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FanimeCon Registration: Now in the Marriott

Posted by | May 03, 2016

FanimeCon Registration has moved! This year, registration will be located in the San Jose Marriott on the 2nd floor in the San Jose Ballrooms 1-6.

The hotel address is
San Jose Marriott
301 S Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113

Fan Storage Open All Hours of Con

Posted by | May 02, 2016

FanimeCon 2016 is proud to announce that our Fan Storage service is open 24/5 for the entire duration of the con! Tired of lugging your heavy backpacks and cumbersome cosplay? Need some place to keep your Artist Alley swag and Dealer’s Hall loot for a bit? Heading to the Black & White ball or Dance but no place to put your jackets? Fan Storage will gladly hold any items: coats, cosplays, props, luggage, small items – you name it! For a small fee that goes straight to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, you can store your belongings in a safe place and pick them up when you like. Just stop by the Fan Storage room, located in the Hilton Market rooms next to the Affinity Bar & Restaurant!

For more information, visit the Fan Storage section on the Member Services page.

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Lisle Wilkerson

Posted by | May 01, 2016

Lisle Wilkerson grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She speaks fluent Japanese and does voice work in both English and Japanese.

Lisle is the powerhouse behind some of the gaming industry’s most popular female fighting characters, such as Nina Williams, Christie Monteiro, Sarah Bryant from Virtual Fighter, as well as Shenmue II. Last summer Lisle was involved in the Shenmue Kickstarter announced at E3, which broke many records, including a Guinness World Record. Most recently Lisle did dubbing for an upcoming ULTRAMAN film as well as the animated film Eden. She also acted alongside Bill Murray in the Academy Award-winning Sofia Coppola film Lost in Translation and had a lead role in the award-winning indie film Kamataki. She not only does video game voices but also voices Batz Maru from Hello Kitty and does commercials for companies such as Nissan, Panasonic, Sony and others.

Lisle currently lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to do voice acting and works as an interpreter. Lisle has interpreted for everyone from Keanu Reeves to best-selling author Marie Kondo to various J-pop stars. She is also a local media correspondent for Japan, covering high-profile events like The Grammys, Academy Awards, Emmys, and Golden Globes. Lisle is currently the assistant producer of the upcoming film, Black Hat. She also has a popular podcast called “The (Mis)Adventures of the Blonde Geisha”. And when Lisle isn’t busy working or running around the country doing cons, you might find her in her pink boxing gloves trying to save the world Nina Williams-style or spending her time at home with her adorable, jet-setting, bilingual cat Princess Genki.

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Sky Williams

Posted by | April 29, 2016

Sky Williams is a comedic entertainer and gamer on Twitch and YouTube, most known for his videos and commentary on League of Legends. He also streams, plays, and blogs about other games like the Super Smash Bros. series, games that he loves, and other things going on around him. In addition to video blogging, Mr. Williams uses his comedic talents to do stand-up comedy and was a finalist in Flappers’ Uncle Clyde’s Comedy Contest. FanimeCon is excited to welcome Mr. Williams as a guest of honor!

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Yoshihiro Watanabe

Posted by | April 28, 2016

Born in Niigata, Japan on July 4th, 1971, Yoshihiro Watanabe is an animator, character designer, and mechanical designer. His character design credits include Haganai, Heaven’s Lost Property, and Soul Link. Mr. Watanabe has also provided mechanical designs for series such as Please Teacher!, DearS, Minami-ke, Silent Mobius, and many more. Mobile Suit Gundam and Transformers have been credited as his inspirations, and aside from anime, he has also provided R18 game illustrations under the name “Moo°C Dan” (pronounced “mood-dan”). FanimeCon will be his first event overseas and we are happy to have him!

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Cristina Vee

Posted by | April 24, 2016

Cristina Vee is a voice actress from Los Angeles, CA. Since getting her first large anime roles in 2007, Cristina has voiced over 100 characters in both animation and video games. Anime fans know her as Mio Akiyama in K-ON!, Alisa Bosconovitch in Tekken Blood Vengeance, Homura Akemi in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Morgiana in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, the eleven Honoka sisters in Netflix’s Knights of Sidonia, Killua Zoldyck in Hunter x Hunter, Fujiko Mine in Lupin III: Jigen’s Gravestone, Hawk in The Seven Deadly Sins, Kotori Minami in Love Live!, Izumi Shimomura in AJIN, and Riruka Dokugamine in Bleach. She is the new voice of Sailor Mars in her favorite show, Sailor Moon Crystal! She voices Marinette Dupain-Cheng/Ladybug in Nickelodeon’s Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. She also makes appearances in Sword Art Online, Naruto, Kill la Kill, Fate/Zero, Doraemon, Accel World, and Squid Girl.

On the video game scene she is popular for her voice work as Noel Vermillion and the Murakumo Units in the Blazblue series; Compa in the Neptunia series; Lian Shi in Dynasty Warriors; Cerebella in Skullgirls; Riven the Exile in League of Legends; Nova in Tales of Xillia 2 (“Pay your debt!”); Shantae in Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse and Shantae: Half-Genie Hero; Four in Drakengard 3; Karna and Bani in Ys: Memories of Celceta; Serina in Conception II; and Cinque in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

Beyond voice acting she has a large YouTube following for her singing. She provides vocals to songs in Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage!? and Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. She currently casts and directs Skullgirls and is recognizable to eSports fans for hosting IGN’s IPL 4 and 5.

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Daisuke Sakaguchi

Posted by | April 14, 2016

Daisuke Sakaguchi is a voice actor affiliated with Aoni Production. Perhaps best known for his portrayal of Shinpachi Shimura in the Gintama series which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, Mr. Sakaguchi’s long list of credits also include Jacuzzi Splot (Baccano!), Xeno (World Trigger), Uso Ewin (Mobile Suit Victory Gundam), Satoshi Fukube (Hyouka), and Leonardo Watch in the recent hit Blood Blockade Battlefront. He is an animal lover and even holds a Level 3 Dinosaur Exam Certification from Animal Planet Japan. FanimeCon is excited to welcome Mr. Sakaguchi as a guest of honor!

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Gilles Poitras

Posted by | April 13, 2016

Gilles was raised in the Northern Central Valley of California. As a child he played with Japanese wooden toys bought at the corner store, watched girls at school do origami, and played various games that none of the kids knew were from Japan. In high school he became a fan of world cinema, and when he was in college this led him to explore what little was known in English about anime. One day in 1990 he received a phone call from a friend who had discovered a new student club at U.C. Berkeley, Cal Animage Alpha, devoted to anime. For years he regularly attended and became completely hooked on anime and manga.

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 also sat on 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, and conventions. He has also presented all day workshops for librarians, introduced anime films at the Smithsonian, and even taught an eight week course on the subject for Pixar staff. Most recently he 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdHrYZtjLys.

In his spare time Gilles reads manga, watches anime, and researches about 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.