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N. Carolina's Animazement Hosts Utena's Saito, Chika Sakamoto

posted on by Egan Loo
May convention also invites Uchu Sentai NOIZ, Richard Ian Cox, Spike Spencer

The Animazement convention announced that it is hosting Utena manga creator Chiho Saitō, voice actress Chika Sakamoto, and the Japanese rock band Uchu Sentai NOIZ at the May 28-30 event in Raleigh, North Carolina. Saito is best known for creating the Revolutionary Girl Utena school fantasy manga, which spawned a television anime series and an anime film. She has since created World of S&M, Anastasia Club, Ice Forest, and Viscount Valmont: Dangerous Liaisons.

Sakamoto's many voice acting credits include Nuriko in Fushigi Yuugi, Mei in My Neighbor Totoro, Yaten Kou/Sailor Star Healer in Sailor Moon Stars, Kentaro Ichinose in Maison Ikkoku, Tendon Man in Anpanman, and Kisaragi Shun in Here Is Greenwood. She just started playing Kaoruko Hanasaki in the newest Precure magical girl anime series, Heartcatch Precure!, last week.

Uchu Sentai NOIZ is a visual kei rock band that combines punk, J-pop, metal, hip-hop, and electronica in its music. The band members are known for performing onstage antics in cosplay-style outfits, as they did when they came to Animazement and Pacific Media Expo last year. The band recorded a video to announce its return to Animazement.

Animazement also invited voice actors Richard Cox (Inuyasha's title role, Ranma ½'s Ranma Saotome, Mobile Suit Gundam 00's Allelujah) and Spike Spencer (Evangelion's Shinji, Battle Angel's Yugo, Suikoden Demon Century's Takateru Sage).

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