Invited Guests



Posted by | May 05, 2015

BACK-ON is a hybrid rock band that blends a variety of music genres. Unified by KENJI03’s piercing vocal melody and TEEDA’s mixture of English and Japanese rap, BACK-ON is a group of four childhood friends from Tokyo, Japan that enjoys discovering new rock sounds.

Since forming the band, BACK-ON has not only had concerts within Japan, but also overseas including America, Germany, Canada, Europe, Brazil, Taiwan, and Mexico, gaining high acclaim for their sophisticated and aggressive live performances.

BACK-ON has previously released songs with GReeeeN under the collaborative band BAReeeeeeeeeeN. Individual BACK-ON members have also collaborated with artists such as Koda Kumi and SoulJa. Additionally, the band has composed songs for other artists and is esteemed for their song composition.

In recent years, the band has sung both theme songs of the anime series Gundam Build Fighters, spanning two seasons, as well as the theme song of its new sequel, Gundam Build Fighters Try. To be in charge of three consecutive Gundam series theme songs is a noteworthy accomplishment.

On October 5, 2014, BACK-ON performed a successful concert at the Akasaka BLITZ music venue. The band is currently on its Japan & World Tour 2015.

Main Anime and Game Collaboration Works
-Air Gear (Opening)
-Eyeshield 21 (Opening and Ending)
-Fairy Tail (Opening)
-Gundam Build Fighters (Opening)
-Gundam Build Fighters Try (Opening)
-One Piece (Opening composer)
-Tales of the World Mythology 2 (Opening)
-Tales of the World Mythology 3 (Opening)
-Gundam G Generation Frontier (Opening)
-Gundam Breaker (Theme Song)
-Gundam Breaker 2 (Theme Song)


Cindy Robinson

Posted by | April 29, 2015

While in New York, Cindy Robinson played leading roles on hit Broadway shows such as Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”, “Peter Pan”, and the Tony Award winning production of “Carousel” at the Lincoln Center.

After moving to Hollywood, her talents were used to bring life to animated characters in many video games (Skyrim, Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us, Saints Row IV, Mass Effect 2, among others) and television shows (Sonic Boom, Naruto, Bleach, Guard of the Sacred Spirit, to name a few).
Aside from voicing characters in the digital realm, Cindy is regularly featured in television series (Gotham, House of Lies, and the Good Wife) and has been featured on the big screen (Drive, The Equalizer, White House Down, and The Purge).


Christopher Smith

Posted by | April 29, 2015

Christopher Smith is “the guy you’ve heard but haven’t heard of.” He started his career in the original Robotech and Captain Harlock series’ as the third-guy-from-the-left-who-screams-when-he-blows-up. Since then, he’s worked on 100+ projects that it’d be difficult to not have heard him while enjoying your favorite shows and video games.

Fans of Phineas and Ferb would have heard him as Luke Skywalker in their Stars Wars crossover episode while anime fans would have heard him as the voice of many characters across various titles.

In the anime world, some of his works have included: Oruo (Attack on Titan), Spandam (One Piece), King of Midlands in Berserk, Major Peter Soyuz (Full Metal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos), Matoko Kibune, Rose, and Wonderweiss (Bleach), Kittan (Gurren Lagann), Ishidate, Akhaboshi, Ibiki, and Shuura in (Naruto), The Puppeteer (Ghost in the Shell).

For fans of video games, he has voiced The Joker (Lego Batman games and the movie Lego Batman: DC Heroes Unite), Brock Lesner, Shamus, and Kane (WWE Smash City), Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and TMNT’s Leonardo (Hero Portal), Saranish Steiner (Bravely Default), Albus (Skullgirls), Rufus in Street Fighter 4 (Super SF, & SFXTekken), Superman (Mortal Kombat vs DC), Emperor Mateus (Final Fantasy: Dissidia/Dissidia: Duodecim), Tenebrae (Tales of Symphonia 2), as well as Fandrel Staghelm, Mal’Ganis, and many others in World of Warcraft.

Between the listed titles above and the many others on Christopher’s credits, you’ll definitely heard of him.


Ai Nonaka

Posted by | April 22, 2015

Affectionately known as “Aipon,” Ai Nonaka has been an anime fan since childhood and became interested in voice acting after an encounter with Yu Yu Hakusho. Miss Nonaka was captain of her high school’s drama club and initially aimed to become a takarazuka actor, but later decided to pursue a career in voice acting. With memorable roles like Fuuko in the tear-jerking CLANNAD, the overly positive Kafuka in the Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei series, and the spear-wielding Kyoko in Madoka Magica, there’s no doubt that fans are pleased with her choice to become a voice actress. FanimeCon is proud to host Miss Nonaka’s first appearance in the Western United States.


Patrick Seitz

Posted by | April 22, 2015

Patrick Seitz has plenty of roles under his belt that any fan of anime would be sure to recognize. From Franky (One Piece), Agil (Sword Art Online), or Isshin Kurosaki (Bleach), odds are that he has had a role in the American release of an anime you have watched. Along with anime, he also has a number of video game titles to his credit, including the champions Lucian, Kog’Maw, and Renekton (League of Legends), Ragna (BlazBlue), Scorpion (Mortal Kombat), as well as Bob and Hugo (Street Fighter X Tekken). When he isn’t in the recording booth, he has been at work as a script-adapter for Steins;Gate, Hellsing Ultimate, Princess Jellyfish, Wolf Children and Summer Wars.
More information on Patrick Seitz and the events he’ll be taking part in will be available soon, and in the meantime you can follow Patrick on Twitter or visit his website.


Gilles Poitras

Posted by | April 22, 2015

Gilles Poitras didn’t know much about anime until a friend called him and introduced him to the Cal Animage Alpha student club at U.C. Berkeley. As a repeat Guest of Honor at FanimeCon, he has kept busy throughout the years as the senior board member of Mechademia and has authored The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials, and the Anime Companion 2, and written articles in both Newtype USA and Otaku USA. Gilles Poitras has been a longtime friend and guest of FanimeCon and we’re excited to have him as a returning guest for 2015. More information on Gilles can be found on his Twitter page, and on his blog where he shares recommendations for anime, manga, and other works within the fandom.

Hiroyuki Yamaga

Hiroyuki Yamaga

Posted by | April 11, 2015

Hiroyuki Yamaga returns as one of FanimeCon’s most honored guests (since 1997). He is credited for such titles as Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (director), Mahoromatic (director), Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise (director and writer), and wrote/directed Aoki Uru (announced at 2013’s Tokyo International Anime Fair).

Kazuhiro Soeta

Kazuhiro Soeta

Posted by | April 08, 2015

Kazuhiro Soeta (born in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan) has been involved in many classic anime series in various roles from Animator to Stoyboard Artist, and even produced his own manga as well. Fans will recognize his work in Record of Lodoss War (Animation Director), The Vision of Escaflowne (Ending Key Animation), Cowboy Bebop (Opening Key Animation), and Turn A Gundam (Ending Key Animation). His more recent works include Ground Control (Storyboard), Psychoelectric Girl (Storyboard Artist) and Mekakucity Actors. Mr. Soeta published the Vampire AKIBA!! manga in 1999 which was later released as two bound volumes. During his time at Next Media Animation Japan, a Taiwan-based subsidiary of Hong Kong’s Next Media, Mr. Soeta produced Taiwanese NMA Studio’s pilot film, acting as director on the Japanese side and drawing storyboards for anime shorts. Anime fans both young and old will not want to miss his first stateside appearance!

Wind of the Stars


Posted by | April 08, 2015

Focusing on art of a different discipline, WindoftheStars, aka Mel Hoppe, is a prolific cosplay crafter with an impressive portfolio of work. Being in to comic books and video games since early on in her life has given her a wealth of inspiration with over 100 costumes created to date, (some for herself and some for others, such as George R.R. Martin). She has also had the honor of modeling her costumes at conventions for Kotobukiya, DC Comics, and Bandai. In 2014, WindoftheStars was also a judge for the cosplay show, Call to Cosplay, which aired on Myx TV and Crunchyroll. During FanimeCon 2015, she will be hosting several cosplay panels and will be a judge for the Cosplay Masquerade. For more information on WindoftheStars, please visit her website.

Chalk Twins

Chalk Twins

Posted by | April 08, 2015

The Chalk Twins, Devon and Lexi are identical twins who both share a passion for art that led them both down the path of Studio Art. Having studied in Cortana, Italy, both have become masters of their media and for over a decade they have participated in chalk art competitions where they have been awarded with fifteen different accolades. During FanimeCon 2015, you’ll be able to find them throughout the convention in the Dealer’s Room, where they’ll be working on a live art piece showcasing their chalk mastery and they will also be hosting a panel discussing their unique art experiences. Additional information about The Chalk Twins can be found on Facebook, and DeviantArt.