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Sakura Con Guest Announcements

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Sakura Con (April 26th-28th) guests include: Hiroki Hayashi (Tenchi Muyo!), Pam Lauer, Johnny Yong Bosch, Jessica Calvello and more...

Sakura Con has sent out a press release announcing their newest Guests of Honor, Jessica Calvello and Johnny Yong Bosch, as well as their returning guests from North America and Japan; Pam Lauer, Doug Smith & Dr. Antonia Levi and Honor Hiroki Hayashi. Japanese Consul General, Fumiko Saiga, will also be present at the convention and speaign at the opening ceremonies. And a special performance at the closing ceremonies by Tsunami Taiko.

Excerpts from Press release:

Hiroki Hayashi, AIC Creator/Director. Mr. Hayashi's latest work includes Magical Witchland (aka Mahō Yūgi) which was premiered at Sakura-Con 2001. Mr. Hayashi is also the co-creator and Director for Tenchi Muyo! and has worked on shows such as El-Hazard and Bubblegum Crisis and Battle Athletes.

Jessica Calvello is already known for her latest role, and the show hasn't even been released yet. That would be the role of Excel from Excel Saga. Jessica's real break into voice acting came when she was hand picked to play the role of Cutey Honey by creator Gō Nagai himself. Other roles include Princess Minerva from the show with the same name as well as Yuri from the Original Dirty Pair.

Johnny Yong Bosch, is the voice of Vash the Stampede of Trigun, Reiji Kageyama in Gate Keepers, Kaneda in Akira. Johnny's career started in 1994 when he was cast as Adam Park in the television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He continued the role of Adam in Power Rangers Zeo (1996) and in Power Rangers Turbo (1997) and in the films Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1995) and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997). He recently starred as Billy Lee Ray in Wicked Game (2001).

Pam Lauer is most known as Kei from the Original Dirty Pair. Pam has also had minor roles in shows including New Kimagure Orange Road, Those Who Hunt Elves as well as a meatier role in Dragon Knight.

Doug Smith has been working for A.D. Vision as one of their top graphic artists. Doug found that he had another valuble talent for A.D. Vision: Voice-Acting. He is best known for the lead character role of Kintaro Oe, from Tatsuya Egawa's Goldenboy series. In addition to Goldenboy, Doug has also voiced well over 20 different characters in various other A.D. Vision titles, including Dragon Knight, Sorcerer Hunters, Gamera, Original Dirty Pair, several Evangelion episodes, the new Bubblegum Crisis 2040, and much more! Doug is still amazed by this since he has never had any formal voice-actor training. Since leaving A.D. Vision in 1999, Doug joined forces with Steve Bennett at Studio Ironcat as a graphic artist, primarily working on all titles' cover art. In his spare time, he still pursues a voice-acting career.

Dr. Antonia Levi is the author of "Samurai From Outer Space: Understanding Japanese Animation", several scholarly articles about anime. Her latest article is "Myths for the New Millennium" which appears in John Lent's "Animation in Asia." She is currently working on a paper entitled "American Shoujo: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, shoujo manga, and the Female Audience" which will be presented at the Popular Culture Conference in Toronto. She currently teaches at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Her classes include Asian Studies, Popular Culture, and of course, Anime.

Consul-General Fumiko Saiga (Guest Speaker) for Opening Ceremonies on Friday, April 26th. Sakura-Con is also pleased to announce King County Executive Ron Sims will be speaking at our Opening Ceremonies as well.

Tsunami Taiko will be performing at the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday, April 28th, 2002. Tsunami Taiko began in 1990 as a summer program for children with several families interested in providing theri children with cultural enrichment. Due to the enthusiastic response from the children, the parents decided to continue playing taiko on a regular basis. To enable the members to see the fruits of their labor, the group began to accept performances. Since 1991 Tsunami Taiko has performed at several major festivals in the Seattle area such as Folklife, Bumbershoot, Special Olympics and Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition, the group plays at many schools and for corporate events such as Sumitomo Corporation, the Port of Seattle, and Time Girvin Design.

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