Anime Boston Announces Second Round of Guests

Jan 28th 2006
BOSTON, January 28, 2006 – The New England Anime Society is honored to announce the following distinguished guests will attend Anime Boston 2006: voice actors Vic Mignogna, Carrie Savage and Kari Wahlgren, along with industry insiders Jonathan Klein, Tom Wayland and David Williams.

Vic Mignogna is a professional music composer/producer and veteran actor who received great acclaim for his portrayal of Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist. Most recently, Mignogna has been cast as Hikaru in Macross. He is known for such roles as Dark in D.N.Angel, Tatsu in Peacemaker, Kurz in Full Metal Panic!, Broly in Dragon Ball Z, Kougaiji in Saiyuki, Mamoru in RahXephon, Hiroki in Princess Nine, Goemon in Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Shougo in Megazone 23 and as Gawl in Generator Gawl. He has also done characters in Sin: The Movie, Spriggan, Gasaraki, Noir, Steel Angel Kurumi, Orphen, Excel Saga, Neon Genesis Evangelion (director's cut), AD Police, Aura Battler Dunbine, Rune Soldier, Neo Ranga, Yū Yū Hakusho, Gamera, Those Who Hunt Elves, Dirty Pair, All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku DASH!, Nuku Nuku TV, Saint Seiya, Kino's Journey, Angelic Layer, Gravion, Kaliedo Star, Case Closed, Kiddy Grade and many others.

Carrie Savage is very thrilled to be coming to Anime Boston 2006. Savage has had the privilege of playing characters such as Nancy Makuhari in Read or Die: the TV, Fuko in I, My, Me - Strawberry Eggs, Rakka in Haibane Renmei, Hakufu in Ikki Tousen, Maromi in Paranoia Agent, Shima in Stellvia, Sayoko in Melody of Oblivion, Maia in Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Arimi in Marmalade Boy, Amy Stapleton in IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix, Nina in Ultra Maniac, Ran in Texhnolyze, and Peppo in Gankutsuou, The Count of Monte Cristo. She has also had a fun time voicing characters in recent video games and other anime shows, including Samurai 7, DearS, Rumiko Takahashi Anthology, Lunar Legend, Tsukihime, Sakura Wars: The Movie, Dangaizer 3, Ghost Talker's Day Dream and more.

Kari Wahlgren was first introduced to anime audiences as guitar-bashing, Vespa-riding Haruko in FLCL. Since then, she has been fortunate enough to voice characters in several anime shows, including Fuu in Samurai Champloo, Robin in Witch Hunter Robin, Cher in Wolf's Rain, Lavie in Last Exile and Scarlett in the movie Steamboy. She can currently be heard as Satomi and Luca the Cat on Cartoon Network's new anime series IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix, and will provide the voice of Ariel for the upcoming Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles movie. In addition to anime, Wahlgren is active in original animation, most notably providing the voice of Nova, THE YELLOW MONKEY in Disney's Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Wahlgren can be heard in numerous episodes of American Dragon: Jake Long, A.T.O.M. (Alpha Teens on Machines), and the new Cartoon Network series Ben 10. Wahlgren's video game roles include Raine in Tales of Symphonia, Jedi Serra in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds. Wahlgren stepped out from behind the microphone to play Tink in the indie film Neverland with Wil Wheaton. She is thrilled to be making her first appearance at Anime Boston.

Jonathan Klein is the vice-president, co-founder and co-owner of New Generation Pictures, Inc., a company that has been translating, subtitling and dubbing anime for such major companies as Geneon/Pioneer, Bandai, Urban Vision, Central Park Media, The Right Stuf and TOKYOPOP. During the last seven years, New Generation Pictures has worked on more than 250 different projects for both U.S. and international release. Klein's work has mainly been as the producer of both English dubbed and subtitled versions for anime, including R.O.D -The TV- Series, Hellsing, DearS, Daphne in the Brillant Blue, The Melody of Oblivion, Texhnolyze, Ghost Talker Daydream, Ikki Tousen, Haibane Renmei, I, My, Me - Strawberry Eggs, NieA Under 7, Amazing Nurse Nanako and many other titles. Klein also directed Anime Insider Magazine "Best Dub of 2004", Paranoia Agent. He has just completed a new video game project for Namco. Beyond working as producer and director, Klein's responsibilities also include scriptwriting, script adaptation and even working behind the microphone as a voice actor. Klein has several upcoming anime titles currently in production, some which may be shown at Anime Boston. This is his first appearance at Anime Boston.

Tom Wayland is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in acting. Wayland got his start performing in various theatrical productions ranging from Hamlet, to Jesus Christ Superstar, to Stomp. After a stint as a rock star roaming the East Coast's rock clubs, Wayland ran out of money and had to get a job  so he started work at Central Park Media. In more than four years at CPM, Wayland has produced more than 200 different anime programs before moving on to voice directing on such titles as Alien Nine, The World of Narue, Shootfighter Tekken and Ichi the Killer. In 2004, Wayland founded TripWire Productions and has gone on to direct numerous dubs for home video and TV broadcast including Mew Mew Power and Magical DoReMi seen nationally Saturday mornings on Fox. Wayland has also become much more active as an actor landing recurring roles in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Jammerhead, Mew Mew Power as Minimew, G.I. Joe Sigma Six as Stormshadow, Magical DoReMi as Oliver, Marvin and Reanne's Dad, One Piece as about 8,000 different villains and pirates and several straight to video releases including Knight Hunters, Gokusen and Shura no Toki.

David Williams is currently an ADR Director for ADV Films as well as their DVD Producer and voice on the Internet. He has directed Angelic Layer, Pretear, Najica, the original Nuku Nuku OAVs, Dirty Pair and many others. He's produced more DVDs than he can remember and had more skin grafts due to online flame wars than he wants to remember. He's often invited to anime conventions where he can be seen wandering the con with his “What would you do for a DVD?” badge, giving out DVDs to clever and amusing otaku. His roots in the industry go deep, having been an anime fan since before there was an anime industry in the U.S. and with ADV from the beginning when his living room was used as a production facility for their first show, Devil Hunter Yohko.

About Anime Boston: Anime Boston is New England's premier convention for fans of Japanese animation and art. First opening its doors in 2003, Anime Boston has been proud to offer a gathering place for fans of anime, manga, video games and related works and to offer the best entertainment for them. Anime Boston 2005 featured more than 130 hours of video programming, more than one dozen contests and is one of the largest anime conventions in the United States with more than 7,500 attendees. Anime Boston 2006 will be from May 26, 2006, through May 28, 2006, at the Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. More information about Anime Boston is available at http://www.animeboston.com.

About The New England Anime Society: Founded in 2001, The New England Anime Society Inc. is a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at http://www.neanime.org.

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