the wooden toys he bought at the corner store, to sharing Botan candy with friends, and eating curry made with S&B curry powder. He had no idea that any of it was from Japan. He became a fan of world cinema in high school, and in college this led him to explore what little was known in English about anime. In 1990 he received a phone call from a friend who had discovered a new student club at U.C. Berkeley devoted to anime- Cal Animage Alpha-  and began attending their meetings. He was hooked.

He has written three books on anime: The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials, and the Anime Companion 2. He has also written for NewType USA and Otaku USA. Gilles was also a member of the senior board of Mechademia. Over the years he has done presentations on anime for various Japan-US friendship groups, public libraries, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, conventions, all day workshops for librarians, introduced anime films at the Smithsonian, and even taught an eight week course on the subject for Pixar staff. Gilles even foolishly agreed to encapsulate the history of manga and anime from 1960 to the present as a one hour presentation for the San Francisco Public Library. A video of that event is online at:

In his spare time Gilles reads manga, watches anime, and does research on Japan. When he can save enough vacation time and money, he visits Tokyo -a city he is so interested in that he has been called a Tokyo otaku by a friend who lives there. Currently he is working on two books, at a far too slow pace.

Vampy Bit Me

Posted by | February 17, 2017

Linda Le is a cosplayer born in a small town in Oklahoma, and now resides in California. She was discovered by Kotobukiya and Danny Choo after being featured in OTACOOL 2 and became known as Vampy Bit Me. Soon afterward, she was tapped to be the co-host of Nerdist’s Just Cos cosplay show. Her costumes have also been featured on, and she has collaborated with Capcom as their official Morrigan and Juri cosplayer. Linda has also worked with Bandai, DC, various video game companies, and was recently featured on CNN’s “24 Hours in the Life of a Worldwide Cosplayer.” Her latest cosplay collaboration was at PAX East as D.Va from Blizzard’s new game, Overwatch. She continues to travel the world excited to talk about armor making, building Gundam models, creating new art work, working on her own toy line, being creative, and meeting people who share the same love for being an all around fangirl. If she isn’t working, she is designing for her clothing company, playing Monster Hunter, and gaming all around.

Doug Walker

Posted by | January 29, 2017

Doug Walker is best known for his character The Nostalgia Critic who resides on The "NC" reviews bad movies and TV shows connected to childhood. He's also noted for having a long standing "rivalry" with The Angry Video Game Nerd. He has appeared on PBS, 20/20, Rifftrax, and in Entrepreneur Magazine and the New York Times. Additionally, he was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the Mashable Awards as well as one of the Best Youtube Critics by Having performed with Mike Nelson, James Rolfe, Mara Wilson, Dante Basco, Paul Dini, Andre Meadows, Rob Paulsen, Maurice Lamarche, and Don Bluth, his work was praised by the late Roger Ebert. His image even appeared in the anime Zettai Karen Children. He’s more than a god, but less than a man… or is it the other way around? Either way just watch him! He clearly needs the attention.