Guests of Honor

Hikaru Midorikawa

April 29, 2021

Hikaru Midorikawa is a veteran Japanese voice actor affiliated with Aoni Production. The list of Mr. Midorikawa’s credits in his decades-long career is quite impressive, and he is arguably one of the most well-known voices in the industry. Old-school anime fans will recognize his iconic voice as Tamahome (Fushigi Yuugi), Heero Yuy (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing), Zelgadis Greywords (the Slayers series), and Kaede Rukawa (Slam Dunk). More recently he can be heard as the voice of Tenshinhan (Dragonball Z Kai/Super), Best Jeanist (My Hero Academia), Zora Ideale (Black Clover), Lancer (Fate/Zero), and Eiichi Otori (Uta no Prince-sama). His game credits include Marth (the Fire Emblem series), Akihiko Sanada (the Persona series), Mitsuhide Akechi (the Samurai Warriors series), and Leon Magnus (the Tales of series). Remember that guy in the white suit during the animation sequence of Kill Bill: Vol.1? Yeah, that was him too.

FanimeCon is proud to host Mr. Midorikawa in his first American appearance in 20 years. Join us this Memorial Day weekend for a pre-recorded panel with this amazing veteran voice actor and be on the lookout for more!



April 16, 2021

Linda Le (a.k.a. VampyBitMe) grew up in Oklahoma before moving to California where was discovered by Kotobukiya and Danny Choo after being featured in OTACOOL 2. Since then her costumes have been a worldwide success! She has been featured on and CNN’s, “24 Hours in the Life of a Worldwide Cosplayer,” as well as partnering with Capcom, Bandai, DC, and various game companies in order to bring characters to life through cosplay. She also works part-time for the Japanese company Banpresto World Figure Colosseum as the official marketing rep for One Piece and Dragon Ball Z figures. Linda continues to travel the world, talking about armor making, building  Gunpla, and creating new artwork. She loves meeting passionate people and enjoys streaming her passions on Twitch. Recently Linda has cosplayed for Monster Hunter World Iceborne, Genshin Impact, and Blade & Soul, as well as hosted various game debuts. She loves meeting passionate people and streaming her passions on Twitch, and believes anyone can do what they love, as long as they are true to themselves.

This year Linda will be hosting panels and workshops on cosplay and building Gunpla models!

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Gilles Poitras

April 14, 2021

Since retiring, former librarian Gilles Poitras has been using his expanded spare time to read manga, watch anime, research Japan, and take naps. He also hopes to have more visits to Tokyo, a city which is the subject of his latest book, Tokyo Stroll. The book is a guide to the best Tokyo neighborhoods to randomly wander about in. Currently, he is working on two other books at a far-too-slow pace.

After discovering world cinema and anime in college, Gilles began exploring what little was then known in English about anime. In 1990, he received a phone call from a friend who had discovered Cal Animage Alpha, a new student club devoted to anime at U.C. Berkeley, and he began attending their meetings. He was hooked. Since then, Gilles has written four books on anime and Japan; The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials, the Anime Companion 2, and Tokyo Stroll. He has also written for NewType USA and Otaku USA, and was a member of the senior board of Mechademia.

Over the years, he has done in-depth presentations on anime for many organizations -including the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Smithsonian, and Pixar- as well as at many conventions.

Gilles has been a long-time guest at FanimeCon, and this year he’ll make you yearn to wander the streets of Tokyo or visit a haunted shrine with his panels on Japan’s supernatural creatures and traveling in Tokyo! Welcome back, Gilles!