First Round of Guests Announced for Anime Boston 2005

Dec 4th 2004
FIRST ROUND OF GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR ANIME BOSTON 2005
New England's Largest Anime Convention Warms Up Its Guest List
With Some Big Names In Voice Acting

BOSTON, MA - December 4, 2004 - The New England Anime Society is proud to announce the following Guests of Honor who will be attending Anime Boston 2005: voice actors Greg Ayers, David Kaye, and Dave Wittenberg.

Greg Ayres is not your average voice actor. The once "fanboy" turned VA started working for ADV Films two years ago, and in that time managed to snag two of his favorite roles in anime. He was thrilled to voice the role of his favorite character Son Goku in Saiyuki, then just one year later Kaworu Nagisa in the director's cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Other roles include Toga in Gravion, Bomb in BASToF Syndrome, Yuya Asou in Super GALS, Mannen in Pretear, and Shinji Kazama in Full Metal Panic!. He can also be heard in other anime titles such as The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Steel Angel Kurumi, Those Who Hunt Elves II, Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat, Dragon Knight Wheels of Time, Oh Super Milk Chan, and Aura Battler Dunbine.

David Kaye is heard world wide providing the voice for thousands of different broadcast projects. He is perhaps best known to fans as Megatron in Beast Wars: Transformers and Transformers: Energon. He has also played Professor Charles Xavier on X-Men: Evolution, Sesshomaru in Inuyasha, Zabo in The SoulTaker, Treize Khushrenada in Gundam Wing, and Soun Tendo in Ranma ½ in addition to roles in many other titles. He still finds the time to appear in many well-known television series including Battlestar Galactica, The Outer Limits, The X Files, made for TV movies, and feature films (yes, that was him in Happy Gilmore). David continues to travel back and forth between New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, recording radio and television commercials for clients throughout North America as well as appearing in a few from time to time.

Dave Wittenberg is a relative newcomer to the world of anime voice acting, but has already given a voice to a number of major characters in various anime titles. His credits include Michael in Witch Hunter Robin, Jiro/Kikaider in Kikaider, Sora in .hack//SIGN, Kei Kusanagi in Please Teacher!, the tamer Henry Wong and countless digimon in Digimon, Tak in Initial D, Lee Sampson in Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, as well as roles in RaveMaster, Last Exile, Captain Harlock, King Gainer, and 12 Kingdoms. He has also been a writer/director for Digimon and Figure 17. In addition, Dave has done a lot of work in video games. He can be heard in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, 3, and 4, Xenosaga Episode I, Metal of Honor: Rising Sun, and Metal Arms: Glitch in the System among others. Dave started his career in college radio. Three years later, he took a job at WBCN in Boston. He remained at WBCN for a few years until getting a contract with a station in Los Angeles. After that station switched to Spanish programming, he turned to Internet radio to broadcast the music he enjoyed. Dave has also been a writer for Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect, Dennis Miller, and Craig Kilborn.

Anime Boston 2005 will be Dave Wittenberg's second appearance at Anime Boston.

About Anime Boston: Anime Boston, held annually in Boston, Massachusetts, is the largest Japanese animation convention in New England. The three-day event will be held April 29 through May 1, 2005 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. Anime Boston 2005's comprehensive programming schedule includes video screenings, a dealers' room, masquerade, art show, artists' alley, game shows, music video contest, karaoke, dances, video games, role-playing games, panels hosted by fans, industry representatives and special guests, and more. More information about Anime Boston is available at www.animeboston.com.

About The New England Anime Society: Founded in 2001, The New England Anime Society Inc. is a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

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