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Dallas' AnimeFest to Host Voice Actor Toshio Furukawa, Voice Actress Shino Kakinuma

posted on by Jabulani Blyden
Furukawa voiced DBZ's Piccolo, One Piece's Ace, Urusei Yatsura's Ataru, more

AnimeFest announced on Thursday that it will host voice actor Toshio Furukawa and voice actress Shino Kakinuma at its August 12-15 event in Dallas, Texas.

Toshio Furukawa began his prolific voice acting career in 1974. He has voiced dozens of roles including Piccolo in Dragon Ball Z, Portgas D. Ace in One Piece, Kageroza Inaba in Bleach, Kai Shiden in Mobile Suit Gundam, Ataru Moroboshi in Urusei Yatsura, Shin in Fist of the North Star, Sakamoto in Maison Ikkoku, Asuma Shinohara in Patlabor, Leon McNichol in Bubblegum Crisis, Hawks Eye in Sailor Moon Super S, and Asura in Soul Eater.

Kakinuma's roles include Naru Osaka in Sailor Moon, Videl in Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Rie Kakinoki in Kemonozume. She and Furukawa are married.

The event previously announced that it will host directors Shingo Natsume and Shuhei Morita, animators Kazuhiro Miwa and Chikashi Kubota, and voice actress Fumi Hirano. The event will also host voice actresses Apphia Yu, Brina Palencia, Erica Mendez, Kristen McGuire, and Lisle Wilkerson; and voice actor Micah Solusod.

AnimeFest will take place at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas on August 12-15.

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