Guests of Honor

DJ’TEKINA//SOMETHING a.k.a. Yuyoyuppe

Posted by | April 17, 2018

Yuyoyuppe was born in 1989 in Oarai-machi, Ibaraki.

After forming a band in local Ibaraki, he started his activity as a VOCALOID producer in order to have a basic understanding of music. He debuted in 2012 under YAMAHA MUSIC, and currently has received more than 10 million views for his videos on YouTube and Niconico.

He is also BABYMETAL’s sound producer and formal remixer. He produced many of their songs, including “Megitsune,” “Akumu no Rondo,” and “UkiUki Midnight BABYMETAL DEATH.” His sound producing work received worldwide recognition when BABYMETAL achieved first and second place hits on multiple overseas metal charts, such as iTunes US, UK, and DE. In addition, he has created music and arrangements for other Japanese idols and musicians, such as Momoiro Clover Z, Dempagumi Inc., TAKERU (vocalist of the visual kei band, SuG), and more.

Yuyoyuppe is also vocalist of the hardcore, emotional rock band, GRILLED MEAT YOUNGMANS, and has received respect from the rock scene.

He is well loved by fans abroad and has performed in Vietnam, Singapore, Chile, Taiwan, and the Philippines, and has appeared at many renowned Japanese music festivals, such as COUNTDOWN JAPAN, ROCK IN JAPAN, and NICO NICO CHOUKAIGI.

Yuyoyuppe’s DJ name is DJ’TEKINA//SOMETHING.

Chikashi Kubota

Posted by | April 13, 2018

Chikashi Kubota was born in 1978 in Tokyo, Japan. He has loved drawing and creating flip-book manga from a very early age. When he was in elementary school, Kubota-san developed his artistic skills by drawing his favorite series, Dragon Ball, and aspired to be a professional animator. He began his career as an animator at Xebec, then later transferred to Gainax. In his twenties, he was the original designer and art director for numerous works, and now in his thirties he has started to focus on character design. He has served as animation director for series such as Space Dandy, One Punch Man, and From the New World, and has worked on key animation for many other shows. He is currently the character designer for the long-awaited FLCL sequel, the FLCL Progressive TV series. Whether the genre is mecha, beautiful girls, action, or daily drama, Kubota-san always strives to create works of the highest quality.

For a list of Kubato-san’s credits click here.

The Dex

Posted by | April 07, 2018

Alex Faciane and PokéKellz are the main creative force and hosts behind The Dex, a long-running informative YouTube channel all about Pokémon, from biology and anthropology to kooky conspiracy theories! Inspired by the likes of Bill Nye and Alton Brown, The Dex is a family-friendly take on Pokémon trivia and battle strategy that’s enjoyed all over the world.

Alex Faciane is a writer, host, journalist, and comedian who’s worked everywhere from MatPat’s Game Theory to MySpace. He also currently appears as a co-host on Super Beard Bros, Scary Game Squad, Multiplayer Mayhem, The Star Wars New Canon Bookclub, and the Chilluminati Paranormal Podcast, and writes and produces for The Completionist and Defend It! for ThatOneVideoGamer. He also appears as “Ronik” in the video game boss-driven boyband Big Bad Bosses on their album Power Overwhelming, with music and lyrics by Jake Kaufman, the
composer of Shovel Knight and OK K.O.

Kellz is a practicing registered veterinary technician at VCA Animal Hospital in Los Angeles by
day. She’s also a seasoned improv comedian with 10 years of performing experience at ComedySportz Los Angeles and she’s done extensive principal character voiceover work all across the Internet, from the hit show Smosh Babies to the Kickstarter-funded cartoon series
Obituary: A Grave Beginning, animated by Studio Yotta.

Check out their Youtube here.

Chalk Twins

Posted by | March 30, 2018

An extraordinary pair of artists, the Chalk Twins are renowned for their anime-themed chalk murals of epic proportions. Having traveled the world in pursuit of artistic mastery, they are a regular installment at conventions and events across the country where they produce massive chalk masterpieces live! You can follow them at their website (, Facebook ( and on Twitter or Instagram.


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
Instagram – @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.