Anime-ZAP! Announces Greg Ayres and Samurai Dan

Oct 24th 2013
Peoria, Illinois - October 24, 2014 - Anime-ZAP!, the longest-running three day anime convention in Central Illinois, is excited to announce that voice actor Greg Ayres and Samurai martial artists Samurai Dan and Lady Jillian will be appearing and performing at the fifth-annual Anime-ZAP! anime convention.

Greg Ayres can normally be found rockin' out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, he's always glad to shake things up a bit. He is excited to be able to add the roles of Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh! Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup! to his list of new roles. He can also be head as Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories , Satoshi Hiwatari in D.N.Angel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director's Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Negi Springfield in Negima!, Heihachi in Samurai 7, Jr. in Xenosaga: The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Nowy in Glass Fleet, Kouta Tsuchiya in Baka and Test, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he'll probably forget to mention.

When he's not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the oppor- tunity of doing something else that he truly loves at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), Greg never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.

Samurai Dan and his much prettier wife Lady Jillian are full-time martial arts instructors with their Dojo specializing in 16th century Samurai arts. When not teaching at the Kojokan dojo, they travel across the country performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history. Their shows and demonstrations uniquely blend history, combative skill, and humor, in a way that will both educate and entertain audiences both large and small. The dynamic duo also collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled "The Way of the Samurai," and Daniel is also an author with several martial arts articles published, and he is currently working on his second full-length novel.

Anime-ZAP! expects over 1,000 anime fans to come together to celebrate cosplay, anime, and Japanese culture, from January 3-5, 2014 at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Illinois. Attendees can book hotel rooms starting at $99 per night at http://animezapcon.com/location

Early registration costs only $20 until October 30th, and can be found at http://animezapcon.com/registration

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