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Guest Announcement: Steve Blum

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more), “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from Naruto, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm) “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2 and 3),”Zoltan Kulle” from Diablo 3, “Abathur” from Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm, “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Killer Croc” from Arkham Asylum, “Oghren” (DragonAge),“Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Jamie” from Megas XLR, “Storm Troopers” and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!)

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Guest Announcement: Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on television, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.

After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in the world of voice over. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun. He later went on to voice Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara and Yukio in Blue Exorcist, Sasori in Naruto, Artemis in Sailor Moon, Hajime in Danganronpa 2, Makoto Tachibana in Free!, Nate in Yokai Watch, Orga in Mobile Suit Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans, Haruo in Hi Score Girl, Zora in Black Clover, Jonathan in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Sabo in One Piece Stampede, Giyu in Demon Slayer, Lio in Promare, Broly in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Nine in My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising and many more…

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Cosplay Contest Judges

Pannon
Pannon (The Pannonator’s Pan-Tastic Cosplays) has been cosplaying since 2001. Over the past 18 years, she’s refined her craft and competed all over the United States and abroad! Pannon has won over 60 awards nationwide. She and her cosplay-partner, Garnet Runestar won the title of Team USA in 2014 as part of the World Cosplay Summit, and got to represent the US again in June 2017 as Team USA in The Netherlands’ C4 competition. Though she still competes in the international circuit, Pannon has also judged for over 30 contests, returning as an Alumni Judge for the World Cosplay Summit, as well as several national cosplay contests. She has made everything from mascots for pro sports teams like Utah Jazz, the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bulls, and more, as well as built red-carpet and Fashion Week looks worn around the world. She loves sharing her knowledge and positivity with the cosplay community and volunteers with Cosplay for a Cause, Utah chapter, and runs a cosplay advice podcast together with VFire Cosplay, “Cosplay Stitch and Seam.”

Yummy Gamorah

Yummy Gamorah has been sewing, cosplaying and competing for over 15 years. Over that time she’s won multiple awards across a variety of conventions and has had her work featured on various websites and publications. In 2015 she had the honor of representing the United States as with her teammate Alpacosplay as Team USA at World Cosplay Summit in Japan where they placed 3rd and won the brother sewing award for best costume. When not having staring contests with fabric and swearing at her sewing machine, Yummy can be found playing video games or hanging out with her dog. 

Eli Ebberts

Eli Ebberts is cosplayer from the Pacific Northwest with over 10 years of experience and a passion for performance. When she’s not at conventions she’s creating tutorials and other videos for her YouTube channel. Eli loves all things sparkly, pink and cute! She’s looking forward to seeing all the costumes at Sakuracon and wants to remind you all to Keep Sewing, Stay Positive and Have Fun!  

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Guest Cancellation: һ.NAOTO

Sakura Con regrets that h. NAOTO will no longer be slated to appear at this year’s convention.
Due to concerns regarding the current state of world health, Naoto-san’s fashion company has come to a decision to cancel his travels to Sakura Con at this time…..  

Here is a video message:

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Guest Announcement: Keith Silverstein

Keith Silverstein is a veteran voice actor with an impressive and diverse list of credits. He’s the voice of Torbjörn in the smash hit game Overwatch, Hisoka on Hunter x Hunter, Hawk Moth on the fan favorite Miraculous-Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Speedwagon in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Hammerhead in Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4, and Keith recently joined the cast of Disney Amphibia to voice the curse wielding, candy vendor, Barry!

He can also be heard as Kazuo in Kengan Ashura, Omar in Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead, and Vector the Crocodile in the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. Resident Evil fans know him as HUNK. Soul Calibur fans will recognize him as Zasalamel, and in Persona 5 he voices the villainous Masayoshi Shido.

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Guest Announcement: Chris Hackney

Chris Hackney is an American voice actor currently residing in Los Angeles, CA.

Originally from Florida, Chris found his way to acting when in college for music. While looking for more outlets for artistic expression, he discovered an entire new world of creativity in acting. Several years of training and a cross-country move later, Chris has found his life and passion in voiceover.

Chris can be heard in various forms including commercials, video games, anime, and animation. Currently, he’s most known for titles such as Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Dimitri), Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Boey), Hunter x Hunter, Mega Man 11, K Project, Valkyria Chronicles 4, and Gundam SEED. Chris is always looking forward to the next exciting opportunity he can lend his passion to.

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Guest Announcement: Tara Sands

Tara Jayne Sands can be heard as over 50 characters in the original English “Pokemon” tv series including Bulbasaur, Richie, Jasmine, Oddish, and Tori. Some other roles include Biscuit in “Hunter x Hunter,” Mokuba Kaiba in “Yu-Gi-Oh!,” Kari in “Digimon Adventure Tri,” Anna in “Shaman King,” Kombu Infinity in “One Punch Man,” Circe in “Generator Rex,” Young Jin in “Anohana,” Kippie in “Glitter Force,” Karla in “Gundam Thunderbolt,” Yota and Soku in “Naruto,” Filia Ul Copt in “Slayers,” Summer in “Barbie: Life in The Dreamhouse,” Death 13/Mannish Boy in “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure,” Namida in Biruto, and multiple roles in “Sailor Moon” including Queen Badiane. She also provides narration on over 200 audio books and can be heard in the video games “Dead Island,” “Fire Emblem,” “Singularity,” “Final Fantasy,” and “Call of Juarez” among others…

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Guest Announcement: BEASTARS group

Shinichi Matsumi

Born in 1959, Tokyo, Japan. Matsumi is the Director for the animated series BEASTARS. Matsumi worked as assistant director for Porco Rosso at Studio Ghibli, and participated in many works at Studio 4C. Matsumi is known to be one of the early adopters of CG animation in Japan. Matsumi has been working with Orange since Land of the Lustrous as episode director and he has returned for BEASTARS as director to try challenging new methods of animation production. Matsumi’s past work includes Rage of Bahamut (Assistant Director), Thunder Cats (Director), Steamboy (Technical Director), and more.

Yoshihiro Watanabe

Born in 1982, Japan. He is a producer at Orange, and currently working on BEASTARS as its business producer. Yoshihiro grew up in Los Angeles and after graduating from college, he joined the US branch of the animation studio Madhouse. At Madhouse, Yoshihiro gained unique international production experience ranging from live-action to collaboration projects. On January 2019, Yoshihiro produced the League of Legend short, New Journey, at the animation studio P.A.WORKS. On June 2019, Yoshihiro joined Orange for BEASTARS and future series. 

Sayaka Sembongi

Born on November 24th, Japan. Sembongi stars as Hal the dwarf rabbit in the animated series BEASTARS. Sembongi stars in numerous popular shows including as Mumei from Kabaneri of Iron Fortress, Kikuna from Pocket Monsters (TV 2019), Trish Una from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Mariella from Black Clover, Shuna from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Chitose Karasuma from Girlish Number, and more.