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 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdHrYZtjLys
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.
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 Marvel.com, 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.
Looking for that special connection during FanimeCon 2017? Well, you’re in luck: speed dating will be at the convention! Find more information, dates, and times for dating sessions and workshops here. Starting this year, you’ll need to register for a session before joining one. More information about this process will be announced at a later date!
Doug Walker is best known for his character The Nostalgia Critic who resides on ChannelAwesome.com. 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 WatchMojo.com. 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.
This year the Black and White Ball is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and moving to the Marriott San Jose Ballroom. For more information, click here.
Calling all FanimeCon fans! Housing registration is now open for pre-registered attendees! If you are interested in booking a hotel room at one of the FanimeCon hotels and have already registered, please check your emails for your priority booking time. If you have not pre-registered or you have not received an email with a priority booking time, general housing registration will open at 4 p.m. on January 20th. You may return to this link in order to register for housing at the appropriate time.
Attendees interested in reserving housing for FanimeCon and Clockwork Alchemy 2017 may now view and compare the hotel information at the following link. Housing will open for registration on January 18th, 2017. Attendees who qualify for priority housing will receive an email one week before registration opens with instructions on how to register for housing.
Lauren Landa has voiced numerous roles in many anime and video games for the past 10 years. Fans of Sailor Moon have heard her in VIZ Media’s Sailor Moon as Sailor Neptune. Fighting game players have heard her as Karin Kanzuki in Street Fighter as well as the ninja beauty Kasumi in Dead or Alive 5.
She has also voiced the sexy Litchi Faye-Ling in the popular fighting game series Blazblue, the enthusiastic Yan Leixia in Soul Calibur V, the badass Kyoko Sakura in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the deadly Little Queen in Tales of Graces F, Boiboi in REDLINE, the adorable zombie Squigly in Skullgirls, kind-hearted Leia Rolando in Tales of Xillia, the innocent Chuubou Sonken in Ikkitousen: Great Guardians, the quiet Annie Leonhart in the hit anime series Attack on Titan, One in Drakengard 3, Nio in Riddle Story of Devil, Nora in Noragami, and Nao Tomori in Aniplex’s Charlotte.
If you’ve got talent and want to show FanimeCon attendees what you’ve got, Stage Zero’s the perfect platform to perform! Applications are now open for 2017. Stage Zero showcases a wide variety of acts, including gamers, dancers, and other performance arts. Please click here for more information on how to apply.