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Cosplay Chess Forms are now Open!

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 Improvise. If you have any questions, please email us at cosplaychess@sakuracon.org

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Guest Announcement: Hisayuki Tabata

Hisayuki Tabata started his career as an animator in Tokyo. A twenty year veteran of the industry, Mr. Tabata has worked on many well-known projects over the years.  He has contributed to Godannar (2004), Code Geass (2008), Accel World (2012), and Weathering with You (2019). He has served as an Animation director on GunxSword, Accel World, Code Geass R2, and many others. He is best known for his character designs in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Qualidea Code, and Yuyushiki. Recently, he has been working on illustrations in addition to his animation work.He also provided character design and directed the Canadian promotional video, Attakai, Fuyu Canada. (Warm, Winter Canada). Currently, he is working on a new animation project.When he isn’t working hard, he enjoys traveling and finding good wine to drink.Mr. Tabata is excited to be back in the United States for Sakura Con 2022 and hopes to see everyone …

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Karaoke Idol

Think you have what it takes to be Sakura-con 2022’s Idol?! Join us in this, our annual two-part event, as talented vocalists sing their favorite anime and game songs and compete to become Sakura-con Idol!

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Guest 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, Mezō Shōji in My Hero Academia, Viktor Licht in Fire Force, Dandy from Space Dandy, Berkut in Fire Emblem Shadows of Valentia, Celestiano in Yuri on Ice, Rashid from Street Fighter V, Romano from Hetalia, Sosuke Yamazaki from Free! Eternal Summer, Chuck from Panty and Stocking, Bard from Black Butler, Toriko from Toriko, Favaro from Rage of Bahamut, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Worick Arcangelo from Gangsta, Zapp Renfro from Blood Blockade Battlefront, Zaveid from Tales Of Zestiria, Professor Nakayama from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, 12th from Future Diary, Yu Kanda from D Gray Man Hallow, Tatara from The Boy …

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Hiring for Artist Alley

Hello, we are currently recruiting volunteers for the Artist Alley at Sakura-Con 2022! Please come help manage the artist alley area during con days to assist both the artists and attendees who come to Artist Alley.Volunteer Requirements: Must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, no exceptions.Must be available for their designated shifts for a total of 16 hours, times ranging from Thursday to Sunday on the week of the convention.Be able to be on your feet for your whole shift if needed. You will also be required to walk around and help artists.Ability to work well with others and possess enough communication skills to help artists and attendees.21 years of age or older is preferred, but must be at least 18 years of age.

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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 …

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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 …

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