Anime Expo to Host Voice Actor Tetsuya Kakihara
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Los Angeles anime convention Anime Expo announced on Sunday that it will host voice actor Tetsuya Kakihara. He will host a panel on July 3 at 3:30 p.m., and will also have autograph sessions on July 3 at 5:00 p.m.
Kakihara was born in Germany in 1982, but began studying voice acting in Japan in 2001. Kakihara has voiced roles in the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise (Graf Eisen, Laevatein), as well as the following anime: Romeo x Juliet (Mercutio), Gurren Lagann (Simon), Kara no Kyōkai (Tomoe Enjō), Linebarrels of Iron (Kōichi Hayase), Cross Game (Mizuki Asami), Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Angelo Sauper), Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live (Kōji Mihama), Yowamushi Pedal (Jinpachi Tōdō), Fairy Tail (Natsu Dragneel), and Prince of Stride: Alternative (Amatsu Ida). He has also performed theme songs for a number of anime where has voiced a main role.
Anime Expo will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year from July 1 to July 4. The convention will also host Vampire Hunter D and Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano; Your Lie in April manga creator Naoshi Arakawa; singer Michi; voice actress Chika Anzai; Monster Musume creator OKAYADO; Castlevania: Symphony of the Night designer Koji Igarashi; Macross creator Shoji Kawamori; P.A. Works CEO, founder, and producer Kenji Horikawa; FLCL 2 guests Kazuya Tsurumaki and Mayumi Shintani; minori producer nbkz (Nobukazu Sakai); CLOCKUP illustrator Shigeo Hamashima; Anju Inami, Rikako Aida, Nanaka Suwa, Arisa Komiya, Kanako Takatsuki, and Ai Furihata from the Love Live! Sunshine!! idol group Aqours; and One-Punch Man anime director Shingo Natsume, voice actor Makoto Furukawa (Saitama) and opening theme song performers JAM Project.
Other musical guests include Eir Aoi, Luna Haruna, Minami, Sphere, T.M. Revolution, Yoko Ishida, DJ Kazu, FLOW, and OLDCODEX.
The convention will also host a P.A. Works 15th Anniversary Exhibit at this year's convention in the Entertainment Hall, presented by Kenji Horikawa. Additionally Anime Expo will host a "Cowboy Bebop Jazz Cat Experience" performance event.