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Otakon 2002: Even More Guests

posted on by George Phillips
Otakon's sent out another PR, this time announcing two more Japanese guests of honor. Yoko Ishida is a Para Para singer, perhaps best known for her Para Para Max CDs. Hiroyuki Morioka wrote the Crest of the Stars novels, from which the anime TV series are based.

Excerpted from the Press Release:

Perhaps poised to join the ranks of such authors as EE Doc Smith and Issac
Asimov, some refer to Hiroyuki Morioka as the "Last Japanese Science Fiction
Writer". At the time of his debut, Morioka-san was a first-time novelist
attempting to have his first book, Seikai no Monshō (Crest of the Stars),
published. Since then, Morioka-san has finished his sci-fi epic, with three
books in the Seikai no Monshō series and three books in the sequel series,
Seikai no Senki (Battleflag of Stars). The entire epic was then adapted
into three popular anime series: Seikai no Monshō, Seikai no Senki, and
Seikai no Senki II. To date, Morioka-san enjoys the prestige that his
magnum opus has brought him.


If you happen to keep up with pop-culture in Japan, chances are that you
have not missed Para Para. Euro-pop beats, neon colored clothing, platform
shoes, and an endless number of dance moves characterize this trend which
has swept across the country. Second cousin to the Macarena, each Para Para
song has its own dance moves to learn and master. A number of musical
artists lead the current trend, among them Yoko Ishida, who, with her Para
Para MAX CDs, has helped boost Para Para from a tiny movement into a
full-fledged dance craze. In addition to her Para Para music, Yoko has also
contributed songs to the soundtracks of such series as Sailor Moon, Tiny
Snow Fairy Sugar, and New Snow White Legend Prétear.

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