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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:
http://www.caseymongillo.com
@caseytheva on instagram
@CaseyTheVA on X/Twitter

MarkMan

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:
www.kirabuckland.com
@killercoffeequeen on Instagram
@kirabuckland on X/Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/kiravoices
Linktree: https://linktr.ee/kirabuckland

Maguma

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
youtube.com/magumausagi
Website: Burning-Souls.com

VampyBitMe

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!

https://twitter.com/VampyBitme
https://www.twitch.tv/vampybitme
https://www.instagram.com/vampybitme

FanimeCon Board of Directors’ Statement on Resignations and Harassment Claims

March 11, 2024

The Board of Directors of FanimeCon would like to apologize for the delay in our response regarding the current resignations and harassment claims that have been made public recently.

Dealing with and returning from the pandemic has not been easy as we’ve had to focus on continuing to keep our attendees and staff safe while also providing a space to connect. When these issues came to our attention, we wanted to gather more information and give the matter proper consideration. We see now our caution comes across as indifference, which is the opposite of what we are trying to convey. This is not an excuse and we could and should be better. Our motto has always been “By Fans, For Fans” and we along with our staff attendees are here to ensure that there’s a safe space for everyone.

On harassment – 

We do not take the issue of harassment lightly and it is clear that we have a lot of work to regain the trust of our former staffers and attendees – one that we are working with outside sources to make sure that we are doing the right thing, not just for our previous individuals that have experienced harassment but to have a working process to report, document, and act on all future harassment. We will provide updates as best we can, when appropriate. With a con our size, we will try to include as many stakeholders as possible, so the process may not be as visible or as quick as preferred but be assured that steps are actively being taken.

On the resignations – 

We also understand and acknowledge that there are issues with toxicity among our staff – one that has made staff members feel unsafe and unwelcome. While we have received this feedback with a heavy heart, we appreciate being aware of it so that we can take steps to create a better environment for all. We know it is never easy to speak up when feeling it will not be welcomed, so we do respect the bravery of those who did.

We are working with our Chair team to investigate, gather information, and take action to help improve things. We appreciate feedback and take it seriously from all sources.  We are looking into solutions such as having a form where reports can be given with complete anonymity, leadership training, better open feedback sessions, and a clearer Code of Conduct. All feedback will be tracked and used to improve the process, internally and externally.

The world is much more different from the first FanimeCon, where anime clubs came together at a college campus. Our goal is and has always been to be a welcoming and safe space where everyone and everyone can feel comfortable regardless of who they are. We ask for your patience as we work with partners to set up a process that can allow individuals to effectively report harassment as well as giving feedback in a safe manner. Our plan is to work with external resources to implement some of these solutions prior to the start of 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!

Social Media
X – https://twitter.com/voice_singing
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/yuu_hayashi42/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/@tube2201

FanimeCon Is Looking For DJs!

March 02, 2024

FanimeCon’s Dance Department is looking for a variety of DJs with a passion for music who love anime as well! Have you ever thought about wanting to play at FanimeCon? Well now is your chance!

We are open to all genres, and our only requirement is that you have played at least one live DJ gig before.

Applications will be open until the end of March or until we receive 25 submissions, and will be evaluated by the staff.

Apply here: https://apps.fanime.com/2024/dj/index