Metrocon 3 Announces a Star-Studded Guest Line Up

METROCON 3 Announces a Star-Studded Guest Line Up

TAMPA BAY, FL, March 1, 2005 – As announced at Megacon, AnimeMetro is pleased to announce voice actors Luci Christian, Doug Smith and ADR Directors/Producer David Williams, Greg Ayres, Vic Mignogna, Christopher Patton, Cynthia Martinez, Monica Rial, John Swasey and Robert and Emily DeJesus as special guests at METROCON 2005.

The Tampa Bay, Florida-based anime convention is scheduled for June 24-26, 2005, at the Tampa Convention Center in Downtown Tampa, FL. The guests will participate in panels and special events throughout the weekend.

Luci Christian is a relative newcomer to anime but her professional background is extensive and includes a Master's in Acting and appearances at the John F. Kennedy Center and Houston's Alley Theater, as well as work in television, film and radio. These experiences have prepared her for voice roles as diverse as Kaname Chidori in Full Metal Panic!, Ran Kotobuki in Super GALS!, Yukari Tanizaki in Azumanga Daioh, Sasshi in Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Himeno in Pretear, Luna in Gravion, Dejiko in Digi Charat and Sarah in Kaleido Star. METROCON 2005 will be Christian's third appearance at the convention.

Doug Smith is a Texas-based actor and artist who has been voicing titles at ADV Films for several years, most recently at their Austin-based Monster Island studios. In addition to his well-known portrayal of Kintaro Oe in Golden Boy, Smith can be heard as Doria and Pasta in Steam Detectives, the title character in Dragon Knight, Roger in Plastic Little, Kijima in Blue Seed, and as various characters in series such as Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, Sorcerer Hunters, Those Who Hunt Elves and more. METROCON 2005 will be Smith's second Tampa convention appearance.

David Williams is an ADR Director and DVD Producer for Houston-based ADV Films. A long-time fan who has been with the company since his living room was used as the production facility for its first show (Devil Hunter Yohko), he has directed a variety of projects including Angelic Layer, Pretear, Najica, the original Nuku Nuku OVAs, Dirty Pair and more, including the upcoming Aquarian Age. This will be Williams' second appearance at METROCON.

Greg Ayres is a self-described “fanboy-turned-VA” who started working for ADV Films two years ago and has snagged such high-profile roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki and Kaworu Nagisa in the Director's Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion. His other feature roles include Touga in Gravion, Bomb in BastoF Syndrome, Yuya Asou in SuperGALS!, Mannen in Pretear and Shinji Kazama in Full Metal Panic!. This will be Ayres' third METROCON appearance.

Vic Mignogna is a professional music composer/ producer and veteran actor, most recently heard as the voice of Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Dark in DN Angel, Tatsu in Peacemaker, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z movie 8, Kougagai in Saiyuki, Mamoru in Raxaephon, Hiroki in Princess Nine, Goemon in Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Shougou in Magazone 23, Gawl in Generator Gawl, and in Playstation II games Unlimited Saga and Yu Yu Hakasho. Vic has also done characters in Streetfighter, Sin, Spriggan, Gasaraki, Noir, Steel Angel Karumi, Orphen, Excel Saga, Evangelion (director's cut), A.D. Police, Aura Battler Dunbine, Rune Soldier, Neo Ranga, Yu Yu Hakasho, Gamera, Those Who Hunt Elves, Nagica, Dirty Pair, Nuku Nuku Dash, Nuku Nuku TV, St. Seiya, Kino's Journey, Dragonball GT, Angelic Layer, Gravion, Bastof Syndrome, Aquarian Age, Kaliedastar, Case Closed, Kitty Grade and many others. This will be Mignogna's second, in-person METROCON appearance.

Christopher Patton is making his second appearance at METROCON. Chris is a voice actor for both ADV Films and Funimation Productions, and has voiced over sixty titles, including Full Metal Panic and Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu (Sousuke), Gravion (Eiji), RahXephon (Ayato), Pretear (Sasame), Princess Tutu (Fakir), Chrono Crusade (Joshua), Aquarian Age (Kyouta), Hello Kitty's Animation Theater (Dear Daniel), E's Otherwise (Kai), Angelic Layer (Ohjiro), Super Gals (Rei Otohata), A Tree of Palme (Shatta), and Gantz (Nishi). Chris is also currently voicing a role he can't name just yet in Fullmetal Alchemist, and has voiced characters for Case Closed, the latest Lupin 3rd movie, Princess Nine, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Excel Saga, Kekko Kamen, and many more.

Cynthia Martinez is new to METROCON this year. Cynthia was first introduced to anime when ADV cast her in her first acting/voice acting role ever as the dragon slayer sorceress Lina Inverse in Slayers. Since then she has voiced a variety of roles such as Sora in Kaleido Star, Hermes in Kino's Journey, Poemy in Puni Puni Poemy, Hiroko in RahXephon, Mikako in Voices of a Distant Star, Yuna in Galaxy Fraulein Yuna, Hikaru in Princess Nine, Hikaru Amano in Nadesico, Harue in Super Gals, Mint in BASTof Syndrome, Meek in Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat, Pike in Princess Tutu, and Kaho in Sister Princess. Other titles include Gravion, Aura Battler Dunbine, All-Purpose Cultural Cat-Girl Nuku Nuku, Azumanga Daioh, Excel Saga, Najica Blitz Tactics, Neo Ranga, Noir, Nurse Witch Komugi, and Those Who Hunt Elves.

Monica Rial has appeared in a diverse range of roles, from comedic to dramatic, since her voice acting debut for ADV Films four years ago. Her recent credits include Hello Kitty in Hello Kitty Animation Theater, Lumiere in Kiddy Grade, Haruka Shitow in RahXephon, Kirika Yumura in NOIR and Minamo Kurosawa in Azumanga Daioh. Her other feature roles include Tamayo in Angelic Layer, Hyatt in Excel Saga, Nozomi in Chance Pop Sessions, Izumi Himuro in Princess Nine and Saki in Steel Angel Kurumi. This will be Rial's third appearance at METROCON.

John Swasey is new to METROCON this year. Including his directorial work in Wandaba Style, John has also voiced such characters as Shougo Rikudoh in RahXephon, Yoshioka in Gantz, Volkan in Orphen, Daiki Niwa in D.N.Angel, Edward "Elder" Hamilton in Chrono Crusade, Tachibana in Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution and Principal Mita Princess Nine.

Robert and Emily DeJesus are the founders of Studio Capsule and popular guests at conventions nationwide. An Indiana native and self-taught artist, Robert DeJesus was one of the pioneers of the “Amerimanga” style of comic art and received his first professional break when one of his short stories was published in Antarctic Press's Mangazine anthology. His freelance projects have since included designing Banzai Chibi Chan, the mascot for PlayStation Magazine: 100% Independent, and producing two children's books based on the Spiderman movie franchise. He and his wife, Emily, have also founded Studio Capsule, which serves as the launching point for

their line of underground doujinshi, animation, portfolios and memorabilia. This will be the DeJesus' second appearance at METROCON.

METROCON is a weekend-long celebration of the numerous facets of Japanese popular entertainment – from anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comics), J-pop and J-Rock (Japanese pop and rock music, performed by “idols”) to cosplay (costume design and performance) and video games.

Events at METROCON this year includes: - The “Anime Human Chess Match”- Year 2, “Anime Idol” J-Pop/J-Rock Competition; - Artists' Alley; - A “gong show style” cosplay competition; costume contest; dealers'/exhibition room; “DDR Extreme” Tournaments; - An Anime Music Video contest (AMVs); - Official convention screenings of new North American releases; - Panels with North American anime industry guests; - Live Celebrity Commentaries with the industry guests;- Dances and karaoke; - The METROCADE video game room; and finally, continuous hours of Japanese anime and related programming.

Membership rates for METROCON 2005 are as follows:

Three-Day Membership (Friday, Saturday and Sunday):

$25 to 2/28/2005
$30 to 3/31/2005
$35 to 4/30/2005
$40 to 5/31/2005
Children, 6-12:
$20 to 2/28/2005
$25 to 5/31/2005
Children, under 5: Free, with paid adult admission.

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