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Looking for Arts and Crafts Staff

If you are interested in volunteering for Sakura-Con 2023, take a look at the “Volunteer Staff Opening” page for staffing opportunities like helping out in the Arts and Crafts room: http://sakuracon.org/volunteering/staff-openings/

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Guest Announcement: Junichi Hayama

Junichi Hayama is a Japanese animator with more than 30 years of experience. He began his career in animation in 1983, and he trained under Masami Suda on Fist of the North Star. He served as director, character designer, and chief animation director on the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood anime film. His other animation director credits include Be-Bop-Highschool, Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler, Yu-Gi-Oh! TV anime series was the Key Animator for the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh Movie, Dark Side of Dimensions. Most recently, he worked as an Animation Director and Key Animator on the ONE PIECE FILM: RED Movie.

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Guest Announcemen: Aaron Roberts

Aaron provides the voices for Uta in Tokyo Ghoul, Klaus Lunettes in Black Clover, Khai in Dragon Ball Super, Kamui Woods in My Hero Academia, Grimsby Keane in Black Butler, Samuel in Fairy Tail, Howard Link in D. Gray-man, Yoshikazu Aihara in Starblazers 2199, Urie Sogami in Dance With Devils, and Hit in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 video game. Nominated for 2014 Breakthrough Voice Actor of the Year and 2018 Voice Actor of the Year by Behind The Voice Actors, Aaron Roberts has provided voices for over 200 anime series during his 7 years with Funimation. Non-anime projects include Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (VG), Smite (VG), and Paladins (VG). Aaron has been a celebrated actor for the stage and screen in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, working in all areas of production for almost 20 years.

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Cosplay line up frame

Sakura-Con loves cosplay, and we wanna see your lineup! So share what you’ll be wearing with our official cosplay lineup frames! To use a frame, just download the image as a PNG and place your cosplay plans using your preferred image editor. Don’t forget use #sakuraconcosplaylineup and #sakuracon2023 in your posts so our community can see!

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Guest Announcement: Cristina Vee

Cristina Vee is a Los Angeles based voice actress, director, and producer. In animation, she is known as Sailor Mars in Sailor Moon, Hawk in The Seven Deadly Sins, Killua in Hunter x Hunter, Darkness in Konosuba, Homura Akemi in Madoka Magica, Meiko in Digimon Adventure Tri, Sakura Matou in Fate Stay/Night, Mio Akiyama in K-ON!, Miki Makimura in Devilman Crybaby, Kotori Minami in Love Live!, Xochi in Victor and Valentino, Jay-Ten in Steven Universe, and Marinette Dupain Cheng aka Ladybug in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. Other roles include parts in Re:Zero, Bleach, One Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100, Sword Art Online, Tiger and Bunny, One Piece, Violet Evergarden, Naruto, Boruto, Fairy Tail, Magi, Kill la Kill, Your Lie in April, Kakegurui, Pokémon, Gantz: O, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters,The Promised Neverland, Lupin III, Yokai Watch, Inazuma …

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Guest Announcement: Erica Schroeder

Erica Schroeder (A.K.A. Bella Hudson) Erica is one of New York’s premier voice actresses. She has provided the voice for over 150 characters in the world of animation for television, film and video games over the past 15 years. Erica is known for being active in the autistic community, supporting her fan’s challenges and triumphs. She has voiced over 10 characters in the 5 YU-GI-OH series, making her the only voice actress to appear in all 5 series, including such characters as: Mai Valentine, Akiza Izinski, Dark Magician Girl, Rally Dawson and Cathy Catherine. Over the years she has voiced over 50 characters and various Pokemon on POKEMON including: Nurse Joy, Fantina, Bianca, Grace, Meloetta, Pidove, Panchum, Sylveon, Tapukoko, and many more. Other notable roles include: Monkey D. Luffy in ONE PIECE, Blaze the Cat and Wave the Swallow from …

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Guest Announcement: Mike McFarland

Mike has been acting professionally for over 20 years in various capacities, but is most known for his voice work in animation and video games. Notable roles include “Master Roshi” in DragonBall Z and DragonBall Super, “Jean Kirstein” in Attack on Titan, “Lt. Jean Havok” in Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, “Ojiro” and “Ectoplasm” in My Hero Academia, “Buggy” in One Piece, “Amon” in Tokyo Ghoul, “Gordon” in Black Clover, “Carnage Kabuto” in One-Punch Man, and “Cain Nightroad” in Trinity Blood, all as seen on Cartoon Network. Other fan favorites include “Estonia” in Hetalia and “Otabek Altin” in Yuri!! On Ice. Mike’s voice can be heard in the gaming world as “Paul Phoenix” in Street Fighter X Tekken, “Charlie Nash” in Street Fighter V, and on such titles as Borderlands 2 & 3, Aeon Flux, Halo Wars, Orcs Must …

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Guest Announcement: Ellyn Stern

Ellyn is well known for her voice work in animation, games and films with hundreds of titles. Listed here are a few: Belle, Lupin the 3rd, Bleach, Pokemon Generations, Star Ocean 1 & 2, Phantasy Star Online ll, Ghost In The Shell Innocence 2, Noein, Mar, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Robotech, Blue Dragon, True Crimes Hong Kong, Muhya & Roji, Godzilla, and hundreds more. Also included are Academy Award winning films including: Widow of St. Pierre, Cinema Paradisso, Belle Epoque, Le Femme Nikita, Tae Gu Ki, Babette’s Feast, Mostly Martha, & Eat Drink, Man, Woman. ELLYN began working on stage when she was 12 years old. A few of her theatre credits include: Les Miserables, Exit the King, Apple, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Rumors, Blood Wedding, Chinamen, How He Lied to Her Husband, Killing of Sister George and Day Games, Sister …

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Guest Announcement: Richard Epcar

Legendary Actor RICHARD EPCAR – Gamepur’s VOICE ACTOR OF THE YEAR is one of the hardest working men in show business, having voiced over 1,200 characters in Games, Animation and Anime. Now voicing YHWACH the Quincy King in Bleach The Thousand Year Blood War! Best known as: RAIDEN in MORTAL KOMBAT, The JOKER in several Batman games including INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US (Fighting Game of the Year!) and MORTAL KOMBAT 11 (Fighting Game of the Year!) ANSEM in KINGDOM HEARTS, JOSEPH JOESTAR in JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE, BATOU in GHOST IN THE SHELL, JIGEN in LUPIN the THIRD, AKUMA in STREET FIGHTER V, SANDMAN in MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3 and The BRIGADIER GENERAL in DAEMON X MACHINA!

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