Guests of Honor


Posted by | March 14, 2018

Matthew “Maguma” Lewis is a 28 year-old cosplayer from Los Angeles, California. Since attending his very first convention at Anime Expo 2005, Maguma has found an overabundance of challenges, joy, and fulfillment in the world of cosplay!

Through the years he has participated in conventions in a variety of ways, from award-winning Masquerade performances to hosting events and panels. Additionally, he is a repeat winner on the Myx TV show Call to Cosplay, has worked with anime production companies, and volunteered at conventions from coast to coast. Currently, Maguma hosts events and panels across the country while creating art, cosplays, performances, and YouTube content for the things he loves.

►Twitter: @MagumaUsagi
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Gilles Poitras

Posted by | March 07, 2018

Gilles grew up in California where he was not only geographically closer to Japan than most of the U.S., but also was 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 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 once 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 on YouTube.

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 three books at a far too slow pace.

Ryotaro Okiayu

Posted by | February 28, 2018

Ryotaro Okiayu is a Japanese voice actor affiliated with Aoni Production. He is an industry veteran with nearly three decades of experience under his belt. Mr. Okiayu has voiced a plethora of classic characters such as Hisashi “I want to play basketball” Mitsui in SLAM DUNK, Treize Kushrenada in Gundam Wing, Yuu Matsuura in Marmalade Boy, Katsuhiko Jinnai in El-Hazard, and Tigers Eye in Sailor Moon SuperS. Other notable roles include Byakuya Kuchiki in BLEACH, Scar in Fullmetal Alchemist, Kunimitsu Tezuka in The Prince of Tennis, Shigure Sohma in Fruits Basket, Akio Furukawa in CLANNAD, Lancer of Black in Fate/Aprocrypha, and the titular character in Toriko. The list just goes on!

Musically, Mr. Okiayu has released three solo albums, as well as a number of singles and albums with voice actor unit E.M.U from the ’90s series Graduation M. He continues to be involved with the Prince of Tennis franchise, having released over 20 character song CDs as Seigaku’s captain Tezuka.

Mr. Okiayu’s storied career appeals to all generations of anime fans, and FanimeCon is proud to host him in 2018!

Twitter – @chikichikiko
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Posted by | January 31, 2018

Aicosu, the couple cosplay team of Sheila and 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.

Twitter: @aicosplays
Instagram: @aicosu


Posted by | November 18, 2017

Born in New York, USA, nano is a bilingual singer who uses powerful and unique vocals to wield both Japanese and English lyrics like a native speaker.

nano got their start by posting English covers of Japanese music on video sites such as YouTube, and quickly gained fans from around the world. Their amazing music has been featured in Phi Brain: Puzzle of God, BTOOOM!, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Aria the Scarlet Ammo, and more.

nano’s first studio album nanoir was released in March 2012 and debuted at 12th place on the Oricon Daily chart, an unusual chart action for a rookie. Following the album launch, nano held their first live concert “Remember your color.” in March 2013, selling out all 2,500 tickets on the first day. This was then followed by an invitation to perform that May at the Japanese culture convention DoKomi in Dusseldorf, Germany, where nano packed the concert venue to its full 1,500-person capacity. January 2015 saw the release of nano’s 3rd album Rock on., which reached 6th on the Oricon Weekly charts. Since then, nano has held live tours in Japan every year as well as solo concerts overseas, starting with Taiwan in April 2015.

The year 2017 marked nano’s 5th anniversary, which was commemorated with two new single releases, an album release, and a live tour that spanned three different countries. FanimeCon will be their first live performance in the country of their birth.

nano’s fanbase continues to grow worldwide, as this singing voice knows no borders.

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Satomi Sato

Posted by | October 15, 2017

Satomi Sato is a Japanese voice actress affiliated with Aoni Production. After debuting in 2007, Ms. Sato quickly rose to fame with popular roles such as Ritsu “Ricchan” Tainaka from K-ON!, Wendy Marvell from Fairy Tail, Eru Chitanda from Hyouka, and Manami Tamura from Oreimo. Her vocal talents can also be heard in Assassination Classroom, Sailor Moon Crystal, SKET Dance, The Irregular at Magic High School, Is the Order a Rabbit?, and many other series. Ms. Sato was awarded the Best Musical Performance Award as part of the Ho-Kago Tea Time unit from K-ON! at the 4th Annual Seiyuu Awards in 2010, and also won the Best New Actress Award the following year. She began her solo music career in 2014 with the release of “Mirai Night” which was used as the ending theme for the Seitokai Yakuindomo anime series. FanimeCon 2018 will be Satomi Sato’s first convention appearance in the U.S.

Follow Satomi! @satosatomi58 on Twitter.

Todd Haberkorn

Posted by | September 18, 2017

Todd Haberkorn has been on stage, on set, and behind a mic for many years. Not only is Todd an actor in L.A., he works as a producer, writer, and director as well. He’s even been an action figure or two! Haberkornmobile sold separately.

In the animated world, he voiced roles such as Jadeite from Sailor Moon, Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cheren from Pokémon, Sgt. Keroro from Sgt. Frog, Marlo from Attack on Titan, Haruka Nanase from Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, Allen Walker from D.Gray-man, Hikaru Hitachiin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, and many others.

As far as video games go, you’d recognize his voice in the series World of Warcraft, Street Fighter IV, Ghostbusters, Borderlands 2, and Rage, to name a few. His voice makes sure to get its marathon training in as an award-winning narrator for audiobooks. Do a Google search and you’ll find he’s worked on everything, from thrillers and young adult novels, to zombie sagas and children’s books.

His more recent roles include Baatar Jr. from the final season of Legend of Korra and the voice of Meccano’s upcoming buildable robot toy, MeccaNoid. When he isn’t working on films or television projects for other companies, Todd works for his company Out of the Office Productions, a company with a long history of on camera work in narrative film, commercials, and shorts. In between fighting digital monsters in video games, and trying to save the day on film, Todd travels throughout the U.S. and abroad to gnarly pop culture conventions to meet super cool fans and sign autographs.

Caitlin Glass

Posted by | May 29, 2017

A voice actress and ADR director, best known for the role of Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist, Caitlin has been working in the anime industry since 2004. In 2008, Caitlin directed the widely popular, fan-favorite Ouran High School Host Club as well as voicing the protagonist of the show, Haruhi Fujioka. Caitlin also lends her voice to Vados in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Rose in Tales of Zestiria, Elma in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Thorn in Battleborn, and Cammy White & Decapre in the Street Fighter IV & V series of video games.

Other well-known roles include Maki in Love Live! School Idol Project, Lilia in Yuri!!! on ICE, Mina Ashido in My Hero Academia, Vivi in One Piece, Evergreen in Fairy Tail, Petra in Attack on Titan, Diancie in Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, Hannah in Black Butler II, Miria in Baccano!, Kimi in Tokyo Ghoul, Satellizer in Freezing, Retoree in Show By Rock!!, Kirigiri in Danganronpa: The Animation, Miho Amakata in Free!, and Kim in Soul Eater.

You’ll also hear her as Hitomi in Funimation’s new dub for Escaflowne and Kyoko in Skip Beat!, coming soon from Pied Piper, Inc.

In recent years, Caitlin has added roles to her already prolific list of anime voices in Absolute Duo, Akiba’s Trip, Alderamin on the Sky, ALL OUT!, Assassination Classroom, BlazBlu Alter Memory, Chain Chronicle, D-Frag!, Gangsta, Lord Marksman and Vanadis, Maria the Virgin Witch, Masamune-Kun’s Revenge, Mikagura School Suite, Noragami Aragoto, No-Rin, Orange, ReLIFE, The Rolling Girls, Space Dandy, Tokyo Ravens, Ultimate Otaku Teacher, selector infected WIXOSS, and Yurikuma Arashi.

Caitlin’s other directing credits include Love Live! Sunshine!!, Suzuka, Fuuka, One Piece, Riddle Story of Devil, Show by Rock!!, Noragami Aragoto, Garo The Animation, Garo: Crimson Moon, Prince of Stride: Alternative, Shonen Maid, Lord Marksman and Vanadis, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, all as an ADR Director for Funimation Entertainment. She has also lent her adaptive writing skills to Bang Zoom! Entertainment for such titles as Love Live! School Idol Project, Durarara!!x2 Ten, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, A Lull in the Sea, and The Asterisk War.

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