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Hawaii's Kawaii Kon Announces Japanese Guest Line-Up

posted on 2014-03-03 23:00 EST
Voice actors Ayumi Fujimura, Tetsuya Kakihara and music acts Hironobu Kageyama, Yoko Ishida will attend

Kawaii Kon announced on Monday that it will host voice actors Ayumi Fujimura and Tetsuya Kakihara at its 2014 convention.

Fujimura has voiced over 150 anime roles since 2004, including Kaze no Stigma's Ayano Kannagi, The Garden of Sinner's Azaka Kokutō, Hayate the Combat Butler's Chiharu Harukaze, The Sacred Blacksmith's Cecily Cambell, Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee's Niche, A Certain Magical Index's Seiri Fukiyose, and most recently Lene Kleinbeck in Buddy Complex.

Kakihara won "Best Male Newcomer" and the first ever Seiyu Awards in 2003. He went on to star as protagonist Natsu Dragneel in the anime adaptation of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga series. He has also voiced Kōha Ren in Magi - The Kingdom of Magic, Shino Inuzuka in Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East, Shima in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, and most recently Karauri in Hozuki no Reitetsu.

The con will also host musical guests Hironobu Kageyama and Yoko Ishida. Kageyama may be best known for singing theme songs for the Dragon Ball Z, including the theme song "Cha-la Head-Cha-la". He debuted in Japan's music scene with the band "Lazy" in 1977 at the age of 16. He most recently performed the "Yōsorō - Hoshi no Umi o Koete" ending theme for Star Blazers 2199. He also performs as a member of the anime-based rock band JAM Project.

Ishida has performed a variety of songs for popular series. She formally debuted in 1993 with her performance "Otome no Policy" for Sailor Moon R. She has since performed themes for Pretear, Ai Yori Aoshi, Ah! My Goddess, and Strike Witches.

Kawaii Kon will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center from April 4-6.


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