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Guest of Honor Announcement: Justin Briner

Justin Briner is a Dallas-based actor and singer known primarily for his work in anime and video games. Recently, he’s started up the third season of My Hero Academia as Izuku “Deku” Midoriya. He can also be heard as Mikaela in Seraph of the End, Nova in Space Patrol Luluco, Yukito and Yue in Cardcaptor Sakura, Yoichi in Drifters, Ayanokoji in Classroom of the Elite, Alfonso in GARO: The Animation, Niko in Nanbaka, Ryota Mitarai in Danganronpa 3, Frate in 91 Days, Qwenthur in Heavy Object, Manato in Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, and many more. Additionally, he has provided voices for games such as Dust: An Elysian Tail, SMITE, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, Cibele, and DreadOut. 

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Guest of Honor Announcement: Aniplex Guests

Originally from Niigata Prefecture, Shinobu Ono is a producer at Cloverworks studio. Mr. Ono is responsible for producing many hit shows including IDOLM@STER SideM and this year’s most talked about show – The Promised Neverland.

 

Mamoru Kanbe is a Japanese anime director whose repertoire features a wide range of works across all genres. He has served as director for many prestigious anime series including Cosmic Baton Girl Comet-sanElfen LiedThe Perfect Insider, and the Tegami Bachi series. Mr. Kanbe is currently working as the director for the most talked about series of the year – The Promised Neverland.

 

As a producer from Aniplex, Kenta Suzuki is responsible for numerous fan favorite shows including ERASED, GRANDBLUE FANTASY The Animation, Wotakoi:  Love is Hard for Otaku, and Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online. Mr. Suzuki continues to keep fans on their toes as the producer for the smash hit series, The Promised Neverland.

Guest of Honor Announcement: Funimation Guests

Goro Taniguchi
Sakura Con 2019 is pleased to welcome Goro Taniguchi!  As a director, his most notable works include: Infinite Ryvius, S-CRY-ed, Planetes, Maria the Virgin Witch, ID-0, Revisions (2019), and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.  In addition, he has also worked as the creative producer of My-HiME, Linebarrels of Iron, and is also the script and story writer of the manga Atrail.  Mr. Taniguchi will be presenting the Sakura-Con premiere of the brand new Code Geass sequel movie, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection (Japanese with English subtitles), in cooperation with Sunrise and Funimation!

Yuriko Chiba

Sakura Con 2019 is pleased to welcome Yuriko Chiba!  Her most notable work is as a main animator for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.  In addition, she has worked as a character designer for Planetes, and character design and animation director of Maria the Virgin Witch.  Ms. Chiba will be presenting the Sakura-Con premiere of the brand new Code Geass sequel movie, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection (Japanese with English subtitles), in cooperation with Sunrise and Funimation!

Eiji Nakada

Sakura Con 2019 is pleased to welcome Eiji Nakada!  Some of his most notable works include Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, where he designed the Knightmare Frames and also worked as a main animator.  He has also been a main animator for Eureka Seven, and a Conceptual Designer and Animation Director for Maria the Virgin Witch.  Mr. Nakada will be presenting the Sakura-Con premiere of the brand new Code Geass sequel movie, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection (Japanese with English subtitles), in cooperation with Sunrise and Funimation!

Mr. Taniguchi has been a producer at Sunrise since 2000, and has been involved with Overman King GainerCode Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, and was the lead project manager for Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.  He has headed up every production in the Code Geass series, and will be presenting the Sakura-Con premiere of the brand new Code Geass sequel movie, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection (Japanese with English subtitles), in cooperation with Sunrise and Funimation!

 

Guest of Honor Announcement: Kari Wahlgren

Major Animation Roles Include Chloe Carmichael in The Fairly Oddparents, Tigress in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Jessica/ Rick’s Spaceship in Rick and Morty, Shandra Jimenez in Gravity Falls, Starfire in Justice League VS. Teen Titans movie, Charmcaster in Ben 10, Emma Frost in Wolverine & The X-Men, Li’l Suzy in Phineas and Ferb, Anka in Archer, Enchantress and Jane, Foster in Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Saturn Girl in Lego DC Comics Superheroes: Justice League Cosmic Clash, Mina in Bunnicula, and Letta Turmond in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  Major Anime Roles Include Haruko in FLCL, Fuu in Samurai Champloo, Saber in Fate Zero and Fate Stay Night, Celty in Durarara, Kagami in Lucky Star, Tayuya in Naruto, Anemone in Eureka 7, Robin in Witch Hunter Robin, and Rip Van Winkle in Hellsing.

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Guest of Honor Announcement: Erika Harlacher

Erika Harlacher is a Los Angeles based voice actress in anime, video games, and cartoons. Some of her most notable roles include: Ann Takamaki (PERSONA 5), Violet Evergarden (VIOLET EVERGARDEN), Elizabeth Liones (SEVEN DEADLY SINS), Ruler aka Jeanne d’Arc (FATE/APOCRYPHA), Kyoko Kirigiri and Kaede Akamatsu (DANGANRONPA games), Kurapika (HUNTER X HUNTER), Yumeko Jabami (KAKEGURUI), Emi Igawa (YOUR LIE IN APRIL), Claudia Enfield (THE ASTERISK WAR), Al (LOST SONG), Ayesha Altugle (ATELIER AYESHA), Bubbleisha (SHOPKINS), and many more.

 

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Cosplay Chess Applications close on March 14th

Come one come all to the brawl of the year! Magic versus Melee! Fisticuffs and spells. Join us and put your best defense on the line!

Cosplay Chess is now accepting applications for all three games, Friday Night’s Late Night, Saturday’s Main and Sunday’s Improv.

Applications close on March 14th, 2019 at 11:59PM!

Please apply at: Cosplay Chess Form
If you have any questions, please email us at cosplaychess@sakuracon.org

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Guest of Honor Announcement: Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair is an actor, director, and voice actor that has been working in the anime and videogame industry for over a decade. Some of his more popular roles include: Whis from DragonBall Z, Brook from One Piece, Dandy from Space Dandy, Shu Koibuchi from Princess Jellyfish, Takeru Oyama from Maken-Ki!, Bora and Kawazu in Fairy Tail, Akoz from Casshern Sins, Douglas Rosenberg from El Cazador de la Bruja, Toraji Ishida from Bamboo Blade, Liam from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Tyr from Smite, and many more.

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Guest of Honor Announcement: Monica Rial

Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for almost 20 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the US. She has lent her voice to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), FMA Brotherhood (May Chang), Hetalia (Belarus), Michiko & Hatchin (Michiko), My Hero Academia (Tsuyu), One Piece (Tashigi), Ouran High School Host Club (Renge), Panty and Stocking (Stocking), Saga of Tanya the Evil (Tanya), Seraph of the End (Krul), Soul Eater (Tsubaki), Watamote (Tomoko), Yona of the Dawn (Yona) and many more.

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