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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 HunterXHunter, Mokuba in Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kari in Digimon Adventure Tri, Anna in Shaman King, Curious in My Hero Academia,  Momo and Utahime in Jujutsu Kaisen, Kombu Infinity in One Punch Man, Circe in Generator Rex, Young Jin in Anohana, Kippie in Glitter Force, Filia in Slayers, Summer in Barbie: Life in The Dreamhouse, Death 13/Mannish Boy in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Namida in Boruto, Sonia in Fire Emblem and lots more.

For 2 years (over 100 episodes!), Tara was the on-camera host of Cartoon Network’s weekly Friday night lineup, appropriately titled “Fridays.” On “Fridays” Tara interviewed dozens of celebrities like Johnny Depp, George Lucas, Robin Williams, Charles Barkley and Daniel Radcliffe, and had more on-camera food fights than she cares to remember.

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Guest Announcement: BILLY KAMETZ

Billy is an actor from Hershey Pennsylvania who now lives in the Los Angeles area. He came to CA 5 years ago to play Aladdin in the Aladdin Musical Spectacular in Disney’s California Adventure.

Since that time Billy has been fortunate enough to lend his voice to many popular anime, video games, and cartoons. You can hear Billy as Josuke in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Ferdinand von Aegir in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Galo in Promare, Rui in Demon Slayer, White Blood Cell in Cells At Work, Osomatsu in Mr. Osomatsu, Dr. Maruki in Persona 5 Royal, and Naofumi in The Rising of the Shield Hero which he won the Crunchyroll Award for Best (EN) Voice Acting Performance!

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Guest Announcement: ERICA MENDEZ

Chicago native Erica Mendez is a longtime anime and video game fan who put in the work and became a voice actress. She has been fortunate to play some fan-favorite characters, including: Retsuko in Aggretsuko, Ryuko in KILL la KILL, Gon in Hunter x Hunter, Aladdin in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Yuuki in SAO2, Sailor Uranus in the new Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon, Megumin in Konosuba, Akko in Little Witch Academia, Diane in Seven Deadly Sins, Nico in Love Live, Mash in Fate/Grand Order, Bernadetta in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Raphtalia in The Rising of the Shield Hero.

You can also hear her in OK K.O. Let’s be Heroes, The Promised Neverland, Re:ZERO, Fate/Apocrypha, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, Magia Record, Your Lie in April, Anohana, Erased, Kakegurui, Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, The Gundam Series, Megalo Box, Cells at Work, Dr. Stone, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, A Lull in the Sea, Tales of Berseria, Fire Emblem Warriors, Fire Emblem Heroes, Code Vein, Puyo Puyo Tetris, The Danganronpa series, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!, Radiant Historia, Fairy Fencer F, Soul Calibur VI, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter V, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Pokemon Masters, Detective Pikachu, Trails of Cold Steel II, Battle Chef Brigade, and more.

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Guest Announcement: BRITTNEY KARBOWSKI

Brittney Karbowski has been voice acting for 14 years. Some notable roles include Pride in Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood; Ikaros In Heaven’s Lost Property, Migi In Parasyte The Maxim, Yuri In Angel Beats, Hisako In Food Wars, Karen In Gamers, Papi In Monster Musume, Papika In Flip Flappers, Hitoka in Haikyuu, Apis and The Going Merry In One Peice, Yamada In B Gata H Kei, young Hide in Tokyo Ghoul, Melinda In Nomad of Nowhere, Hitch in Attack on Titan, Kusu In Dragon Ball Super, Mikoto Misaka In the Railgun and Index series, Nanachi In Made In Abyss, Popuko In POP Team Epic,  Karen In Review Starlight, Kanade in Bofuri, Melida in Assassins Pride, Black Star In Soul Eater, Camie In My Hero Academia, Wendy in Fairytail, Rimuru in That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, and the list just keeps going! Check out a more extensive list of her many roles on AnimeNewsNetwork.com/BrittneyKarbowski 

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Guest Announcement: KRISTEN MCGUIRE

Kristen McGuire is a professional voice actor, ADR Director and Script Adapter. When it comes to voice work, Kristen has worked on over 200 different titles, but she is most well known for her work as Yume Minami in SSSS.DYNAZENON, Ruri in Dr. Stone, Tatami Nakagame and Tamashiro in My Hero Academia, Yu in Fire Force,  Milim Nava in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Senko in The Helpful Fox Senko-san, Young Nora in RWBY, Hinano Kurahashi in Assassination Classroom, Yui in Bofuri, Cinnamon in Nekopara, Rin Toyama in New Game and Yuuko (AKA Slug Girl) in Junji Ito: Collection. She has also provided voices for several video games, including Lucia in Punishing: Gray Raven, Mother Fearest in Borderlands 3: Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck, Chibi Arachne in Smite, Sarah Ridley in Xeno Crisis and Fae and Etheldred in Battle Axe.

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Guest Announcement: CASSANDRA LEE MORRIS

Cassandra Lee Morris is an award-winning voice actor who has brought over 100 characters to life for video games, anime and animation.

Some of her fan-favorite roles include Morgana in Persona 5, Elora the Fawn in Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, Sarah Hotep in Fortnite: Save the World, Leafa in Sword Art Online, Operator 6O in Nier: Automata, Nami in League of Legends, Taiga in Toradora!, Kyubey in Madoka Magica, Kota in My Hero Academia and Edea Lee in Bravely Default. Other notable roles include Benio in Twin Star Exorcists, Nero in Fate/Extra Last Encore, Julia in Fire Emblem Heroes, Fie Claussel and Princess Alfin in the Trails of Cold Steel franchise, Atra in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, and Cere-Cere and Calaveras in the Sailor Moon franchise. 

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Sakura-Con 2022 Registration

We are beyond excited to announce that registration for Sakura-Con’s 25th anniversary in 2022 is now open!

We can’t wait to see you there. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming guest announcements and news.

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Guest Announcement: RAY CHASE

Ray Chase is an actor who has attached himself to a great many video games and anime in a very short amount of time.  He’s best known as Noctis in FINAL FANTASY XV, Nier from NIER: REPLICANT,  Bruno Bucciarati on JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE, Sukuna and Choso from JUJUTSU KAISEN, Roy from SUPER SMASH BROTHERS ULTIMATE, the Master of Masters from KINGDOM HEARTS, and his most celebrated dual role as the Subway Announcer and Mara in PERSONA 5.

He is a proud founding member of the comedy troupe  Loud, Annoying, and Very Annoying (LAVA), which he shares with fellow actors Max Mittelman and Robbie Daymond.

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Guest Announcement: ROBBIE DAYMOND

Robbie Daymond is a voice-actor best known for characters such as: Akechi in Persona 5, Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon, Prompto in Final Fantasy XV, Megumi Fushiguro in Jujutsu Kaisen, Spider-man/Peter Parker in Marvel’s Spider-man, Chrollo in HxH, Mitsuki in Boruto, and many more.

He also plays Dorian Storm in Critical Role’s hit show, Exandria Unlimited.

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Guest Announcement: MAX MITTELMAN

Well known as the voice of Saitama in ONE-PUNCH MAN, Max Mittelman has also given life to the hotheaded troublemaker with a heart of gold, Ryuji, in PERSONA 5, the carefree and always hungry, Plagg, in MIRACULOUS LADYBUG, and the lazy yet virtuous sin of sloth, King, in SEVEN DEADLY SINS.

Other notable projects include FINAL FANTASY 7 REMAKE (Red XIII), BUNGO STRAY DOGS (Atsushi), DEMON SLAYER (Sabito), BORDERLANDS 3 (Troy Calypso), FIRE EMBLEM (Leo, Gray, Kaden, Forrest, Gordin), HUNTERxHUNTER (Meruem), YOUR LIE IN APRIL (Kousei), & BUGSNAX (Filbo Fiddlepie).

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