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Sakura Con 2023 Mascot Reveal

It always feels like the countdown to Sakura-Con only officially begins with the mascot announcement… And so, without further ado, let’s introduce you to Sakura-Con 2023 mascots!

Congratulations, @morinohitos (Twitter)—your entry has been selected as the FIRST PLACE WINNER of Sakura-Con’s 2023 mascot contest!

A hearty congratulations goes out to our second and third place winners as well. And thank you, all, for participating! You really turned out with some incredible submissions.

🌸 See you all in 2023! 🌸

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: Wendee Lee

WENDEE LEE – is one of the premiere American voice artists and voice directors in animation, games, anime, and films.

With an iconic career spanning over four decades, and over 600 credits she holds a record as one the most credited voice actresses in North America, and was named one of the Top Twenty voice artists of all time.

Career highlights include Cowboy Bebop, Sailor Moon, Haruhi Suzumiya, Bleach, Vivy, League Of Legends, NieR, Devil May Cry, Neptunia, 14 ‘Tales Of’ games, Persona, Robotech, Doraemon, Akira, Fire Emblem, Ninja Scroll, Digimon, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Monster High, World Of Warcraft, March Comes In Like A Lion, Magic Knight Rayearth, Gundam, Dragonball, Soulcalibur, Detective Conan, Outlaw Star, Lucky Star, Ever After High, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, God Eater, Durarara, Naruto, Boruto, Persona, Xenoblade, and Polly Pockets.

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GUEST CANCELLATION: BILLY KAMETZ

Due to certain scheduling conflicts, we regret to announce that Billy Kametz will not be appearing at Sakura Con 2022. 

GUEST CANCELLATION: Erica Lindbeck

Due to certain unavoidable conflicts, we regret to announce that Erica Lindbeck will not be appearing at Sakura Con 2022. 

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: Kyle McCarley

Kyle McCarley grew up (but not really) in Kansas and moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to study acting. After getting hooked on playing World of Warcraft with his buddies, he co-wrote, co-directed, and voiced several characters in a fan-made online radio play loosely set in that universe. Once he finished his Theatre degree at the University of Southern California, he decided to further pursue that passion in the form of a career in voice acting. Kyle’s voice can now be heard in anime, video games, cartoons, audiobooks, live action dubs, TV and radio commercials, industrial ads, and even a talking toy plunger.

Notable anime credits include Mikazuki Augus in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama in Mob Psycho 100, Narancia Ghirga in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Red Blood Cell AA2153 in Cells at Work: Code Black, Koku in B: The Beginning, Ryo in Devilman Crybaby, Joe Shimamura, a.k.a. 009, in Cyborg 009: Call of Justice, Aoba Kuronuma in Durarara!!x2, Shinji Matou in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Ryota Watari in Your Lie in April, Helbram in Seven Deadly Sins, Claudia Hodgins in Violet Evergarden, John Steinbeck in Bungo Stray Dogs, Iruka Umino in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Gran in Granblue Fantasy: The Animation, Kirii in Blame!, Joichiro Nishi in Gantz: O, Silas Norman in The Asterisk War, and Ikuya Ogura in Ajin: Demi-Human.

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Mascot Contest 2023

Sakura-Con is excited to announce our mascot contest for 2023 is officially open!

From now until May 13th 11:59 PST submit your artwork for a chance to see your artwork represent Sakura-Con 2023!

For rules and how to submit visit the Mascot Contest page!

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GUEST CANCELLATION: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn –

“Dear Sakura-Con attendees, I’m so sorry, but due to my overwhelming work schedule I won’t be able to attend Sakura-Con this year. I was really looking forward to coming to Seattle to be with you all and I know you’ll have an amazing con together. It breaks my heart that I can’t be there. Hopefully I’ll be able to see you at some future event. Stay safe, have fun and keep supporting each other. I love this community and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.”