Guests of Honor

Survive Said The Prophet

April 24, 2024

Survive Said The Prophet (abbreviated as SSTP) formed in Tokyo, Japan in 2011. They are an international rock band with members who possess solid skills, musicianship, and unique personalities, led by the overwhelming singing ability and charisma of Yosh, a bilingual vocalist who speaks fluent English. Their outstanding musicality is based on their diverse background, which is not limited to rock but also includes pop, electro, hip hop, and R&B. A band that stands out from the crowd, SSTP continues to evolve every day. They made their major debut with Sony Music in 2018, and have released six albums and one best-of album.

In addition to years of domestic tours, they’ve performed at major rock festivals throughout Japan, such as KNOTFES, SUMMER SONIC, METROCK, WARPED TOUR, ROCKIN JAPAN, SATANIC CARNIVAL, etc. They’ve also shared stages with INCUBUS, PARAMORE, HOOBASTANK, The Used, Story Of The Year, AS IT IS, and many more. In 2021, vocalist Yosh joined the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Orchestra World Tour in LA where he was the featured vocalist for the theme song “Hollow.” 

SSTP is also well-known for their many anime tie-in songs. These include “NE:ONE” (from the movie CODE GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion III -Glorification), “found & lost” (Banana Fish, season 1 opening theme), “RED” (Banana Fish, season 2 opening theme), “MUKANJYO” (Vinland Saga, season 1 opening theme), “Papersky” (TOKYO TWENTY FOURTH WARD, opening theme), “Find You” (TOKYO TWENTY FOURTH WARD, soundtrack song), and most recently, “Paradox” (Vinland Saga, season 2 opening theme). 

FanimeCon is excited to have Survive Said The Prophet join us for MusicFest as well as a Q&A panel and autograph sessions!

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Hirokatsu Kihara

April 09, 2024

Hirokatsu Kihara is a highly accomplished industry veteran with a career spanning several decades. He began his journey as a production coordinator for the anime movie Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and quickly caught the attention of director Hayao Miyazaki. Mr. Miyazaki then headhunted Mr. Kihara to join the team at Studio Ghibli. 

During his time at Studio Ghibli, Mr. Kihara worked closely with Mr. Miyazaki and played an integral role in the production of several critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, including Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. The famous Catbus character from Totoro is even modeled after him! 

After leaving Studio Ghibli, Mr. Kihara opened a new chapter in his career as a scary story author. He has written many scary stories that have been adapted into TV series and movies. His most significant project in recent years is a collaboration book with horror manga artist Junji Itoh, titled Mimi’s Tales of Terror. The book has been translated into seven different languages and has gained a cult following.

FanimeCon is proud to welcome Hirokatsu Kihara back as Guest of Honor for his second appearance! This year marks the 35th anniversary of Kiki’s Delivery Service and will be a focus of his panel discussions. Don’t miss your chance to hear behind the scenes episodes about the Ghibli classic, and maybe he even has a few surprises up his sleeve…?

In addition, Mr. Kihara will have autograph sessions and a special Godzilla panel for attendees!

Social Media:
Twitter: @KiharaHirokatsu

Casey Mongillo

April 04, 2024

Casey Mongillo is a voice actor, gamer, and musician based in Southern California. Among their many roles, they are most known for playing Shinji Ikari in the 2019 Netflix dub of Neon Genesis Evangelion, as well as Angel Devil in Chainsaw Man, Emporio in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, Scorbunny and Raboot in Pokémon Journeys, and the protagonist in Shin Megami Tensei V. Additionally, Casey is the producer and voice of Bakuryu in the Bloody Roar 2 Redub Project.

Social Media:
@caseytheva on instagram
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April 02, 2024

MarkMan is a gaming industry veteran from Southern California and the Global Director of Business Development for the Evo event series. Well known for his work in fighting games and within the fighting game community, MarkMan frequently is a host and commentator at fighting game event competitions. In addition, he also works on the hardware side of fighting games by helping develop and design controllers, arcade sticks, and other specialty controllers.

In his free time, Mark is also a collector and curator of fighting game history, arcade sticks, retro games, and sneakers. He enjoys meeting members of the various fighting game communities, and has always been supportive of the community finding careers through their passions and hobbies.

FanimeCon is excited to welcome MarkMan to FanimeCon 2024!

Social Media: 
Twitter: @MarkMan23
Youtube & Instagram: @MarkMan23

Kira Buckland

March 28, 2024

Kira Buckland is a voice actor best known for playing Jolyne Cujoh in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, 2B in NieR:Automata, and Kuki Shinobu in Genshin Impact. Other popular roles include Mitsuri in Demon Slayer, Mary in Kakegurui, Setsuna in Yashahime, Rebecca in EDENS ZERO, Talim/2B in SOULCALIBUR VI, Falke in Street Fighter V, Kyoko in River City Girls, Hiyoko and Kirumi in the Danganronpa series, and many more!

FanimeCon is excited to welcome Kira back as a Guest of Honor for the first time in 10 years!

Social Media:
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March 21, 2024

Matthew “Maguma” Lewis is a 34 year-old cosplayer from Los Angeles, California. Since 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 convention programming from award-winning masquerade performances to hosting a variety of events and panels. Additionally, he has participated in cosplay-centered TV shows; worked with anime productions and video game companies; and volunteered at conventions from coast to coast, as well as being a member of the Executive Committee for Animé Los Angeles.

Outside of cosplay, Maguma is a digital artist/character designer and very invested in the fighting game community. This has led him to begin developing his very own fighting game, Burning Souls, combining his love of art and fighting game classics.

Social Media:
Twitter: @MagumaUsagi
Instagram: maguma.usagi

Gilles Poitras

March 18, 2024

Gilles was born in Quebec, Canada in 1951 and raised in a farm town in Northern California. As a child in rural California, he was exposed to a great deal of Japanese toys and games without even being aware of their origins, thanks to his many Japanese American school friends. In high school he became a fan of world cinema, and in 1977, he saw part of an episode of Space Battleship Yamamoto on a store display in San Francisco’s Japantown. From that day on, Gilles began going to every anime feature shown at the UC theater in Berkeley. Later on he discovered Cal Animage Alpha, UC Berkeley’s anime club. For years he attended regularly and even began to write his first articles on anime for the club’s newsletter the Konshuu, which then turned into an anime newsletter on Usenet. Eventually he wrote The Anime Companion, the first of his three books on anime. As a result of this writing he ended up speaking at many public libraries, doing presentations at anime conventions, curating an anime exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, introducing movies at the Smithsonian, and even teaching a class on anime for Pixar Staff.
All of this exposure to anime, and manga, quickly led to a growing interest in Japan. Gilles even began tracking down information on locations seen in shows.When he first went to Tokyo with friends it was to explore the city not as a regular tourist but as an anime tourist. Further trips and research resulted in a large set of notes that became foundational for his latest book Tokyo Stroll, a guide for wandering about over 20 neighborhoods in that city.

Gilles has been a long-time guest of FanimeCon, beloved by many attendees for his intimate knowledge of anime, manga, and traveling to Japan. FanimeCon is happy to have him join us once again for more stellar panels and events!


Social Media:
Twitter/X: @GillesLPoitras


March 12, 2024

Vampy is a cosplayer/Gunpla Builder residing in Los Angeles, California.She has been part of the cosplay and Gundam community for over two decades and loves spreading positivity in cosplay and crafting. She believes anyone can express themselves through the love of creativity and their passions! Besides cosplay, she also works in the games industry and loves streaming her passions on Twitch.She enjoys meeting passionate people in all different walks of life and currently hosts and travels to various shows for games and hobbies as well as meeting other creatives! She can’t wait to be back at FanimeCon 2024!

Yuu Hayashi

March 07, 2024

Born on April 2nd in Kanagawa, Japan, Yuu Hayashi got his start as a child actor with the Gekidan Himawari theater group. He is currently affiliated with Ken Production where he voices anime and game characters, and also provides voices for Japanese language dubs. 

Mr. Hayashi’s most notable roles include Ryunosuke Tanaka in Haikyuu!!, Manjiro “Mikey” Sano in Tokyo Revengers, Michizo Tachihara in Bungo Stray Dogs, and Takuma Ino in Jujutsu Kaisen. He also has roles in MobPsycho 100, Banana Fish, Vinland Saga Season 2, Kuroko’s Basketball, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Go Rush!!

Aside from a successful voice acting career, Mr. Hayashi is also the vocalist for music unit SCREEN mode under the Lantis label. SCREEN mode has provided theme songs for Bungo Stray Dogs 2, Kuroko’s Basketball, Food Wars! The Second Plate, Gingitsune, and more.

FanimeCon 2024 is proud to host Yuu Hayashi’s first ever event appearance outside Asia!

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February 26, 2024

Belladonna began in 2013 when long-time best friends Michelle and Rachel decided to embark on a wild journey to create J-fashion clothing and accessories for the American market.  Since then Belladonna has had the pleasure of showing collections in fashion shows all across the United States, and even a few international shows. Over the years Belladonna has grown and now offers plus size clothing, a large array of kawaii aesthetic jewelry, press-on nails, and everything from elaborate pieces to lolita fashion staples.

Belladonna and their stunning styles can be found at FanimeCon 2024’s J-Fashion programming all weekend. Check them out at the J-Fashion Elegant Fashion Show, the J-Fashion Market, and at panels and workshops throughout the con.